Previous Announcements


Electric Fields... again!

You have already demonstrated your facility with thinking about electric fields, and calculating fields based on a distribution of charge. We're going to continue the process of trying to identify electric fields in the next unit. Electric fields, electric potentials, and capacitance are challenging concepts, but we're going to figure it all out.

I hope you enjoy the ride! And be careful when you're touching those capacitors in class!

See you soon...


Second Semester is totally different!

In the second semester of this course we'll continue our study of physics. Although our topics of study will be quite a bit different—we're looking at electricity and magnetism now—we will continue to use the same concepts you worked so hard to develop during the first semester.

Forces, motion, energy, momentum, derivatives, and integrals, all continue to play a part in what we learn. Good thing you paid attention during first semester, eh?!

See you soon...


Welcome back!

This always feels like a bit of an awkward time of year for me: I enjoyed having time off, but am happy to be back, I'm looking forward to working with you again, but the midterm exams are coming up...

The good news is that these next couple of weeks are a chance for us to review everything we've been doing this semester, and to bring it all together to form a comprehensive and coherent story of analysis and problem-solving. In the past, most students have found this to be a really useful time for pulling things together in a way that we don't always have time for in the school year.

I'm looking forward to getting back into physics with you!

See you soon...


Holiday Countdown!

We've got a few more days until the holiday break is upon us... I can't wait!

In the meantime, you already know that the Rolling Objects Lab is due this week. We'll also be continuing our study of Universal Gravitation, and getting a quick taste of Simple Harmonic Motion...

I always like this time of year—it's a chance to pause from our usual mad dashing about, and be thankful for the people around us. I hope you get a chance to take some well-deserved time off over the break.

See you soon...


Welcome back from Thanksgiving!

I'm sure you enjoyed having a few days off—I did!

The next couple of weeks are going to be very important for us, so I hope you got some rest in. We're going to be digging in deep into rotational motion, rolling objects, and angular momentum. It's fascinating stuff.

See you in class...!


Welcome to Second Quarter

I hope you enjoyed the relative luxury of the first quarter in here. It was pretty fun, right? Reviewing Newton's Laws... Reviewing Work, Energy, and Conservation of Energy...

In the second quarter, we're going to continue our study of classical Mechanics, although we're going to start looking at some topics that you didn't see in your ninth grade course: Center of Mass. Rotational Motion. Torque. Angular Momentum. Simple Harmonic Motion.

They are all fascinating topics, and I'm sure you're going to enjoy it.

Oh, and congratulations to those of you finishing that first round of college applications. You survived!

See you in class...!


Welcome back!

You had a chance to get a little bit of rest, I hope, because we are just getting started! :)

This week will be our last week with Newton's Laws, culminating in a test on that material this Friday. We've been doing a really good job of practicing all that material, so I'm not too worried about you.

Just remember, it always begins with a free-body diagram and Fnet = ma.


See you in class...!


Vectors, old and new

We've done displacement, velocity, and acceleration vectors, so now it's only fair that we turn to Force vectors.

I hope you like drawing free-body diagrams... because we're going to be doing that. A lot.

See you in class...!


It's all about Projectile Motion!

We had some strong work this past week, and this week, you'll get a chance to demonstrate your skills: a lab is due Wednesday, the same day we'll do the "Catch the Ball" lab, and on Thursday you'll take your second test of the year.

Good times!

Oh, and I'm looking forward to meeting your parents on Thursday at Back-to-School night!

See you in class...


Happy Labor Day!

Perhaps this holiday really does represent the end of the summer, and the transition to the school year. When I see you tomorrow we'll begin working together in the classroom for the first time, expanding the work that you began in the Summer Reading Assignment.

Tuesday we'll be looking over your tests—there's some strong work there—AND... on Wednesday we'll have our first lab! I love labs!

See you in class...


Welcome to AP Physics!

Okay, okay, enough with the warm greetings and the class policies. Can we just move on and get to the part where we get to do cool experiments and solve hard problems??!

Thanks in advance for joining me on this journey. Let's get started, shall we?! ;)


AP Physics Summer Reading Assignment is available

Hello! And welcome to our course website.

We've still got a couple of weeks left to go in the summer, of course, and that should be plenty of time for you to complete the Summer Reading Assignment for our course. It's a bit more than just reading—you'll need to watch a few videos and do some homework—but most of the topics covered should be nothing more than a review of what you studied as ninth graders; it shouldn't pose any serious difficulties for you.

Also, make sure you have a chance to check out our course calendar. Note that we have our first test on Friday, September 1.

So I guess I'm that teacher. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Seriously, though, we're going to have an amazing year in here. I'm looking forward to working with you.


Happy Summer!

I hope you're out having a good time somewhere. This site will go live again on August 1. See you then!