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Check back here to find notes from class and other online resources to help you learn AP Physics.

Don't forget to check the AP Physics Files page for the Unit Assignment Sheet and other resources!

AP Physics Review Book:  I recommend the 5 Steps to a 5 books.  Physics 1.  Physics C.  These are optional, but I do recommend them to help review and prepare for the AP Exam in May.

Online Resources:
A Plus Physics (video lessons)
Check out the MrEScienceTheater channel on Youtube.


Unit 5 Notes: Work, Energy, & Power
Notes from Class:
Check the AP Physics Files page, Unit 6 folder

Online Resources:
The Physics Classroom:  review of Work, Energy, and Power
Twu's Physics - Work, Springs, and Conservative Forces (video)



Unit 4 Notes: Newton's Laws
Notes from Class:
Unbalanced Forces NOTES. This is a collection of notes for the entire unit.
Balanced Forces: (ppt) Newton's 1st Law.  (download from the AP Physics Files page, Unit 4 folder)

Online Resources:
The Physics Classroom:  review of Newton's Laws
The Physics Classroom:  check out Lesson 3 & Lesson 4





Unit 3: Two-Dimensional Kinematics


Unit 2 Notes: Kinematics

Textbook Problems...from class on September 18th

Kinematics Graphs (written notes)   How to read and interpret position vs. time, velocity vs. time, and acceleration vs. time graphs. 
See a video lesson about Kinematics Graphs.  (YouTube Link)

Deriving the Kinematics Equations (written notes).  
See a video lesson about Deriving the Kinematics Equations. (YouTube Link)

Using Kinematics Equations.  (written notes)   
See a video lesson about Using Kinematics Equations. (YouTube Link)

Check out the Moving Man (PhET) and The Universe & More

Notes Chapter 2 intro.  1 dimensional kinematics
Patrolman & Speeder Problem

Textbook Problems...from class on September 18th

Other Online Resources:
The Physics Classroom review of 1 Dimensional Kinematics
Ramp 'N' Roll an applet with a ball rolling on a ramp, creating x vs t, v vs t, & a vs t graphs.
Physics Lab Online review of kinematics graphs 
Physics Lab Online review of equations of kinematics


Unit 1 Notes:  Scientific Thinking & Experimental Design
 

Graphing
Equation of Lines
Constant Velocity
   Notes- Distance, Displacement, Speed, & Velocity- click HERE.
    Good review of Position vs. Time graphs... Click HERE.
    Velocity vs. Time graphs... Click HERE (Youtube video).
    Notes- Motion Maps...  Click HERE.  View a video lesson about Motion Maps.
    Multiple Representations:  Given one, determine the rest (xt graph, vt graph, motion map, description)

The Universe & More - a very fun graphing game for x vs. t and v vs. t graphs.

















Unit 10 Notes: Leftover Topics (Waves, DC Circuits, Air Resistance)

Notes from Class:
Check the AP Physics Files page, Unit 9-Waves folder & Unit 10 folder.  There are PowerPoint presentations from class there.

Online Resources:
A Plus Physics video lesson about circuit analysis
A Plus Physics video lesson about wave basics
Khan Academy review of waves




Unit 9 Notes: Simple Harmonic Motion & Waves
Notes from Class:
Check the AP Physics Files page, Unit 9 folders.  There are PowerPoint presentations from class there.

Online Resources:
A Plus Physics video lesson about simple harmonic motion
A Plus Physics video lesson about spring oscillating systems
Khan Academy review of oscillatory motion



Unit 8 Notes: Rotation

Notes from Class:
Check the AP Physics Files page, Unit 8 folder.  There are PowerPoint presentations from class there.

Online Resources:
A Plus Physics video lesson about torque & equilibrium
Khan Academy review of Torque



Unit 7 Notes:  Impulse & Momentum
Notes from Class:
Check the AP Physics Files page, Unit 6 folder.  There are PowerPoint presentations from class there.

Online Resources:
The Physics Classroom:  review of Impulse & Momentum
Khan Academy review of Impulse & Momentum 










Unit 5 Notes: Universal Gravitation & Kepler's Laws
Notes from Class:

Online Resources:






































Unit 4 Notes: Newton's Laws
Notes from Class:
Unbalanced Forces NOTES. This is a collection of notes for the entire unit.
Balanced Forces: Newton's 1st Law.  (download from the AP Physics Files page, Unit 4 folder)

Online Resources:
The Physics Classroom:  review of Newton's Laws



Unit 3 Notes: 2D Motion
Sep. 22:  Vectors: Notes from class
                The Physics Classroom (Vectors)
View a video lesson about projectile motion problems involving angles. (Youtube)

Notes about Relative Motion.  Read about it in the textbook!!!

See a video lesson about Uniform Circular Motion. (YouTube Link)  

Be sure to check out the AP Physics Files section where you can download notes and other useful documents.






Unit 2 Notes:
 Kinematics

September 10th:
Kinematics Graphs (written notes)   How to read and interpret position vs. time, velocity vs. time, and acceleration vs. time graphs. 

Using Kinematics Equations.  (written notes)   


September 12th:
Notes from September 13th--Chapter 2 intro.  1 dimensional kinematics


Other Online Resources:
The Physics Classroom review of 1 Dimensional Kinematics
Ramp 'N' Roll an applet with a ball rolling on a ramp, creating x vs t, v vs t, & a vs t graphs.
Physics Lab Online review of kinematics graphs 
Physics Lab Online review of equations of kinematics













Unit 7 Notes: Equilibrium & Simple Harmonic Motion
Notes from Class:
Check the AP Physics Files page, Unit 7 folder.  There are PowerPoint presentations from class there.


Online Resources:




Unit 6 Notes:
Notes from Class:
Check the AP Physics Files page, Unit 6 folder.  There are PowerPoint presentations from class there.

Online Resources:
The Physics Classroom:  review of Impulse & Momentum



Unit 5 Notes: Work, Energy, & Power
Notes from Class:
Check the AP Physics Files page, Unit 5 folder

Online Resources:
The Physics Classroom:  review of Work, Energy, and Power



Unit 4 Notes: Newton's Laws
Notes from Class:
Balanced Forces: Newton's 1st Law.  (download from the AP Physics Files page, Unit 4 folder)

Online Resources:
The Physics Classroom:  review of Newton's Laws


Unit 3 Notes: 2 Dimensional Motion
Notes from Class
:
VECTORS: Notes from Oct. 1st  (download from the AP Physics Files page)

Visit my YouTube channel MrEScienceTheater to view a video lesson about projectile motion problems involving angles.

See a video lesson about Uniform Circular Motion. (YouTube Link)  

Notes about Relative Motion.  Read 3.9 in the textbook!!!

Online Resources:
          View a Khan Academy lesson about unit vectors.
          View a Khan Academy lesson about how to solve projectile motion problems.
The Physics Classroom:  review of vectors and projectile motion






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