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C Pacing Guide A/B Block

Marc Reif

The students in AP Physics C have nearly all had AP Physics 1 and are enrolled in AP Calculus AB or BC. (In 2016-2017 there were 20 students in the class, 1 was not enrolled in calculus, and 1 had not had a physics class before). 

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)
    [3 blocks (no test) - 37 remaining in the 1st semester]
    Knight Chapter 1
    Activities: Experimental methods, curve-fitting from data
    Review: Vectors, scalars, dimensional analysis, significant figures
    Review: motion diagrams and concepts of motion

Unit 02 - 1d Kinematics
    [4 blocks ( including test) - 33 remaining in the 1st semester]
    Knight Chapters 1 and 2
    Falling Chain Lab - Jerk Model
    Introduce derivative and anti-derivative
    Calculus and Kinematics Activities

Unit 03 - 2d Kinematics
   [4 blocks (incl. test date) - 29 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 9/12 or 9/13]
     Knight Chapters 3 and 4
    Projectile Lab
    Circular kinematics lab
    Relativity of velocity 

Unit 04 - 1d Forces
    [6 blocks (incl. test date) - 23 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 10/2 or 10/3]
    Knight Chapters 5 and 6
    Systems of multiple objects
    Atwood's Machine Lab
    Drag lab
    Spreadsheet simulations

Unit 05 - 2d Forces
    [4 blocks (incl. test date) - 19 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 10/16 or 10/17]
    Knight Chapters 7 and 8
    Circular motion and gravitation
    No Lab

Unit 06 - Energy
    [6 blocks (incl. test date) - 13 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 11/5 or 11/6]
    Knight Chapters 9 and 10
    Springs and Rubber band lab
    Energy dissipation lab

Unit 07 - Impulse and Momentum
    [5 blocks (incl. test date) - 8 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 12/4 or 12/5]
    Knight Chapter 11
    Impulse to stop a falling chain
    Increasing mass system

Unit 08 - Rotation 
    Knight Chapter 12
    [8 blocks (no test other than semester exam) - 0 remaining in the 1st semester]
    Lab finding an unknown rotational inertia

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

Unit 09 - Gravitation and Oscillation 
    [6 blocks (incl. test date) - 34 remaining before AP Exam - test on 1/19 or 1/20]
    Knight Chapters 13 and 15
    Lab Physical pendulum 

Unit 10 - Electric Charge, Force, and Field
    [5 blocks (incl. test date) - 29 remaining before AP Exam - test on 1/26 or 1/27]
    Knight Chapters 22 and 23
    Electrostatic devices Lab
    Coulomb's Law Lab

Unit 11 - Gauss's Law
    [4 blocks (incl. test date) - 25 remaining before AP Exam - test on 2/08 or 2/09]
    Knight Chapter 24
       
Unit 12 - Electric Potential, Potential Energy, and Capacitance
    [5 blocks (incl. test date) - 20 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 2/23 or 2/24]
    Knight Chapters 25 and 26
    Capacitance Lab
    Electric Potential Lab

Unit 13 - DC Circuits
    [4 blocks  - 16 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 3/6 or 3/7]
    Knight Chapters 27 and 28
    Lab Kirchhoff's Laws
    Lab RC Circuit

Unit 14 - Magnetostatics 
    [5 blocks (incl. test date)  - 11 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 4/9 or 4/10]
    Knight Chapter 29
    Bar magnet fieldLab
    B-field of a slinky Lab
    Pole strength of a magnet Lab

Unit 15 - Induction
    [5 blocks  - 6 remaining in the 1st semester - test on 4/24 or 4/26]
    Knight Chapter 30
    Faraday's Law Lab 

Unit 16 - Maxwell's Equations
    [2 blocks  - 4 remaining in the 1st semester - no test - Mock Exam on 5/1 or 5/2]
    Knight Chapter 31
    No Lab 

AP C Exam on Monday, 14 May 2018

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