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AP Physics

Longwood High School - Science Department
AP PHYSICS B - COURSE OUTLINE


COURSE GOALS:
Physics offers the opportunity to become acquainted with a quantitative science, as well as to inculcate sound study habits and problem solving techniques that hopefully are carried over into other areas of personal endeavor. This course is a full year and will end with a regents examination in June. In the month of May, there is an Advanced Placement exam offered. All the work necessary for the AP exam will have been covered by that time, however, there will be an additional topic that will need to be covered for the regents.

MATERIALS: notebook, calculator, and separate lab notebook

HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned regularly. Basically, there will be two types. One will be assignments from the textbook occurring 2 to 4 times a week. The time necessary to complete these assignments will vary from 15 minutes to 1 hour. They will be checked for neatness and effort, and the results will be noted in the classdex. The second type of homework will be lab reports. Lab reports, which are submitted late without a legitimate excuse, will have their grades lowered. The later the lab, the greater the penalty.

GRADING: Your grade will be determined primarily by test grades, lab grades and class participation. Usually a test will be given a value of three times a lab grade. Class participation will play a significant part in the determination of your grade. At the end of each quarter, you will receive a class participation grade, which will be recorded in the classdex. Class participation will include the following: attendance, punctually to class, positive contributions to the classroom instructional process, effort, work in laboratory, contributions during small group activities, punctual submission of lab reports and other written work, and attentiveness in class.

GENERAL CLASSROOM RULES AND PROCEDURE

1. Please make every effort to get to class and be seated ready to work before the late bell.

2. Consideration, control and common sense should govern your behavior in the classroom and the laboratory.

3. You may be handling materials in the lab that have the potential to cause damage to you and your fellow students. Thus, your behavior in the lab must be appropriate. There can be no fooling around or practical joking. You may not have any food at the lab tables.

4. Please help us maintain our equipment and room in as good a condition as we find it.

COURSE OBJECTIVES ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS B

I. KINEMATICS

A. Motion in One Dimension
B. Motion in a Plane

II. NEWTON’S LAWS OF MOTION

A. Dynamics of Single Body
B. Systems of Two or More Bodies

III. CONSERVATION LAWS IN CLASSICAL MECHANICS

A. Work, Energy, and Power
B. Linear Momentum
C. Angular Momentum

IV. OTHER TOPICS IN MECHANICS

A. Torque and Rotational Motion
B. Gravitation and Planetary Motion
C. Oscillations

V. KINETIC THEORY AND THERMODYNAMICS

A. Temperature and Heat
B. Kinetic Theory and Thermodynamics of Ideal Gases
C. First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics

VI. ELECTROSTATICS

A. Charge, Field, and Potential
B. Electrostatics with Conductors
C. Electric Field and Potential of Point Charges
D. Capacitance and the Parallel-Plate Capacitor

VII. ELECTRIC CIRCUITS

A. Current, Resistance, and Power
B. Steady-State, Direct-Current Circuits with Batteries, Resistors, and Capacitors

VIII. MAGNETISM

A. Forces of Charges
B. Currents and Magnetic Fields
C. Electromagnetic Induction

IX. WAVES AND OPTICS

A. Wave Motion
B. Physical Optics
C. Geometrical Optics

X. MODERN PHYSICS

A. Atomic Physics and Quantum Effect
B. Nuclear Physics


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