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P1 Pacing Guide - A/B Block

Marc Reif

Instruction begins on Monday, 14 August 2017. 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 40 blocks in the first semester and 40 blocks in the second semester before the AP 1 and 2 Exams. Some units, as noted, do not include tests.

I estimate 75 days (allowing a few days for interruptions due to state testing) of instruction before the AP 1 Exam on Tuesday, 8 May 2018. 

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

Unit 01 - Tools (no test for this unit)
    [4 blocks (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)
    [3 blocks (no test) - 33 remaining in the 1st semester]
    Etkina Chapter 1
    Blinky Buggy Lab

Unit 03 - Constant Acceleration Model for Motion
   [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 - 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 - Oscillation
    [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 (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 - 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 - Rotation (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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