A parent or guardian for each student is
asked to send Mr. Rogers an e-mail as follows:
- Subject: AP Physics Mechanics
<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 school letterhead.
You have begun a mental journey to an exciting new
territory -- the world of physics. Like mountain climbing the journey takes
effort and self discipline but the view can be awesome. Physics is not just a
collection of facts. It is the search for the basic principles behind the
These principles are often expressed as
mathematical equations or models which makes applied physics or engineering
amazingly effective for designing and improving equipment. Computers, for
example, double in power every 18 months due to the fact that they're designed
using applied physics.
Your reward for venturing into the world of
physics will be a sharper mind and deeper understanding.
This is a calculus based, college level, physics class which covers
mechanics for the
Board AP Physics C Mechanics . Students passing this test may receive
college credit. In addition, this class begins a two year course
Physics course which covers the entire AP Physics C curriculum, as well as the IB Physics HL curriculum. The test schedule is as follows:
||AP Physics C
||AP Physics C
||IB Physics SL or HL
- 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 Mechanics 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.
Rules, Policies, Grading Scale
- This information is common to all of
Mr. Rogers' classes. Click here for details.
Resources and Materials for Class
Textbook : Mr. Rogers will provide the
for Scientists and Engineers
by Raymond A. Serway,
John W. Jewett
Brooks Cole; 6 edition (July 21, 2003)
- ISBN: 0534408427
How to Prepare for the AP
by Robert A. Pelcovits, Joshua D. Farkas
- Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
- by Tom Rogers (Yes, Mr. Rogers will provide a copy of
his book for use in the class and yes, there will be reading assignments
- Web Page Resources Provided by Mr. Rogers
- All of the following are maintained by Mr. Rogers and
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 C Exams,
2012 Edition (College Test Prep) (Paperback)
Princeton Review , $38.07
from Amazon.com, can generally also be purchased locally. If a newer edition is available please buy it instead. Note this book can be used for both years.
(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.
Group IV Project: All juniors have to participate in
a group IV project to meet the school's IB standards. This requires a minimum of 10 hrs of time outside
of class and requires a student to design, conduct, and analyze a physics
experiment as part of a team. Students must keep a log of their time and turn it in. The project is
to be presented as a science fair project with a backboard. Projects deemed worthy
will be sent to the regional science fair and earn extra credit. The first
day-long meeting to select projects will be held in the Southside Media Center
on November 18, 2011.
Physics Investigations - Labs: We will be spending a significant part of our instructional time on various forms of
practical activities. These will include formal lab write ups, mini-labs
(informal write ups), computer simulation labs (Interactive Physics), and a
few after school labs. We will also analyze several Hollywood movie scenes in
class. Many investigations will be conducted with computerized data collection
using a wide range of Vernier Lab equipment, video analysis, and sophisticated
devices like air tracks and radio controlled robots. Other labs will use old
fashioned meter sticks, stop watches, pendulums, spring scales etc. At least
some of the labs will be designed by students.
Deliverables from physics investigations will be submitted in electronic form in the AP Physics folder on the students virtual drive.
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 paragraph)
- A summary of the scene's physics (about one good
- At least one calculation related to the scene's physics
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
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 file.
- 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 12:00 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