Advanced Topics in Physics

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What can we learn from our colleagues?

posted Jun 4, 2018, 3:31 PM by Barbara Fortunato

M 5/28 - F 6/15

Student Presentations!

What do you want to know about any other physics topic?

posted May 16, 2018, 6:45 AM by Barbara Fortunato

T 5/16 - F 5/25

During this time, you'll prepare a presentation on a topic of your choice.  You can choose whatever you would like as long as it is approved by me.  Check Google Classroom for details on topic selection and requirements.

I will have a Chromebook cart for some of this time frame, but if you'd like to bring your own device, you can do that too (more predictable).

Homework:  Work on your presentations which will begin on TBD.

AP Exam - GOOD LUCK!!!

posted May 12, 2018, 3:00 PM by Barbara Fortunato

M 5/15

Last minute studying in my room all morning.  Period 2 - feel free to come during your study hall in addition to class time.

Studying for AP Exams

posted Apr 27, 2018, 11:43 AM by Barbara Fortunato

T 5/1 - F 5/11

You'll be studying for AP exams.  Those of you taking the physics exam should focus on studying during class.  Utilize these online resources from AP Central (College Board Site):

If you are not taking AP Physics C, you may work on your project during this time. 

What else interests you in physics?

posted Apr 27, 2018, 11:40 AM by Barbara Fortunato

2: T 5/1, 4: F 4/27

Today, we'll introduce the end of year project.  You will need to TEACH us about a topic related to physics.  The requirements are as follows:
  • You must TEACH us, as opposed to present to us.  You will be assessed on how well you are able to engage the whole class in learning.  You can do this by asking us questions, making us try problems, entertaining us, have us do a lab, give us a quiz, etc.
  • You must show your passion for the topic, so make sure you pick something you're interested in.
  • 30-90 minutes of interactive presentation.
Projects will be due after APs, date TBD.  

How well do we understand Mechanics and E&M?

posted Apr 27, 2018, 11:34 AM by Barbara Fortunato

2: M 4/30, 4: M 4/30

Today, we'll do test corrections on your mock exams.  We'll try to identify the topics that you need to study the most.  You'll start studying for your AP exam.  If you are taking the exam, I recommend doing all practice tests 2011-2017 at the minimum.  The test changed in 2011 with more of a focus on lab skills, so pay attention to those problems.

Homework:  Study for APs.  

AP review sessions during PARCC

posted Apr 23, 2018, 2:23 PM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 2:24 PM ]

T 4/24 - W 4/25

During PARCC, I will be holding an AP Physics C review session on Wednesday 4/25 at 9:30-11:25am in my room 111. I think Mr. Sierzega will additionally be holding a review session on Tuesday 4/24 in my room 9:30-11:25pm as well, so consider attending either one or both. During these review sessions, we will not be making any new presentations, but we will be available to answer questions about problems. I suggest you come with problems to do and/or with questions. Anyone interested in AP timing may take a self-graded mock exam of your choice. I may also discuss AP test taking and studying strategies informally. Hope to see you then.

What is an LC Circuit?

posted Apr 14, 2018, 1:42 PM by Barbara Fortunato


Anyone taking the AP Physics C E&M exam should watch the following video:

LC Circuits


After watching the video, try 2011E2.  

Mock AP Testing Schedule

posted Apr 13, 2018, 1:45 PM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 1:58 PM ]

M 4/16 - Th 4/26

Here's the schedule:

M 4/16 - E&M Free Response Questions Mock
W 4/18 - E&M Multiple Choice Mock

W 4/18 11:59pm - Mechanics Review Video due to Google Classroom

F 4/20 - Mechanics Multiple Choice Mock
Th 4/26 - Mechanics Free Response Questions Mock - This is a zero day with 44 minute periods, so given that the mock takes 45 minutes: Period 2 - you'll come during your study hall period first hour and stay for both blocks, and the exam will be administered during the last 45 minutes. Period 4 - You may stay 1-2 minutes into the passing period before lunch.

For all the days in between, you'll be studying by practicing past AP questions of your choice.  If you are taking the actual AP, I highly recommend doing recent tests from AP Central, as the test was changed in 2011.  Otherwise, practice any questions that you can find.

How can you help your fellow students remember mechanics?

posted Mar 30, 2018, 10:14 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 1:42 PM ]

2: F 4/13, 4: M 4/16b & T 4/17

Today, you'll first record your mechanics review video.  Here's the list of possible topics:
  • Kinematics with Calculus []
  • (Newton's Laws) []
  • Uniform Circular Motion (incl Banked Turns) []
  • Work, Energy, & Power with Calculus []
  • Center of mass (summation & integral) []
  • Moment of Inertia (talk about important considerations) []
  • Rotational kinematics []
  • Torque (component of force & line of action) []
  • Rotational Energy []
  • Rolling with and without slipping []
  • Angular Momentum  []
  • Velocity Dependent Forces []
  • Gravitational potential []
  • Kepler's Laws []
  • Simple Harmonic Motion  []
Homework:  Mechanics video due Wednesday, April 18th.  First mock exam Monday, April 16th - E&M Free response questions!

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