AP Physics – Summer 2015

We are going to cover AP Physics 1 and 2, with maybe some C. Overview of the content areas:
1. Vectors
2. Kinematics
3. Newton’s Laws
4. Springs and Harmonic Motion
5. Energy
6. Momentum
7. Circular Motion
8. Rotation
9. Gravity
10. Waves
11. Electricity
12. Magnetism
13. Optics and Light
14. Thermo
15. Fluids
16. Nuclear and particle physics, Modern physics

Workflow and textbooks:
1. The Randall Knight textbook
2. Two introductory books from Dan Fullerton – AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 – mainly problems and introductions to the material. He also has videos on his website – the first book is in iBook, and I will send the second book as a PDF.
3. We will be doing labs, but there will also be online simulations and activities. I’ll will probably have a long list for each week, but will indicate the required ones. Otherwise you should do the ones in the areas that you think you need some help with understanding.
4. And finally, we will be doing problems from multiple sources – problems are the heart of physics, so plan on a lot.

Main Links for problems and simulations:

Criag Fletcher’s books and problems:


Week #1
– – Knight: Chapter# 1: Concepts of Motion, including motion diagrams, velocity, linear acceleration, and problem solving tips.
– – Knight Chapter #2: Kinematics in One Dimension, including uniform motion, instantaneous velocity, finding poistion with velocity, motion with constant acceleration, motion on an inclined plane and instantaneous acceleration.

– – Fullerton’s AP 1 book, read chapter 1,2 and 3
– – He has about 7 short videos on Kinematics here: http://aplusphysics.com/courses/ap-1/AP1_Physics.html

Defining Motion
Graphing Motion
Kinematic Equations
Free Fall
Projectile Motion
Horizontal Projectile Practice
Angled Projectile Practice
Relative Motion
PSSC: Frames of Reference
Center of Mass
IRL Labs:

Simulations and Virtual Labs:
Week #2
– – Knight Chapter# 3: Vectors and Coordinate Systems, including vectors and vector algebra.
– – Knight Chapter #4: Kinematics in Two Dimensions, including acceleration, projectile motion, relative motion, uniform circular motion, velocity and acceleration in uniform circular motion, non-uniform circular motion and angular acceleration.


IRL Labs:

Simulations and Virtual Labs:

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