Monday, December 26, 2011

Midterm Exam info

The AP Physics MidTerm Exam will consist of multiple choice and free response problems.

It will be on Chapters 1 - 13. We will be doing chapter 12 and 13 when we return from break.

Make sure you student your notes, homework, past quizzes and tests and review the chapters in the book.

Here are some sites you can also use for studying:   (this site has some of same materials as first one, and more)

Remember the class notes are posted here:

You should start reviewing now so that you have time to ask questions and absorb the material again.

IMPORTANT - tell your parents that the progress reports are almost 3 weeks out of date and that they should check PowerSchool for an updated grade.

Midterm Exam Schedule:

Friday, January 13
8:00 – 10:00 Period 1 Exam
10:05 – 10:15 Homeroom
10:20 – 12:20 Period 2 Exam
12:20 Dismissal for students, lunch is available from 12:20 – 12:50
BUT buses will be ready at 12:20 and will leave by 12:25 (no buses at 12:50)

Monday, January 16: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 17
8:00 – 10:00 Period 3 Exam
10:05 – 10:15 Homeroom
10:20 – 12:20 Period 4 Exam
12:20 Dismissal for students, lunch is available from 12:20 – 12:50
BUT buses will be ready at 12:20 and will leave by 12:25 (no buses at 12:50)

Wednesday, January 18
8:00 – 10:00 Period 5 Exam
10:05 – 10:15 Homeroom
10:20 – 12:20 Period 6 Exam
12:20 Dismissal for students, lunch is available from 12:20 – 12:50
BUT buses will be ready at 12:20 and will leave by 12:25 (no buses at 12:50)

Thursday, January 19
8:00 – 10:00 Period 7 Exam
10:05 – 10:15 Homeroom
10:20 – 12:20 makeup exams
12:20 Dismissal for students, lunch is available from 12:20 – 12:50
BUT buses will be ready at 12:20 and will leave by 12:25 (no buses at 12:50)

Friday, January 20
Last day of marking period

Regular schedule 1-2-3-4-6-7
Make up exams to be arranged with teachers

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone! Have a great vacation!

Mr. A

Monday, December 19, 2011

Slides for 2nd part of chapter 11 posted

The slides for the 2nd part of chapter 11 are now posted. We will continue with this on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Schedule Update

Today, Thursday, 12-15-2011, we started Chapter 11 - Vibrations and Waves.

I have posted the slides for part 1 of the lecture, which we will finish tomorrow.
There is no homework yet for this chapter, except to read the chapter.

Here are the slides for part 1:
"AP Physics - Chp 11 - Vibrations and Waves - Part 1.pdf"

We will do part 2 of the lecture next week. I will post those slides then.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Chapter 10 - Fluids

The class notes for Chapter 10, Fluids, which we are doing on Friday, 12/09, are posted here:

Homework is Chapter 10, Problems # 5, 9, 17, 23, 39 due next class.

Next week, you will be doing virtual labs on fluids and then moving on to Chapter 11 - Vibrations and Waves.

Friday, December 2, 2011

In class assignment for Friday and Monday

Multimedia Science School (MSS)
Physics > Mechanics > Statics > lesson
•Rotational Equilibrium
•Linear Equilibrium

Physics > Mechanics > Materials > Lesson
Stretching Materials

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Schedule Update

Today we went over the homework from Chapter 8 and did the lecture for Chapter 9. 

Homework: Chp 9 Problems: # 7, 13, 23, 45, 49

Slides for Chp 9 are posted here:

AP Physics - Chp 09 - Static Equil-Elas-Fract.pdf

On Friday we will go over the Chapter 9 homework and start an online simulation on stress and strain. 

On Monday we will finish the simulation. 

On Wednesday, December 7th, you will have a quiz on Chapter 8 and 9. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tips and Tricks for Better Searches with Google

This is a great infographic that has been making the rounds on the internet. It shows some great tips on doing better (ie. more targeted) searches on Google.

Get more out of Google
Created by: HackCollege

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011

Today we did the lecture for Chapter 7 - Linear Momentum

Lecture notes are posted here:
"AP Physics - Chp 07 - Linear Momentum.pdf"

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

Make sure you read the examples in the chapter. 

Here are some help sites for you also:

Friday, November 4, 2011

Circular and Gravitation review

Novell > Multimedia Science School

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Work and Energy Activity

Login to computer.

Go to Multimedia Science School on the Novell screen.


Physics > Mechanics > Work and Energy > Lesson > Energy Changes.

Go through the entire lesson, taking notes as needed and using each simulation and activity.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 1st

Today, we did Chapter 6, Work and Energy, Homework is: Problems: # 9, 23, 31, 33, 39, 43, 51, 63

Lecture notes are posted here:

AP Physics - Chp 06 - Work-Power-Energy.pdf

Thursday we will go over the homework and do a lab. 

There will be a Quiz on Monday (short) on Chp 5 and 6. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday, October 31st

Today we went over the second set of homework from Chapter 5 (#33, 35, 39, 43, 55).

Tonight, do Chapter 5, #73, 74, and 75.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, we will go over those three problems and then start Chapter 6 (Work and Energy).

Happy (and safe) Halloween

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thursday 10-20-2011

Today we started Chapter 5 and did the 1st part on Circular Motion.

Homework: Problems  #1, 5, 7, 17, 23, 25

lecture notes are posted on class site:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Reminder - due tomorrow

Long time, no see everyone!

Remember, the following is due tomorrow:

Chapter 4, Problems #10, 26, 41, 65, 69, 71, 75, 81

Practice AP test problem (skip e,f)

Lab Report

Hopefully you aren't waiting until the last minute.

See you tomorrow - we will go over some of the problems and I'll give you the solutions for the rest.

Friday, September 30, 2011

AP Physics - Homework for Weekend

Hi everyone!

Don't forget, your homework for this weekend is as follows:

Finish original chapter 4 assignment - #45 and 53 and then do Chp 4 problems #5, 11, 19, 25, 33

We will go over them on Monday.

Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chapter 4 homework

Chp 4 Problems: # 1, 3, 7, 9, 21, 23, 29, 31, 39, 45, 53

Here is the second example from class:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chapter 4 lecture notes

Chapter 4 lecture notes are posted:

Make sure you read Chapter 4 and review the lecture notes again.

On Wednesday, we will do another example and start the problems in class.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday, Sept 14th

Today we finished the Chapter 3 lecture and did two examples of projectile motion problems.

Make sure you read the chapter and look over the examples in the book.

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

Email me if you have any problems.

Chapter 3 lecture notes:
AP Physics - Chp 03 - Kinematics in 2D.pdf

Some good help sites for this topic:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Sept 9th

Today we went over the homework from Chapter 2 and started Chapter 3.

Your homework over the weekend is to read Chapter 3.

Here are all of the lecture notes for all of Chapter 3. We will continue it next week.
AP Physics - Chp 03 - Kinematics in 2D.pdf

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Some cool free online apps for students

Here is a copy of a presentation on free online apps for students. These resources can definitely help you out.

Take a look at it and feel free to ask me any questions about the apps and I can help you use them.

Thursday Sept 8th

Today we went over the chapter 1 homework and then did the chapter 2 lecture (Kinematics in 1 Dimension).

Homework: Chp 2 Problems: # 1, 5, 13, 19, 23, 33, 36 

Answers to odd problems are in the back of the book. Answer to 36 a) 25m  b) 4.5 sec

Lecture notes:
AP Physics - Chp 02 - Kinematics in 1D.pdf

Cool electronic pen

I'm sharing this information with students about the Livescribe Pen today and Friday. The Livescribe pen records everything you write and can also record audio. It's a great tool, especially in college, to take notes in class. Your notes and audio recordings are then saved to you computer.

They are not cheap ($80-$190, depending on memory ) but there are sales and discounts available sometimes and it could be a good investment.

Here's some more info on it:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday, Sept 6th

Today we did Chapter 1 in your textbook. Here are the lecture notes:
(AP Physics - Chp 01 - intro-measure.pdf)

Your homework, due next class, is Chapter 1, Problems #3, 4, 13, 19, 21

On Thursday we will go over the Chapter 1 homework and then do the Chapter 2 lecture. You should read over Chapter 2 before then.

Monday, September 5, 2011

1st Assignments

Hi guys!

Remember, your 1st assignments are as follows:
1. Read and have your parents read, and then both sign, the signature form.
2. Same with the lab safety contract
3. Read Chapter 1 in the textbook.

See you on Tuesday! Hope you had a good weekend!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Welcome to AP Physics 2011-2012


AP Physics is a great class that is very challenging and fast moving. You will be learning quite a bit in this course. This site will be your main resource for the AP Physics class. It will have class announcements, information, reminders, assignments, and much more.

There are some links above that are for a welcome letter, syllabus, and signature form. On the right side of the blog, there are links to resources, references, and help sites.

Also on the right side is a place where you can sign up to receive updates from this site via email.

Your first assignments are to:
1. subscribe to this blog via email
2. have your parents fill out and sign, and you fill out and sign, the signature form
3. review the syllabus and other forms above
4. go HERE and fill in the survey.

I'm looking forward to a great year!

Mr. A.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Free Resources for Students - very useful, take a look

Free Resources for Students

Seniors - before you head off to college and your future endeavors, here are some free resources for you:

1. College Packing List - this site has some great tips on packing list for your trip off to college. You can even create a shopping list from it for any items you don't have.

2. BarCharts Tips for Success - this site has some free downloads for you.
KEYS TO COLLEGE SUCCESS, SURVIVING THE COLLEGE RIDE, and WHAT YOU WON'T LEARN IN COLLEGE. These are all free and have great tips, ideas, and resources for you.

3. Summary of Great Web 2.0 Resources for Students - this has a list of 13 free, online resources that can help you as a student. Note taking, organizing, online homework help, file backup, study tips, and much more.  You definitely want to check some of these out.

A couple of other good resources:
Citation Help (make sure you cite your sources correctly)
Get Yourself Organized to be a more efficient student
Web 2.0 Tools for Students - list of 30 of them

Advice and Tips to High School Students (tips before college):
"Advice and Tips for High School Students.pdf"

Good luck next year!! Keep in touch!

(These are also useful for the Juniors too!)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


NASA Logo - Web Link to


Go to and read through the entire page and click on ALL of the links on the page.

Keep in mind that you will be making and flying model rockets and this will help you in your effort. 

Image of model rocket and link to RocketModeler

Friday, May 6, 2011

Review for AP Exam

The AP Physics B Exam is Monday, May 9th at 12pm. Good luck!

Here are some review resources for you:

(see post below this for resources on chapters 26-33) 
- video lessons for each topic (lots!)
- practice problems, with answers for each problem.
Review packets with topic explanations, examples, and practice problems
AP Physics - Fluid Mechanics Review Packet.pdf
AP Physics - Review Packet - DC Circuits.pdf
AP Physics - Review Packet - Electric Fields and Forces.pdf
AP Physics - Review Packet - Magnetic Fields and Forces.pdf
AP Physics - Solving Problems - Atomic and Nuclear.pdf
AP Physics - Solving Problems - Electricity-Magnetism.pdf
AP Physics - Solving Problems - Fluids-Thermo.pdf
AP Physics - Solving Problems - Newtonian Mechanics.pdf
AP Physics - Solving Problems - Waves and Optics.pdf
AP Physics - Thermo Review Packet.pdf

Review your notes and homework also.

Good luck!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Chp 26-33 Overview

Chapter 26-33 Overview

Class notes are here:
"AP Physics - Chp 26-33 Overview.pdf"

Go through slides, do Multimedia Science School on slide 2 and online labs on slide 3. Don't worry about videos.

Also, go to and watch all of the video lessons. 

Read the chapters at home.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Monday, April 25th
Did Chapter 24 Lecture, 
Hmwk: Chp 24 Problems: # 5, 9, 15, 23, 29, 41 

Wednesday, April 27th 
Go over Chp 24 hmwk, Chp 25 lecture
Hmwk: Chp 25 Problems: # 7, 15, 23, 33, 41

Friday, April 29th
Go over Chp 25 hmwk, Labs

Thursday, April 14, 2011


REMINDER - AP Packet (2 AP practice tests) and the Chapter 23 homework are due on Monday, April 25th.

You can find more info in the post below on the site.

Enjoy your vacation!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Schedule 4-12 - 4-14 2011

Tuesday, April 12th

Chapter 22 Lecture. (Notes available here: )

Chp 22 Problems: # 3, 9, 21, 25, 33
Due Thursday, 4/14

Also assigned practice exam for April break. Due Monday, 4/25.

Thursday, 4/14

Homework: Chp 23 Problems: # 5, 15, 17, 29, 35, 43, 55
Due Monday, April 25th

Friday, April 8, 2011

Magnetism Labs

Go through all three lessons. Take notes in Microsoft Word and email them to me when done.

Notes should also point out anything new you learned.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Schedule Update

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Did Chapter 20 (magnetism) lecture.

Homework: Chapter 20 Problems # 1,3,9,11,13, 27,29,49

Lecture slides are available here:

Chapter 21 slides are already posted.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Go over homework from Chapter 20 and then do Chapter 21 lecture ( electromagnetic induction)

Homework: Chapter 21 Problems # 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 21, 31, 35, 39

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Go over homework from Chapter 21 and then do online investigations for both chapters.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Chapter 22 lecture

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

QUIZ Thursday!

Quiz Thursday on Chapters 16 - 19.

Here are the solutions to the DC Circuits problems.
"AP Physics - DC Circuits Practice - ANSWERS.doc"

The solutions skip some steps, so review them and come in Thursday with any questions so we can go over it before the quiz. The quiz is 2 multiple choice and 8 problems. They are all similar to the homework from the chapters.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Homework from Friday, 3/25

Homework assigned today, Friday, 3/25 is DC Circuits practice problems. 

If you forgot or lost yours, or were absent, you can find them here:

AP Physics - DC Circuits Practice.pdf

They are due on Tuesday, 3/29. We will go over them then and continue with the circuits labs.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Electric Circuits online work

Multimedia Science School
DC Electricity
»     Current and Resistors
»     Electromotive Force and Kirchoff’s
»     Resistors

»     Capacitors in Circuits
»     Charging and Discharging Capacitors

Monday, March 21, 2011


Today we went over Chapter 18, Electric Current. 

Homework: Chp 18 Problems: # 5, 7, 11, 13, 27, 33, 43

Slides are posted here:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Schedule Update and Homework

Today we went over Chapter 17 - Electric Potential

Slides are available here:

Homework: Chapter 17 Problems: # 3, 5, 15, 21, 35, 37, 43, 47

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Schedule Update and Homework

Today we went over Chapter 16 - Electric Charge and Electric Fields

Slides are available here:

Homework: Chapter 16 Problems: # 5, 7, 9, 23, 25, 27, 31

Here are some resources to help you understand this material also:

(The "Monterey" Videos are very good)

On Thursday, we will go over the homework and any questions you have and then we will go over Chapter 17 - Electric Potential. Slides are already posted here. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

AP Practice Problems for Thermo

In case you were absent or lost yours, here is the sheet with the two AP Practice Problems for fluids/thermo.

"AP Physics - Heat-Thermo review problems.doc"

Don't forget, there are also a bunch of review packets on that site for you to use as you prepare for the AP test.  (example "AP Physics - Thermo Review Packet.pdf")

Heat/Fluids/Thermo online labs and AP Practice problems

Got to the following sites and follow instructions.
Change volume, E, and molecules and observe what happens

Run simulation, change variables and observe what happens
Read directions and do all 7 experiments

When done, come up and get the two practice AP Problems which are due next class.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Schedule and Homework

Today we finished the gas labs and did Chapter 14 (Heat).

Homework: Chp 14 Problems: # 47, 51, 59

Slides are also posted here:

(Chapter 15 slides are already posted - read them)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Online Labs for Gases and States of Matter

Today you will be doing two online labs.

Fill out the lab sheet as you work through the labs.

Here are the websites you will be using.



Click "RUN NOW" for each one.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Great site for study skills

Here is a great site with links to a ton of resources that will help you with study skills. 

Check it out and bookmark it for future reference. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Schedule and homework

Today we did Chapter 13, Temperature and Kinetic Theory

Homework: Chp 13 Problems: # 1, 5, 9, 13, 33, 43, 51

You should also start reading Chapter 14, Heat, over the break.

Slides for Chapter 13 are posted here:
(I also posted the lecture slides for Chapter 14 and 15 if you want to get a head start)

Have a great vacation!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Today was the quiz on Chapters 11 and 12. Those of you who were absent, make sure you see me Thursday to make it up.

Homework is to read Chapter 13 (Temperature and Kinetic Theory) for Friday.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Reminder- QUIZ on Wed 2/16

Reminder - you have a quiz on Wednesday, 2/16/2011 on Chapters 11 and 12 (Vibrations and Waves, Sound)

Review your notes, the textbook and your homework.

Also check out the online resources you worked on last week (see below).

Email me, or stop by tomorrow, with any questions.

AP Physics Sound Lab

Waves and Sound
Experiment 26 Doppler Effect
Experiment 27 Beat Frequency
Experiment 28 Wave Interference
Experiment 29 Pendulum
Experiment 30 Longitudinal Waves
Experiment 31 Reflection and Refraction
Experiment 32 Doppler Effect 

Friday, February 11, 2011

AP Physics schedule

On Thursday we did Chapter 12, Sound. Your homework is Chapter 12, Problems #7, 17, 21, 33, 37, 43, 55, 63.

slides from the lecture are posted here:

On Monday we will go over the homework and do some lab/experimentation.

On Wednesday you will have a Quiz on Chapters 11 and 12.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hi Guys!

Hi from court. I'm serving on a jury but should be back soon.

Keep up the good work. Remember to write down anything you don't understand. We will go over all of this when I get back, so don't panic if you're confused about things.

Miss you and see you soon!

Mr. A.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

AP Physics Class Work Jan 27th - Feb 2nd 2011

Working in groups. Use all 6 computers. Groups should be no bigger than 2 people. No arguments on this!

1. I will post the solutions to the Chapter 11 homework that you were assigned on Tuesday, January 25th. Check it over. We will go over any questions you have when I return.

2. Multimedia Science School – software on computer – on Novell screen. You have used this before.

Click on Physics, Oscillations and Waves, Oscillations, Lesson, Introducing Oscillations. Go through all pages. Try out each simulation multiple times with different variables. Read all of the pages. Write up a summary of what you learned and what you saw happen in each simulation. Do NOT copy the summary from the software. Submit the summary and what you learned via email in a Word document. Include the names of everyone in your group and the date. Submit it each day, whether you have finished or not. Also include any questions you have or things you didn’t understand.

3. Multimedia Science School – click on
Physics, Oscillations and Waves, Wave Behavior, Lesson, How Waves Behave
Same directions as above.

4. Multimedia Science School – click on
Physics, Oscillations and Waves, Combining Waves, Lesson, Superposition of Waves
Same directions as above.

When you finish all of this, you move onto the next step.

5. Watch these videos – keep volume low enough not to bother other groups, but loud enough that you can hear it. Take notes. Submit notes and questions you have to me via email.

6. Read Chapter 12 Sound at home

7. - go through all 5 lessons. Write up a summary and any questions you have in MS Word and submit it, with group member’s names at top, to me via email ( each day whether finished or not.