As is the case with many AP classes, there simply isn't enough time in the regular school year to cover all the material in the AP Physics course. You're already familiar with the idea of a "summer reading assignment" for your English classes. In the same way, spending 6-8 hours this summer preparing for your study of physics will
- go a long way towards giving us a head start on the course,
- provide us with a little more time to spend on the more difficult material later on in the year, and
- reduce a little of the stress that tends to build up during the regular school year.
Good luck, and be sure to let me know (contact info here) if there's anything I can do to help!
List of Items for AP Physics Summer Assignment
- Dig around this website a little
You'll be interacting with this site from time to time, so it only makes sense to become a little familiar with what's here.
- Read the Course Policies (~10 minutes)
It's a bit long, but there is important information that you need to know here. Settle in and read it all
- Watch the Video Podcast part 1 (15 minutes)
I am so sorry that you have to watch this before the school year has even started. The short lecture, though, should help prepare you for the homework assignment.
- Download & print the AP Physics C Equation Sheet (~5 minutes)
A sheet very similar to this is what you'll be using when you take the AP Physics exam next May. In the meantime, you're free to use this one on assignments in this class, including for unit tests—make sure you keep a copy in your notebook at all times!
- Do Kinematics Homework assignment #1 (~30 min)
- You may not have your textbook for the course yet, but even if you do, for this summer unit we'll be using an old edition of our text. Read read the scanned pages 24-28. This is a large file that you'll be looking at, so be patient while it loads.
- Read the Homework Guidelines page, which describes and demonstrates what your written homework should look like.
- Watch the six-minute video on How to do Physics Homework. I don't know who created this video, but there are some really important points included here. Watching the entire six minutes is well worth your time before you get started.
- Do Problems 1-5 (listed at the end of the scanned chapter). Be sure to do the Problems, not the Questions!
- Not sure if you did the homework problems correctly? Take a look at the Chapter 2 Solutions (another large file).
Turning in homework
Ordinarily you'll turn in your homework assignments each day in class. For this Summer Assignment, however, you should staple them together in order (#1 on top, #3 on the bottom) and turn them in the day you take the test in class.
- Fill out the secure student info form (~10 min)
This will provide some important contact info for me, and allow me to get to know you a little before we get started in September.
- Check out the Course Schedule (~5 min)
It's subject to change, of course, but you'll be using the calendar a fair amount, to keep track of assignments, to download lab assignments and practice tests, etc. There's some bad news hidden there during the first week of school. Sorry! :)
- Watch the Video Podcast part 2 (~ 15 minutes)
Some of the finer points in the chapter, explained. NOTE: There is an error in one of the solutions given in a practice problem. "2.5m/s" should be "6.0m/s". Thanks to Austin Yu for catching the error!
- Do Kinematics Homework assignment #2 (25 min).
- Read scanned pages 28-34.
- Do Problems 7, 9, 11, 12, 15.
- Watch the Video Podcast part 3 (~ 25 minutes)
A little more advanced this time.
- Do Kinematics Homework assignment #3 (~30 min)
- Read scanned pages 36-46
- Do Problems 33, 21, 23, 29, 24, 40, 43, 49
Sign up at LearnAPphysics.com
Yes, it's my website. No, you don't have to sign up. Yes, you will do better in this class if you take advantage of this opportunity.
- Print out and take the Practice Test (~2 hrs)
This test is approximately the same length and difficulty as a typical unit test that we'll be taking throughout the school year, although it will almost certainly feel easier than future tests—you have already learned most of this material during your freshman year, after all! Answers / Solutions are included at the back of the Practice Test. Questions? Don't understand something? Talk to me!