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Course: AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 Combination

V AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 Combination • Offering for 2017 • Grade 11 or above • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section dates, meeting times, and tuition are still being determined.
* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 Combination website.
* Description
Meeting times for this course will be available in February, 2016. If you are interested in this course and have time constraints, please notify the instructor as soon as possible.

In 2014, the Physics B exam was split into two one-year courses, Physics 1 and Physics 2. Many students are unable to take this amount of time to gain an understanding of the physics required for college level work in physics, astronomy, or engineering. This course is a unique AP-approved opprotunity for the dedicated student to complete both courses in a single year. The course introduces students to the principles of classical (Physics 1) and modern (Physics 2) physics, including basic concepts of motion, conservation laws, kinematics and dynamics, energy, momentum, thermodynamics, optics, electrical and magnetic fields, light wave mechanics, quantum mechanics, and nuclear energy.

* Meetings
This course meets 3 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Note: this is a "double course". Students read 10-20 pages of math-intensive text and complete homework assignments of 5-10 problems twice a week, posting a complete solution with explanations for several of the problems from each assignment. Online quizzes are required for each unit, and comprehensive examinations are given each semester. Students must also complete lab work weekly or bi-weekly and submit formal lab reports, then participate in discussions of results.
* Prerequisites
SO Natural Science 1 and 2 or equivalent three-year junior high physical/life/earth science combination, plus Honors or AP Biology or Chemistry emphasizing lab work and scientific methodology. Algebra covering the evaluation of functions and the quadratic equation and basic geometry must be completed prior to course. Trigonometry and precalculus math should be taken prior to enrollment or concurrently if trigonometry will be covered immediately.
* Recommended background
Students should have mastered basic concepts of energy and motion, the forces of gravity, electricity, and magnetism. They should be comfortable with performing home labs, and well-versed in the AP science skills.
* Instructor's Notes
This course is normally taught as a two-year sequence. Students attempting the intensive combination should be high motivated and self-disciplined, prepared to commit significantly more time than they would normally spend on a single course. Up to 15 hours per week may be required for chat preparation, quizzes, and lab work. Attendance at three weekly sessions is required for all students. Two sessions will cover textbook materials and homework assignments. The third session will cover lab work and specific preparation for the AP examination in May, 2017.
V Textbooks and Materials
* Physics: Principles with Applications (Edition: 7)
Donald C. Giancoli
This text is required.
ISBN: 0321869117
Publisher's website: Physics: Principles with Applications
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Note: the link to the publisher's website offers an eText from VitalSource.com for a limited time period. Pearson no longer offers this text in printed format. However, it has been out for a number of years, and any printed (hardcover, softcover) or online version will be acceptable as long as it is the seventh edition.
* Physics: Principles with Applications AP Test Prep Workbook (Edition: 6)
Douglas C. Giancoli
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 0536731586
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: This workbook was prepared for the previous edition of the text and may be available in used copies now. It contains exercises preparation for students planning on taking the AP text.


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