AP Physics C Syllabus.doc - AP Physics C Mechanics Syllabus Kathy Brown Course Design and Objectives This course is equivalent to the pre-engineering

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AP Physics C- Mechanics Syllabus Kathy Brown Course Design and Objectives: This course is equivalent to the pre-engineering introductory physics course for university students. The objective is to develop the comprehension and skills necessary to prepare students for the calculus-based AP-C exam. Student directed inquiry based labs are an important component of this course to develop critical thinking skills. Additionally, students are often asked to present their solutions to the class and to verify the work of their peers. This helps students to see that there are often several correct approaches to the same problem. The prerequisites for enrollment are completion of one year of physics and concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus. Rules: 1. Be responsible. 2. Respect the feelings and belongings of others. 3. Follow instructions the first time they are given. Supplies: lab notebook, paper, graphing calculator, pen or pencil, graph paper, brain Expectations: Show up- physically and mentally, THINK, complete your assignments on time, ask for help, help others, study- seriously!, don’t give up, write legibly and follow my directions on how to show your steps , be responsible, be nice, don’t be annoying. Homework: Completing your homework is the single most important activity you engage in to be successful in this course. Most homework will be accessed, submitted and graded online using Quest. Additional instructions will be provided about Quest. Resources : The primary textbook provided is Physics for scientists and engineers , 4 th edition, 1999, by Paul Tippler. Additionally, Fundamentals of Physics , 4 th Edition, by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker is often utilized as a supplemental resource. I also use worksheets for each unit that are designed to develop conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Computer simulations and video are also used to demonstrate concepts not easily seen otherwise. Labs : Each student is responsible to keep a portfolio of all formal labs. Some of the lab equipment is as simple as a measuring tape and stopwatch. Some labs utilize probes such as motion detectors, force sensors, accelerometers, etc. that interface with graphing calculators and computers. By the end of the course, students should feel both comfortable and competent using a variety of equipment.

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