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AP Physics-B Ms. Knestrick, 641-4960 ex. 3107, Room B107 email: [email protected] Natomas High School’s Mission Statement We’re all learning Course Description The class will meet Monday through Friday for 58 minutes each day. We will explore the basics of physics: motion, Newton’s laws, work, momentum, energy, power, waves, thermodynamics & fluids, electricity & circuits, sound, light, optics, magnetism, nuclear physics, and quantum mechanics. The course emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of physics concepts and principles as well as problem solving and critical thinking skills. The course utilizes guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills. Main Text: James S. Walker , Physics AP* Edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007, Third Edition Supplement text: The People's Physics Book, 3rd Edition, 2006, scipp.ucsc.edu/outreach/index2.html Grade Policy Course Content Homework Lab work/Projects Test & Quizzes Classwork (notes) 10% 30% 50% 10% “Do not permit what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden Academic Expectations Homework: Will be assigned daily and will be stamped on the due date and collected at the end of the chapter. Tests: Will follow each major unit. Test will use released AP test questions and the Spring Final will be given before AP test and will be a full length AP test that will be on a Saturday. Quiz or Test: Will be given almost every Friday. Before the AP test, quizzes and tests will be given more often. Notes and Lab Reports: Must be done neatly and completely to be accepted. Labs must be in a lab notebook. Most labs will be presented in an inquiry based method where I give the students the equipment to use, the objective of the lab, and it is up to the students to figure out the procedures and method to solve the problem presented by the lab. The labs need to have an objective, equipment, procedure, data, calculations, graphs, results of calculation and interpretation of graphs, and conclusion. The labs were either during the unit that it relates to or after the unit. Once a month there is a 2 hour lab after school. Labs 1. Torque Lab: balancing a 50 cm ruler with masses 2. Rotation Lab: Pigs flying 3. Wave lab: transverse and longitudinal waves uses long springs and different harmonics 4. Sound and harmonics lab: use large graduated cylinder, water, and five different tuning forks. Finding speed of sound. 5. Resistors in series and parallel: creating different circuits and measuring voltage and amperage. 6. Ohm’s law: using various resistors, volt meters, amp meters, and a power source. 7. Laws of reflection and refraction: using lasers and a flat mirror and different shape prisms 8. Candle lab: candle on a rule with various lenses and mirrors with a screen to find the image. AP Physics Units Unit Kinematics Unit Newton's Laws Unit Circular Motion Unit Work, Energy, and Power Unit Rotational Motion & Angular Momentum Unit Waves Unit Thermodynamics Unit Fluids Unit Electricity & Magnetism Unit Sound & Light Unit Nuclear Physics Topics and Concepts Covered Introduction to units, dimensions, scalars and vectors One dimensional motion Two dimensional and projectile motion Newton's Laws of motion: equilibrium (Fnet = 0) Force, weight, friction, inclined plane, and Hooke's Law Centripetal forces, uniform circular motion and circular orbits, Newton's law of gravity Conservation of energy Conservation of mechanical energy: kinetic and potential energy, work and power Rotational motion (static, kinematic, & dynamic) and Torque, linear and angular momentum Impulse and conservation of linear momentum Simple Harmonic motion, simple pendulum Mass on a spring and wave motion Heat, temperature, thermal expansion, ideal gas laws, PV diagrams, heat transfer, heat engines, kinetic model, 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics, and entropy Fluids dynamics, Bernoulli's Principles, buoyant force, Continuity equation, Archimedes principles, Pascal’s Principles, specific gravity, density, hydrostatic pressure Electrostatics, Coulomb's law, electric field, current, DC and RC circuits, conservation of charge, power, electromagnetism, electric potential energy, Electric potential, batteries, resistors(series and parallel), capacitors, Ohm’s law, dielectrics, Gauss’s Law, Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law, magnetic field magnetic force on current, flux, and induction Transverse and longitudinal waves, sound properties, standing waves, Doppler effect, duality of light, thin film Snell’s law, law of reflection, lenses, mirrors, total internal reflection, interference, diffraction, energy levels of atoms, photoelectric effect, momentum of photons, superposition, wave propagation, electromagnetic spectrum, dispersion Compton’s scattering, x-rays, nuclear reactions, atomic energy levels, wave-particle duality, half-life nuclear force, chemical: mass, symbol, number E = mc2 and particle physics Review for AP Test Test May 13