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AP Physics B OutlineJustification:Many colleges and universities offer credit to incoming freshmen who have received a 3 or higher on APexams. Students at Palisades High School currently have opportunities to receive college science credit in Biology and Chemistry. Adding AP Physics is the next step in offering a full range of AP science courses at Palisades. Textbooks:Primary Textbook: Giancoli, Douglas C. 2005. Physics: Principles with Applications, 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.:Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-035257-8Secondary Resource: (Recommended Student Purchase)Leduc, Steven. Cracking the AP Physics B Exam(latest edition): New York, NY. The Princeton Review. ISBN 0375428925About the AP Physics B Course: The Advance Placement Physics B is an algebra-based course in general physics. The syllabus is adapted from the College Board AP Physics B syllabi. It is equivalent to an introductory algebra-based university level physics course. This is a second year physics course preceded by a Physics 1 course. The emphasis in the course is on understanding of the concepts and skills and using the concepts and formulae to solve problems. Laboratory work will be covered as an integral part of this course.Classes meet at minimum 5 days per week for 90 minutes each day for 1 semester. About once each week or 20% of the course will be devoted to laboratory activities. Homework is assigned daily. The course utilizes guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills.Evaluation:Tests and Quizzes 40%
Homework 40% Labs 20% Topics:INTRODUCTIONUnit 1:Math and Data Review (0.5 weeks) Algebra reviewScientific notation, precision, accuracyUnits review and dimensional analysisData collection and measurementVectors
NEWTONIAN MECHANICSUnit 2:Kinematics (1.0 weeks) Motion in One Dimension Position-time and velocity-time graphs Equations of motion under constant acceleration Motion in Two Dimensions Relative VelocityProjectiles Circular motion Unit 3:Newton’s Laws (1.5 weeks) Static Equilibrium (First Law) First Condition – translational equilibrium Second Condition – rotational equilibrium (torque) Dynamics of a Single Body (Second Law) Systems of Two or More Bodies (Third Law) Gravitation Applications Inclined planes Atwood’s machines and their modifications

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