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ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

CYPRESS CREEK

HIGH SCHOOL, ORLANDO, FLORIDA


Course syllabus

2012
-
2013

School Year.


Teacher
: Marcien Michael Dentey.




Classroom
: H
-
109


Course Information
:

Subject Area
: Science.



Course Title
:
AP Physics C
.



Course Number
:

200343
0.



Credit
: 1.0


AP Physics C is equivalent to Calculus based Introductory Physics that colleges and
Universities offer Physics and Engineering Majors. AP Physics C is further divided
into two parts


the first part is called Mechani
cs and the second part is known as
Electricity and Magnetism.
Students study Mechanics is
during the first semester,
followe
d by Electricity and Magnetism in the second semester
.


Course Focus
:

For students planning to m
ajor in Physics and Engineering

the
focus
is not about memorizing laws, concepts, theorie
s, formulas, etc., and making

good

(
A
)

grades on tests and

t
hen forget everything they have learned; rather, an
introductory physics course


especially classical mechanics
-

is the foundation upon
which

all subsequent physics and engineering courses
are

built. In light of this,
emphasis is placed on developing the student

s

skills in all aspects of scientific
investigation and engineering practice. ’Activity Before Concept’ approach will be
used as much as possible to get the stud
ents thinking as scientist
s

and the
‘Engineering Design Cycle’ model will be adopted in finding
solutions to problems.


Prerequisites
:

As discussed above, Physics C is Calculus
-
based, consequently, a
student enrolled in Physics C must have already taken, passed, and have a adequate
understanding of basic to intermediate differential and integral Calc
ulus. A student
who has not already taken Calculus can take and do well in Physics C, provided that
this student is taking Calculus concurrently.


Textbook:

Fundamentals of Physics, 9
th

Edition


Halliday & Resnick

Calculator:

A graphing or scientific
calculator is require
d for this course. A graphing
calculator is recommended; however, a scientific calculator is adequate.


Mechanics
Schedule of Topics
:


Six content areas are covered in AP Physics C


Mechanics.


Kinematics



Newton’s Laws of Motion



Work, Energy and Power



Systems of Particles and Linear
Momentum



Circular Motion and Rotation



Oscillations and Gravitation
2


These content are
as are
covered using a block format as shown in the table below: (Note:
“ALL” beside
a

chapter
means

all sections

will be covered
.)

Week
#

Block
#

Topics

Chapters
in
Textbook

Traditional
Laboratory

Exploratory
Laboratory

1

0

Measurements


1

(ALL)

Measurements
Lab.


2

1

Rectilinear Motion

2 (1




Uniformly
accelerated
motion

Motion
Graphs.

3

Rectilinear Motion

2 (6




Picket Fence

Free Fall
Laboratory.

Formative/Summative assessment


Block 0 and Blok 1

4

2

Curvilinear Motion

3 (ALL)


4 (1)

Vectors:

Graphical
Analysis

Vector
Properties

5

Curvilinear Motion

4 (2




Uniformly
accelerated
motion

-

Projectile
motion.


Projectile
motion

Formative/Summative assessment


Block
2

6

3

Newton’s Laws

5 (ALL)


6
(
1


4
)

Newton’s
Law in 2
-
d.

Force table.


Inclined plane
.


7

Circular Motion and
Other Applications
of Newton’s Laws

6 (
5
)


10

(1
-
3)

Centripetal
Force and
Uniform
Circular
Motion

Centripetal
Force
.

8

4

Universal
Gravitation

13 (ALL)

Acceleration
due to gravity

(photo gates
or spark
timer
apparatus)

Cavendish
Experiment
.


Gravitational
Orbits
.



Formative/Summative assessment


Blocks 3 and 4.

9

Review

and

Comprehensive Test (Blocks 0


4)

10

5

Work, Energy, and
Power



7 (ALL)

Atwood
machine

Connected
masses on two
inclines.

3


11

Potential Energy


8 (ALL)

Elastic
Potential
Energy:
Energy
stored in a
compressed
spring.


Formative/Summative assessment


Block
5

12

6

Linear Momentum
and Collisions


9 (ALL)

Collisions and
Conservation
of Energy

Collisions

Formative/Summative assessment


Block
6

1
3

7

Rotational
kinematics and
dynamics

10 (ALL)

Torque as a
vector in
equilibrium.

Physics of
Ice
Skating

1
4

Angular Momentum



11 (1


4)

Moment of
Inertia.

Basic Torque

Formative/Summative assessment


Block
7

16

8

Oscillatory Motion

15 (ALL)

Simple
Pendulum.


Hooke’s Law
and SHM.

Spring and
Pendulum
.


Damped
Oscillator.

Formative/Summative assessment
s



Block
8

17

Comprehensive review (Blocks 0
-

8)

18

Semester Exam


Comprehensive (Blocks 0


8)


Electricity and Magnetism Schedule of Topics
:


Five content areas are covered in AP Physics C


E & M.


Electrostatics



Conductors, Capacitors and
Dielectrics



Electric Fields



Magnetic
Fields



Electromagnetism

These content areas are covered using a block format as shown in the table below:
(Block1 = Electrostatics + Electric Fields; Block 2 = Conductors, Capacitors and
Dielectrics; Block 3 =
Magnetic Fields, Block 4 = Electromagnetism.)

Duration

Block
#

Topics

Chapters
in
Textbook

Laboratory

1.5 weeks

1


Electric
Charge and
Electric
Field
s

21

22

Electric Field
Mapping
.

1 week

Gauss’s Law

2
3

Electromagnetic
Fields


4


1 week

Electric
Potential

2
4


Milikan Oil Drop
Experiment

1 week

2

Capacitance and
Dielectrics

2
5

RC Circuits

1 week

Current and Resistance

2
6

Wheatstone
Bridge
.

1 week

Direct Current Circuits

2
7

Ohm’s Law:
Series and
Parallel
Resistors

I
.

1.5 weeks

3

Magnetic
Fields
:

2
8

Magnetic Force

1.5 weeks

Sources of Magnetic
Fields
; Ampere’s law

29

RL Circuits

1.5 weeks

Faraday’s Law

and
Inductance

3
0

Electric
Generator and
Electric Motor

1 week

4

Electromagnetic
Oscillations and
Alternating Current

3
1

RLC Circuits

1.5 weeks

Maxwell’s Equations
;
Magnetism of Matter

3
2

Rectifier Circuits.

1.5 weeks

Electromagnetic Waves
:

3
3

Basic Antenna
Design



Laboratory
:

There is a laboratory component to this course.

Laboratory work
involves both traditional and demonstration/exploratory laboratories. Physics
Curriculum’s Exploration of Physics simulations will be utilized in the
demonstration laboratories.

For the traditional labs, a

lab report

is required for each
experiment. This report
must contain the following pages and sections:

Page 1: Title Page
.

This page must show the course name, the experiment number
and title, your name, lab partners (if any) and the date the report is written.

Subsequent pages:

The su
bsequent pages must show the following sections in the
order shown. Each section must be clearly labeled:


(i)

Introduction:

Must include the purpose of the experiment and all relevant


theory behind the experiment.


(ii)

Equipment:

List all rele
vant apparatus and give a brief description of each.


(iii)

Procedure:

Describe
in

your own words

how the experiment was conducted.


(iv)

Data Analysis and Graphs:

Include all data collected and show all


calculations. Also include graphs,
diagrams and charts as applicable.


(v)

Conclusion:

Indicate whether you have accomplished your goal in performing


the experiment as stated in the introductio
n. Identify sources of error

and


uncertainties
in
your experiment and calculate % errors as appropriate.

5



The subtitles
(i)

through
(v)

above must be clearly shown and
underlined
.

Due dates for Lab Reports:

Due dates for lab reports will be announced in class.


Homework
, Quizzes, and Tests
:

Homework
and all quizzes will be done on Maple
TA
.
Some homework and all tests will be done with paper and pencil. Students are
required to show all their work for such homework assignments and tests
.

The
quizzes and homework done on Maple TA are designed to
provide practice on
Multiple choice type questions on the AP Exam while homework done on paper and
tests provide practice for the Free Response type questions on the AP exam.


Final Grade Computation:


The following grade scheme would be applied to Mechani
cs (First Semester) and
E&M (Second semester)
:



Homework


20%



Quizzes


30%



Laboratory


20%



Tests



3
0%



Total



100%


The

final grade is computed as follows:

Mechanics (First semester)


40%



E & M (Second semester)


40%



Final Exam




2
0%



Total






100%