Category Archives: AP Physics 2

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/17 – Mon. 11/24

Hello everyone, welcome to the last complete week of school before Thanksgiving Break!  This week, we’ll be turning our understanding of electric charges, forces and fields into something a bit new: electric potential.  The good news is that the math is pretty easy once you’ve decided on what should be positive or negative.  Here are your assignments for Monday, Nov. 17th through Monday, Nov. 24th:

Mon. 11/17 Intro to electric potential
HW: read Hecht Ch. 16.2 and take notes; do p.608 #20-28; Writing Assignment #2-2 (due Fri. 11/21 on Google Drive)
DUE: Lab Activity #2-2: Electric Field Simulations
Tue. 11/18 Quiz #2-2B: Electrostatics & Forces
HW: read Hecht Ch. 16.3-4; do p.609 #37-41
Wed. 11/19 Lab Activity #2-3: Electric Potential Simulations
HW: Lab Activity #2-3 Electric Potential Simulations (due Mon. 11/24)
Thu. 11/20 Quiz #2-3A: Electric Potential & Voltage
HW: read Hecht Ch. 15.4 (p.558-560) & 16.5; do p.610 #49-61
Fri. 11/21 “Cosmos: The Electric Boy”
DUE: Writing Assignment #2-2
Mon. 11/24 Quiz #2-3B: Electric Potential & Voltage
DUE: Lab Activity #2-3: Electric Potential Simulations

I feel that this is a good stopping point before we take nearly a week off to visit with family and stuff our faces.  Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/10 – Fri. 11/14

The Leadership Retreat is over!  That means we can really focus this week on electrostatic forces and fields before it gets too weird.  Here are your assignments for Monday, Nov. 10th through Friday, Nov. 14th:

Mon. 11/10 Electrostatic force problems & trig review
HW: Writing Assignment #2-1 (due Fri. 11/14 on Google Drive); read Hecht Ch. 15.4 & take notes

Tue. 11/11
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The Electric Field
HW: p.574 #30-43
DUE: p.573 #1-15
Wed. 11/12 Electric Field Simulation
HW: Lab #2-2: Electric Field Simulations (due Mon. 11/17)
Thu. 11/13 Quiz #2-2A: Electrostatics & Forces
HW: finish Lab #2-2; read Hecht Ch. 16.1 & take notes
Fri. 11/14 Electric Potential
HW: p.608 #1-12
DUE: Writing Assignment #2-1

Let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great week, and remember to thank a veteran for his/her service!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/27 – Fri. 10/31

Hello, and welcome to the last week of October, which also happens to be the first week of 2nd Quarter!  We survived fluid mechanics and are almost done with thermodynamics, just in time to get into electrostatics, electricity and magnetism.  Lots of fun stuff to play with!  Here are your assignments for Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31:

Mon. 10/27 Carnot engines & efficiency
HW: p.538 #66-69, 78, 79
Tue. 10/28 Entropy
Wed. 10/29 Review entropy, efficiency, work problems
Thu. 10/30 Quiz #2-1A: Carnot Cycles & Entropy
HW: read Hecht Ch. 15.1-15.2 & take notes
Fri. 10/31 Intro to Electrostatics & Coulomb’s Law
HW: read Hecht Ch. 15.3; do p.573 #1-15

Aside from the quiz, I’m hoping this is an easy week as we wrap up a very difficult topic.  Have a festive week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/20 – Fri. 10/24

Welcome to the last week of 1st Quarter, and what a ride it’s been!  Here are your assignments for Monday, Oct. 20th through Friday, Oct. 24th:

Mon. 10/20 Review heat, conduction, 1st Law and thermal processes
HW: Writing Assignment #1-7 (due Fri. 10/24 on Google Drive)
DUE: p.499 #10-14, 82-88; p.535 #1-15
Tue. 10/21 Review thermal processes (isothermal, isobaric, adiabatic & isovolumic)
DUE: p.536 #25-34
Wed. 10/22 Quiz #1-6A: Heat, Laws of Thermodynamics, Thermal Processes
HW: read Hecht Ch. 14.5-6; do p.537 #42-48, 50-52
Thu. 10/23 Engines & cyclic processes
Fri. 10/24 Quiz #1-6B: Heat, Laws of Thermodynamics, Thermal Processes
HW: read Hecht Ch. 14.7; do p.538 #66-70, 78-79
DUE: Writing Assignment #1-7

These last topics in thermodynamics can be really difficult, so make sure you let me know if you have any questions!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/13 – Fri. 10/17

Hello everyone!  I have nothing really interesting or witty to say today, but I’ll try to think of something as the week goes on.  Here are your assignments for Monday, Oct 13th through Friday, Oct 17th:

Mon. 10/13 Quiz #1-5A: Thermal Expansion, Gas Laws & Kinetic Theory
Heat & heat transfer
HW: Writing Assignment #1-6 (due Sun. 10/19 on Google Drive)
Tue. 10/14 Heat & heat transfer; Lab #1-8: The Coffee Lab
HW: Lab #1-8: The Coffee Lab (due Thu. 10/16)
Wed. 10/15 The Laws of Thermodynamics & thermal processes
HW: read Hecht Ch. 14.2-14.4; do p.536 #25-34
Thu. 10/16 PV diagrams, Carnot cycle, Carnot engines & efficiency
HW: read Hecht Ch. 14.5
DUE: Lab #1-8: The Coffee Lab
Fri. 10/17 Quiz #1-5B: Thermal Expansion, Gas Laws & Kinetic Theory
HW: read Hecht Ch. 14.6; do p.537 #42-48, 50-52
DUE (on Sunday): Writing Assignment #1-6

Let me know if you have any questions!  Take the Carnot stuff slowly, it’s pretty tough.

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/6 – Fri. 10/10

Hello again!  Now that we’re fully into October and we’re fully into heat, much of these concepts should remind you of your thermochemistry work in Dr. Lambert’s class.  I’m hoping that experience wasn’t too traumatic!  Here are your assignments for Monday, Oct. 6th through Friday, Oct. 10th:

Mon. 10/6 Quiz #1-4B: Fluid Flow & Bernoulli’s Equation
Thermal Expansion & Gas Laws Simulation
HW: Lab 1-6: Thermal Expansion & Gas Laws Simulation; Writing Assignment #1-5 (due Fri. 10/10)
DUE: 466 #40-47, p. 467 #62-69
Tue. 10/7 Lab #1-7: Gas Laws
HW: Lab #1-7: Gas Laws write-up
DUE: p. 467 #77-82
Wed. 10/8 Lab #1-7: Gas Laws con’t
DUE: Lab #1-6: Thermal Expansion & Gas Laws Simulation
Thu. 10/9 Review gas laws & kinetic theory
HW: read 13.1, 13.3, 13.8-13.10; do p.499 #10-14, p.502 #82-88
Fri. 10/10 Heat transfer
HW: read 14.1-14.2; do p.535 #1-15; study for Quiz #1-5: Thermal Expansion, Gas Laws and Kinetic Theory on Monday
DUE: Writing Assignment #1-5; Lab #1-7: Gas Laws write-up

Please email or text me if you have any questions.  Have a wonderful week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 9/29 – Fri. 10/3

Welcome to the end of our first full month together!  We’re finally FINALLY wrapping up fluids and moving on to thermodynamics, which will invoke wonderful memories of Dr. Lambert’s class, such as reversing reactions to fit into Hess’s Law equations and crying silent tears of frustration.  Here are your assignments for Monday, Sept. 29th through Friday, Oct 3rd:

Mon. 9/29 Bernoulli’s Equation
HW: Writing Assignment #1-4 (due Fri. 10/3 on Google Drive)
Tue. 9/30 Quiz #1-4A: Fluid Flow
HW: read Hecht Ch. 12.1-12.3 and take notes
DUE: p. 336 #77-82, 84-88
Wed. 10/1 Introduction to thermodynamics
HW: p. 465 #17-25; read Hecht Ch. 12.4-12.5 and take notes
Thu. 10/2 Gas laws (mostly review, some new)
HW: p. 466 #40-47, p. 467 #62-69; read Hecht Ch. 12.7 and take notes
Fri. 10/3 Kinetic Theory
HW: p. 467 #77-82; play with PhET Gas Properties Simulation
DUE: Writing Assignment #1-4

As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all.  Have a great fall week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 9/22 – Fri. 9/26

Hello hello, welcome to fall! We’re wrapping up fluids this week with two quizzes and a lab in preparation for our first test next week.  Here are your assignments for Monday, Sept. 22nd through Friday, Sept. 26th:

Mon. 9/22 Quiz #1-3A: Buoyancy
Flow, continuity and Bernoulli
HW: Writing Assignment #1-3 (due Fri. 9/26 on Google Drive)
Tue. 9/23 Lab #1-5: Fluid Flow
HW: Lab #1-5: Fluid Flow
DUE: Lab #1-4: Archimedes’ Principle write-up; p.336 #77-82, 84-88
Wed. 9/24 Work on Lab #1-5: Fluid Flow
Thu. 9/25 Quiz #1-3B: Buoyancy
finish lab; flow review
DUE: Lab #1-5: Fluid Flow
Fri. 9/26 Fluid flow review
DUE: Writing Assignment #1-3

As always, let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great last week of September!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 9/15 – Fri. 9/19

Here we are, starting our fourth week together!  This should be a fun week, full of floating objects and tanks of water.  These are your assignments for Monday, Sept. 15th through Friday, Sept. 19th:

Mon. 9/15 finish Quiz #1-2A: Pressure
Pascal’s Principle
HW: read Hecht Ch. 9.5; do p.334 #48-55; Writing Assignment #1-2 (due Fri. 9/19)
DUE: Lab #1-2: Cartesian Diver Write-up (on Google Drive)
Tue. 9/16 Archimedes’ Buoyancy Principle
HW: read Hecht Ch. 9.6; do p.335 #59-66
Wed. 9/17 start Lab #1-3: Buoyancy Simulations
HW: Lab #1-3: Buoyancy Simulations
DUE: p. 334 #48-55
Thu. 9/18 Quiz #1-2B: Pressure
Lab #1-4: Buoyancy
HW: finish Lab #1-3: Buoyancy Simulations, Writing Assignment #1-2
DUE: p.335 #59-66
Fri. 9/19 Quiz #1-3A: Buoyancy – postponed to Monday!
Fluid flow & Bernoulli’s Equation
HW: start Lab #1-4: Buoyancy Write-up (due Tue. 9/23); read Hecht Ch. 9.7-9.9, do p. 336 #77-82, 84-88
DUE: Lab #1-3: Buoyancy Simulations, Writing Assignment #1-2

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