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  1. [ATTACH=CONFIG]161[/ATTACH] A motivational poster by Dr. Rhett Allain, author of the dot.Physics blog!
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    It is going to be tough, but it's going to be fun too! If it were easy, they'd call it chemistry! http://www.cafepress.com/aplusphysics.527644408
  3. Have no fear BrightestBulb, nobody gets this course 100% the first time through it. Every time I teach it I learn something more, and I don't think that'll ever change. If you make it through any physics class, and think you understand everything you learned, you probably weren't paying attention. It takes time for things to start making sense, sometimes a few hours, sometimes days, sometimes years. That's OK. Do your best, MAKE it fun, and you'll be a success!
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    The best topic of all: me

    Have you ever seen the show Sports Science? It's a fun one to watch, not only from the physics and application side, but occasionally they "mangle" the physics a bit in their explanations -- would make a great blog topic if you catch an episode (I have a couple examples of snippets from the show we'll see in class this year too).
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    Physics C!

    Thrilled to have you aboard, goNavy51 beat Army!:labmate)
  6. I was amused... thrilled to have you aboard Entropy Fiend. The good news with your note-taking strategy is that if you ever do want to go back and reference our class notes, you can find 'em all online at http://aplusphysics.com/wordpress/regents/
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    I think you're going to enjoy physics breezy, and if you give your full effort, I have no doubt you'll be successful!
  8. Hiya redsox1! TONS of physics in golf... are you good? I get my money's worth -- really, I watch the pros on TV and they always play from the fairway. I like a challenge, and tend to play from the trees, the sand, deep rough -- adds some excitement to my game.
  9. Sounds like a great plan to me... welcome to Regents Physics adv1!!!
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    Hiya SkiSteph, and welcome to APlusPhysics! I'm glad to hear you're excited about the course -- I'll do my best to make sure you're not disappointed... would love to hear about snowboarding -- I used to wakeboard when I lived in Austin, TX many moons ago, and have wanted to try snowboarding now that I'm in the snowy tundra we call Rochester. Have a great day!
  11. Great to hear from you willorn, and I'm thrilled to hear you're enjoying your professors. Keep us abreast of your adventures, and have a great year! :wave)
  12. Pleased to have you aboard Swagmeister... my head hurts a little from reading that (your poor English teacher!) but I think I got the gist. Looking forward to a fun year! :labmate)
  13. Sounds like a great plan to me. I'm excited to get started on our labs too -- I love seeing how we start slowly with lots of help, and by the end of the year students are doing labs with absolutely no assistance from the instructor!
  14. I want you to have a great experience in this class too... and if you don't like test taking, I'm thinking you'll like our Skills-Based Grading system -- lots of chances to demonstrate your knowledge, even if you don't like tests. Make it a great year!
  15. Welcome crazyskittles -- what type of guitar do you play? Perhaps you can give us a demo when we get to our waves unit! (No one wants to hear me play and sing... trust me!)
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    A fellow piano player -- welcome! What do you like to play? Billy Joel is my favorite, but it's an ongoing challenge to keep up the skills. Make it a great year!
  17. Thrilled to have you aboard Dexter... I can't wait to get into the fun physics stuff too -- our math review, though important for a good base of skills, isn't as fun as exploring how the world works (which we'll get to really soon!)
  18. Welcome Leekspinnah... philosophy and physics mesh pretty closely as the year goes on, and occasionally even tie into religion. [ATTACH=CONFIG]159[/ATTACH]Mrs. FizziksGuy had me watching Angels and Demons over the weekend, a movie that combines particle physics, philosophy, religion, and history in a very interesting way (even if not always accurately). Make it a great day!
  19. Howdy Skittles! We'll take some time up front to review the math you'll need in physics this year. For our Regents course, basic algebra, the Pythagorean Theorem, and only a tiny amount of trig is required (and you don't even need to memorize it -- it's on the reference table for you!) Make it a great year. :einstein)
  20. Hiya itownlax1, and welcome to APlusPhysics! Tell us a bit about yourself, what you enjoy, what you hope to learn in physics this year, and what you're excited about. Let's make it an amazing year!
  21. Hello SmileyRunner10! What sorts of things do you like to read? I've been an avid reader my whole life, and but it's only been in the last couple years I thought that actually WRITING a book might be fun. Now, book #2 is in the works (another physics book), then I'd LOVE to try writing a novel -- I've been organizing/planning/outlining for months, but am nervous to start (well, not nervous to start, nervous that it might not be any good). But I think the fun part will be in the writing, whether anyone else ever reads it or not. Physics projects and labs can be frustrating when we start, because I try very hard NOT to give too many directions, and allow you to figure it out. But figure it out you will, especially if you don't procrastinate. To give you a feel, check out the comments at the bottom of the page from last year's class with respect to our catapult project: http://www.aplusphysics.com/projects/catapult.html Make it a great day!
  22. Good Morning LilTigger101! Any thoughts on where you might want to go to college for pharmacy? I have a couple friends who are pharmacists and they love their job. Welcome. :egg)
  23. Hiya Toll_Physicist. I bet we can do tons as far as applications of physics to real-world situations, and I'm excited that you've got a head start on basics of electricity... this usually comes into play in late December/early January, and I'd love to leverage your expertise as we dive into electrostatics and circuits!

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