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Physics Core/AP 1 and 2

2018-2019 Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus for Core/AP Physics

2018-2019 Core and AP Physics Syllabus: Homework, Reading Assignments, Discussion Topics, and Labs

Use the Links in the Homework column to find your homework assignment for Monday and Wednesday chat sessions (Friday chats focus on lab work and AP preparation). Homework is due on the date given, unless otherwise stated in the assignment.

SessionChatHomeworkReadingTopicLab
1Sep 5, 2018HW011: 1-8Basic Methods of Observation
2Sep 7, 2018Equal Arm Balance/Density
3Sep 10, 2018HW02A2: 1-5Motion in One Dimension
4Sep 12, 2018HW02B2: 6-8Constant AccelerationFalling Bodies 1
5Sep 14, 2018Falling Bodies 2
6Sep 17, 2018HW03A3: 1-4Vectors
7Sep 19, 2018HW03B3: 5-8Motion in Two Dimensions
8Sep 21, 2018Projectiles Challenge
9Sep 24, 2018HW04A4: 1-4Forces: Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws
10Sep 26, 2018HW04B4: 5-7Forces: Newton's Third LawForce Vectors: Force Table
11Sep 28, 2018Intertial vs. Gravitational Mass
12Oct 1, 2018HW04C4: 8Forces: applications
13Oct 3, 2018HW05A5: 1-3Uniform Circular Motion; GravityForce Vectors: Inclined Planes #1 (Frictionless)
14Oct 5, 2018Centripetal Force
15Oct 8, 2018HW05B5: 4-7Gravitation and Weightlessness
16Oct 10, 2018HW05C5: 8-10Kepler's lawsPendulum 1
17Oct 12, 2018Pendulum 2
18Oct 15, 2018HW06A6: 1-4Work and Energy
19Oct 17, 2018HW06B6: 5-7Conservation and Non-Conservative ForcesInclined Planes and Friction
20Oct 19, 2018Spring Constant
21Oct 22, 2018HW06C6: 8-10Conservation of Energy
22Oct 24, 2018HW07A7: 1-4MomentumAtwook's machine
23Oct 26, 2018Collision Kinematics 1
24Oct 29, 2018HW07B7: 5-10Elastic and Inelastic Collisions
25Oct 31, 2018HW08A8: 1-3Angular Motion and accelerationCollision Kinematics 2
26Nov 2, 2018Torsion Pendulum 1
27Nov 5, 2018HW08B8: 4-6Rotational Dynamics
28Nov 7, 2018HW08C8: 7-9Rotational Kinetic energyTorsion Pendulum 2
29Nov 9, 2018Rolling bodies (Galileo exp)
30Nov 12, 2018HW09A9: 1-4Static Equilibrium
31Nov 14, 2018HW09B9: 5-7Elasticity, Stress, and StrainEquilibrium
32Nov 16, 2018Structural Integrity
33Nov 19, 2018ReviewReview of Classical Mechanics
34Nov 21, 2018HW10A10: 1-7Fluid Dynamics
Nov 23, 2018THANKSGIVING
35Nov 26, 2018HW10B10: 8-14Buoyancy and ViscosityBernoulli's Principle
36Nov 28, 2018HW11A11: 1-6Simple Harmonic Motion
37Nov 30, 2018Spring Oscillation
38Dec 3, 2018HW11B11: 7-16Wave Motion
39Dec 5, 2018HW12A12: 1-9SoundStanding Waves
40Dec 7, 2018Speed of Sound
41Dec 10, 2018HW13A13: 1-5Thermal Equilibrium
42Dec 12, 2018HW13B13: 6-13Ideal Gas LawThermal Expansion
43Dec 14, 2018Calorimetry
44Dec 17, 2018HW14A14: 1-4Specific HeatGas Volumes
45Dec 19, 2018HW14B14: 5-8Heat TransferSpecific Heat
46Dec 21, 2018
Dec 24, 2018ChristmasNo Class
Dec 26, 2018ChristmasNo Class
Dec 28, 2018ChristmasNo Class
Dec 31, 2018New YearsNo Class
Jan 2, 2019New YearsNo Class
Jan 4, 2019New YearsNo Class
47Jan 7, 2019PL15A15: 1-4Laws of Thermodynamics
48Jan 9, 2019PL15B15: 5-6Heat Engines and WorkAdiabatic Changes
49Jan 11, 2019Joule's Experiment
50Jan 14, 2019PL15C15: 7-12Entropy
51Jan 16, 2019REVIEW
52Jan 18, 2019Statistical Implications
53Jan 21, 2019PL16A16: 1-6Electrical Charge
54Jan 23, 2019PL16B16: 7-12The Electric FieldElectric Force
55Jan 25, 2019Electroscope
56Jan 28, 2019PL17A17: 1-6Electric Potential
57Jan 30, 2019PL17B17: 7-11Electrical Capacitance and EnergySimple Circuit 1: Series Circuits
58Feb 1, 2019
59Feb 4, 2019PL18A18: 1-6Electrical Power and Direct Current
60Feb 6, 2019PL18B18: 7-10Alternating CurrentSimple Circuit 2: Parallel Circuits
61Feb 8, 2019Simple Circuit 3: Kirchhoff's Rules/Electric Circuit 2
62Feb 11, 2019PL19A19: 1-4DC Circuits and EMFs
63Feb 13, 2019PL19B19: 5-8RC CircuitsInternal Resistance
64Feb 15, 2019Circuits with Capacitors
65Feb 18, 2019PL20A20: 1-4Magnetic Fields
66Feb 20, 2019PL20B20: 5-12Ampere's Law
67Feb 22, 2019Map a Magnetic Field
68Feb 25, 2019PL21A21: 1-5Induction
69Feb 27, 2019PL21B21: 8-15Transformers and LRC Circuits
70Mar 1, 2019Electric Motor
71Mar 4, 2019PL22A22: 1-7Electromagnetic Waves
72Mar 6, 2019PL23A23: 1-5Light and Reflection
73Mar 8, 2019Speed of Light
74Mar 11, 2019PL23B23: 6-10Lenses and Refraction
75Mar 13, 2019PL24A24: 1-5Light: Waves and ParticlesReflection
76Mar 15, 2019Refraction
77Mar 18, 2019PL24B24: 6-12Diffraction and Polarization
78Mar 20, 2019PL25A25: 1-6Optical Instruments: MagnificationYoung's Experiment
79Mar 22, 2019Thin Film Interference
80Mar 25, 2019PL25B25: 7-12Optical Instruments: Resolution
81Mar 27, 2019PL26A26: 1-5Special Relativity
82Mar 29, 2019Telescope
83Apr 1, 2019PL26B26: 6-11Mass and Energy
84Apr 3, 2019PL27A27: 1-6Early Quantum Mechanics
85Apr 5, 2019GPS Relativity
86Apr 8, 2019PL27B27: 7-13Wave-Partical Duality
87Apr 10, 2019PL28A28: 1-6Quantum MechanicsBlackbody Radiation
88Apr 12, 2019Spectrometry
Apr 15, 2019Holy WeekNo Class
Apr 17, 2019Holy WeekNo Class
Apr 19, 2019Holy WeekNo Class
89Apr 22, 2019PL28B28: 7-12Quantum NumbersDemonstration Lab: Photoelectric effect
90Apr 24, 2019PL29A29: AllMolecules and Solids
91Apr 26, 2019Wave Nature of Light
92Apr 29, 2019PL30A30: 1-7Radioactivity
93May 1, 2019PL30B30: 8-13Decay and half-lives
94May 3, 2019CHALLENGE LAB: Geiger Counter
95May 6, 2019PL31A31: 1-4Nuclear Fission and Fusion
96May 8, 2019[AP Physics 1 Exam May 7]
97May 10, 2019[AP Physics 2 Exam May 10]CHALLENGE LAB: Hadron Collider Data
98May 13, 2019PL31B31: 5-9Practical uses for Radiation
99May 15, 2019PL32A32: 1-7Elementary Particles
100May 17, 2019CHALLENGE LAB: Cloud Chamber
101May 20, 2019PL32B32: 8-12Strange Particles and Quarks
102May 22, 2019PL33A33: 1-10Astrophysics
103May 24, 2019CHALLENGE LAB: Black Body radiation
May 27, 2019Memorial Day Holiday
104May 29, 2019REVIEW
105May 31, 2019Planning for Summer LAB completions

You may also want to review the Physics 1 syllabus and Physics 2 syllabus. Each has been certified as AP compliant for 2018-2019 academic year.