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AP PHYSICS C – MECHANICS SYLLABUS Instructor: Tim Auch Phone/Extension: (859) 781-2617 Email Address: [email protected] Grade: 11-12 Credits: 1 Course Description AP Physics C – Mechanics is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to a semester-long, calculus-based college course. This course requires and uses a basic understanding of calculus including differentiation and integration. Therefore, all students are to be enrolled in AP Calculus or with a teacher approval and the understanding that additional work will be required. A thorough knowledge of geometric, algebraic and trigonometric concepts is also important. This course is devoted to Newtonian Physics. It covers the topics on the AP Physics C Mechanics exam. The emphasis is on the understanding of the concepts and skills and student learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills. Students will be required to be not only good listeners, but also independent learners and learning partners in cooperative groups. The ability to learn and intellectual confidence will be developed in both the classroom and the lab. Much of the material will be learned by the students through guided reading, discussion, problem solving and lab activities with fellow students. The teacher will oversee the studentcentered learning and promote the understanding of the concepts. Students will spend a minimum of twenty percent of instructional time engaged in hands on laboratory work. Each student will complete a lab portfolio of lab reports which could be used by your college for credit or placement. Labs will be graded on the students’ participation in the actual experiment and the written report. Each lab will include formation of a hypothesis, design of an experiment, observations and collection of data, calculations using observed data and conclusions. Text: Fundamentals of Physics By Holiday, Resnick and Walker 10th edition, 2015, John Wiley & Sons with WileyPlus The textbook is outstanding and is used by excellent high schools, colleges and universities across the country. The course uses the design of the textbook and covers Chapters 1-13 and 15. Summer Work: Students will read Chapter 1, Measurement, in the textbook and answer problems at the end of the chapter. Course Schedule: Week 1 Topics + Labs Units of Measurement Review Introduction to Calculus Differentiation and Integration Analysis of an Experiment 2,3,4 Motion Along a Straight Line Displacement Average and Instantaneous Velocity Time-Varying Acceleration Constant Acceleration Graphical Integration in Motion Analysis Using the Motion Detector to Describe Kinematics Motion Measuring the Acceleration due to Gravity 5,6 Vectors Vectors and Scalars Adding Vectors Geometrically and Physically Multiplying Vectors Vectors and the Laws of Physics 7,8 Motion in 2 and 3 Dimensions Position and Displacement Average and Instantaneous Velocity and Acceleration Projectile Motion Uniform Circular Motion Relative Motion in One or Two Dimensions Projectile Motion 9,10 Force and Motion 1 Newtonian Mechanics Newton’s First, Second and Third Laws Proving Newton’s Second Law 11,12 Force and Motion II Friction Drag Force Terminal Speed Uniform Circular Motion Calculating the Coefficient of Friction 13,14 Kinetic Energy and Work Kinetic Energy Work Gravitational and Spring Forces Work Done by a General Variable Force Power Hooke’s Law 15,16 Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy Work and Potential Energy Path Independence of Conservative Forces Determining Potential Energy Values Reading a Potential Energy Curve Work Done on a System by an External Force Calculating Changes in Potential Energy Using a Pendulum to Demonstrate Conservation of Energy 17, 18, 19 Center of Mass and Linear Momentum Center of Mass Collision and Impulse Conservation of Linear Momentum Elastic and Inelastic Collisions Systems with a Varying Mass Collisions and Conservation of Momentum 20, 21, 22 Rotation Rotational Variables Rotation with Constant Angular Acceleration Relating Linear and Angular Variables Kinetic Energy of Rotation Rotational Inertia Torque Newton’s Second Law Work and Kinetic Energy Rotational Inertia Uniform Circular Motion 23, 24, 25 Rolling, Torque, and Angular Momentum Rolling as Translation and Rotation Kinetic Energy of Rolling Torque Angular Momentum Newton’s Second Law Rotational Dynamics 26,27 Equilibrium and Elasticity Equilibrium Center of Gravity Indeterminate Structures Elasticity Elastic Force in Rubber Bands 28,29 Gravitation Newton’s Law of Gravitation Principle of Superposition Gravitation Near and Inside the Earth’s Surface Potential Energy Kepler’s Laws Satellites Einstein and Gravitation Newton’s Law of Gravitation 30,31 Oscillations Simple Harmonic Motion The Force Law for SHM Simple Harmonic Oscillator Pendulums Uniform Circular Motion Damped SHM Forced Oscillations and Resonance Dynamics of Simple Harmonic Motion 32, 33 Review for AP Exam 34, 35, 36 Further Experimentation and Laboratory Studies Volume and Density of Solids and Liquids Atwood’s Machine Baseball throws Analysis Analysis of a Sprinter Indirect Measurement of Heights Energy Loss Due to Air Resistance Prerequisite Successful completion of Physics 1 Advanced and teacher recommendation and enrollment in AP Calculus or teacher approval alternative method of learning calculus. Method of Grade Calculation Students will be evaluated on class assignments and activities including the following: Class Work Homework Lab Reports Writing Assignments Tests Exams