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Course Title:
Advanced Placement Physics C 12
Course Number:
1_SC126, 2_SC126
Course Length:
Year
Course Credit:
1.00
Prerequisite(s):
Successful completion of Pre

AP Pre

Calculus
11,
Pre

AP Physics 11, teacher
recommendation, and a Rigorous Course Agreement
Co

requisite(s):
AP Calculus AB 12
Instructor(s):
Ms. Vilchis
Phone Number(s):
8288

4400, extension(s) 4905
Email Address(es):
marcia.vilchis@asfm.edu.mx
Course Description:
Grade 12 Advanced Placement Physics C is
a university level course in the field of mechanics.
Specifically, we will examine the topics of: Kinematics, Forces, Linear Momentum, Systems of
Particles, Center
of Mass, Work, Power, Energy, Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics, Oscillatory
Motion, and Universal Gravitation. This is the most difficult physics course offered at ASFM, and is
intended only for those who excel in physics and mathematics. It is highly de
manding, and will require
a much greater commitment from the student than is true in other physics courses. Introductory
concepts in differential and integral calculus will be used to develop concepts and solve problems in
each topic of the course. Student
s are therefore required to be concurrently enrolled in AP Calculus
AB. A heavy emphasis is placed on problem solving and the ability to apply concepts to novel
situations. Students will be expected to apply the principles that they have learned to a vari
ety of
unfamiliar situations, and to assess the validity of their solutions. Further, they will begin to see how
the various topics in the course support each other to form the basis of mechanics, and how the
calculus can be used as a tool for application
to these topics. Classes meet four days per week in a
58

minute period. Class activities include: lecture, lab, demonstrations, discussions, and “thinking
physics” question and answer sessions. Students are expected to emerge from this course with good
p
roblem solving and critical thinking skills. They will work with peers to set up and solve problems,
and to critique the solutions of other groups. They will also work individually to solve problems.
All
students enrolled in this AP course are required to
pay for and take the College Board exam in
May.
Course Materials:
Textbook(s):
Physics for Scientists and Engineers, With Modern Physics, 2nd Edition
,

Pearson Addison Wesley,
©2008
Physics for Scientists and Engineers, With Modern Physics, Student
Workbook, 2nd Edition
,

Pearson Addison Wesley, ©2008
Novel(s):
None
Other:
None
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Course Outline:
In this course, there is a focus on
two major
teaching strategies:
1.
Laboratory application
using scientific inquiry (described below)
2.
Student centered
learning
, through guidance allowing students to do much of the learning
individually. Classes are generally based on scientific discussions and problem solving.
Guided inquiry is utilized in class discussions by use of open

ended questions. These
questi
ons drive the discussion and discovery of the physical concepts. These discussions
allow for a great amount of student involvement. Discovery of the physical concepts, through a
guided discussion and their link to the student's worldviews fosters student
centered learning.
Problems will be carefully selected and students will solve them individually and in groups by
use of hands on equipment, textbook or other materials. Solutions will be presented to the
class in showing the students different ways of
solving the same problem. The problems will
touch on the concepts discussed in class and will be analyzed with guidance.
A.
Kinematics (16 classes)
Motion in One Dimension
Motion in Two Dimensions
Projectiles
Uniform Circular Motion
B.
Newton’s Laws of
Motion (17 classes)
Force and Mass
Tension and Normal Force
Friction
Drag Force
C.
Work, Energy, and Power (12 classes)
Work and the Work

Energy Theorem
Conservative and Non

conservative Forces
Kinetic and Potential Energy
Conservation of Translational and R
otational Energy
Power
D.
Systems of Particles and Linear Momentum (11 classes)
Center of Mass
Impulse and Momentum
Conservation of Linear Momentum
Collisions in 1

D and 2

D
E.
Rotation (16 classes)
Torque and Rotational Statics
Rotational Kinematics
Moment of
Inertia
Rotational Dynamics
Angular Momentum and its Conservation
F.
Oscillations and Gravitation (16 classes)
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Kinematics of Oscillating Objects
Springs Mass System
Simple Pendulum
Universal Gravitation
Orbiting Bodies
G.
Review for AP Test (12 classes)
Labs
:
Labs will constitute approximately 20% of class time
and if necessary students will stay after
school to set up/clean up labs and/or finish experimental procedures. Students are required to
keep a binder of all lab work and the graded reports that they h
ave submitted. This binder may be
required by a university as evidence of completion of the AP lab component.
Labs are intended to provide hands

on opportunities to apply and demonstrate physics concepts
and to apply problem

solving skills to solve particu
lar tasks.
Computer

based data collection and analysis using Logger Pro is an integral part of the labs. AP
Physics labs are specifically designed so that students will:
design experiments using scientific discovery
observe and measure real phenomena
organize, display, and critically analyze data
analyze sources of error and determine uncertainties in measurement
draw inferences from observations and data
communicate results, including suggested ways to improve experiments and propose
questions for fur
ther study
Labs and investigations which will be included as part of this course
1.
Motion Challenge

Model situations in which the set

up of experimental equipment will
reproduce given graphs. (1 period)
2.
Diluting Gravity Lab

Determine the acceleration
of gravity by analyzing motion on an inclined
plane. (2 periods)
3.
Projectile Lab

Design a method for calculating initial speed, initial angle, and maximum height
of a projectile. (2 periods)
4.
Atwood machine Lab

Investigate the Atwood machine and design
a method for determining
the mass of an unknown. (2 periods)
5.
Advanced track Lab

Apply force equations to an incline

hanging mass set

up including
friction. (2 periods)
6.
Conservation of energy Lab

Predict and verify experimentally conservation of ener
gy related
to changes in kinetic and potential energy. (2 periods)
7.
Work and Energy Lab

Explore connections between methods of measuring work related to
lifting an object, stretching a spring, and changing kinetic energy, including integral calculus. (2
periods)
8.
Elastic Collisions in 1D and 2D Lab

Predict outcomes for and conduct experiments relating to
elastic collisions and conservation of momentum. (2 periods)
9.
Impulse Lab

Investigate the effect of a changing force on change in momentum, including
integral calculus. (2 periods)
10.
Whirligig Lab

Investigate circular motion in the horizontal plane as it applies to equilibrium of
the centripetal force and the force of gravity. (2 periods)
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11.
Moment of Inertia Lab

Investigate rotational dynamics as rel
ated to moments of inertia and
torque (2 periods)
12.
Oscillation Lab

Determine factors of damped and undamped spring oscillators with respect to
varying forces, energy and period. (2 periods)
13.
Pendulum Lab

Experimentally determine the relationship betwee
n mass, period, and length
for a swinging pendulum and devise a method to determine acceleration of gravity. (2 periods)
Grading Policies and Practices:
Grades earned during the semester, prior to the semester exam, will be based upon the content
grading categories listed below. The final grade calculation for the semester will consist of 80% of all
grades earned in the content grading categories from the semester and 20% from the semester exam
for a total of 100%.
Semester 1 Grading
Content Gra
ding Category Names and Abbreviations
Percentage (total = 100%)
12APP

Kinematics (KINE12APP)
24
12APP

Newton’s Laws of Motion (NLM12APP)
㈵
N2Amm

tor欬 bnergy, and mower (tbmN2Amm)
ㄹ
N2Amm

iinear Momentum (iMN2Amm)
ㄷ
N2Amm

p捨ool

tide
ai獰o獩tion猠(afpmpN2Amm):
tor欠Completion, mreparedne獳s marti捩pation, r獥 of
qime
N2Amm

p捨ool

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5
Semester 1 Final Grade Calculation
Final Grading Category Names and
Abbreviations
Percentage (total = 100%)
All Content Grading Categories Above (A0)
80
12APP

Semester Exam 1 (EX112APP)
20
Semester 2 Grading
Content Grading Category Names and Abbreviations
Percentage (total = 100%)
12APP

Rotation (ROT12APP)
30
12APP

Oscillations and Gravity (OG12APP)
30
12APP

Review and Other (REV12APP)
25
12APP

School

Wide Dispositions (DISPS12APP):
Work Completion, Preparedness, Participation, Use of
Time
10
12APP

School

Wide Skills (SKILLS12APP):
Experimental
Inquiry, Non

Fiction Writing
5
Semester 2 Final Grade Calculation
Final Grading Category Names and Abbreviations
Percentage (total = 100%)
All Content Grading Categories Above (A0)
80
12APP

Semester Exam 2 (EX212APP)
20
Disposition Grades
:
1.
Work
Completion
: completing work on time, adhering to conventions set forth, attention to
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detail.
2.
Preparedness:
prepared for labs and class, consistently brings materials needed for class.
3.
Participation:
consistently pays attention, follows instruction.
4.
Use
of Time:
makes most of the entire class period, actively listens.
Skills:
1.
Experimental Inquiry:
understand scientific inquiry by way of experiments and lab activities.
Using scientific discovery learning (hypothesis, data collection, reflection etc.)
to foster
understanding of concepts in Mechanics.
2.
Critical Thinking Skills:
students are expected to develop critical thinking skills through
problem solving (group and individually), experimental design and scientific discussions.
NOTE:
The teacher rese
rves the right to make modifications to the list of graded assessments, their
point and weight values as necessary for instructional purposes.
Kinematics
GRADED ASSESSMENT TO
OLS:
Assessment Name
Assessment
Type
Grading
Category
Approx.
Points
Possible
Weight
1
PHYSICS MATH QUIZ
QUIZ
KINE
25
1
2
1D MOTION QUIZ
QUIZ
KINE
17
1
3
2D MOTION QUIZ
QUIZ
KINE
17
1
4
KINEMATICS MC TEST
TEST
KINE
34
1.5
5
KINEMATICS FR TEST
TEST
KINE
38
1.5
6
VECTOR ASSIGNMENT
ASSIGN
KINE
18
0.5
7
MOTION CHALLENGE
LAB
KINE
10
1
8
DILITUING GRAVITY LAB
LAB
KINE
10
1
9
PROJECTILE LAB
LAB
KINE
10
1
10
GRAPHING PACKET
HW
KINE
5
1
11
KINEMATICS PROBLEMS
HW
KINE
20
1
12
AP PRACTICE PROBLEMS
HW
SKILLS
10
1
UNGRADED ASSESSMENT
TOOLS:
13
WEBASSIGN PROBLEMS
HW
DISP
63
1
14
TEXTBOOK PROBLEMS
HW
DISP
15
1
Newton’s Laws of Motion
GRADED ASSESSMENT TO
OLS:
Assessment Name
Assessment
Type
Grading
Category
Approx.
Points
Possible
Weight
1
FORCES QUIZ 1
QUIZ
NLM
7
1.5
2
FORCES QUIZ 2
QUIZ
NLM
5
1.5
3
FORCES QUIZ 3
QUIZ
NLM
4
1.5
4
INCLINED PLANE ASSIGNMENT
ASSIGN
NLM
15
0.5
5
AP FORCES IN CIRCULAR
MOTION
ASSIGN
NLM
7
1.0
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FORCES IN CIRCULAR MOTION
ASSIGN
NLM
30
0.14
7
FORCES MC TEST
TEST
NLM
31
1.5
8
FORCES FR TEST
TEST
NLM
45
1.5
6
ATWOOD MACHINE LAB
LAB
NLM
10
1
7
ADVANCED TRACK LAB
LAB
NLM
10
1
8
AP PRACTICE PROBLEMS
HW
SKILLS
10
1
UNGRADED ASSESSMENT
TOOLS:
9
WEB ASSIGN
HW
DISP
34
1
10
TEXTBOOK PROBLEMS
HW
DISP
15
1
Work, Energy, and Power
GRADED ASSESSMENT TO
OLS:
Assessment Name
Assessment
Type
Grading
Category
Approx.
Points
Possible
Weight
1
ENERGY QUIZ I
QUIZ
WEP
19
1.5
2
ENERGY TEST
TEST
WEP
39
1.5
3
PRACTICE FOR QUIZ
ASSIGN
WEP
8
1
4
AP ENERGY PROBLEMS
ASSIGN
WEP
14
1
5
CONSERVATION OF ENERGY LAB
LAB
WEP
10
1
6
WORK AND ENERGY LAB
LAB
WEP
10
1
7
AP PRACTICE PROBLEMS
HW
SKILLS
10
1
UNGRADED ASSESSMENT
TOOLS:
7
WEB ASSIGN
HW
DISP
49
1
8
TEXTBOOK PROBLEMS
HW
DISP
15
1
Linear Momentum
GRADED ASSESSMENT TO
OLS:
Assessment Name
Assessment
Type
Grading
Category
Approx.
Points
Possible
Weight
1
MOMENTUM QUIZ 1
QUIZ
LM
20
1
2
MOMENTUM QUIZ 2
QUIZ
LM
25
1
3
MOMENTUM TEST
TEST
LM
39
1.5
4
MOMENTUM ASSIGN
ASSIGN
LM
16
1
5
ELASTIC COLLISIONS IN 1D AND
2D
LAB
LM
10
1
6
IMPULSE LAB
LAB
LM
10
1
7
AP PRACTICE PROBLEMS
HW
SKILLS
10
1
UNGRADED
ASSESSMENT TOOLS:
8
WEB ASSIGN
HW
DISP
45
1
8
TEXTBOOK PROBLEMS
HW
DISP
15
1
Rotation
GRADED ASSESSMENT TO
OLS:
Assessment Name
Assessment
Type
Grading
Category
Approx.
Points
Possible
Weight
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ROTATION QUIZ 1
QUIZ
ROT
18
1
2
ROTATION QUIZ 2
QUIZ
ROT
15
1
3
ANGULAR MOMENTUM QUIZ
QUIZ
ROT
8
1
4
ROLLING QUIZ
QUIZ
ROT
15
1
5
AP ROTATION ASSIGNMENT
ASSIGN
ROT
9
1
6
AP ANGULAR MOMENTUM
PROBLEMS
ASSIGN
ROT
20
0.5
7
AP TORQUE AND ROTATION
PROBLEMS
ASSIGN
ROT
27
0.5
8
ROTATION MC TEST
TEST
ROT
30
1.5
9
ROTATION FR TEST
TEST
ROT
30
1.5
10
WHIRLIGIG LAB
LAB
ROT
10
1
11
MOMENT OF INERTIA LAB
LAB
ROT
10
1
12
AP PRACTICE PROBLEMS
HW
SKILLS
10
1
UNGRADED ASSESSMENT
TOOLS:
13
WEB ASSIGN
HW
DISP
42
1
14
TEXTBOOK PROBLEMS
HW
DISP
15
1
Oscillations and Gravity
GRADED ASSESSMENT TO
OLS:
Assessment Name
Assessment
Type
Grading
Category
Approx.
Points
Possible
Weight
1
SHM QUIZ
QUIZ
OG
25
1
2
GRAVITY QUIZ
QUIZ
OG
15
1
3
OSCILLATIONS LAB
LAB
OG
10
1
4
PENDULUM LAB
LAB
OG
10
1
5
OSCILLATIONS, GRAVITY TEST
TEST
OG
38
1.5
6
PLANETS AND SATELLITES
ASSIGN
OG
13
0.5
7
OSCILLATION ASSIGNMENT
ASSIGN
OG
50
0.25
8
AP SHM ASSIGNMENT
ASSIGN
OG
33
0.25
9
AP GRAVITY PROBLEMS
HW
OG
22
0.5
10
AP GRAVITATION TOUGH
ASSIGNMENT
HW
OG
16
0.5
11
AP PRACTICE PROBLEMS
HW
SKILLS
10
1
UNGRADED ASSESSMENT
TOOLS:
12
WEB ASSIGN
HW
DISP
24
1
13
TEXTBOOK PROBLEMS
HW
DISP
15
1
Review
GRADED ASSESSMENT TO
OLS:
Assessment Name
Assessment
Type
Grading
Category
Approx.
Points
Possible
Weight
1
4 X
PRACTICE MC TEST
QUIZ
REV
35
1
2
10 X PRACTICE FR TEST
QUIZ
REV
45
1
3
FR PRACTICE
QUIZ
REV
45
1
4
MC PRACTICE
QUIZ
REV
35
1
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UNGRADED ASSESSMENT
TOOLS:
5
KEEP TRACK OF PRACTICE
PROGRESS
HW
DISP
14
1
6
DEVELOPING PERSONAL
STRATEGY FOR EXAM
ASSIGN
SKILLS
10
1
Schedule:
All classes meet four days per week in a 58 minute period. Class activities include: lecture, lab,
demonstrations, discussions, “thinking physics” question and answer sessions. Approximately 25%
of class time is doing lab work.
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