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AP Physics C is a college level course that covers Newtonian physics including rotation, gravitation and oscillation in preparation for the AP Physics C (M echanics) exam. Additional topics include modern physics, electricity and electric circuits, special relativity and astronomy applications as time allows. Some calculus is used, but students are not required to be proficient in calculus before they take this course.

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The textbook used in this course is: Halliday, David, Robert Resnick, and Jearl Walker. *Fundamentals of Physics*. 10th ed.
Chichester: Wiley, 2014.

In addition, students will need a graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) and a three ring binder. Binders and calculators are available for students who can not obtain one of their own.

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The goal of our AP Physics course is to provide an outstanding first-year college-level calculus-based physics education.

Students coming out of the courses will have a strong understanding of the facts and concepts of physics coupled with:

• Knowledge of the methods and techniques that characterize physics and science in general. • Fluency of scientific terminology and discourse.

• Experimental and investigative scientific skills.

• Experience analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing scientific information. • The ability to present scientific information effectively

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**CLASS WORK**

### A typical non-laboratory class day consists of two parts: Introduction of material by brief lecture or

### demonstration followed by guided and independent in-class activity or exercises. Many demonstrations

### will be conducted live, some will be shown by video or include animated demonstrations. As much class

### time as possible will be devoted to in-class activities or exercises, so students can have as much

### supervised practice as possible.

### Students are encouraged to ask questions at any time on the current assignment, previous assignments and

### other physics topics.

### The “modeling” approach will be used when possible for students to discover for themselves what

### relationship exists for the situation at hand. Guidance from the instructor will be provided when

### necessary.

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mixture of modern tech based equipment and “old school” lab techniques. This allows the students to have experience with the latest laboratory approaches and equipment. It also requires them to spend time with the basic and fundamental skills of graphing, calculating and organizing.

### Each laboratory assignment will require students to perform most of the following tasks:

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### Identifying a problem or stating a hypothesis;

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### Defining experimental variables;

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### Designing an experiment to test hypothesis;

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### Collection of data and observations

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### Perform relevant calculations;

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### Apply statistical methods to data; Conduct an error analysis; and Draw conclusions from results.

### Each student will be required to keep a laboratory notebook in which lab assignments will be graded

### from. A bound “composition” book or separate lab section in their physics binder is an acceptable

### laboratory notebook .

### Students will conduct at least 20 of the experiments listed below:

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### Indirect Measurement of heights and

### distances

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### Densities, areas, volumes and

### measurement of small things (vernier

### calipers)

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### Motion with Uniform Acceleration

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### Measuring Acceleration of Gravity, g

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### Hooke’s Law

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### Projectile Motion (Video Point)

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### Projectile Challenge

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### Newton’s Second Law

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### Mechanical / Rotational Equilibrium

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### Atwood’s Machine

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### Rotational Dynamics

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### Coefficient of Friction

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### Centripetal Force/Uniform Circular

### Motion

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### Spring-Mass Oscillator

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### Conservation of Momentum (explosions)

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### Conservation of Momentum (collisions)

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### Conservation of Angular Momentum

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### Conservation of Momentum (Bike

### Wheel)

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### Rotating Accelerometer

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### Conservation of Energy

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### Planetary Orbit Simulation (Interactive

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### Simple Pendulum

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### Physical Pendulum

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### Center of Mass

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### Electrostatics (van de graaff generator)

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### Coulomb’s Law

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### Electric cells

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### RC Circuits

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### Atomic spectra

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### Parallax

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### Measurement of speed of light

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### Photoelectric effect

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### Telescopes / Optics

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### Practical Astronomy (measurement of

### latitude).

### Some of the laboratory activities will appear on the final examination for the course instead of during the

### academic year.

Unit Topics Time

**Unit 1**
**Measurement**

**SI Units, Dimensional Analysis, Vectors**

M easurement, indirect measurements, measurement instruments Introduction to Lab Techniques

Vector components, vector addition, graphical analysis of vectors Significant figures and precision

1 week

**Unit 2 Motion** **Linear Motion**

Kinematics with constant acceleration Freely Falling Objects

Introduction to Problem Solving

2 weeks

**Unit 3 **
**Calculus of**
**Physics**

**Derivatives, Integrals and Applications**

Review of /Introduction to derivatives and applications Variable acceleration

3 weeks

**Unit 4 **
**Vectors**

**TwoDimensional**
**Motion**

**Two Dimensional Motion**

Vectors, unit vectors, vector components Two dimensional motion

Projectiles

**Unit 5**

**Newton’s Laws**

**Introduction to Newton’s Laws**

Free body diagrams

Some particular forces: M ass, weight, normal force, friction

2 weeks

**Applications of Newton’s Laws**

Uniform circular motion Non-uniform circular motion Velocity dependent forces, drag

3 weeks

**Unit 6**
**Energy**

**Work and Energy**

Work done by constant force; Work done by varying force Scalar product of vectors

Kinetic energy Work energy principle

2 weeks

**Conservation of Energy**

Forces and potential energy

Dissipative forces, work done by conservative and non-conservative forces

Power

1 week

**Unit 7**
** Momentum**

**Impulse, Momentum, and Collisions**

Impulse momentum theorem Conservation of M omentum Elastic and inelastic collisions Collisions in two dimensions Center of M ass

3 days

**Unit 8**

**Rotational Motion**

**Rotational Kinematics**

Rotational variables

Kinematics with constant angular acceleration Introduction to torque and moment of inertia Kinematics with time-varying angular acceleration Relationships between linear and angular variables

1 Week

**Rotational Dynamics**

Angular momentum Newton’s laws and rotation M ore Torque

Conservation of angular momentum

Conservation of mechanical energy for translational and rotational motion

**Translational and Rotational Equilibrium** 3 days

**Gravitation**

Orbits of planets and satellites

Geophysical applications, weightlessness Kepler’s laws

Black holes

1 Week

**Unit 9**

**Oscillations and**
**Waves**

**Simple Harmonic Oscillations**

M ass on Spring Simple Pendulum Energy in Oscillators

Damped harmonic oscillations

1 week

**Waves**

Transverse waves / Standing waves Waves on a string

Interference of waves Properties of Waves

3 days

**Waves II**

Speed of sound Interference

Intensity and sound level Doppler Effect

3 days

**Unit 10 **

**Thermal Physics**

**Temperature and Heat**

M echanical Equivalent of heat Heat transfer and thermal expansion Temperature scales

First Law of Thermodynamics

3 days

**Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory**

Ideal gases and Ideal Gas Law Translational kinetic theory M ean free path

Distribution of molecular speeds

Degrees of freedom and molar specific heats Second Law (including heat engines)

**Unit 11**
**Nuclear and**
**Quantum**
**Mechanics**

**Nuclear Physics and Quantum Mechanics**

**Unit 11** **/**

**Alternate**
**Astrophysics**

**Astrophysics**

Stellar quantities

Stellar characteristics and stellar evolution Cosmology

2 weeks