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Course: AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 Option

V AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 Option • 2019 listing - for reference only • Grade 11 or above • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
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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 Option website.
* Description
The AP Physics option allows students to develop more advanced skills for each unit of the Honors Physics course, to apply scientific methods and analyze current research results, to perform more detailed and complex laboratory investigations, and to engage in learning activities and quizzes, which (together with the Honors Physics course requirements) meet or exceed the AP standards for a first-year college level physics course and which are also designed to prepare them to excel on the AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 examinations.

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 opportunity for the dedicated student to complete both courses in a single year. Students must be taking Honors Physics simultaneously to be accepted for the AP Physics Option. Students completing both courses satisfactorily will receive AP credit for their work. REQUIRED LAB WORK: AP Option students must complete a specific number of labs in each topic area for a total of 18 labs: 7 labs from classical mechanics; 4 labs from solids, liquids, gases, and thermodynamics; 5 labs from electricity and magnetism, and 2 labs from modern physics. This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is not used to allow students with limited internet access to participate fully, and to encourage precise thinking and writing skills.

* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students taking the AP Option will generally be assigned more advanced and challenging homework problems as part of their Honors course. They will also have additional assignments and quizzes to help them develop college-level skills and to prepare for the AP examination, as well as six additional labs to complete.
* 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
AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 courses are 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 (two for the Honors course, one for the AP discussion) is required for all students. Honors course sessions will cover textbook materials and homework assignments. The third session will cover additional lab work, advanced applications, and specific preparation for the AP examination.
V Textbooks and Materials
* 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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