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Presentations with AP Environemental

posted Jun 2, 2019, 3:26 PM by Barbara Fortunato

W 6/5 lab and F 6/7 hours 4&5

Each student will act as an expert in their group and will be teaching their topic to a group of about 8 students.  

On the day in between, we'll be debriefing the presentations and preparing for the next round.  

Homework:  Reflect on your presentations.  Assessment on presentations next week.  

Presentation feedback and refinement

posted Jun 2, 2019, 3:14 PM by Barbara Fortunato

T 6/4

Today, we'll finish sharing feedback on last week's presentations.  Then, you'll have time to refine your presentations.

Homework:  Make sure you are prepared to individually present your topic.  

Practice Presentations

posted May 28, 2019, 4:08 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated May 28, 2019, 6:54 AM ]

W 5/29 - F 5/31

We'll be presenting and giving peer feedback during these three days.  

  • Batteries
  • Charge Controllers
  • Photo Voltaics
  • Circuits
You'll be answering the following questions to give each group anonymous feedback:
  • What were the greatest strengths of the presentation?
  • What specific activities from the presentation did you find most ENGAGING?
  • What specific activities from the presentation did you find most INFORMATIVE?
  • Were there any specific parts of the presentation where you were trying really hard to understand the content but felt confused?
  • Were there any specific parts of the presentation where you zoned out or lost focus?
  • What can this group do differently to help you learn more? 
  • Do you think the group made the best use of time?  Why or why not?
  • What questions do you still have about the content of the presentation?

Homework:  Make sure you complete the feedback form on Google Classroom before Friday night so that each group can make adjustments before the final lessons next week.  Prepare to teach the AP Environmental class on Wednesday, June 5th and Friday, June 7th (hours 4-5).  

Project Preparation

posted May 28, 2019, 4:04 AM by Barbara Fortunato

T 5/14 - F 5/24

We'll have a Chromebook cart for all of these days so that you can do research for your solar project.  Check Google Classroom for the rubric.  

Homework:  Practice presentations to our class next week.  

AP Exam - GOOD LUCK!!!

posted May 12, 2019, 12:43 PM by Barbara Fortunato

M 5/13 lab

Last minute studying in my room all morning.

Studying for AP Exams

posted May 2, 2019, 9:36 AM by Barbara Fortunato

M 5/6 - F 5/10

This week, 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):

Mock AP Testing Schedule

posted Apr 3, 2019, 5:33 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Apr 26, 2019, 7:07 PM ]

T 4/16 - Th 5/2

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 5/1a - Mechanics Multiple Choice Mock

W 5/1b - Test Corrections - Mock E&M

Th 5/2 - Test Corrections - Mock Mechanics

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

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