Hello & welcome to AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism. It is expected that EVERY STUDENT in this class will register and take both AP Physics C exams on May 13, 2019. This course has dual purposes: 1) To better understand and appreciate the rules governing the natural world and to be able to think like a physicist, and 2) To specifically prepare for the AP Physics C exams. Calendar Breakdown We will be spending the first 74 days of the school year on Mechanics (Sept. 4-Dec. 21) We will be spending the next 72 school days on Electricity & Magnetism (Jan. 2-April 16) We will spend 14 school days reviewing for the AP Exam (April 23 - May 10) After the AP Physics exam, students will have approximately 6 days of class in which to work on and present final projects (May 14-23). After the seniors graduate, any underclassmen in the course will have about 13 days of class left. These students will study an extra unit on the mathematics of the natural world, thermodynamics, and chaos theory (May 28 - June 14). Summer Assignments Task 1 Enroll in Google Classroom for this class. Since you are reading this document, you likely have completed this step. Task 2: Complete tasks 2A, 2B, 2C, and 2D this summer (see below)

2A) Read2physics blog posts, from any of the following blogs: Rhett Allain’s “Dot Physics”:Martin Gardner’s “Mathematical Games”Top 10 Mathematical Games columns Phil Plait’s “Bad Astronomy”:(2012-2017 posts)(2008-2012 posts)Sean Carroll’s “Preposterous Universe”Randall Munroe’s “What If?”Sabine Hossenfelder’s “BackReaction”Gregory Gbur’s “Skulls in the Stars”

2B) Watch2YouTube videos from any of the following channels: Derek Muller’s “Veritasium”Dianna Cowern’s “Physics Girl”Henry Reich’s “MinutePhysics”Brady Haran’s “Sixty Symbols”Destin Sandlin’s “Smarter Every Day”“What the Physics?!” from PBS“Space Time” from PBS2C) Watch1of the following movies: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) Yes – I very much enjoyed this movie. Its relatively unorthodox, having sparse dialogue and not offering much of an explanation for many of the events (leaving much up to interpretation). 2D) Read1of the following physics-related books: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman (Leighton & Feynman, 1985) Longitude (Sobel, 1995) Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Randall, 2012) One, Two, Three...Infinity (Gamow, 1947) Cosmos (Sagan, 1980) Godel, Escher, Bach (Hofstader, 1979) The Physics of Superheroes (Kakalios, 2005) A Brief History of Time (Hawking, 1988) A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bryson, 2003) Chaos (Gleick, 1987) The Elegant Universe (Greene, 1999) We Have No Idea (Cham, 2017)

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