Category Archives: AP Physics 2

AP Physics 2: Mon. 1/6 – Fri. 1/10

Welcome back from Winter Break! We’ll be returning to an AP Physics 1 topic as we review DC circuits before making them more complicated by adding capacitors (of course). Here are your assignments for the first full week of 2020 – Monday, January 6th through Friday, January 10th:

  • Mon. 1/6
    • review 1st Semester Exam; intro to DC circuits
    • HW: read Chapter 18-1 thru 18-3; do Questions #1-14, 18-19
  • Tue. 1/7
    • Lab #3-1: Direct Current Simulations
    • HW: Lab #3-1: Direct Current Simulations (due Thu 1/9)
  • Wed. 1/8
    • finish Lab #3-1 & review book homework from Ch. 18
    • HW: read Chapter 18-4 thru 18-6, 18-8; do Problems #1-11
  • Thu. 1/9
    • energy and power as it relates to direct current
    • HW: do Chapter 18 Problems #12-16, 20-22
    • DUE: Lab #3-1: Direct Current Simulations
  • Fri. 1/10
    • review book problems
    • HW: do Chapter 18 Problems #26-39

I hope you had a restful Winter Break so that you’re ready to shove through DC/RC circuits quickly so that we can take on one of our weirdest topics in the course: magnetism. Have a wonderful week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 12/16 – Fri. 12/20

Welcome to exam week! Here are your assignments for Monday, December 16th through Friday, December 20th:

  • Mon. 12/16
    • work on AP Classroom MCQ Progress Checks for Units 2, 3 & 7
  • Tue. 12/17
    • work on AP Classroom MCQ Progress Checks for Units 2, 3 & 7
  • Wed. 12/18
    • 1st, 2nd & 6/7/8th period exams – feel free to stop by if you have any questions!
  • Thu. 12/19
    • 1st Semester Exam (7:30-9:00am)

Please let me know if you plan on taking any Quiz C’s during exam week. Good luck on all of your exams, have a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year, and I’ll see you in 2020!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 12/9 – Fri. 12/13

We’re almost to semester exams! This week we wrap up capacitance (it’s easy) and move on to DC & RC circuits. Here are your assignments for Monday, December 9th through Friday, December 13th:

  • Mon. 12/9
    • review capacitance book homework from Ch. 17
    • HW: study for the quiz!
    • DUE: write-up for Lab #2-4: Measuring Capacitance
  • Tue. 12/10
    • Quiz #2-4A: Capacitance
    • HW: read Chapter 18-1 thru 18-3
  • Wed. 12/11
    • review quiz; intro to DC circuits
    • HW: do Questions #1-14, 18-19
  • Thu. 12/12
    • Quiz #2-4B: Capacitance
  • Fri. 12/13
    • Lab #2-5: Direct Current Simulations
    • HW: Lab #2-5: Direct Current Simulations (due Tue. 12/16)

1st Semester Exam is on Thursday, December 19th at 7:30am, so make sure you start reviewing your notes and quizzes. Please let me know if you have any questions, and have a great week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 12/2 – Fri. 12/6

It’s December, so it’s time to learn something completely new – capacitance! Here are your assignments for Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 6th:

  • Mon. 12/2
    • Quiz #2-3A: Electric Potential
    • HW: read Ch. 17-7 thru 17-9; start Problems #31-51 (p.490-491)
  • Tue. 12/3
    • review quiz; intro to capacitance
    • HW: finish Problems #31-51 (p.490-491)
  • Wed. 12/4
    • Quiz #2-3B: Electric Potential
    • HW: read “Physics 122 Lab #2: Measuring Capacitance” handout
  • Thu. 12/5
    • Lab #2-4: Measuring Capacitance
    • HW: start write-up for Lab #2-4: Measuring Capacitance (due Mon. 12/9)
  • Fri. 12/6
    • finish Lab #2-4: Measuring Capacitance (if necessary); review capacitance book homework from Ch. 17
    • HW: finish write-up for Lab #2-4: Measuring Capacitance; study for Quiz #2-4A: Capacitance on Monday

We only have two and a half weeks before semester exams, so make sure you keep up with the work and let me know if you have questions or are struggling. Our last topic before exams will be a light introduction to DC circuits, so we’ll save the quiz and the tough stuff until after Winter Break. Have a great week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/18 – Mon. 11/25

Welcome to the last full school week of November! This week we’re going to learn about electric potential very quickly so that we can move on to capacitance in the hopes that we can complete DC circuits by the end of the semester. Here are your assignments for Monday, November 18th through Monday, November 25th:

  • Mon. 11/18
    • Quiz #2-2B: Electrostatics
    • intro to electric potential
    • HW: do Problems #1-13 (p.489)
  • Tue. 11/19
    • review book homework from Ch. 17
    • HW: do Problems #14-24 (p.489)
  • Wed. 11/20
    • review book homework from Ch. 17; start Lab #2-3: Electric Potential Simulations
    • HW: Lab #2-3: Electric Potential Simulations (due Fri. 11/22)
  • Thu. 11/21
    • finish Lab #2-3; review book homework from Ch. 17
  • Fri. 11/22
    • Quiz #2-3A: Electric Potential
    • HW: read Ch. 17-7 thru 17-9
    • DUE: Lab #2-3: Electric Potential Simulations
  • Mon. 11/25
    • review quiz; intro to capacitance

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

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/11 – Fri. 11/15

Here comes the snow! This week we’re going to wrap up electrostatics and electromagnetic force calculations before moving on to electric potential and circuits next week. Here are your assignments for Monday, November 11th through Friday, November 15th:

  • Mon. 11/11
    • finish Lab #2-2; review book homework from Ch. 16
  • Tue. 11/12
    • review book homework from Ch. 16
    • DUE: Lab #2-2: Electric Field Simulations
  • Wed. 11/13
    • Quiz #2-2A: Electrostatics
    • HW: read Chapters 17.1 thru 17.5; do Questions #1-13 (p.488)
  • Thu. 11/14
    • review quiz; intro to electric potential
    • HW: do Problems #1-13 (p.489)
  • Fri. 11/15
    • Quiz #2-2B: Electrostatics
    • HW: do Problems #14-24 (p.489)

Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy your week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/4 – Fri. 11/8

Welcome to November! This week we’ll review electrostatics and develop a solid understanding of electric fields. Here are your assignments for the week of Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 8th:

  • Mon. 11/4
    • Lab #2-1: Electrostatics
    • HW: Lab #2-1: Electrostatics (due Wed. 11/6)
  • Tue. 11/5
    • finish electrostatics lab
  • Wed. 11/6
    • Lab #2-2: Electric Field Simulations
    • HW: Lab #2-2: Electric Field Simulations (due Fri. 11/8)
    • DUE: Lab #2-1: Electrostatics
  • Thu. 11/7
    • review book homework from Ch. 16
  • Fri. 11/8
    • watch “Cosmos: The Electric Boy:” video
    • DUE: Lab #2-2: Electric Field Simulations

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

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/28 – Fri. 11/1

Happy Halloween! This week we’ll move on from thermodynamics quizzes to something completely different: electrostatics! Here are your assignments for the week of Monday, October 28th through Friday, November 1st:

  • Mon. 10/28
    • review quiz; intro to electrostatics
    • HW: read Ch. 16-1 thru -6; do Chapter 16 Questions #1-12 (p.464)
  • Tue. 10/29
    • Quiz #2-1B: Thermodynamics & Cyclic Processes
    • HW: read Ch. 16-7 thru -9; do Chapter 16 Questions #13-23 (p.464)
  • Wed. 10/30
    • Electric charge & E-field
    • HW: do Problems #1-12 (p.465)
  • Thu. 10/31
    • review homework
    • HW: do Problems #13-22 (p.465)
  • Fri. 11/1
    • review homework

Like always, please let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy the cool fall weather, and don’t forget to “fall back” on Sunday!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/21 – Fri. 10/25

Welcome to the first week of 2nd Quarter! This week we’ll take a look at entropy and wrap up Thermodynamics with a quiz. Here are your assignments for Monday, October 21st through Friday, October 25th:

  • Mon. 10/21
    • review Chapter 15 Problems #1-13 & #17-27
  • Tue. 10/22
    • 2nd Law & Entropy notes
    • review Chapter 15 Questions #12-22
    • HW: do Chapter 15 Problems #51-53, 55, 60, 61 & 65
  • Wed. 10/23
    • review homework
  • Thu. 10/24
    • Quiz #2-1A: Thermodynamics & Cyclic Processes
    • HW: read Ch. 16-1 thru -4
  • Fri. 10/25
    • review quiz
    • HW: read Ch. 16-5 thru -6; do Chapter 16 Questions #1-12 (p.464)

Our next topic will be a review of electrostatics, which you learned in AP Physics 1. Please let me know if you have any questions!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/14 – Fri. 10/18

Welcome to the last week of 1st Quarter! This week we’ll dive into heat transfer and the Laws of Thermodynamics. Here are your assignments for Monday, October 14th through Friday, October 18th:

  • Mon. 10/14
    • review Chapter 14 Problems & Questions:
      • Chapter 14 Questions #1-3, 15-20, 24-29
      • Chapter 14 Problems #33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 41, 53, 55
  • Tue. 10/15
    • Laws of Thermodynamics notes
    • HW: do Chapter 15 Problems #1-13
  • Wed. 10/16
    • PV diagrams, the Carnot cycle & Carnot engines; review homework
    • HW: read Ch. 15-5; do Chapter 15 Problems #17-27
  • Thu. 10/17
    • review 1st Law & cyclic processes HW
    • 2nd Law & Entropy notes
    • HW: read Ch. 15-7 thru -10; do Chapter 15 Questions #12-22
  • Fri. 10/18
    • review Chapter 15 Problems & Questions
    • HW: do Chapter 15 Problems #51-53, 55, 60, 61 & 65

Thermo can be tough, so we’ll take this topic one chunk at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions!