Jones - Course Guide - AP Physics 2 - 2017-2018.doc

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AP PHYSICS 2: ALGEBRA-BASED COURSE GUIDE Hello and welcome to level 2 of AP Physics! In this course you will continue learning about forces, energy, and matter -- the things that make up and control our universe, our world, and ourselves . We will build on these basic principles as we investigate more advanced topics. This class is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course explores topics of fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. If you are in this course you must think Physics is fun, and you must believe that it is useful; many disciplines of study (as well as professions) depend on physics as a foundation of knowledge. Who knows where a physics course may eventually lead you? While I hope this class captures your interest and keeps it , I know that you decide ultimately whether or not to take anything from the class. This course description is about expectations -- what I expect of you and what you can expect of me. JONES 2017 – 2018 Course Website: Teacher Email: [email protected] I. TEXT: College Physics: A Strategic Approach, 2 nd Ed. , Knight, Jones, Field. Pearson Education, Inc. (2012) *Suggested study aide for the AP Physics 2 exam: AP Physics 2 Essentials: An APlusPhysics Guide 1 st Edition , by Dan Fullerton II. MATERIALS NEEDED: A. NOTEBOOK: one 1 1 / 2 loose-leaf binder (dividers recommended) B. PAPER (notebook paper and graph paper) C. PENCIL (All hand-written assignments must be done in pencil.) D. RULER (or straight edge) E. PROTRACTOR --transparent recommended F. CALCULATOR -- TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator recommended G. LAB FEE -- $10.00, payable to Providence High School III. GRADES: Your numerical grade may be determined at any time by the following point-system calculation: 100 POSSIBLE POINTS TOTAL EARNED POINTS TOTAL YOUR Grade Your Your grade will be rounded to the nearest whole number, and letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale: 90 - 100 A; 80 - 89 B; 70 - 79 C; 60 - 69 D; below 60 F Points may be earned under the following categories: Hand-Written Homework and Online Homework - 30 % of each quarter grade Five to ten problems, along with conceptual questions, will be assigned several times per week. Hand-written HW will
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