Number of days until the 2020 AP Physics C Exam:
Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
AP Physics C 
2019  2020  Matsumoto 
Expectations
Respect everyone in class. Students are responsible for all aspects of the class. Students may need to remain after school (or lunch) for exams, labs, prelabs, & test / HW review sessions. Students are strongly urged to take the AP Physics C exams. Follow all laboratory safety rules. 
This class (fall semester; spring semester) will prepare you for the AP Physics C exam (on Monday afternoon, May 4). This is a demanding course that is equivalent to a firstyear collegelevel course for physical science / engineering majors. You may earn college credit and UC awards an extra "grade point" for this course. Strongly recommend getting tutoring as soon as any problem arises and form a study group (password = 94109G). Textbook: Fundamentals of Physics; 9th edition; Halliday, Resnick, & Walker; 2011. supplement: Khan Academy  AP physics 1; AP physics II; other potential resources  fall ; spring (pending); Feynman lectures on Physics calculator tutorials for TI86 ; TI89 ; TI Nspire CX CAS; all 3 calculators can be used on the AP exam 
A =  90  100 %  exam =  80 %  
B =  80  89.9  lab =  10 %  
C =  70  79.9  CW / HW =  10 %  
D =  50  69.9  
F =  < 50 
the semester grade and grading period grades are based on the above components and cumulative from the beginning of the semester; thus the semester grade may not be the average of your grading period grades. upon student request, semester grade adjustment based on College Boad ap physic c exam score: 5 = A; 4 = B; 3 = C for the corresponding semester course / grade; get a grade change form from the counseling office, copy of the course syllabus, & your report card before the end of the 2^{ nd} week of school in the subsequent fall semester. extra credit points: attending Calday earns 2 points; provide proof of attendance, e.g. schedule / program of events and written summary of your activities; must attend one science related event; turnin on Monday after Calday. academic integrity (e.g. 1; 2; 3; potential consequence; e.g. 1; 2): Cheating on an exam or plagiarism (e.g. lack of appropriate quote marks / citation in a lab assignment; as such, inlcude intext citation and a reference list at the end of the lab assignment) is unacceptable; potential consequences (teacher discretion): (i) score = 0 (default), (ii) negative score, (iii) lower semester grade by 1 level, and (iv) semester grade = F. include your name(s) & period on all turnedin material; otherwise, no points. Based on the benefits of group work in school and the workplace up to four students may work in a group for their lab and HW assignments (excludes test / quiz). late work (i.e. homework, prelab, or lab report) due to an absence is due on the day of your return to class and write "absent" on it and write the score on any HW assignments; otherwise, no points. exams:
labs
class work / home work
Any exceptions to the policy in the syllabus will require a note (stating your name & description of the situation & item number in the grade book) signed by me. Fillout survey & signature form. 
Tentative sequence of topics: AP Chemistry

Spring 

ch. 1 measurement  ch. 21 electrostatics  
ch. 2 linear motion  ch. 23 Gauss' law  
ch. 3 vectors  ch. 25 capacitance  
ch. 4 planar motion  ch. 26 current & resistance  
ch. 5 force I  ch. 27 circuits  
ch. 6 force II  ch. 28 magnetic field I  
ch. 7 kinetic energy & work  ch. 29 magentic field II  
ch. 8 potential energy & conservation of energy  ch. 30 induction  
ch. 9 linear momentum  
ch. 10 rotation  prepare for ap exam  
ch. 11 torque & angular momentum  
ch. 12 equilibrium  
ch. 13 gravity  
ch. 15 oscillation 
assignments (tentative  subject to change, depending upon topic coverage in class)
date  assignment  due 

Fri, Aug 23

collect HW and survey / signature forms if needed, finishup calculus notes and / or review HW 

block  intro data analysis lab  Fri, Sept 6 
Tu, Aug 20

intro calculus (below simulations require mathematica or cdf player plugin) HW: calculus practice problems 
Mon, Aug 26 
Mon, Aug 19

distribute course syllabus, signature form, survey, lab notebook rubric, lab safety info, equation sheet, textbook attendance / seating chart review course website HW: ch. 1; # 9, 26, 27, 31 (hint: use calculus) HW: prelab  intro data analysis lab skim: value of mental math, which implies memorize equations maybe of benefit 
Fri, Aug 23 Thu, Aug 22 
homework problems refer (i) to the problems at the end of the chapter in the textbook and (ii) due on the next class day, unless otherwise stated
(tentative) schedule of labs
fall semester spring semester lab 1. intro data analysis lab 1. coulomb's law lab 2. linear motion  horizontal / vertical lab. 2 capacitor lab 3. planar motion  projectile lab 3. circuit lab 4. force  friction lab 4. motor / generator lab 5. force  atwood machine lab 6. momentum lab 7. torque
Keep your laboratory notebook, since colleges may wish to review your laboratory notebook prior to giving you college credit for Chemistry.
While group work is encouraged, each student in a group is responsible for all aspects of the lab activity. A motivation for group work is to improve work efficiency and to improve your group dynamics skills, which are valuable lifelong skills.
To develop your lifelong learning skills, prepare for the lab; e.g. be familar with the experimental protocol and subsequent data analysis prior to the lab, since I am planning to provide minimal prelab instructions, so your failure to prepare for a lab could lead to an unproductive laboratory experience. In part, my motivation / rationale is to instill responsibility in my students and to develop your lifelong learning skills and self reliance / initiative.
Whenever there is statistical analysis, each student in a group does either duplicate or triplicate experimental trails, analyzes their own data, then uses the average of their trails in their group's lab report. The basis / rationale is related to the Central Limit Theorem and the validity of using various statistical tests.
laboratory resources
