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AP Physics 1 Outline (2014-15)

Topics and chapter readings are given for each week of the year. Schedules of specific assignments are given on a week-by-week basis. Schedules are posted here.

Chapter readings are the in text Physics, 3rd edition, by James S. Walker.

Semester 1 (PH424)
Dates No. Days1 Topic Chapter in Walker Labs Equipment setup required2

Aug 25-Sept 5

9
  • Units & Measurement
  • Lab orientation
  • Problem-solving orientation (scaling)

1

L101 check
L103  
L105 check
No class on Labor Day, Sept 1
Sept 8-19 10 One-dimensional kinematics 2 L107 check
L109  
L111 check
Test 1 on Chs. 1 & 2: Wed, Sept 24
Sept 22-30 7 Vectors (including trig review as needed)

3


 
Oct 1- 13 103

Two-dimensional kinematics

4 L113  
L115 check
L117  
WebEx: Sun, Oct 12, 1-4 PM
Test 2 on Chs. 3 & 4: Wed, Oct 15
October 28 is the last day of the 1st quarter.
Oct 14- 28 104 Newton's Laws 5 L119  
L121  
Application: Equilibrium 6.3 L120  
Oct 29- Nov 13 105

Applications of Newton's Laws: Friction, Connected Objects

6.1,2,4

L122 check
L123 check
Nov 13- 19 66 Application of Newton's Laws: Rotational Motion 6.5 L124  
L125  
WebEx: Sun, Nov 16, 1-4 PM
Test 3 on Chs. 5,6: Wed, Nov 19

Nov 20- 25

4

Work and Kinetic Energy

7

L127 check
Thanksgiving break is Nov 26 - 28.

Dec 1-19

15

Conservation of energy

8

L129  
L131 check
Winter break is Dec 22 - Jan 1.
Jan 2-15 10 Impulse and Momentum 9 L133  
L135  
L137  
Semester 1 Exam: Wed, Jan 14
The last day of classes is Jan 15.

1Class days only are included in the Number of Days.
2These labs require equipment set up. The equipment is provided in the student's lab kit.
3The Oct. 12 WebEx session counts as a class day.
4Monday, October 27, is a teacher workday.
5Tuesday, November 11, is a teacher workday.
6The Oct. 12 WebEx session counts as a class day. A test day is also included in the days count.

Semester 2 (PH426)
Dates No. Days1 Topic Chapter in Walker Labs Equipment setup required2

Jan 20-27

6 Two-dimensional collisions and center of mass

9.6,7

L139  
L141  
 
Jan 28- Feb 3 5 Rotational kinematics 10    
Feb 4-11 6 Rotational dynamics

11

L143

check
Test 5 on Chs. 9-11: Wed, Feb 11
Feb 12-20 7

Gravitation

12 L144  
Feb 23-Mar 6 117 Simple harmonic motion 13 L145 check
WebEx: Sun, Mar 1, 1-4 PM
Test 6 on Chs. 12 & 13: Wed, Mar 11
Mar 9-27 158 Waves and sound 14 L146  
L147 check
L148  
L149 check
L151 check
Mar 26 is the last day of the 3rd quarter.
Spring break is Mar 30 - Apr 3.
Test 7 on Ch. 14: Wed, Apr 15
Apr 6-17 99 Electrostatics 19 L153 check
L155 check
L157  

Apr 20- May 3

1110

Electric circuits

21

L159 check
L161 check
L163 check
L165 check
WebEx: Sun,May 3, 1-4 PM
May 4,5 311 Review for the AP exam      
The AP Physics 1 Exam is Wednesday, May 6, 12:00 PM.
Semester 2 Exam: Wed, May 20

7The March 1 WebEx session counts as a class day.
8This number doesn't include the teacher workday on Monday, March 23, but it does include the test on Wednesday, April 15.
9This number doesn't include Test 7 on Wednesday, April 15.
10The May 3 WebEx session counts as a class day.
11The number includes the day of the AP exam, Wednesday, May 6.

 



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