Category Archives: AP Physics 2

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/16 – Fri. 11/20

Hi everybody! For this week (11/16 – 11/20), we’ll continue our work on electrostatics with some labs and simulations:

  • Monday: Unit 2 Mastery Part 2 on thermodynamic processes and entropy
  • Lab #2-1: Electric Field Simulations
  • Lab #2-2: Electrostatics Activities
  • do Chapter 16 Problems #1-12 (p.465)
  • do Chapter 16 Problems #13-22 (p.465) (probably over Thanksgiving Break)

My goal is to take the concepts we learned last week and use them to understand and explain both real and simulated phenomena, and then we can start applying the math.  After Thanksgiving Break, we’ll learn about electric potential (aka “voltage”) and how we can store electric potential energy on charged plates called capacitors.  I hope you have a great week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/9 – Fri. 11/13

Hello everyone! For this week (11/9 – 11/13) we’re starting Unit 3 on electrostatics:

Electric Charge:
– watch “Crash Course Physics #25: Electric Charge
– read Ch. 16-1 through -6; do Chapter 16 Questions #1-12 (p.464)
Electric Field:
– watch “Crash Course Physics #26: Electric Field
– read Ch. 16-7 through -9; do Chapter 16 Questions #13-23 (p.464)

Next week we’ll do our Unit 2 Mastery Part 2 on thermodynamic processes and entropy on Monday, November 16th. Have a great week and stay safe!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/2 – Fri. 11/6

Welcome to the first week of November! I definitely wasn’t ready for it to be this cold already. ? This week we’re going to review our heat engine questions and problems and finally wrap up our unit on thermodynamics by learning about entropy and the Second Law. Here’s the plan for this week:

Entropy can be a fun topic so I hope you enjoy it. I know that this week will be stressful for many, so consider disconnecting from social media and national news for a while. Stay safe!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/26 – Fri. 10/30

Welcome to the last week of October! ? This week we’re going to learn how to read and draw PV diagrams, which will take us into understanding how heat engines work.  We’ll also dip our toes into the concept of entropy, which is described by the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Here’s the plan for this week:

*maybe

It’s so important to make sure that you have a solid understanding of thermodynamics and heat engines that we’ll have to see how far we actually get this week. I hope you have a wonderful week!

AP Physics 2: Tue. 10/20 – Fri. 10/23

Hello again! We didn’t get quite as far as I would have liked last week, but that’s okay, because a good understanding of heat and thermodynamics is more important than moving quickly through the material.  Here’s the plan for this week:

  • review Chapter 14 Questions #1-3, 15-20, 24-29
  • do Chapter 14 Problems #33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 41, 53, 55 on p.405-6
  • watch “Crash Course Physics #23: Thermodynamics
  • read and take notes on Chapter 15-1 through -4
  • do Chapter 15 Questions #1-11
  • do Chapter 15 Problems #1-13

Please continue to reach out when you have questions, especially since this material can get so difficult so quickly. Have a great week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/12 – Fri. 10/16

Welcome to the end of this strange 1st Quarter!  For this week:

  • review Unit 7 Progress Check: FRQ on AP Classroom
  • review Chapter 13 Problems #29-36, 38-41, 44 and #46-56, 59
  • review Chapter 14 Questions #1-3, 15-20, 24-29
  • do Chapter 14 Problems #33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 41, 53, 55 on p.405-6
  • watch “Crash Course Physics #23: Thermodynamics
  • read and take notes on Chapter 15-1 through -4
  • do Chapter 15 Questions #1-11
  • do Chapter 15 Problems #1-13

1st Quarter grades close this week, so everything needs to be completed by this Friday in order to count. Please let me know if you have any questions!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/5 – Fri. 10/9

Hello again, welcome to the first full week of October!  Here’s the plan for this week:

It might look like a lot, but if you do the Lab on Monday, and then we review Questions & Progress Checks in class on Tuesday & Wednesday, then we can go over the gas laws Problems on Thursday & Friday so that the heat transfer Questions in Chapter 14 become relatively easy homework next weekend.  If we don’t get there, that’s fine! Most of the gas laws concepts should be review, and the heat transfer stuff isn’t that bad once you’ve done a few problems. Have a great week, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 9/28 – Fri. 10/2

Hello, everybody! This week we wrap up the atom and move on to thermodynamics, a.k.a. “the reason people switch majors”.  Here’s the plan:

  • read & take notes: Ch. 28-1 thru -3 (skim over equations)
  • do Ch. 28 Questions #1-10
  • complete Unit 7 Progress Check: MCQ Part A on AP Classroom
  • complete Unit 7 Progress Check: FRQ on AP Classroom
  • watch “Crash Course Physics #20: Temperature and the Ideal Gas Law
  • read & take notes: Ch. 13-1 thru 13-9 (not 13-5)
  • do Ch. 13 Questions #4, 6, 10-13, 16, 18, 19

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 9/21 – Fri. 9/25

Hello, atomists! Here’s the plan for this week as we move deeper into the weird world of quantum mechanics:

  • watch BBC’s “Atom: Clash of the Titans”
  • watch “Crash Course Physics #44: Quantum Mechanics – Part 2
  • read & take notes: Ch. 27-7 thru -8 and -10
  • do Ch. 27 Questions #12-16 on p.782
  • do Ch. 27 Problems #37-41, 43 on p.784
  • read & take notes: Ch. 27-11 thru -13 (skim over equations)*
  • do Ch. 27 Questions #17-28 on p.782*

* maybe!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have an excellent week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 9/14 – Fri. 9/18

Hello everybody! Now that we’ve established a basic understanding of the nucleus and radioactive decay, here’s the plan for this week as we move into quantum mechanics:

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week!