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P1 Pacing Guide - A/B Block

Marc Reif

Instruction begins on Monday, 13 August 2018. Our school is on A/B block. Each class meets five 90-minute sessions every two weeks. We have 80 blocks before the AP Exam. that is 7200 minutes or 120 hours or 5 complete days.

There are 41 or 42 blocks in the first semester (depending on A or B day meetings) and 39 blocks in the second semester before the AP 1 and 2 Exams. Some units, as noted, do not include tests. One of those blocks in the first semester will be given up for exams. Several of the blocks (overall) will be lost for state and district mandated testing. I estimate 75 blocks of instruction before the AP 1 Exam on Tuesday, 7 May 2019. 

~~~~~1111111~~~~Begin Semester 1~~~~~~1111111~~~~~~~

Unit 01 - Tools (no test for this unit)
    [Blocks 1-4 (no test) - 36 remaining in the 1st semester]
    No text reference
    Index of Springiness Lab
    Pendulum Lab

Unit 02 - Constant Velocity Model for Motion (no test for this unit)
    [Blocks 5-7 (3 blocks,no test) - 33 remaining in the 1st semester]
    Etkina Chapter 1
    Blinky Buggy Lab

Unit 03 - Constant Acceleration Model for Motion
   [Blocks 8-12 (5 blocks incl. test date) - 28 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 9/13 or 9/14]
     Etkina Chapter 1
    Cart on a Ramp Lab
    Cart on a Ramp Lab Extension

Unit 04 - Interactions 1 (The Force Concept and Balanced Forces)
    [6 blocks (incl. test date) - 22 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 10/3 or 10/4]
    Etkina Chapter 2 and Chapter 3, Section 1
    Analysis of a Jump
    Static Forces Practicum
    Newton's Second Law Activity

Unit 05 - Interactions 2 (Applying Newton's Second Law)
    [5 blocks (incl. test date) - 17 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 10/18 or 10/19]
    Etkina Chapter 3, excluding Section 3.5
    Modified Atwood's Machine Lab
    Friction Lab

Unit 06 - Impulse and Momentum Transfer
    [6 blocks (incl. test date) - 11 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 11/6 or 11/7]
    Etkina Chapter 5
    Cart Collisions Lab
    Impulse Lab

Unit 07 - Energy Transfer Model
    [8 blocks (incl. test date) - 3 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 12/5 or 12/6]
    Etkina Chapter 6
    Hooke's Law and Energy Lab
    Energy Transfer Lab

Unit 08 - Models for 2d Motion (Projectile motion as a review before semester exam)
    Etkina Section 3.5
    [3 blocks (no test other than semester exam) - 0 remaining in the 1st semester]
    Projectile Video Analysis Lab
    Projectile Practicum

22222~~~~Begin Semester 2~~~~22222~~~~~~~~

Unit 09 - Models Circular Motion (and Gravitation)
    [5 blocks (incl. test date) - 35 remaining before AP Exam - test on 1/22 or 1/23]
    Etkina Chapter 5
    Dynamics of UCM Lab
    Flying Pig Lab
    
Unit 10 - Oscillating Particle Model
    [6 blocks (incl. test date) - 29 remaining before AP Exam - test on 2/7 or 2/8]
    Etkina Chapter 19
    Period of a Mass-Spring Oscillator Lab
    Equations of Simple Harmonic Motion Lab

Unit 11 - Wave Pulses and Traveling Waves
    [5 blocks (incl. test date) - 24 remaining before AP Exam - test on 2/22 or 2/23]
    Etkina Sections 20.1 through 20.6
    Wave Race Lab
    Behavior of Wave Pulses observations

Unit 12 - Standing Waves and Sound
    [6 blocks (incl. test date) - 18 remaining before AP Exam - test on 3/12 or 3/13]
    Etkina Sections 20.7 through 20.11
    Standing Waves on a String Lab
    Resonance of a Tube Lab

Unit 13 - Charge and Electric Force Models (no separate test for this unit)
    [2 blocks  - 16 remaining before AP Exam]
    Etkina Sections 14.1 through 14.4 (selected topics)
    Sticky Tape Lab
    Coulomb's Law Lab

Unit 14 - Modeling DC Circuits 
    [5 blocks (incl. test date)  - 11 remaining before AP Exam - test on 4/9 or 4/10]
    Etkina Chapter 16
    Understanding PD Activity
    Ohm's Law Lab

Unit 15 - Rotational Models (and a parallel review of mechanics)
    [7 blocks  - 4 remaining before AP Exam - Mock Exam on 5/1 or 5/2]
    Etkina Chapter 8
    Various Lab Activities without a Lab Report

AP 1 Exam on Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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