Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday, 12/22

Today we did Chapter 10, Fluids.
Slides are posted here:

Homework: Chapter 10, #5, 9, 17, 23, 39

Also, solutions for previous homework are posted here:
(chapter 8, #36 and 40, and Chapter 9, #21)

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday, 12-16-10

Today we will go over the Chapter 9 homework and then you will investigate Statics in more detail on the computers.

Go to the Novell Screen, then
Multimedia Science School (MSS)

Physics > Mechanics > Statics > lesson

Rotational Equilibrium

Linear Equilibrium

Homework for tonight is review problems from Chapter 8 and 9.
Chapter 8 - #36, #40
Chapter 9 - #21

Due Monday and we will go over it then.

On Monday we will also start Chapter 10, Fluids, so read the chapter this weekend.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Schedule Update 12-14-10

Today we did Chapter 9 - slides are available here:

Homework is Chapter 9, Problems: # 7, 13, 23, 45, 49

Also, don't forget to hand in the Momentum "test" and your corrected exams.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Schedule Update

Today we did Chapter 8 - Rotational Motion. Slides can be found here: - download the PDF file.
Or view online with Google Docs at:

Homework is Chapter 8 - problems #7, 15, 23, 31, 43, 51

On Friday we will go over the homework and go over the last test. You will also get a review packet on Momentum to work on over the weekend. Points from this assignment will go towards your last test.

Monday, December 6, 2010

PowerSchool Access for Students

Students now have access to PowerSchool. You can check your grades and attendance very easily. If your teacher uses the Gradebook (like I do) you can see individual grades and even check if you are missing any work.

Login is done just like you are logging into a school computer.

Here is the link:

Make sure you also check to see if there are any "CUTS" that should be "EAB" (excused absence) and get a note from your parent or have your parent call the school.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

UPDATE - I will be absent on Thursday - Quiz now Monday

Due to a family illness, I will be out on Thursday. So, your quiz on Chapter 6 and 7 will be on Monday.

Make sure you review the chapters and the homework. Here are some review sites: - Chp 3 is Work, Power, Energy and Chp 4 is Momentum.

Try your homework problems again without looking at solutions and make sure you can do them.

Email me with any questions.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Free online scientific calculator available

I have included a free, online scientific calculator on the main class site (

This is a great resource if you don't have your own calculator but can get to a computer.

Protocol for Solving Physics Problems

The protocol is an appraoch to problem solving for Physics. 
10 steps
1. read the problem
2. create a meanful diagram
3. determine the variables
4. assign values to variables (what you are given and what you know, and what you are looking for)
6. choose equation
7. do your algebra (to solve for the variable you are looking for)
8. substitue values into equation
9. complete the math
10 check sig figs and box or circle answer

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010


Monday 11/22
Chapter 7 lecture - Linear Momentum

Homework: Chapter 7 Problems: # 3, 7, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, 35, 49

On Wednesday we will go over the homework and then do the momentum lab.

Reminder: QUIZ - Tuesday, November 30th, on Chapter 6 and 7

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Schedule for next week

Monday 11/22
Chapter 7 lecture - Linear Momentum

(you should read through the chapter this weekend. In fact, your homework for this weekend is to read Chapter 7. Make sure you look at how the problems are solved too.)

The slides for Chapter 7 are already posted here:

Wednesday 11/25 1/2 day

0753-0905 Period 2
0910 - 1010 Period 3
1015 - 1045 Lunch
1050 - 1227 We will go over the homework and start a LAB on Momentum

You will have a QUIZ ON CHP 6 and 7 on TUESDAY, 11/30
Review the chapters and your homework.

Thursday, November 18th

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Today you will be using interactive multimedia software to further explore Work and Energy. I will also give you some time at the end of class to work on your Project. You should create a schedule, make assignments to teams, and come up with the plan on how you will proceed with the online physics resource project.

Instructions for today's assignment:

Log in and go to Multimedia Science School.

Select the following:

Work and Energy
Energy Changes

As you go through the lesson, make sure you pay attention to each part of the lesson and take notes. Write down any questions (and answers) and information from each page in your notes that you think is helpful for future reference. Do not write everything down though. This is for you for future study and reference.

Try each simulation multiple times with different variables so you can truly see what is happening.

As you work through the lessons, perform the calculations for yourselves before selecting the final row in the ‘Calculate work’ table, to check your answers.

Think before you post online

Think before you post anything on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, a blog, or even email or text message. That information could end up being seen by anyone. 

Friday, November 12, 2010


Today, Friday, November 12th

We did Chapter 6. The slides are available here:
(there are 3 solved examples on there).

Homework is Chapter 6, Problems: 9, 23, 31, 33, 39, 43, 51, 63.  We will go over the problems on Tuesday and then do a computer assignment to explore the concepts of Work, Power, and Energy some more.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Schedule Update

Today, Monday, November 8th we went over the homework from Chapter 5 (problems  )

Hint for reviewing for quiz - look over your notes, skim chapter 5 and try some of the homework problems again.

We also went over #73 today - you can find the solution for this problem, and the solutions to the homework, here:

Wednesday is your quiz on Chapter 5.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Reminder: Tomorrow (Thursday) we will be finishing the circular motion lab and then you will have a short quiz on Chapter 5. You will have some time to ask questions, so come prepared.

See you then.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Schedule Update

Today we went over the 1st homework from Chapter 5 and then finished the rest of the Chapter 5 lecture (Universal Gravitation).

Your homework is Chapter 5, Problems # 35, 39, 43, 55

You can see some videos about Cavindish's Experiment too. One is an animation, the other is the actual experiment done by someone.

Monday, October 25, 2010

schedule update

Today we did the 1st half of Chapter 5 - Circular Motion.

Homework is Chp 5, Problems # 1, 5, 7, 17, 23, 25

On Wednesday we will go over the homework and continue with the rest of Chapter 5 (Universal Gravitation).

Don't forget to fix your incorrect problems from the last quiz. They are due on Friday.

Slides for the Chapter 5 lecture are available here:
(there are also some other good review packets on there)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Schedule Update

Today we went over Chp 4 - #63, 65, 69.

Your homework is Chp 4, #10, 26, 41

On Tuesday, we will go over the homework and then have a Quiz on Forces (Chp 4). You should review all of your notes and all of the problems we have done to prepare for the quiz.

I have also posted the solutions to the previous homework problems here:

Please email me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Solutions to homework

I have posted the solutions to your homework here:

The file name is:  "AP Physics Chapter 4 Homework and Answers - 10-05-2010.pdf"

Make sure you review the solutions and come to class with any questions you have. 

Friday, October 1, 2010


Homework for the weekend:

Chapter 4 Problems #5, 33, 39, 45, 53

You should also read through the lab packet so that you can finish that up on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, I will go over any homework problems that you had trouble with and you will finish the lab.

Email me if you have any questions or issues over the weekend.


Some reminders for you.

Do Now (everyday as you enter class)
Put away cell phones and MP3 players.
Take out any assignments or homework.
Reflect on last class and prepare any questions for me.
Mentally prepare for class – get ready to learn.

Homework (this you do everyday)
Reflect on today’s class and what you learned.
How did you do in class today?
Could you do something better next class?
Do you have any questions on what we did in class?

These are the things that students should do everyday, for every class they are in.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Reminder that you have a quiz on Monday on Chp 3 - Projectile motion.

Review the chapter, review your homework and look at the resources in the two posts below.

You will be able to use the equation sheet I gave you on the quiz You can ask questions on Monday before the quiz also.

Email me over the weekend if you have any questions.

Great site with review videos on lots of topics.

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

They have tons of videos with lectures on reviews of different topics, including math, science, and more.

Check it out and definitely check out the section on Physics.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Projectile Motion Review

Remember - quiz on projectile motion next Monday.

Do the following for review:
Multimedia Science School - Physics - Mechanics - Kinematics - Lesson - Projectile Motion

You can also go to:

(good video )

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Excel tutorials and help

You are going to do the calculations for the Balloon Launch lab in Excel.

Here are some resources to get you started:
(you'll want to look at formulas and functions)

And More:

Below are the answers - see if yours are the me if you have problems.
We'll finish up on Thursday before starting forces.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday, September 17th

Today we will be doing the 1st hands-on projectile motion lab. If you finish the lab with time left in class, proceed to this site,, and follow the directions for completing the activity.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday, Sept 13th 2010

Today we will go over the Chapter 3 homework and you will have some more problems for practice for homework tonight (Chapter 3, Problems # 1, 7, 15 ).

After we go over the homework, we will do the following work on the computers. This work will help you understand 2 Dimensional Motion and vectors.

Kinematics - 2D
Projectile Motion Applets 1-5
Shoot the Monkey

Kinematics, Projectile Motion 

If you finish these two activities and still have time left you should go to this site, , and go through the section on Vectors and 2D Kinematics.  (If you don't have time in class, you should go over this at home).

Some students have emailed me with questions on assignments or topics, please continue to do so. I don't want anyone to be frustrated about an assignment. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Today we did Chapter 3, Motion in 2 Dimensions.

Homework: Chp 3 Problems: #5, 9, 13,  19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 31, 33


Email me with any questions or stop by my room on Wednesday or Friday.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Today we did Chapter 2, Kinematics in 1 Dimension. Homework: Chapter 2, Problems #1, 5, 13, 19, 23, 33, 36 due on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, we will go over the homework, answer any questions people have, and then do Chp 3, Kinematics in 2 Dimensions. This chapter will have homework problems, computer work and simulations, and two labs.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Reminder to all students that due to the high heat, Thursday will be an early dismissal.

Also, Hurricane Earl may have an affect on us this week/weekend.

You should be prepared for emergencies - for more information, go to the following websites:

1st Day

Today we went through Chapter 1 in your book. It was an intro to physics and really quick review of units, measurement, laws, and theories. 

Homework: Chapter 1, Problems # 3, 4, 13, 19, 21 due Friday.

On Friday, I will check everyone's homework and then we will go over it.

Another tip/resource: 
AP Physics Question of the day - you can subscribe to this site and you will get an email with a problem from AP Physics. Try it out and then go to the site to see the solution. This is great for review and practice for the AP exam.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Welcome back to School!


My name is Mr. Andrade. I teach AP Physics, and M Physics. I am also the CPEP teacher at Central High School. I have a Bachelor's Degree, with Distinction, in Aerospace Engineering from WPI and I worked for 10 years as an engineer before becoming an educator. I have a Master's Degree in Education, with honors, from Walden University and I have been teaching here at Central High since 2002. I am also a paramedic and EMS-Instructor with over 22 years of experience in EMS. 

I am available in my room, C209, everyday except Wednesdays after school. Students can come and get extra help at that time. Students should feel free to ask for help at any time. Do not wait until you are really lost or confused to ask for help.
The AP Physics class is an advanced college level science course that will cover many topics and areas about the physical world around us, using lectures, demonstrations, labs, projects, humor and FUN. To fully achieve competence in this material, the students must work hard and apply themselves. Students must do all of the assigned work and reading. This course is extremely fast paced and the students must keep up with the reading and work.

M Physics is a college level science course that will cover many topics and areas about the physical world around us, using lectures, demonstrations, labs, projects, humor and FUN. To fully achieve competence in this material, the students must work hard and apply themselves. Students must do all of the assigned work. 

I use a lot of technology resources with my students. Everything is accessible from the main class website, This site has information about each class, class expectations and rules, reference links, and files for students to download. There are also individual sites for each class, listed below. These sites are updated often with the schedule, assignments, due dates, and more. Students can enter their email address at the site below for their class and they will get emails with updates and information.
Students and parents should feel free to email me at any time at I check my email daily. All of my students can check on their grades and status in my class at any time through PowerTeacher and PowerSchool. More information to follow. Parents can also have access to view their child's grades at any time. Just contact me and we will get it set up. 

While students may not have a specific homework assignment every night, they should be reviewing their notes and assignments every day. This is very important for success in these classes. Students must read the chapters and assignments and review their notes. All material in these classes builds upon the earlier material.

See the syllabus below.

Mr. Andrade        Central High School

AP Physics is a college level science course that will cover many topics and areas about the physical world around us, using lectures, demonstrations, labs, projects, humor and FUN. To fully achieve competence in this material, the students must work hard and apply themselves. You must do all of the assigned work and reading. This course is extremely fast paced and the students must keep up with the reading and work.

Work will include: Lectures, Labs and lab reports, Class and homework problems, Projects and project reports, Articles and various readings, Films and Videos, Demonstrations, Class Activities. We will also be doing practice AP Exams during the year. Students will work together on problems, projects, and lab investigations to learn team building skills. Many of the problems and labs will be open-ended, inquiry based projects. Students will be learning physics content as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills. Throughout the course, real world applications of the concepts being studied will be explored. Students will be assigned short “how does it work” assignments to research applications of physics concepts in the other sciences, consumer products, and research efforts.

The two websites above will contain files, links, assignments, and much more for you. Make sure you subscribe to the blogspot site using your email address.

Evaluation: Homework 20% (homework is essential to your success in this class)
Quizzes  20%
Labs /Projects 25%
Exams  20%
Effort, Attitude, Behavior 15%

The following areas will be covered:
  1. Introduction to Physics  1 week
  2. Kinematics in One Dimension  1.5 week
  3. Kinematics in Two Dimensions  1 week
  4. Dynamics  Newtons Laws of Motion  2 weeks
  5. Circular Motion  Gravitation  1 week
  6. Work and Energy  1 week
  7. Linear Momentum  1 week
  8. Rotational Motion   1 week
  9. Static Equilibrium  1 week
  10. Fluids  2 weeks
  11. Vibrations and Waves  1 week
  12. Sound  1 week
  13. Temperature and Kinetic Theory  1 week
  14. Heat  1 week
  15. Laws of Thermodynamics  1 week
  1. Electric Charge and Electric Field  1.5 weeks
  1. Electric Potential  1 week
  2. Electric Currents  1.5 weeks
  3. DC Circuits  1.5 weeks
  4. Magnetism  1 week
  5. Electromagnetic Induction and Faradays Law  1 week
  6. Electromagnetic Waves  1 week
  7. Light: Geometric Optics  1.5 weeks
  8. The Wave Nature of Light  1 week
  9. Optical Instruments  0.5 weeks
  10. Special Theory of Relativity  1 week
  11. Quantum Theory, Models of the Atom, Quantum Mechanics, Molecules and Solids  1 week
  12. Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity, Nuclear Energy, Elementary Particles  1 week
  13. Astrophysics and Cosmology  1 week

1 – 2 weeks are then spent reviewing and preparing for AP Exam. Some labs and projects are done after the AP Exam takes place.

Lab Investigations: (student conducted, virtual, teacher led demonstration)
Labs are typically open-ended and require the students to design their own lab procedure to solve a problem. Many of the labs are set up as a Physics Olympics event, with each team competing against each other to solve the problem. Students work in teams and may use any resources available to them in the room to complete their experiment. The design of the experiment and all data collecting is done during class, while the lab reports must be done at home. Students keep their lab notes in a notebook, and then submit a formal lab report. All lab reports are returned to students for them to keep for future reference.

Students will be assigned reading from the textbook, as well as problem sets for each section.
There will be a quiz after each unit and at least 4 exams during the year.
Released AP Test Questions will also be assigned as either homework or in class assessments.
There will be two research projects during the year where the students will be required to perform research on a
physics topic and either prepare a scientific report, or a presentation for the class.
Lab investigations will be held throughout the course and students will be expected to write lab reports for each lab.
Students will also complete short research projects throughout the year as well as virtual labs and explorations.

Handed out to every student to take home, plus a classroom set at school:
Giancoli, D. (2005). Physics: Principles with Applications, 6th rev. ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
ISBN 0-13-061143-3

In room for student use (1-10 copies of each):
Glencoe: Physics: Principles and Problems. 2005. Glencoe Publishing.
Giancoli, Physics: Principles with Applications, 5th ed (2002)
Holt: Physics by Serway and Faughn
Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt
Serway, Raymond A., and Jerry S. Faughn. 2003. College Physics. 6th ed. Pacific Grove, Calif.:
Brooks/Cole Publishing.
Cutnell, John D., and Kenneth W. Johnson. 2004. Physics. 6th ed. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons

Web Sites: – (my site) This site has links to textbook companion websites, the College Board web site, physics tutorial websites, and physics applets and demonstrations.

Equipment in room:
7 internet connected computers for student use
Extensive library of reference books
Lab equipment for all units
Virtual lab software for all units of physics

Reference Books: (copies available in classroom)
Barron’s AP Physics B Prep Book
AP Advantage, Physics B, by James Mooney
Cliffs Notes, AP Physics B

Required Materials:
Students are required to have a scientific or graphing calculator, notebook, and pencil.