1. Keep up with the blog posts!!! DO NOT PROCRASTINATE LIKE I DID, IT IS NOT VERY FUN TO DO. The blog posts are not a large amount of work, and they are a massive grade booster for the class.
2. Read the Textbook!!! The few times I took a look at Tipler, I gained valuable, relevant information on the current topic in class. It is by far the most useful tool Mr. Fullerton will give you when you miss a day. When I was out sick for 3 days, the textbook taught me the entirety of Gauss's law, whic
Guys, we have just finished the hardest classes in the school. I think I speak for all of us that senior year was quite stressful, but a great relief as well. We gained knowledge that far surpassed any other year. With Physics and Calculus placed 2nd and 3rd period conveniently, I think we all became morning people! To be honest, I never expected leaving to really effect me the way that it is currently. I am truly going to miss all of my high school friends. We have all toughed out our years, pu
Now that I finally understand how to control the Kerbins, it's just about time to stop! I am always excited to got to phyics now so that I can take my crack at doing a new mission at Kerbal Space Program. Our missions have gotten increasingly competitive lately, since recently charlie and I were able to orbit
Duna, and another group was actually able to land, dock, and return home from Duna! I am amazed by the scope of this program, as there seems to be a new twist, turn, and addition to the pl
I am excited to start my college physics programs next year. Since I have collected so many credits (Thank you Mr. Fullerton and Mr. Powlin!), I will not need to take the first two courses of Physics at RIT. Therefore, I will be taking a physics exploration class the first year. This will allow me to look at all different kinds of physics, even units we never covered in high school. I am very enthusiastic about the quantum level of physics, and I enjoyed the modern unit in B, so I think i will b
Volleyball is an interesting sport. It's very fun to play with friends with no serious competition, but once it's played for real, it is a difficult sport to master. You'd think it would be physically impossible to hit a sphere with two cylinders. Our studies of momentum have indicated that the collision would bounce off at irregular angles. Since it is easy to make passing unpredictable, I do my best to flatten my wrists by rotating them. Creating a flat platform, I am able to successfully pass
Allow me to give my first impressions on Kerbal Space Program. It seems pretty confusing as a software, just because it is unfamiliar. After my first flight had an interesting crash straight into the ground, I am very impressed by the physics engine. Taking the fact that we are flying 3-foot tall Kerbins into planets that are pretty colors into consideration, the Physics engine and cost system makes the game surprisingly realistic. I am excited to work with my team, Charlie and Devon, on winning
I am constantly stunned when I listen to a new guitarist make sweet music, and yet I am also always amazed by the music that bands such as Led Zeppelin made previously. So how do all of these bands make sound that is pleasing to our ears? Well, physics takes its part in melody making! Although we didn't cover it this year, sound waves were one of my favorite unit of physics (probably because I got to bring my guitar in last year to demonstrate harmonics). Guitars can be tuned so that there is a
For those of you who don't know, there are many cool physics channels on YouTube for those of you who want to explore subjects outside class curriculum. My favorite is Minutephysics, which covers small snippets of information at a time.
As late as it might be, I'd just like to take a bit to reflect on the ap exams. We worked our butts off to try and achieve the highest possible. I bough review books, took old practice exams, and worked out all part 2 problems from recent years. Needless to say, i was completely prepared by may to take that test. And yet, I still walked into that exam and came out a little uneasy. The mechanics exam was relatively straightforward, with just one part two that gave me grief. However, mr. Fullerto
This quarter was a roller coaster. With my grade in the tank at the beginning after one bad test, I have been climbing very slowly ever since. I enjoy the fact that we are actually having more independent units this quarter. The very first one was very effective, and although we took for granted the class time in these units, our grades showed significant prowess from these tests. I am both excited to buckle down and commence prep for the exams soon, but I am afraid of this new induction unit! I
While we use percent error to dictate how far we off in class, there are far more efficient ways of defining the error of the set. Standard deviation, for example, given a value, will give rise to numbers that fall within one S.D., two S.D. and so on.
"One can find the standard deviation of an entire population in cases (such as standardized testing) where every member of a population is sampled. In cases where that cannot be done, the standard deviation σ is estimated by examining a random s
Theoretical physicists develop "mathematical models that both agree with existing experiments and successfully predict future results", while experimentalists devise and perform experiments to test theoretical predictions and explore new phenomena. Although theory and experiment are developed separately, they are strongly dependent upon each other. Progress in physics frequently comes about when experimentalists make a discovery that existing theories cannot explain, or when new theories genera
1.) Gauss's Law/Ampere's Law - the AP writers love to give problems that ask to find the electric field or the magnetic field about an enclosed current or charge. Knowing how to use these equations will pick you up valueable points in the free response.
2.)Right Hand Rules- if you cannot use the right hand rules correctly, you might as well throw away a couple questions on the test and hurt your chances at a 5 on the AP test.
3.) Kinematics equations with angular translation- I can't even
Brace yourselves, pull up your britches, and put your thinking caps on, ladies and gentlemen, because here comes Induction! Last year, induction was one of the most difficult concepts to grasp. And as a result, we suffered a significant loss in points on our tests! Thankfully, this unit will not be independent like the last one, because I fear that with the addition of the tweaks and calculus incorporation, I am anticipating that I will need a copious amount of time spent staring at equations un
From a very young age, my dream was to become a scientist. I didn't know that I wanted to discover the god particle or find a cure for cancer or synthesize a new element. I had no idea how broad the term "scientist" was and how many denominations it had, either. The only thing I knew is that it would be pretty awesome to be the guy who mixed two chemicals in a beaker and watch it explode, just like in the cartoons.
As soon as school became more serious than learning how to write, I already p
For those of you who don't have any musical knowledge, the perfect fifth is the best sounding sound interval to the common ear. It is the key ingredient in structuring chords based around the root. With a 3:2 ratio, it creates a nice and pleasing sound to the ear. The most common example of a perfect fifth is a C to a G. Kepler himself, founder of the planetary laws, researched the beat frequencies of the error bound for an imperfect fifth tuning. Just a slight slip-up in tuning can create an un
I remember the first time we saw the integral was in physics C. It was extremely intimidating because we struggled to make sense of the differential equations, let alone evaluating the integral itself. The very first problem we got, we were spoon-fed the fact that the integral of (du/u) was equal to ln(u)+C, and that made absolutely no sense to me. Now, into the third quarter and after attending the calculus school of hard knocks both 2nd and 3rd period every day, i think its is safe to say that
With all of the renowned technological advances made within the last few decades, many people have sought to create a jet pack for commercialized use. However, although prototypes have been seen, it has been met with relative failure. This is due to the materials required to reduce the weight. Gravity creates an acceleration downward, while the thrust of the jet pack would attempt to create a net force upwards large enough to counteract this force. Unfortunatley, the heavy mass of the person pre
In the early 1900's, name foreigners came to america, and they had bad english skills, espeicaly with tense and past tense. So, one day, a german who just entered the country lost track of the time, as he needed to catch a train , so he asked a physicists "What is time". The physics replied "You will have to ask a philosopher that question, I'm only a scientist".
Your mother is so fat, men are actually attrracted to her, according to General Relativity
Many people espouse the works of Rene
Here are my top 5 tips to performing the best possible:
5) TARGET THE UNITS IN WHICH YOU PERFORMED POORLY ON TESTS. If you aced that rotational motion test or blew through the early dynamics tests, odds are you don't need to prioritize your study sessions around them. Focus on the tough stuff that you know you could use the extra points for. Getting those extra points that few students usually get will boost a 3 to a 4 and a 4 to a 5
4) DO EVERY PRACTICE QUESTION POSSIBLE. Each released AP
The other day, my dad and I were moving a couch for my uncle. For arbitration, let's say the couch weighs 100 N. Because my dad stands 6 cm (.06 m) inches taller than me, it can be assumed that the couch will be offset as well. If the couch is about 4 meters, the angle is about arcsin(.06/4) = .015 degrees from the normal or 89.985 degrees from the x axis. Therefore, if each us lifted an equal amount, we would lift the couch with 50 N each. However, we would be generating a torque equal to the F
It has come to my memory that equation dumps are a staple to our physics careers. So, as taken from an old sheet from last year, I figured I might as well start memorizing early! The better recall now the better recall later! (Please excuse the really poor table making)
[TABLE="width: 749, align: center"]
[TD="width: 290"]x = x 0 + v 0 t + 1/2at2[/TD]
[TD="width: 185"]Vƒ = Vo + at[/TD]
[TD]f max = μ
Wow has this semester flown by! We breezed through the mechanics course, almost with time to spare, it seems! I believe we have a powerful class of students who like to compete for grades, and in the process push themselves and others around them. As I expected in the beginning, I love the independent units and actually found success on the tests that we took following them. I loved the refresher courses on Mechanics as well as the new material that we have learned more toward the second half. T
The pages of APlusPhysics.com, Physics in Action podcasts, and other online media at this site are made available as a service to physics students, instructors, and others. Their use is encouraged and is free of charge. Teachers who wish to use materials either in a classroom demonstration format or as part of an interactive activity/lesson are granted permission (and encouraged) to do so. Linking to information on this site is allowed and encouraged, but content from APlusPhysics may not be made available elsewhere on the Internet without the author's written permission.
APlusPhysics.com, Silly Beagle Productions and Physics In Action materials are copyright protected and the author restricts their use to online usage through a live internet connection. Any downloading of files to other storage devices (hard drives, web servers, school servers, CDs, etc.) with the exception of Physics In Action podcast episodes is prohibited. The use of images, text and animations in other projects (including non-profit endeavors) is also prohibited. Requests for permission to use such material on other projects may be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Licensing of the content of APlusPhysics.com for other uses may be considered in the future.