A parent or guardian for each student is
asked to send Mr. Rogers an e-mail as follows:
- Subject: AP Physics Magnetics
<your student's name>
- Please indicate your name inside the
Mr. Rogers will use this for
communicating information during the year.
Click here for an abbreviated syllabus on the official letterhead.
In a word: magic. The world of E&M is the closest thing to
magic a human can experience (without being a wizard). It is a hidden
world which lights the darkness, enables communication over great
distance, and heats, or cools on demand. It is a world which is only
accessible through the concepts of physics using the tools of mathematics
This is a calculus based, college level, physics class which covers
electricity and magnetics for the
Board AP Physics C E&M. Students passing this test may receive college
credit. In addition, this class ends a two year IB
Physics course. Again students will take an IB test which will count toward
their IB diploma and can result in college credit.
- The Psychology of Physics Problem Solving
- A teacher can guide students through a complex
physics problem merely by asking questions. By learning to ask questions
of yourself, you can gain the same level of problem solving skill without
having a teacher present. It's called metacognition and is a skill you
- Powerful physics problem solvers also frequently use
a type of free association. By learning to associate small hints with a
corresponding physics principle, they can often visualize an equation
for a problem even before they have fully read it. Again it's a
skill that can be learned.
The Intellectual Challenge
In college, physics is generally considered an intellectually challenging course. Correlations between the combined PSAT math and verbal scores with the passing rate in AP Physics bears this out. However, AP Physics E&M has an advantage over the equivalent college course in that it takes an entire year to present what would be considered a semester of material in college.
Resources and Materials for Class
TextBook : Mr. Rogers will provide the
Brooks Cole; 6 edition (July 21, 2003)
- ISBN: 0534408427
How to Prepare for the AP
Physics C (Paperback)
by Robert A. Pelcovits, Joshua D. Farkas
- Web Page Resources Provided by Mr.
- All of the following are maintained by Mr.
can be reached via links from his teacher homepage.
- Objectives: The daily
objectives used in class along with homework assignments are all
- Practice Tests: Self
scoring online practice tests complete with explanations of the answers
are available for each unit. In addition practice test questions without
answers are also available online. You should have no surprises when you take
- Study Guides: Study
guides are available online for each unit. These include the equations you must
learn, problem solving tips, important concepts, vocabulary lists, and
example problems to help you succeed on tests.
- Movie Physics: Mr. Rogers maintains a web site
with all kinds of movie physics information to assist you in your
- Physics Software
Interactive physics software
will be available in the physics classroom for conducting simulations
and confirming solutions to problems
Materials for Class Provided by the Student
- A USB thumb drive or other
storage media for maintaining your electronic
portfolio of physics assignments.We
will attempt to be as close to a paperless classroom as possible.
- A set of dry erase markers. You will frequently be working problems
in class on a white board.
- A package of 3x5 cards: Starting
immediately, each student will, over the course of the year create a set
of flash cards to use as a study aid.
- A graphing calculator
Cracking the AP Physics B and C
2006-2007 Edition (College Test Prep) (Paperback)
Princeton Review , $12.35
from Amazon.com, can generally also be purchased locally. Note: this
book is the text for IB physics topics.
(For details see
Mr. Rogers' Syllabus -
Information Common to All
Classes.) Tests will be the single largest item and will be written
as close to AP exam standards as possible. Course work will generally
be finished in the third quarter leaving the rest of the year for review and
various physics investigations (labs). The first semester exam will be taken
directly from old AP tests. The exam grade will give you an indication of your
standing on the future AP exam in enough time to take corrective action if
needed. The fourth quarter grade will consist primarily of practice AP test
grades. Generally, there is a high correlation between the practice exams and
your grade on the AP test.
Physics Investigations - Labs: We
will be spending about 20% of our instructional time on various forms of
practical activities. These include formal lab write ups, mini-labs
(informal write ups), computer simulation labs (interactive physics), and a
few after school labs. Many E&M investigations will be conducted with
computerized data collection using a wide range of Vernier Lab equipment.
Other labs will use multimeters, power supplies, bread boards, E-field meters,
oscilloscopes, and various forms of microwave equipment. We will measure the
ratio of charge to mass of an electron and perform the Milliken experiment.
We will regularly use statistical tools like
regression analysis and various forms of error analysis to help evaluate
experimental data. Having taken AP Statistics or taking it concurrently will
be helpful but is not required. Mr. Rogers will assist those who are
unfamiliar with these techniques.
All physics investigation raw data and
observations will be recorded in a bound composition notebook which will be
periodically checked. Write ups will be maintained in an electronic portfolio
(computer folder) and be submitted via the school's computer network.
Enrichment Assignment: You cannot master
physics if you only think about it in the classroom. To encourage physics
thinking in everyday life, once per quarter you are to review a Hollywood
movie scene for physics content. The review will contain the following:
- The movie's title and main stars.
- A summary of the scene (about one good
- A summary of the scene's physics (about one
- At least one calculation related to the
To analyze movies you will have estimate many
of the parameters used in your calculation, often based on the size of objects
in the movie. Estimating is a real world skill which is often required for
major engineering projects.
The analysis is to be submitted via the
school's computer network as a computer file one week before the end of each
quarter and will count as a lab grade. The file is to be labeled with the
movie name and your name and can be either be an a Microsoft Word or Excel
- Class Work
- You cannot master physics by watching
Mr. Rogers work problems, hence, you will be going to the front of the
classroom and working problems on the white board in groups of 2 on a
regular basis. Guided practice of this type is a powerful learning
opportunity. In this class you will think physics, talk physics, write
physics, and yes at times even help teach physics to your fellow
The AP Exam:
The Exam will be given on
Monday May 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm.
You must arrive 30 minutes early. The exam lasts 90 minutes and Consists
of two parts: 45 min. for 35 multiple choice questions and 45 min.
for three free response.
AP tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5 with 3