Physics is a class like no other class you’ve taken. It deals with occurrences in everyday life around you and why they happen the way that they do. When you’ve completed physics you can expect to look at the world differently! In learning about the world around you it is important be an active participant and observe carefully. I will strive to make this class very visual with demonstrations, labs, and projects.
The major emphasis of the AP Physics course is the practical application of problem solving. In reading the book you will see that much of each chapter is dedicated to giving you the conceptual and theoretical understanding of physical relationships that exist in the real world and how they can be analyzed mathematically. Some of the chapters will have more than a hundred problems that apply these mathematical relationships (you will do some, but not all of these!). You are going to be required to apply the math that you have learned throughout your education, and more! Math is a tool that we use, don’t let it be an obstacle to your understanding. If you are having trouble with the mathematics background that we apply in the problems then ask.Daily classes will consist of an assortment of lecture, discussion, demonstrations, investigations, and problem solving. I cannot emphasis enough how important it is for you to ask questions pertaining to the material we will cover. Physics is not learned merely by memorizing but by questioning and wrestling with the concepts until you gain an understanding of them (your chances of making it through the year are slim if you intend to just memorize). Don’t think that you will be the only one asking questions for I will probably ask far more questions of you, and expect you to reason out answers.
We will be using Mastering Physics through Pearson. You can refer to the handout that you received in May or use this information below to access the online version of your textbook. The course ID is: MILFORDHSAPPHYSICSC