AP Physics E&M Syllabus

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AP Physics “C”

Electricity and Magnetism


Students who wish to take AP Physics “C” must enroll in both
Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. The course is offered as 1
course, with each topic devoted approximately equal time.


Textbook


The followin
g textbook is used as the main text in the course.

Tipler, Paul A.
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
. New York: W. H.
Freeman.

The following textbooks are used as supplementary material in different
sections throughout the year.

Fishbane, Paul M., Step
hen Gasiorowicz, and Stephen M. Thornton.
Physics
for Scientists and


Engineers
. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Fletcher, Craig. Physics with Calculus. Vol 1
-
Classical Mechanics,
Pasadena, CA: Leland Scott Publishers.

Serway, Raymond A.
College

Physics
. Fort Worth, TX: Saunders.

Syllabus


Overview of AP Physics


Any student who has completed one year of physics and has either
taken or is taking Calculus concurrently is eligible for AP Physics. The
course is equivalent to a first
-
year college ph
ysics class. The course requires
a basic understanding of calculus (differentiation and integration).



Students meet 5 times per week, 80 minutes per day. Typically,
students will spend four days devoted to classwork, group work, and lecture.
One cla
ss period per week will be devoted to lab work. Tests are generally
taken at the end of every other chapter. A final exam is also given.


Course Design


Students completing this course will have a strong conceptual
understanding of physics. Emphasis is

on laboratory work and problem
solving skills. Guided inquiry of the topics is enhanced by student centered
learning, problem solving and laboratory assignments.


Laboratory assignments are completed in small
groups with each student completing their o
wn report.
Completed reports will be kept in a portfolio.


Electricity and Magnetism





A. Electrostatics




Chapter 22: The Electric Field I: Discrete Charge Distributions

22
-
1: Electric Charge/Conductors and Insulators/Coulomb’s Law


22
-
2: Electri
c Field

22
-
3: Field Lines/Motion of Charges in an Electric Field

Chapter 23: The Electric Field II: Continuous Charge Distributions

23
-
1: Calculating E from Coulomb’s Law

23
-
2: Gauss’s Law

23
-
3: Charge and Field at Conductor Surface

Chapter 24: Elec
tric Potential

24
-
1: Electric Potential Difference


24
-
2: Potential due to a System of Point Charges

24
-
3: Finding the Electric Field from the Potential

24
-
4: Calculation of V for Continuous Charge Distributions

24
-
5: Equipotential Surfaces




B. Condu
ctors, capacitors, dielectrics




Chapter 25 Electrostatic Energy and Capacitance

25
-
1: Electrostatic Potential Energy/Capacitance


25
-
2: Storage of Electrical Energy

25
-
3: Combinations of Capacitors

25
-
4: Dielectrics




C. Electric circuits




Cha
pter 26 Electric Current and Direct Current Circuits

26
-
1: Current and Motion of Charges/Resistance and Ohm’s Law


26
-
2: Energy in Electric Circuits

26
-
3: Combination of Resistors

26
-
4: Kirchoff’s Rules

26
-
5: RC Circuits




D. Magnetic Fields




Chap
ter 28 The Magnetic Field

28
-
1: The Force Exerted by a Magnetic Field


28
-
2: Motion of a Point Charge in a Magnetic Field

28
-
3: Torques on Current Loops and Magnets

Chapter 29 Sources of the Magnetic Field

29
-
1: Magnetic Field of Moving Point Charges


29
-
2: Magnetic Field of Currents (Biot
-
Savart Law)

29
-
3: Ampere’s Law




E. Electromagnetism


Chapter 30 Magnetic Induction

30
-
1: Magnetic Flux/Induced EMF and Faraday’s Law


30
-
2: Lenz’s Law

30
-
3: Motional Emf

30
-
4: Eddy Currents/Inductance

30
-
5:
Energy in Inductor


30
-
6: RL Circuits

Chapter 31 Alternating
-
Current Circuits

31
-
1 AC Generators

Chapter 32 Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves


32
-
1: Maxwell’s Displacement Current


32
-
2: Maxwell’s Equations


Laboratory Activities


Students w
ill complete lab activities where appropriate throughout the year.
Students will complete a lab report and will keep these completed reports in
a portfolio.


1. Charting Electric Field Lines

2. Ohm’s Law

3. Series and Parallel Circuits

4. Magnetic Fi
elds around Magnets

5. Resistance of a Coil

6. Measuring Resistivity using Wheatstone’s Bridge

7. Current and Field Strength

8. Magnetic Field along the Axis of a Coil

9. Charging and Discharging a Capacitor



Evaluation


Tests are given at the compl
etion of every major topic, or
approximately after every 2 chapters. The tests are similar to AP exams.
Each consists of 20 multiple choice questions and 4 free
-
response questions.
A cumulative test is given as a final exam at the end of the semester.
It
consists of 35 questions multiple choice and 3 free response. Homework is
given with each section covered in class and collected at the end of each
chapter. A lab report is collected for each lab assignment. The final grade is
determined as follows.



Tests



50%



Labs



20%



Homework


10%



Final Exam


20%


Grades are determined according to the school scale, which is as follows:



A=93
-
100



A
-
=90
-
92.9



B+=87
-
89.9



B=83
-
86.9



B
-
=80
-
82.9



C+=77
-
79.9



C=73
-
76.9



C
-
=70
-
72.9



D+=67
-
69.9



D=63
-
66.9



F=Below 62.9