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SCIENCE 127 AP physics 1

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    Mr. Spencer, Lacy
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    Always Do the Reading

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    Math-heavy

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    Mar 06, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would only recommend this class for either somebody who has a knack for math and science or a devoted personality. For myself, I was the latter of the two. AP Physics consists of a great amount of conceptual understanding and it can be incredibly difficult if you either do not have a passion for STEM courses or refuse to put in the time and effort in understanding the chapters and homework. I highly recommend it, but you must do the work if you expect a decent grade on tests.

    Course highlights:

    Personally, I struggled greatly with the class. However, at the end of the year, I realized how much of the topic I actually retained. I learned how to blend in calculus with physics throughout the course of the year. I also learned how to manage my time with FRQ responses due to the time constraint during the AP test. The most memorable moments in physics were the labs that I performed with group members since they were often very out of my comfort zone of dissections and chemistry labs.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise that the students alerts the teacher as soon as they begin to struggle. Many of my afternoons were spent reviewing past tests or having my teacher elaborate on sections of the chapter because without that, I would not have been able to perform well on the tests or AP test. The best way to study at home is to review class notes at least once each day at home prior to the test, since it will reinforce their knowledge. In addition, I suggest that the student begins to study for the AP exam at least a month prior to the test because there is a vast amount of information to review.

    • Winter 2017
    • Lacy
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates
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    Feb 28, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    As the artist and musician who does not care for math or science, the layout of this course worked for me. We did no calculus, which is wonderful considering the ongoing brawl I experienced with my math teacher that year. The course focused on understanding the concepts instead of pounding equations and math.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot of the solid physics basics, which have helped me through my physics class this year. In addition, since the course is taken almost entirely but people aged 16 and up, there were many unexpected driving tips, especially for driving in inclement weather. When in doubt, slow down.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Actually read the book. Actually do the book problems. They are not checked often, but they solidify your understanding. Also, no matter how early the class is, be present, physically and mentally, and alert all the time.

    • Spring 2016
    • Mr. Spencer
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Jan 08, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because of its innately challenging aspect. Having to learn to use calculus through physics may seem daunting, but it helps build determination and intellectual curiosity.

    Course highlights:

    This course allowed me to progress through my physics career. It taught me to delve deeper into the physics of the world around me, deriving equations and integrating for a fuller understanding of topics from Simple Harmonic Motion to kinematics.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed in this course you need to stay on top of things. With a new topic or equation every day it’s critical that you feel comfortable with the material being presented. Spread out studying between multiple choice and free response questions as they each have their own feel.

    • Winter 2016
    • Mr. Spencer
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Competitive Classmates

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