Category Archives: AP Physics 2

AP Physics 2: Mon. 2/9 – Fri. 2/13

Sorry for missing this update – I was busy getting ready for the eTech conference and forgot all about it.  Here’s the week that was, Monday Feb. 9 through Friday Feb. 13:

Mon. 2/9 Magnetic force practice problems
Tue. 2/10 Magnetic force review
HW: Writing Assignment #3-2 (due Sat. 2/14)
Wed. 2/11 Quiz #3-2A: Magnetic Force
start Faraday’s Law & Lenz’s Law
HW: read Hecht Ch. 20.1; do p. 749 #1-14
Thu. 2/12 motional emf
HW: read Hecht Ch. 20.2; do p. 750 #25-31
Fri. 2/13 Cold day – NO SCHOOL
DUE: Writing Assignment #3-2 (due Sat. 2/14)

Hope you enjoyed your four day weekend!  I’ll see you once it warms up a bit.

AP Physics 2: Mon. 2/2 – Fri. 2/6

Hope you had a great three-day weekend!  Here are your assignments for the shortened week of Tuesday, February 3rd through Friday, February 6th:

Mon. 2/2 Snow Day – NO SCHOOL
Tue. 2/3 review magnetism quiz; magnetic force
Wed. 2/4 Quiz #3-1B: Magnetism & Magnetic Fields
Thu. 2/5 magnetic force simulations
HW: start Lab Activity #3-2: Magnetic Force (due Mon. 2/9)
DUE: p. 718, #46-61
Fri. 2/6 magnetic force simulations con’t; electric guitar demonstration
HW: finish Lab Activity #3-2: Magnetic Force (due Mon. 2/9)
DUE: p. 719, #74-84

We’ll be wrapping up magnetism early next week and moving on to optics, so don’t worry about the quick pace.  Have a wonderful week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 1/26 – Fri. 1/30

Hello hello, sorry for the late update!  The strong magnetic fields must have messed with my brainwaves.  Here are your assignments for Monday, Jan. 26 through Friday, Jan. 30:

Mon. 1/26 review magnetism problems; play with magnets
Tue. 1/27 more magnetism problems; start Lab Activity #3-1
HW: Writing Assignment #3-1 (due Sat. 1/31)
Wed. 1/28 finish Lab Activity #3-1; Ampere’s Law
HW: write-up for Lab Activity #3-1 (due Fri. 1/30); read Ch. 19.4; do p.717 #31-40
Thu. 1/29 Ampere’s Law problems; review magnetism
HW: read Hecht Ch. 19.5; do p.718 #46-61
Fri. 1/30 Quiz #3-1A: Magnets & Magnetic Fields
Force on a moving charge; force on wires
HW: read Hecht Ch. 19.6; do p.719 #74-84
DUE: write-up for Lab Activity #3-1; Writing Assignment #3-1 (due Sat. 1/31)

Let me know if you have any questions!

AP Physics 2: Tue. 1/20 – Fri. 1/23

Hello everyone, and welcome to 2nd Semester – your last semester of high school!  Here are your assignments for Tuesday, January 20th through Friday, January 23rd:

Mon. 1/19
Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL
Tue. 1/20 Review 1st Semester Exam
Wed. 1/21 Kirchhoff’s Loop Rules
HW: p. 672 #71-74, 76-84
Thu. 1/22 Magnets and magnetic fields
HW: read Hecht Ch. 19.1-2 & take notes; do p. 716 #1-8
Fri. 1/23 Currents, fields & current loops
HW: read Hecht Ch. 19.3 & take notes; do p. 716 #9-19

This should be a fun unit – magnets are awesome.  Have a great week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 1/12 – Wed. 1/14

Welcome to exam week!  Here’s the schedule for the week of Monday, Jan. 12 through Friday, Jan. 16:

Mon. 1/12 Review Quiz #2-6A; plan for semester exam
HW: study for the exam! Review the 1st Semester Exam Course Topics
Tue. 1/13 Quiz #2-6B: RC Circuits
Wed. 1/14 1st, 2nd and 5th period exams

  • 2nd period: 9:20a – 10:50a (10 extra minutes)
  • 5th period: 11:45a – 1:15p (10 extra minutes)
Thu. 1/15 7th, 8th and 6th period exams
Fri. 1/16 3rd and 4th period exams
HW: do p.672 #71-82

Your semester exam will be based heavily on practice questions from the College Board for the AP Physics 2 course, so make sure you review your old quizzes and notes.  Good luck on all of your exams, and I hope you have a great week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 1/5 – Fri. 1/9

Welcome to 2015, the year you graduate!  Here are your homework assignments for Monday, Jan. 5th through Friday, Jan. 9th:

Mon. 1/5 R-C circuits
HW: read Hecht Ch. 18.5; finish p.672 #57-68
Tue. 1/6 review circuit practice problems
Wed. 1/7 Lab Activity #2-7: DC Circuit Simulations
HW: Lab Activity #2-7: DC Circuit Simulations (due Mon. Jan. 12)
Thu. 1/8 NO SCHOOL
Fri. 1/9 Quiz #2-6A: RC Circuits
HW: finish Lab Activity #2-7: DC Circuit Simulations (due Mon. Jan 12)

We’re almost to the semester exam, so please let me know if you have any questions!  I’ll have some exam review materials ready for you soon.

AP Physics 2: Mon. 12/15 – Fri. 12/19

Hey there, future scientists – welcome to the last school week of 2014!  My goal this week is to help you develop a solid understanding of direct current and how it relates to resistance, voltage and emf.  Here are your assignments for Monday, Dec. 15 through Friday, Dec. 19:

Mon. 12/15 Power and energy as they relate to direct current; start Lab #2-6: Ohm’s Law
HW: start write-up for Lab #2-6: Ohm’s Law (due Thu. 12/18 on Google Drive); Writing Assignment #2-5 (due Fri. 12/19 on Google Drive)
DUE: Lab #2-5: Direct Current
Tue. 12/16 Quiz #2-5A: Direct Current
finish Lab #2-6: Ohm’s Law
HW: read Hecht Ch. 18.1; do p.668 #1-14 (not #10)
Wed. 12/17 EMF & internal resistance; resistors in series & parallel
HW: read Hecht Ch. 18.2-18.3; do p.668 #15-30
Thu. 12/18 Quiz #2-5B: Direct Current
HW: read Hecht Ch. 18.4; do p.672 #57-68
DUE: write-up for Lab #2-6: Ohm’s Law
Fri. 12/19 R-C circuits
HW: read Hecht Ch. 18.5; over break, do as many of p.669 #31-50 as you can!
DUE: Writing Assignment #2-5

I hope you have a great week and a wonderful Winter Break!  Don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you have any questions over break.  When we get back, we’ll only have one week to fully grasp R-C circuits and Kirchhoff’s Laws before we review for the 1st Semester Exam on Wednesday, January 14th, so make sure you’re ready to go.  See you in 2015!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 12/8 – Fri. 12/12

Hello everyone, only two more weeks until Winter Break!  Here are your assignments for Monday, Dec. 8 through Friday, Dec. 12:

Mon. 12/8 Quiz #2-4A: Capacitance
HW: Writing Assignment #2-4 (due Fri. 12/12); read Hecht Ch. 17.1; do p. 639 #1-15
DUE: Write-up for Lab #2-3: Capacitance of Parallel Plates
Tue. 12/9 Direct current & Ohm’s law
HW: read Hecht Ch. 17.2; do p. 640 #24-35
Wed. 12/10 Quiz #2-4B: Capacitance
HW: read Hecht Ch. 17.3; do p. 640 #39-50
Thu. 12/11 Lab #2-5: Direct Current Simulations
HW: start Lab #2-5: Direct Current Simulations (due Mon. 12/15); read 17.4-5; do p. 641 #59-70
Fri. 12/12 Energy & power (as it relates to direct current)
HW: finish Lab #2-5 (due Mon. 12/15)
DUE: Writing Assignment #2-4

The next two weeks should be pretty straightforward as you’ve all had some basic circuitry before, but please let me know if you have any questions, because my goal is to make sure you have strong understanding of DC circuits before we go on break and come back to finish up the semester with circuits and Kirchhoff’s Laws.  We’ll save the start of magnetism for 3rd Quarter, which only puts us two weeks behind my original schedule but we’ll be fine.

AP Physics 2: Mon. 12/1 – Fri. 12/5

Sorry for the late update, I wasn’t sure whether or not we were going to have a lab until I figured out how to use the parallel plates!  Here are your assignments for Monday, Dec. 12/1 – Friday, Dec. 12/5:

Mon. 12/1 Intro to capacitance
HW: read Hecht Ch. 16.5-6 and take notes; do p. 610 #49-61; Writing Assignment #2-3 (due Fri. 12/5)
Tue. 12/2 Capacitors in circuits
HW: p. 611 #72-83 (not #79)
Wed. 12/3 Leyden jar demo; Capacitors in parallel and series circuits
HW: read “Physics 122 Lab #2: Measuring Capacitance” by Hacker
Thu. 12/4 Lab #2-4: Capacitance
HW: Lab #2-4: Capacitance write-up (due Mon. 12/8 on Google Drive)
Fri. 12/5 Electric potential energy in capacitors
HW: read Hecht Ch. 16.7; do p. 613 #95-102
DUE: Writing Assignment #2-3

Only three weeks left until Winter Break!

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!