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From Barry Hopkins at Severna Park High School
"I use the inexpensive clear plastic storage containers (shoe box size) from the dollar store and a couple of 9 volt batteries. Small pieces of copper wire and aluminum strips are placed into the tubs and water in the various configurations shown on page 3 of the Word document. We eventually print out each group’s results and make copies for everyone, and they use the equipotentials to help them trace out the electric fields.
If you’ve never done this before, you’ll find it’s extremely tedious and time-consuming, so I usually get them to come after school (for some extra credit) to collect the data, rather than waste valuable class time."
This is a .zip file containing a sample lab report created using LaTeX. It is designed to be used as a template for students interested in creating professionally-typeset lab reports while focusing on writing and content instead of stylization.
From my review quizzes, which spanned almost 300 of the 966 MC questions since 2002. (I had many versions. I don't make the kids do 300 questions!) I compiled a list of the 40 most missed questions (by my students anyway) in order.
I also made a youtube video explaining how I think about each question with a little review snuck in.
The most missed topics by my students were
Min and Max values of Vector Addition
Energy Problems with Internal Energy
Diffraction (slit size/wavelength relationship)
Displacement from Area of VT
Estimation (of Weight Force)
Thanks to Dan Hosey for creating this.
Write up for an open-ended "popper" lab in which students use their kinematic equations to determine the launch velocity of a popper toy.
Popper toys can be found in a variety of places such as Amazon, CVS and Wal-Mart, as well as Oriental Trading.
CVS Spring Toys item number is SKU# 439412, bar code 50428 06656, "Spring Up & Catch Game", $2.99 each or 2/$5
Walmart item number is #ES-41035, 6 to a package for $2.98, called the "Sport Pop-Up Game", bar code 79940 41035
Projectile motion simulation lab activity using an Excel spreadsheet. Students input angle, launch speed and can trace path of projectile, view velocity vector, etc.
Thanks to Ed Pogozelski (SUNY Geneseo) and Dan Baker (U of Rochester) for their assistance in creating this activity.
LaTeX is a commonly used science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) typesetting program. It is designed to allow writers to focus on content while producing high quality output. Unlike Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, however, it is not a what-you-see is what you get (WYSIWYG) interface, and therefore has a steeper learning curve than some of the more commonly available writing tools. The program is available on a wide variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac OSX, Unix, Linux, and even iOS. For the purposes of getting started, we'll assume you will be using a web-based implementation of LaTeX.
Advantages of LaTeX are a clean, crisp output while allowing the writer to focus on writing and content as opposed to appearance of the final document. Students are highly encouraged to focus on writing the entire document first, then coming back later to tweak the stylization and appearance of their final product.
First invented by Don Knuth in 1970, LaTeX was designed as a tool to help publish a computer programming book. Since then, however, it has been built into a wide number of systems and applications, some free, some commercial, and has been expanded with a wide variety of packages which extend the functionality of the typesetting system.
This guide is intended to provide you a starting reference. Although it looks complex and does involve a bit of a learning curve, once you gain a bit of experience you'll find you can write high quality technical documents very quickly. Please note that there are tons of additional commands and capabilities built into LaTeX that are extremely accessible with just a bit of Google-Fu.
A breakdown of the Regents Physics questions from the APlusPhysics.com worksheets, courtesy of Ken Levy of Calhoun High School in N. Merrick, NY. Insightful for determine what topics and types of questions are emphasized compared to others. Thanks Ken!
The AP* Physics C Companion - Mechanics is an easy-to-read companion to the AP Physics C: Mechanics curriculum, featuring 350 sample problems with fully worked-out solutions. The AP Physics C Companion: Mechanics covers all major topics of the AP Physics C Mechanics course, including fundamentals of calculus, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, momentum, rotation, oscillations, and gravity.
The AP Physics C Companion is not a textbook replacement nor is it a strict test-prep guide. It is a short, sweet roadmap to calculus-based physics courses such as AP Physics C: Mechanics and University Physics I, invaluable not just during test prep time, but throughout the entire course. The book lays out basic physics principles as quickly and clearly as possible, then demonstrates their application with hundreds of example problems solved in detail.
Written by a physics teacher, The AP Physics C Companion correlates directly with the APlusPhysics.com website, where you will find free video mini-lessonsexplaining fundamental concepts, detailed study guides, a question and answer discussion board, and most importantly, a meeting place where you can interact with other students from around the world.
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Lab handout to accompany the APlusPhysics Coulomb's Law mini-lab simulation activity.
Interactive simulation to explore the basic relationships in Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation using Geogebra.
Interactive simulation lab activity where students explore quantities describing circular motion.