Category Archives: AP Physics 2

AP Physics 2: Wed. 8/21 – Fri. 8/23

Hello, and welcome to AP Physics 2 for the 2019-2020 school year! I’m looking forward to a great year with you learning about all the more unusual and in-depth aspects of physics.

Here are your assignments for the first week of the year, Wednesday, August 21st through Friday, August 23rd:

  • Wed. 8/21
    • Welcome to AP Physics 2!
    • HW: get your class contract signed!
  • Thu. 8/22
    • Begin watching “Atom: Clash of the Titans”
    • HW: Read Giancoli Ch. 27.1-27.4, 27.7-27.8, 27.10 & take notes
  • Fri. 8/23
    • Finish watching “Atom: Clash of the Titans”
    • complete AP Physics 2 SLO
    • HW: Read Giancoli Ch. 27.11-13 & take notes

I hope you have a great first week back to school! Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

AP Physics 2: Mon. 4/22 – Fri. 4/26

We’re back to our normal bell schedule! By popular demand, we’ll be reviewing the topics from earlier in the year. Here are your assignments for the shortened week of Monday, April 22nd through Friday, April 26th:

  • Mon. 4/22
    • Atoms & Thermodynamics
  • Tue. 4/23
    • Electrostatics
  • Wed. 4/24
    • Direct Current & Circuits
  • Thu. 4/25
    • work on practice/released exams
  • Fri. 4/26
    • Magnetism

Only two more weeks before AP tests begin, so make sure you keep up with the practice materials I’ve given you. Have a fantastic week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 4/15 – Thu. 4/18

Welcome to the last week of mandatory state testing and our unusual bell schedule! Here are your assignments for the shortened week of Monday, April 15th through Thursday, April 18th:

  • Mon. 4/15
    • STATE TESTING 7:30-9:15am – Biology
    • start AP Physics 2 2017 Exam
    • DUE: Cengage Practice Exam D
  • Tue. 4/16
    • STATE TESTING 7:30-9:15am – Biology
    • work on AP Physics 2 2017 Exam
  • Wed. 4/17
    • STATE TESTING 7:30-9:15am – US History & US Government
    • work on AP Physics 2 2017 Exam
  • Thu. 4/18
    • STATE TESTING 7:30-9:15am – US History & US Government
    • finish AP Physics 2 2017 Exam
    • DUE: AP Physics 2 2017 Exam
  • Fri. 4/19
    • NO SCHOOL

Enjoy your 3-day weekend!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 4/8 – Fri. 4/12

Welcome to the first week of mandatory state testing and our unusual bell schedule! Here are your assignments for Monday, April 8th through Friday, April 12th:

  • Mon. 4/8
    • STATE TESTING 7:30-9:45am – ELA 9 & 10
    • start Cengage Practice Exam C
  • Tue. 4/9
    • STATE TESTING 7:30-9:45am – ELA 9 & 10
    • finish Cengage Practice Exam C
  • Wed. 4/10
    • STATE TESTING 7:30-9:15am – Algebra & Geometry
    • finish secure released exam
    • DUE: Cengage Practice Exam C
  • Thu. 4/11
    • AP Physics 2 Enrichment Session! 7:30-9:15am
    • STATE TESTING 7:30-9:15am – Algebra & Geometry
    • start Cengage Practice Exam D
  • Fri. 4/12
    • NO STATE TESTING – normal bell schedule
    • work on Cengage Practice Exam D

Class starts at four minutes after the end of testing each day, so please be on time and use the extra time in the morning to keep up with your practice exams. Have a wonderful week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 4/1 – Fri. 4/5

Welcome back from Spring Break! This is our last week of physics topics before we shift to review mode. Here are your assignments for Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5th:

  • Mon. 4/1
    • Flow and the Bernoulli effect
    • HW: make sure you have p. 282 Problems #35-46 done; work on “5 Steps to a 5” Practice Exam 1 (you should have this already)
  • Tue. 4/2
    • review HW (Ch. 10 Problems #1-4, 7-20; #22-31; and #35-46)
    • HW: finish “5 Steps to a 5” Practice Exam 1
  • Wed. 4/3
    • Quiz #4-1A: Fluids & Flow
    • HW: work on “5 Steps to a 5” Practice Exam 2
  • Thu. 4/4
    • review quiz
    • HW: finish “5 Steps to a 5” Practice Exam 2
  • Fri. 4/5
    • Quiz #4-1B: Fluids & Flow
    • DUE: “5 Steps to a 5” Practice Exams 1 & 2

This is it! After this week, it’s just practice exams and review until you take the AP Physics 2 Exam on Friday, May 10th!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 3/18 – Fri. 3/22

Welcome to 4th Quarter! We’re a little behind where I’d hoped we’d be at this time, but we only have one topic left, and we’ll still have plenty of time to study for the AP exam in class once we come back from Spring Break. Here are your assignments for Monday, March 18th through Friday, March 22nd:

  • Mon. 3/18
    • intro to fluids & flow
    • HW: make sure you have the Ch. 10 Questions done
  • Tue. 3/19
    • review HW (Ch. 10 Questions #1-9; #10-16; and #17-24)
    • HW: make sure you have the Ch. 10 Problems done
  • Wed. 3/20
    • Lab #4-1: Density & Pressure
    • HW: Lab #4-1: Density & Pressure (due Fri. 3/22)
  • Thu. 3/21
    • review HW (Ch. 10 Problems #1-4, 7-20; and #22-31)
    • HW: do p. 282 Problems #35-46
  • Fri. 3/22
    • TBD
    • DUE: Lab #4-1: Density & Pressure (before you leave for Spring Break!)

After Spring Break, we’ll do Bernoulli’s equation problems on Monday and Tuesday, quiz on Wednesday, review on Thursday and take the make-up quiz on Friday to wrap up the class topics for the school year. Once the state testing schedule starts, we’ll have two weeks of shortened periods followed by three weeks of regular class periods before you take the AP Physics 2 exam on Friday, May 10th. That should give you plenty of time to review past exams, identify your weak areas and shore them up as much as possible. I hope you have a great week and a wonderful Spring Break!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 3/11 – Thu. 3/14

Welcome to the last week of 3rd Quarter! Here are your assignments for Monday, March 11th through Thursday, March 14th:

  • Mon. 3/11
    • Quiz #3-5A: Polarization & Diffraction
    • HW: read Ch. 10-1 thru -4; do p. 280 Questions #1-9
  • Tue. 3/12
    • review quiz; intro to fluids & flow
    • HW: read Ch. 10-5 thru -7; do p. 280-1 Questions #10-16
  • Wed. 3/13
    • Quiz #3-5B: Polarization & Diffraction
    • HW: read Ch. 10-8 thru -10; do p. 281 Questions #17-24
  • Thu. 3/14
    • review make-up quiz
    • HW: do p. 281-2 Problems #1-4, 7-20
  • Fri. 3/15
    • Teacher Professional Development – NO SCHOOL
    • HW: do p. 282 Problems #22-31

If you want to work ahead during the 3-day weekend, the next problem set will be p. 282-3 Problems #35-46. Enjoy your 3-day weekend, and be prepared to speed through fluids & flow during the week before Spring Break!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 3/4 – Fri. 3/8

Welcome to the first week of March and our last month of regular classes before we cram for the exam! Here are your assignments for Monday, March 4th through Friday, March 8th:

  • Mon. 3/4
    • Quiz #3-4B: Mirrors & Lenses
    • HW: do p. 692-3 Problems #1, 2, 7, 15, 27-35
  • Tue. 3/5
    • interference, diffraction & polarization; review Ch. 24 HW:
      • p. 691 Questions #1-14
      • p. 691 Questions #15-21
      • p. 691-2 Questions #22-32
    • HW: do p. 694 Problems #54, 55, 60, 64, 69, 87
  • Wed. 3/6
    • review Ch. 24 HW
  • Thu. 3/7
    • Lab #3-6: Polarization, Interference & Diffraction
    • HW: Lab #3-6: Polarization, Interference & Diffraction (due Mon. 3/11)
  • Fri. 3/8
    • finish lab; review wave nature of light
    • HW: finish #Lab 3-6; study for Quiz #3-5A!

Next week, we’ll take the quiz on diffraction, interference and polarization on Monday, and then we’ll take the make-up on Wednesday to wrap up 3rd Quarter. I hope you have a great week – Spring is just around the corner!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 2/25 – Fri. 3/1

Welcome to the end of February! Here are your assignments for Monday, February 25th through Friday, March 1st:

  • Mon. 2/25
    • review lenses HW from Ch. 23:
      • p. 659 Problems #7-16
      • p. 660-1 Problems #43, 44a, 45, 47, 49, 50ab
      • p. 661 Problems #52-56, 66-67
    • HW: finish Lab #3-5: Lenses
  • Tue. 2/26
    • review lenses HW from Ch. 23
    • DUE: Lab #3-5: Lenses
  • Wed. 2/27
    • review lenses HW from Ch. 23
    • HW: read Ch. 24-1 thru -3; do p. 691 Questions #1-14
  • Thu. 2/28
    • Quiz #3-4A: Mirrors & Lenses
    • HW: read Ch. 24-4 thru -7; do p. 691 Questions #15-21
  • Fri. 3/1
    • review quiz; intro to physical optics (interference, dispersion, diffraction)
    • HW: skim Ch. 24-8 thru -10 and Ch. 25-11; do p. 691-2 Questions #22-32

After this week, we’ll only have only more lab and a quiz, and then we’ll be done with optics so we can move on to our last topic, fluids. Have an excellent week!