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Mock AP Testing Schedule

posted Apr 3, 2019, 5:33 AM by Barbara Fortunato

T 4/16 - W 5/1

For the mock exams, you'll be given the standard AP Formula Sheet to use, and you may use your cleared graphing calculator.   Each section will be 45 minutes.  

Here's the schedule:

T 4/16 - E&M Free Response Questions Mock - This is an NJSLA testing day, so we have drastically shortened periods.  Either come to class for your whole study hall before class or at least come by 1:50pm so you'll have enough time to finish the test.  

Th 4/18 - Mechanics Free Response Questions Mock - This is a zero day with 44 minute periods, either come to class for your whole study hall before class or at least come by 9:50 so you'll have enough time to finish the test.  

T 4/30 - E&M Multiple Choice Mock

W 5/1 - Mechanics Multiple Choice Mock

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 well do you understand additional topics in mechanics?

posted Apr 3, 2019, 5:01 AM by Barbara Fortunato

F 4/12

Exam on additional topics in mechanics TODAY!

Homework:  If you're taking the AP Physics C exam(s), start studying!  Aim to try to do at least 2 past AP problems (2011-2019) each night.  Even if you're not taking AP Physics, you can study for your mock AP exams.

How can you help your fellow students remember mechanics?

posted Apr 1, 2019, 5:00 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Apr 10, 2019, 9:27 AM ]

W 4/12 lab & Th 4/13

Today, you'll first record your mechanics review video.  Here's the list of possible topics:
  • Kinematics with Calculus & Velocity Dependent Forces [Aditya]
  • (Newton's Laws) & Uniform Circular Motion (incl Banked Turns) [Gabby]
  • Work, Energy, & Power with Calculus [Anikait]
  • Moment of Inertia (talk about important considerations) [Deepansha]
  • Center of mass (summation & integral) & Rotational kinematics [Joey]
  • Torque (component of force & line of action) [Mark]
  • Rotational Energy [Emily]
  • Rolling with and without slipping [Naman]
  • Linear & Angular Momentum  [Poojith]
  • Gravitational potential & Kepler's Laws [Sam P]
  • Simple Harmonic Motion  [Sam C]
If you finish your videos, study for your More Mechanics Exam - Friday, April 12th.  

Homework:  Mechanics video due Saturday, April 13th.  Study for More Mechanics Exam Friday, April 12th.  First mock exam Tuesday, April 16th - E&M Free response questions!

What did Kepler say about orbits?

posted Mar 29, 2019, 9:40 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 6:30 AM ]

M 4/8

Today, you'll work on the following AP problems to check your understanding of Kepler's Laws.
    Required:  1994M3, 2007M2

If you're wondering why 1994M3 part d has two correct answers that seem totally different, check out this article:
"Equivalence of Conservation of Angular Momentum and Conservation of Energy Methods for Satellite Velocity Calculations."

Homework:  Make sure you've completed all of the AP Problems in this unit so far.  Watch the following video I made on LC circuits (a topic that very occasionally shows up on the AP exam), and think about how this circuit relates to the oscillation we've studied in this unit:

LC Circuits

What does it mean to be in a gravitational field?

posted Mar 29, 2019, 9:39 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Mar 31, 2019, 6:41 AM by Barbara Fortunato ]

F 4/5 lab

Physical Pendulum Lab Quiz TODAY!

Then, we'll take a look at some problems involving gravitational field:
    Required:  2001M21999M21995M2 (only peripherally related, but good to know about potential energy)

Homework:  Watch the following video on Kepler's Laws:

Orbits (Dan Fullerton)

How can you solve problems involving heavy ropes?

posted Mar 29, 2019, 9:35 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Apr 3, 2019, 4:53 AM by Barbara Fortunato ]

Th 4/4

Today, we'll do some AP Problems that involve the concept of heavy ropes.  

Required:  2009M31975M3

If you finish these, work on more practice AP Problems for your exam next week. 

Homework:  Finish your lab write-up, which is due tomorrow and study for pendulum lab quiz tomorrow.  Watch the following video on universal gravitation.  If you remember how to use the formula for the force of gravity, skip the first 3:27, and focus on the calculation of gravitational field.  As you're watching this video, relate it to what you know about electric fields and Gauss's Law.  

Gravity (Dan Fullerton)

How well do you understand the physical pendulum?

posted Mar 29, 2019, 9:30 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Apr 2, 2019, 9:19 AM ]

T 4/2

Today, we'll start by doing a daily quiz on oscillations.  In the quiz, we'll be reviewing many different aspects of oscillations including kinematic variables, forces, and energy in an oscillating system.

Then, you'll catch up and either finish your lab from last class or finish the  Oscillation AP Problems (2009M2, 1990M3, 1999M2).  If you have finished both, you can work on watching the homework videos. 

Homework:  Finish your lab write-up, which is due Friday, April 5th.  Lab quiz will be on Friday, April 5th.  Watch the following two videos - they're the same problem with two different methods which are both useful: 
  • Method 1:  small mass dm, constant applied force, finite distance y
  • Method 2:  whole mass remaining, changing applied force, force constant for very small distance dx

Heavy Rope

Heavy Rope 2

How can we characterize simple harmonic motion?

posted Mar 29, 2019, 9:24 AM by Barbara Fortunato

M 4/1 lab

Today, we'll start by doing a daily quiz on oscillations.  In the quiz, we'll be reviewing many different aspects of oscillations including kinematic variables, forces, and energy in an oscillating system.

Then, in groups, apply what you know and solve problems with simple harmonic motion.  You'll be given about half an hour to solve at least the first of these problems.  
    Required:   Oscillation AP Problems (2009M2, 1990M3, 1999M2)

Finally, we'll design an experiment to find the moment of inertia about the center of mass of an odd shaped object.  In order to do this, you'll have to understand the motion of a physical pendulum.  Once you finish taking data, you'll finish your brief individual write-up of this lab.  Do your write-up on paper which you can turn in in hard copy.  Your analysis should include a labeled sketch of the set-up, at least one free body diagram, sentences about what you did and why, and calculations necessary to find the moment of inertia about the center of mass.  YOU MUST DO AT LEAST TWO DIFFERENT TRIALS to verify your calculation of the moment of inertia ABOUT THE CENTER OF MASS.

Homework:   Either finish your lab analysis or finish the Oscillation AP Problems (2009M2, 1990M3, 1999M2).  You'll have time next class to finish the other.

How well do you understand the coffee filter lab?

posted Mar 21, 2019, 1:49 PM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Mar 29, 2019, 5:02 AM by Barbara Fortunato ]

F 3/29

We'll start with some time to finalize your lab write-up, although it should be almost all the way done already.  If you're already done, you can work on the velocity depending force AP problems from the previous post.  

Then, LAB QUIZ Today on the coffee filter lab.  

Homework:  Finish all velocity dependent force problems.  Watch the following two videos on simple harmonic oscillators with springs and pendulums.  Alternatively, learn about simple harmonic oscillators using the available media of your choice - textbook, internet, etc.

SHM: Springs (Dan Fullerton)

SHM: Pendulums (Dan Fullerton)


Small angle approximation:

How do you solve problems with velocity-dependent forces?

posted Mar 21, 2019, 1:47 PM by Barbara Fortunato

W 3/27

Today, you'll use what you've learned to try a few problems with velocity-dependent forces:
    Required:  1982M2, 1990M1, 2000M2

Homework:  Coffee Filter LAB QUIZ on Friday, March 29th!  Watch the following video on simple harmonic motion (SHM):

Simple Harmonic Motion (Dan Fullerton)

Check out this page for a better understanding of "angular frequency" ω  (aka frequency of oscillation) and how it relates to the angular speed ω   we already studied in rotation:

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