APSI Physics C: Mechanics & EMag

Barbara C. Watson

Introduction and Objectives


●Name, school, size of school (approx.)

●Physics teaching experience, AP Physics teaching experience

●What is the background of your AP Physics students? What courses have they taken?

●What is you school’s schedule (how many minutes per period? Per week?)

●What are you teaching this year?

●What are you (planning on) teaching in the future that’s different from this year if anything?

●What is one thing you are looking for today?

AP Workshop Objectives

●Get familiar with the AP Physics Course, Audit and Exam

●Syllabus development: requirements, mechanics, online resources

●Go through units of AP Physics C via strategic labs and problems that deliver them.

●Review common misconceptions as well as specific review techniques.

●Leave with resources that are ready to use that you feel able to use

●Be comfortable preparing students to be successful on the AP Exam AND learn Physics

●Post Exam?

●A Solid College Physics Course

Check out:


Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations

Daily Schedule

Monday, July 27, 2016
Registration/Breakfast 7:15 am - 8:00 am
APSI Sessions begin 8:00 am

Lunch 11:30 am-12:30 pm (Grp 1)
Sessions conclude 4:30 pm

Tuesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 30th, 2016
Registration/Breakfast 7:20 am- 8:00 am
APSI Sessions begin 8:00 am

Lunch 11:30 am-12:30 pm (Grp 1)
Sessions conclude 4:30 pm

Thursday, July 30, APSI Concludes at 4:30 pm

Participant lunch breaks:
Participants will have an hour for lunch each day. In an effort to alleviate the crowds at local eateries, we will have a staggered lunch hours and releases.
Group 1: 11:30 - Science classes and Art classes Group 2: 11:50 - A hallway (World Languages AP Psychology, Calculus, and Comp. Sciences) Group 3: 12:10 - Upper E hallway and the B and G hallway (English Lang, Lit, Histories)

AP Physics C Monday, June 27th Agenda

Course Development, Delivery, and Initial Units:

Mechanics - Electricity and Magnetism


• Welcome, Introductions, Agenda, Workshop Objectives

• AP Access & Equity Inclusivity –Classrooms and Halls, Form a Plan, AP Ambassadors,

• Will there be an AP C Redesign?

• AP C is new because of P1 and P2

• Establishing and maintaining and AP Program

• The Making of a Year’s Schedule: Milestones

• Have a Deep Bench, You do it first…..Always.

• Percent Sitting, Percent Passing

• Calculus: To be or not To be?

• AP Physics C: A Brief Overview- Study Guide, Reading notes, Homework, Practice Tests

• High School Students, College Course

• Video Analysis?

Kinematics/Dynamics – Introductory Electrostatics/Circuits Labs & Activities:

• AP Physics C Labs: The Run and Shoot vs The Whole Enchilada!

AP Labs –Dueling Buggies/Impact Point of a Projectile/Projectile Targeting

Pull-Back Car/ Hippy Hopper/Terminal Velocity

AP C….. from P1

AP Lab–Hands-On Circuits Activity

AP Lab–Mystery Circuits

AP Lab–Ohm’s Law