AP Physics 1:


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1: Thurs Sept 8:
Basic introduction to a crucial bit of mathematics: Right Triangle Trigonometry.
Quiz on this maternal is NEXT CLASS: Monday, September 12.
2: Mon Sept 12:
QUIZ 1!
Today we discussed standard and component form of vectors. We then did an activity to demonstrate the basic technique of vector addition using components.
3: Wed Sept 14:
More vectors.
Today we put the last two classes together. Trigonometry allows us to find the components of any vector. Then we can add any number of vectors using the component method from last class.
QUIZ 2 next class: Adding Vectors.
4: Friday Sept 16:
Vector subtraction. If you can add, you can subtract.
Basic idea is that
A  B = C
can be rewritten as
A + (B) = C
This is true for vectors, just as it is for scalars.
So to subtract, we simply add the opposite.
5: Tuesday Sept 20:
Introduction to the concept of the dimension of a quantity. Rules for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and equality for dimension.
Discussion of units in calculation with a focus on unit conversions.
Notes on scientific notation and the metric system were handed out. We will not be dedicating any class time to this as it is considered prior knowledge.
6: Thursday Sept 22:
Discussion on concepts of accuracy and precision in measurement and significant figures.
Notes were handed out.
7: Tuesday Sept 27: TODAY WE BEGIN PHYSICS (UNIT 1)
Today we begin kinematics with a basic discussion of concepts that are a review of Science 9 and Science 10. This includes position, displacement, average speed, instantaneous speed, average velocity, instantaneous velocity and acceleration.
8: Thurs Sept 29:
Tougher example that required some real thinking. Introduce the idea of problem solving.
" A sprinter runs the 100.0m dash in 10.0s. The sprinter starts from rest and they accelerate (constant) for the first 3.0s. For the remainder of the race they run at top speed.
Find the acceleration and the top speed"
Visualise, diagram, list knows, "chunk" the problem, find links...
QUIZ NEXT CLASS ON THE BASIC STUFF (ws1, ws2)
Basic introduction to a crucial bit of mathematics: Right Triangle Trigonometry.
Quiz on this maternal is NEXT CLASS: Monday, September 12.
2: Mon Sept 12:
QUIZ 1!
Today we discussed standard and component form of vectors. We then did an activity to demonstrate the basic technique of vector addition using components.
3: Wed Sept 14:
More vectors.
Today we put the last two classes together. Trigonometry allows us to find the components of any vector. Then we can add any number of vectors using the component method from last class.
QUIZ 2 next class: Adding Vectors.
4: Friday Sept 16:
Vector subtraction. If you can add, you can subtract.
Basic idea is that
A  B = C
can be rewritten as
A + (B) = C
This is true for vectors, just as it is for scalars.
So to subtract, we simply add the opposite.
5: Tuesday Sept 20:
Introduction to the concept of the dimension of a quantity. Rules for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and equality for dimension.
Discussion of units in calculation with a focus on unit conversions.
Notes on scientific notation and the metric system were handed out. We will not be dedicating any class time to this as it is considered prior knowledge.
6: Thursday Sept 22:
Discussion on concepts of accuracy and precision in measurement and significant figures.
Notes were handed out.
7: Tuesday Sept 27: TODAY WE BEGIN PHYSICS (UNIT 1)
Today we begin kinematics with a basic discussion of concepts that are a review of Science 9 and Science 10. This includes position, displacement, average speed, instantaneous speed, average velocity, instantaneous velocity and acceleration.
8: Thurs Sept 29:
Tougher example that required some real thinking. Introduce the idea of problem solving.
" A sprinter runs the 100.0m dash in 10.0s. The sprinter starts from rest and they accelerate (constant) for the first 3.0s. For the remainder of the race they run at top speed.
Find the acceleration and the top speed"
Visualise, diagram, list knows, "chunk" the problem, find links...
QUIZ NEXT CLASS ON THE BASIC STUFF (ws1, ws2)
9: Tuesday Oct 4:
Quiz.
Lab activity to determine the value of "g" on Earth (or at least in my classroom).
Quiz.
Lab activity to determine the value of "g" on Earth (or at least in my classroom).
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10: Thursday Oct 6:
Discussion started from lab: What shapes are the graphs? This led to a discussion and the development of 2 new kinematics equations.
Then we discussed the beginnings of PROJECTILE MOTION. Students should try the first 5 questions from the projectile worksheet.
11: Tuesday Oct 11:
Continued discussion of graphs of motion. Projectile launched over level ground.
QUIZ NEXT TIME.
12: Thursday Oct 13 Finish Projectiles. Discussion of the general case, the quadratic formula and why we don't actually need it!
Test Date tentatively set for Monday October 24.
13. Mon Oct 17 BEGIN DYNAMICS
Introduction to Newton's first two laws of motion.
14. Wed Oct 19.
Meet some forces. Fg=mg, Friction, Normal and Tension
15. Mon Oct 24
K I N E M A T I C S T E S T
16. Wed Oct 26:
Examples including SYSTEMS of objects and Newton's Third Law.
17: Fri Oct 28:
More examples with systems. Example of object on an incline.
18: Tuesday Nov 1:
Dynamics QUIZ.
Apparent Weight.
19: Thursday Nov 3
BEGIN UNIFORM CIRCULAR MOTION
Definition and the formula a=v^2/r
Example with car over top of hill.
20: Monday Nov 7.
More examples. Toy plane suspended from ceiling, Loopdeloop, banked turn.
21: Wed Nov 9
Satellites in circular orbit, which includes a discussion of UNIVERSAL GRAVITATION.
22: Mon Nov 14
D Y N A M I C S T E S T
23: Wed Nov 16:
Today we derived the formula a=v^2/r.
We then looked at an example using satellites that introduced a mathematical technique called "proportionality".
24: Fri Nov 18
Introduction to a new form of Newton's second law: The Impulse/Momentum theorem.
We derived the basic law fron N2.
We then looked at an example of a collision and logically developed, from Newton's third law the LAW OF CONSERVATION of LINEAR MOMENTUM.
25: Tues Nov 22
Continued look at conservation of momentem. Extended to a 2Dimensional example.
26: Thursday Nov 24
C I R C U L A R M O T I O N T E S T
27:
28: Thurday Dec 1
Introduction to energy and work. Handed out notes on energy and work, and a worksheet on work done by a force.
29: Mon Dec 5
Review of the 3 different forms of W=Fd
Derive the formula for kinetic energy K=1/2 mv^2 ans the work energy theorem Wnet=DELTA(K).
30: Wed Dec 7
Develop the formula for gravitational energy Ug=mgh.
Discuss conservation of mechanical energy and CONSERVATIVE FORCES.
QUIZ ON 2DCOLLISIONS NEXT CLASS
31: Friday Dec 9
Big class. First we had a quiz on 2D collisions.
Then we talked about spring energy and the spring force.
We discussed how to find work using the area bound by a Force vs Time graph, and used that to derive Us=1/2(kx^2).
THEN we used gravity as a template to show Wc=DELTA(U), and reformulaed the work energy theorem to include U.
Wnc=DELTA(K) + DELTA(U)
32: Tuesday Dec13
Examples of how to use the new form of the work energy theorem, including springs.
TEST ON IMPULSE MOMENTUM NEXT CLASS!
33: Thursday Dec 15
IMPULSE MOMENTUM TEST
34: Tuesday Jan 3
This is a challenging concept at first. Negative potential energy. The idea is that if two massive objects are infinitely far apart they will have ZERO POTENTIAL ENERGY; they apply no force to one another, thus at infinite separation they have no potential to gain kinetic energy based on their relative position. OK. But as two massive objects (think of a bowling ball and the Earth) get closer together (the bowling ball is lowered toward the surface of Earth) the potential energy DECREASES. So... the objects have ZERO potential energy when infinitely far apart, as they move closer together the energy DECREASES. What kind of numbers are less than zero?
35. Thursday Jan 5
Practice with the new formula Ug=GMm/r
Check: 1. Does it predict zero U at infinity? YES
2. Does it give increasingly negative values as separation decreases? YES
3. Is it consistent with the approximation Ug=mgh? YES
36: Mon Jan 9
37: Wed Jan 11
38: Fri Jan 13
Intro to rotation. Radians, theta, omega and alpha. How do we convert between linear motion and rotational motion.
39: Tues Jan 17
Rotational kinematics problems.
40: Thurs Jan 19
Rotational dynamics. Introduce torque, moment of inertia and N2 for rotation.
41: Mon Jan 23
E N E R G Y T E S T
42: Wed Jan 25
Angular Momentum and Angular Kinetic Energy
43: Friday Jan 27
Rolling Motion.
Equilibrium applications of torque.
44: Thursday Feb 2:
Rotational Work: Tau x Theta = Work
A close look at the rotational intricacies of a bicycle
45: Monday Feb 6:
Centre of Mass. This has applications for torque as well as for linear kinematics, dynamics and momentum.
46: Wed Feb 8
Introduction to DC circuits:
3 fundamental circuit rules
1. Conservation of energy: Delta V = Zero for any circuit loop
2. Conservation of charge: Current in = Current out at any point in a circuit
3. Ohm's Law: Resistance between any two points = Delta V between those points divided by Current flowing through those points. Normally written in the familiar form V=IR
47: Friday Feb 10
Kirchhoff Circuits
48: Wed Feb 15
Circuits wired in series and parallel.
Equivalent resistance.
49: Mon Feb 20
Circuit Lab: Internal resistance
50: Wed Feb 22
Electric field
51: Friday Feb 24
Finish circuits and electrostatics
52: Tues Feb 28
Introduction to waves: Propagation, oscillation, transverse, longitudinal, wavelength, period, frequency, amplitude.
53: Thursday March 2
Interference, resonance, standing waves in strings and rods.
54: Monday March 6
The nature of sound. Sound as a longitudinal mechanical wave. Speed of sound.
55: Wednesday March 8
Resonance of sound. Open tubes and closed tubes.
56: Friday March 10
Mon March 6
The nature of sound.
Wed March 8
Sound again. Drawing longitudinal waves as transverse waves.
Resonance in open and closed tubes.
Friday March 10
The doppler effect
Tuesday March 28
Graphs for position velocity and accelleration vs theta, for one component of the motion of an object in uniform circular motion.
Discussion of sinusoidal functions (sin, cos, sin, cos)
Thursday March 30
SHM part 2.
Today we discussed in detail how we can relate the equations of motion for an object travelling in a circle to the equations of motion to an object in 1D, linear harmonic oscillations.
We also developed the equation for the period of oscillation of a mass on a spring.
Monday April 3
2016 AP1 Practice Exam
Wed April 5
Pendulum as SHO.
Looking at how a pendulum can be considered as an approximation of a simple harmonic oscillator for small deflections. We also derived the equation for the period of a pendulum.
Friday April 7
2016 Practice Exam
Brief further explanation of the "imaginary circle" that corresponds to the pendulum's oscillation.
Look at the data and graphs we produced from the pendulum lab.
Do the shapes of the graphs agree with theory?
Can we use the data to find the value of g on Earth? Does it work?
May 2:
A P P h y s i c s 1 E X A M
May 4:
Introduction to light
May 8:
Ray box lab
May 10:
Images in Lenses
May 12:
Mirrors and image formation
May 16:
Thin lens/mirror equation
May 18:
Snell's Law of Refraction
May 24:
Snell's Law Lab
Discussion started from lab: What shapes are the graphs? This led to a discussion and the development of 2 new kinematics equations.
Then we discussed the beginnings of PROJECTILE MOTION. Students should try the first 5 questions from the projectile worksheet.
11: Tuesday Oct 11:
Continued discussion of graphs of motion. Projectile launched over level ground.
QUIZ NEXT TIME.
12: Thursday Oct 13 Finish Projectiles. Discussion of the general case, the quadratic formula and why we don't actually need it!
Test Date tentatively set for Monday October 24.
13. Mon Oct 17 BEGIN DYNAMICS
Introduction to Newton's first two laws of motion.
14. Wed Oct 19.
Meet some forces. Fg=mg, Friction, Normal and Tension
15. Mon Oct 24
K I N E M A T I C S T E S T
16. Wed Oct 26:
Examples including SYSTEMS of objects and Newton's Third Law.
17: Fri Oct 28:
More examples with systems. Example of object on an incline.
18: Tuesday Nov 1:
Dynamics QUIZ.
Apparent Weight.
19: Thursday Nov 3
BEGIN UNIFORM CIRCULAR MOTION
Definition and the formula a=v^2/r
Example with car over top of hill.
20: Monday Nov 7.
More examples. Toy plane suspended from ceiling, Loopdeloop, banked turn.
21: Wed Nov 9
Satellites in circular orbit, which includes a discussion of UNIVERSAL GRAVITATION.
22: Mon Nov 14
D Y N A M I C S T E S T
23: Wed Nov 16:
Today we derived the formula a=v^2/r.
We then looked at an example using satellites that introduced a mathematical technique called "proportionality".
24: Fri Nov 18
Introduction to a new form of Newton's second law: The Impulse/Momentum theorem.
We derived the basic law fron N2.
We then looked at an example of a collision and logically developed, from Newton's third law the LAW OF CONSERVATION of LINEAR MOMENTUM.
25: Tues Nov 22
Continued look at conservation of momentem. Extended to a 2Dimensional example.
26: Thursday Nov 24
C I R C U L A R M O T I O N T E S T
27:
28: Thurday Dec 1
Introduction to energy and work. Handed out notes on energy and work, and a worksheet on work done by a force.
29: Mon Dec 5
Review of the 3 different forms of W=Fd
Derive the formula for kinetic energy K=1/2 mv^2 ans the work energy theorem Wnet=DELTA(K).
30: Wed Dec 7
Develop the formula for gravitational energy Ug=mgh.
Discuss conservation of mechanical energy and CONSERVATIVE FORCES.
QUIZ ON 2DCOLLISIONS NEXT CLASS
31: Friday Dec 9
Big class. First we had a quiz on 2D collisions.
Then we talked about spring energy and the spring force.
We discussed how to find work using the area bound by a Force vs Time graph, and used that to derive Us=1/2(kx^2).
THEN we used gravity as a template to show Wc=DELTA(U), and reformulaed the work energy theorem to include U.
Wnc=DELTA(K) + DELTA(U)
32: Tuesday Dec13
Examples of how to use the new form of the work energy theorem, including springs.
TEST ON IMPULSE MOMENTUM NEXT CLASS!
33: Thursday Dec 15
IMPULSE MOMENTUM TEST
34: Tuesday Jan 3
This is a challenging concept at first. Negative potential energy. The idea is that if two massive objects are infinitely far apart they will have ZERO POTENTIAL ENERGY; they apply no force to one another, thus at infinite separation they have no potential to gain kinetic energy based on their relative position. OK. But as two massive objects (think of a bowling ball and the Earth) get closer together (the bowling ball is lowered toward the surface of Earth) the potential energy DECREASES. So... the objects have ZERO potential energy when infinitely far apart, as they move closer together the energy DECREASES. What kind of numbers are less than zero?
35. Thursday Jan 5
Practice with the new formula Ug=GMm/r
Check: 1. Does it predict zero U at infinity? YES
2. Does it give increasingly negative values as separation decreases? YES
3. Is it consistent with the approximation Ug=mgh? YES
36: Mon Jan 9
37: Wed Jan 11
38: Fri Jan 13
Intro to rotation. Radians, theta, omega and alpha. How do we convert between linear motion and rotational motion.
39: Tues Jan 17
Rotational kinematics problems.
40: Thurs Jan 19
Rotational dynamics. Introduce torque, moment of inertia and N2 for rotation.
41: Mon Jan 23
E N E R G Y T E S T
42: Wed Jan 25
Angular Momentum and Angular Kinetic Energy
43: Friday Jan 27
Rolling Motion.
Equilibrium applications of torque.
44: Thursday Feb 2:
Rotational Work: Tau x Theta = Work
A close look at the rotational intricacies of a bicycle
45: Monday Feb 6:
Centre of Mass. This has applications for torque as well as for linear kinematics, dynamics and momentum.
46: Wed Feb 8
Introduction to DC circuits:
3 fundamental circuit rules
1. Conservation of energy: Delta V = Zero for any circuit loop
2. Conservation of charge: Current in = Current out at any point in a circuit
3. Ohm's Law: Resistance between any two points = Delta V between those points divided by Current flowing through those points. Normally written in the familiar form V=IR
47: Friday Feb 10
Kirchhoff Circuits
48: Wed Feb 15
Circuits wired in series and parallel.
Equivalent resistance.
49: Mon Feb 20
Circuit Lab: Internal resistance
50: Wed Feb 22
Electric field
51: Friday Feb 24
Finish circuits and electrostatics
52: Tues Feb 28
Introduction to waves: Propagation, oscillation, transverse, longitudinal, wavelength, period, frequency, amplitude.
53: Thursday March 2
Interference, resonance, standing waves in strings and rods.
54: Monday March 6
The nature of sound. Sound as a longitudinal mechanical wave. Speed of sound.
55: Wednesday March 8
Resonance of sound. Open tubes and closed tubes.
56: Friday March 10
Mon March 6
The nature of sound.
Wed March 8
Sound again. Drawing longitudinal waves as transverse waves.
Resonance in open and closed tubes.
Friday March 10
The doppler effect
Tuesday March 28
Graphs for position velocity and accelleration vs theta, for one component of the motion of an object in uniform circular motion.
Discussion of sinusoidal functions (sin, cos, sin, cos)
Thursday March 30
SHM part 2.
Today we discussed in detail how we can relate the equations of motion for an object travelling in a circle to the equations of motion to an object in 1D, linear harmonic oscillations.
We also developed the equation for the period of oscillation of a mass on a spring.
Monday April 3
2016 AP1 Practice Exam
Wed April 5
Pendulum as SHO.
Looking at how a pendulum can be considered as an approximation of a simple harmonic oscillator for small deflections. We also derived the equation for the period of a pendulum.
Friday April 7
2016 Practice Exam
Brief further explanation of the "imaginary circle" that corresponds to the pendulum's oscillation.
Look at the data and graphs we produced from the pendulum lab.
Do the shapes of the graphs agree with theory?
Can we use the data to find the value of g on Earth? Does it work?
May 2:
A P P h y s i c s 1 E X A M
May 4:
Introduction to light
May 8:
Ray box lab
May 10:
Images in Lenses
May 12:
Mirrors and image formation
May 16:
Thin lens/mirror equation
May 18:
Snell's Law of Refraction
May 24:
Snell's Law Lab