Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

AP Physics 1 2018 - 2019




Respect everyone in class.

Students are responsible for all aspects of the class; peer tutoring is encouraged.

Follow all laboratory safety rules.

course description

This class will prepare you for the AP Physics 1 exam (on Tueday afternoon, May 7). This is a demanding course, where writing skills, which incorporates mathematics, would be valuable.  You may earn college credit and UC awards an extra "grade point" for this course. Recommend getting physics tutoring as soon as any problem arises and form a study group (password = 94109G).

Textbook: [pending revision]

materials: scientific calculator (with trig functions / inverse functions & able to express numbers as a power of ten), transparent ruler

prerequisites:  B or higher in 1st year algebra & geometry courses; chemistry recommended.  calculus is optional. 

  A = 90 - 100 %  exam = 70 %  
  B = 80 - 89.9  class work / home work = 15 %
  C = 60 - 79. lab = 15 %
  D = 50 - 59.9     
  F =  < 50 %    

the semester grade and grading period grades are based on the above components and cumulative from the beginning of the semester.  attending CalDay in the spring will provide 3 extra credit points (provide proof of attendance, e.g. schedule / program of events & summary of your activities; must attend 1 science related session). 

academic integrity (e.g.1; 2; 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 in-text citation and a reference list at the end of the lab assignment; ex1, ex2) 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.

upon student request, semester grade adjustment based on College Boad ap physics 1 exam score: 5 = A both semesters; 4 = A one semester; 3 = B one semester; 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.


  • weekly quiz on prior week's content; open notes
  • score = 0 for being absent on exam day
  • test corrections is due on the following school day; attach the test corrections to the front of your original test; score = average of original & corrected test
  • may use equation sheet with any additional notes on this sheet (other side of sheet = no notes)
  • may include old topics & lab topics
  • may drop 1 test / semester for 9 physics tutoring sessions - signed by a physics teacher


  • if you are absent, there is no make-up labs; prelab & lab report score = 0
  • turn-in prelab assignments at the beginning of class on the day of the lab; no prelab -> lab report score = 0
  • Late lab report / prelab assignment will not be accepted.
  • read lab notebook rubric / scoresheet and lab safety rules; attach to the end of your lab notebook [no scoresheet = no lab notebook points]
  • to prepare your lab report, use Excel & Word (including equation editor) as appropriate; 2 students / lab report
  • lost of lab report points for improper sequence of content

prelab, lab report, test corrections, & HW are to be stapled and due at the beginning of the period.  include HW score on HW:  2 points for trying each problem, 1 point for trying part of a problem, 0 point for no attempt on a problem; any multiple-part problem is still worth 2 points; no HW score = no points. 

Any exceptions (on a case by case basis) to the policy in the syllabus will require a note (attach to assignment) signed by me; a prompt request is more likely to be successful.

Tentative sequence of topics [pending revision]



  ch. 1. units; conversion factor; sig fig ch. 7. work & KE
  ch. 14. waves & sound ch. 8. PE & conservation of energy
  ch. 3. vectors ch. 9. collision & momentum
  ch. 2. kinematics I: linear motion ch. 10. rotational kinematics
  ch. 4. kinetmatics II: planar motion ch. 11. rotational dynamics
  ch. 5. dynamics I: Newton's laws ch. 19 electrostatics
  ch. 6 dynamics II: applications of Newton's laws ch. 21. DC circuits
  ch. 12. gravity ch. 13 simple harmonic motion

assignments (tentative - subject to change, depending upon topic coverage in class. 

date assignment due
Mon, Sept 10 ch. ? Doppler effect: animation (read directions (in help) !); animation + sound Tue, Sept 11
Fri, Sept 7 finish-up ?  
block Wave lab Fri, Sept 14

Tu, Sept 4



weekly quiz

ch. ? standing waves: phet (oscilate mode)

ch. ? beats - simulate 2 tuning forks (cdf); add sin waves (cdf)

Tue, Sept 11
Mon, Sept 3 holiday  
Fri, Aug 31 collect / review HW on vector addition  






ch. ? types of waves: animations:; hmm (both); phet (transverse); html (longitudinal)

ch. ? sound waves: tuning fork (cdf); amplitude graph (html); sound (phet; enable java; enable audio option; or youtube); hearing (html)

ch. ? wave interference: phet (pulse mode; slow); sound (phet; enable java); ripple tank; cdf 1 or 2







Tu, Aug 28 finish-up  

Mon, Aug 27



weekly quiz

collect / review HW

ch. ? components of 2D vector; vector addition; phet; cdf; #



Fri, Aug 31

Fri, Aug 24 finish-up  
block Uncertainty lab Fri, Aug 31
Tu, Aug 21 ch. ? dimmensional analysis, sig fig, unit conversion; # Mon, Aug 27

Mon, Aug 20




distribute: survey, signature form, lab NB rubric; course syllabus

distribute textbook

setup seating chart for attendance

describe course website / syllabus


HW:  unless otherwise stated, use the above link, not your textbook, & it refers to the section entitled "problems";  (past) CW link

(tentative) schedule of labs  

lab 1. Uncertainty: mean, SD, propogation of error, regression
lab 2. Determination of the speed of Sound
lab 3. linear (1-dimensional) motion; Force; acceleration / velocity plots
lab 4. projectile (2-dimensional) motion / conservation of energy
lab 5. friction
lab 6.  pulley / weight / force
lab 7. Hooke's law
lab 8. 
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laboratory resources

    • vodcast:  background on data analysis (e.g. statistic) & probe use
    • misc


2018 - 2019

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