• Advanced Placement Physics C

    Instructor:    Jeanette Hausman, Ph.D.

    Text:              Physics for Science and Enginieers 8th edition
                            Serway & Jewett 



    At the beginning of each unit, you will receive the set of readings from your text and the week the topics will be discussed. The readings correspond to the content areas of the A.P. Physics outline supplied by the College Board. You are expected to read the chapter prior to our discussion of it in class. This will familiarize you with the topics to be highlighted. However, in many instances it will be necessary to reinforce the discussions in class by reading sections of the text a second time.



    Chapter Format

    At the beginning of each chapter, we will discuss the theory and development of the equations and the concepts for the particular topic. This will typically take 2 to 3 class periods. The remainder of the time will be spent applying the theories to realistic situations through problem solving and lab work.



    I will do my best to prepare you for the Mechanics exam in May. If you are prepared for the exam, then you have learned a tremendous amount of Physics and should due well on the exam. However, for you to be prepared for the exam, you must work diligently throughout the year. I will assist you in any way that I can.



    Problem Sets

    Problem sets will be distributed prior to the beginning of the topics for each exam. They will be due the day of the quiz and prior to starting the next chapter. The problems in the set must be in the order they are assigned and include the following:

    *      Frame of reference (+,-)

    *      Diagram (can be simplistic)

    *      Parameters (the givens and what you are solving for)

    *      Equation(s) used or derived

    *      Set-up of the calculations (with units)

    *      Answer with the standard units

    *      Box off or highlight your answer


    Do not hand in your first drafts. What you hand in must represent your good copy. It will be placed in your problem book. It should be neat, clean, and easy to follow. If it is sloppy, it will not be accepted. Please include the date and chapter number at the beginning of each problem set. When trying the problems in class, this will be your rough draft. You can transfer it to your problem book to be turned in and graded.




    The day you turn in your problem set you will have a 15 minute quiz. The problem(s) on the quiz will be very similar to the problems from the set. If you have done your own work on the problem set, you will do well on the quizzes.




    You will have an average of 2 exams each quarter. Each exam will usually cover 3 chapters. The tests will be given during our double lab period or over 2 days (depending on the High School testing schedule).




    Your grade will be based on your scores on the exams, problem sets, labs, and quizzes. Occasionally you will be assigned a special assignment that does not fit into one of the above categories.

                            Problem Sets                        20 points each

                            Quizzes                                  20 points each

                            Lab Reports                           20-30 points each

                            Exams                                    100-120 points each



    Calculator Rules

    You should store all of your physics formulas in the calculator. You will be permitted to use your calculator on all portions of quizzes, exams, and the A.P. Exam in May which involve problem solving. You are not permitted to use calculators on Multiple Choice sections of the above mentioned items.




    *                  A loose leaf binder. I distribute numerous handouts and this type of notebook will help to keep things organized.

    *                  A composition book for your problem sets (provided)

    *                  A  TI 84 plus or similar calculator.

    *                  Ruler and Protractor



    A. P. Exam in May

    You will be taking the Physics-C Mechanics Exam in May. Although our course studies some topics in Electricity and Magnetism, you will not have sufficient knowledge of these topics to take the E & M Exam.


Last Modified on May 18, 2012