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Important Note: ~ 
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the years
the AP Physics C curriculum has evolved and this map addresses the updated
version of the curriculum. There are two separate AP Physics C exams
given; one for MECHANICS and the second for ELECTRICITY and MAGNETISM
(E&M). Each is viewed as two separate courses by the College
Board. 






Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 


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Note Continued ~ 
The i=
ntent of
this course, and as it has always been, is to provide learning of all
concepts in Mechanics and E&M. Since the College Board offers t=
wo
separate exams, students are prepared for both. The main focus has =
been
on Mechanics and the E&M has simply been an added bonus for
students. In the next few years the hope is to increase the scope a=
nd
depth of the E&M part of the course, if learning time permits. 






Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 


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Mechanics: Linear Moti=
on 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

Consider
a drag car racing down a linear track, how can one best describe its moti=
on? 
Graph=
ical
interpretation from position, velocity, and accelerationvstime graphs=
. 
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; 
Homew=
ork
Problems 

Defin=
e the
following terms: position, displacement, average velocity, constant
velocity, initial velocity, final velocity, change in velocity, accelerat=
ion,
time and change in time. 


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Refin=
ed math
skills with slope and graphing coordinate points. 
Quiz =
 Multiple
Choice (many) 
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Quiz =
 Free
Response (Many) 
Know
representative symbols to all identified terms. 

One d=
imensional
vectors of displacement, velocity, and acceleration. 
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Lab
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Test =

Descr=
ibe the
motion of an object with in a straight line as either: no motion,
constant velocity, increasing velocity, decreasing velocity, forwards,
backwards (or rightleft or updown), positive acceleration, negative
acceleration, or zero acceleration. 

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Corre=
ct
interpretation of the basic ideas from graphs. 
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Probl=
em solving
with a constant linear acceleration. 
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Draw
appropriate line segments that describe the motion on a position vs. time
graph, a velocity vs. time graph, and acceleration vs. time graph. 

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Probl=
em solving
with a variable acceleration. 
Algeb=
raic
manipulation of linear equations. 
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Analy=
ze the
linear motion of an object from a position vs time graph, a velocity vs t=
ime
graph and acceleration vs. time graph. 

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Solve=
problems
using the equations of a constant acceleration when objects have linear
motion in the horizontal direction and in freefall. 

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Recog=
nizing
symbolic representation of physical quantities. 
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Solve=
problems
when two objects are described to be moving as the same time somehow. 

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Recog=
nizing
appropriate units to all described quantities. 
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Descr=
ibe
initial conditions and a motion function of either position, velocity, or
acceleration as a function of time. 

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Abili=
ty to
construct appropriate graphs and draw appropriate line segments that
correlate with the specific linear motion. 
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Solve=
problems
related to motion functions with a nonconstant acceleration and graph th=
eir
respective functions with time. 

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Abili=
ty to
recognize a position, velocity, and acceleration function. 
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Appli=
cation of
the use of simple power derivatives and integrations. 
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Learn=
s how to
apply the DATASTUDIO program of graphing motion of all kinds 
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Mechanics: Two Dimensi=
onal
Motion 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

The
military often strike moving targets from stationary platforms or strike
stationary targets from moving platforms. This involves motion in t=
wo
dimensions. How is this done? 
Relat=
ive motion
in one and two dimensions. 
Drawi=
ng to
scale vectors, showing the "head to tail" method of adding
vectors, drawing the resultant vector, and recording its magnitude =
and
direction. 
Homew=
ork
Problems 

Recog=
nizes the
difference between vector and scalor quantities. 


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; 
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Quiz =
 Multiple
Choice (many) 
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; 

Proje=
ctile
motion 
Recog=
nizing
different frames of reference, one a stationary frame and the other a mov=
ing
frame. 
Quiz =
 Free
Response (many) 
Recog=
nize a one
dimensional vector and a two dimensional vector. 

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; 
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Lab 
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; 

Centr=
ipetal
Acceleration 
Addin=
g relative
motion velocity vectors in one and two dimensions. Before adding two
dimensional relative motion velocity vectors, student should be able to d=
raw
appropriate graphic pictures of the vector sum. 
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Recog=
nize
horizontal and vertical angles. 

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Addit=
ion of
vectors 
Algeb=
raic
manipulation of linear equations to solve for one or more unknowns. 
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Deter=
mine/calculate
the components of a one and two dimensional vector. 

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; 
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; 

Produ=
ct of
vectors 
Recog=
nition of
the application of similar triangles when dealing with motion in two
dimensions. 
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Calcu=
late the
magnitude and direction of vectors. 

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Appli=
cation of
the concepts of vectors when determining directions of velocities and
accelerations. 
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; 
Add v=
ectors by
the graphic and component methods. 

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; 
Solvi=
ng
problems regarding Projectile motion: Application of equations of a
constant acceleration in the vertical direction and equations of a consta=
nt
velocity in the horizontal direction. 
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; 
Recog=
nize two
different frames of reference; one stationary the other moving. 

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Graph=
ing motion
in two dimension, applying the sum of vectors. 
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; 
Solve=
problems
when two objects are described to be moving at the same time when they
accelerate in one dimension. 

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; 
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; 

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; 
Recog=
nizes
appropriate accelerations as objects move in a linear path, projectile pa=
th,
and circular path. 
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; 
Solve=
problems
using the equations of a constant acceleration when an object moves as a
projectile. 

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Recog=
nizes the
difference between a dot and cross product of vectors and their respective
functions to calculate the resulting magnitude. 
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Recog=
nize when
to use the RANGE equation. 

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Drawi=
ng
appropriate diagrams of cross products to determine the resulting directi=
on. 
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Solve=
basic
problems as objects move in a circular path. 

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Conti=
nues to
apply the DATASTUDIO graphing program for motion analysis. 
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Calcu=
lates
magnitudes from dot products and magnitude and directions from cross
products. 

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Mechanics: Newton's La=
ws of
Motion 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

Think
about the seven wonders of the ancient world; Statue of Zeus, Temple of
Artemis, Great Pyramids, Hanging Gardens, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus,
Colossus of Rhodes, and Lighthouse of Alexandria. How did they ever
build these "wonders" so long ago? 
Newto=
n's Laws
of Motion 
Able =
to state
the meaning of each of Newton's Laws of motion 
Homew=
ork
Problems 

State=
s the
meaning of each of Newton’s three laws 


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Quiz =
 Multiple
Choice (many) 
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Free =
Body
Diagrams for single and multimass systems. 
Draws
appropriate free body diagrams for each and every mass. 
Quiz =
 Free
Response (many) 
Knows=
all the
basic forces in free – body diagrams 

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; 
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Lab 
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; 

Appli=
cation of
Newton's second law and vector addition to solve for acceleration of syst=
ems 
Write
appropriate equations applying Newton's second law for each direction
(horizontal and vertical) separately. 
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nize how
to create free – body diagrams for all situations of an object at rest or
moving in along a straight line – on a level surface or along an incline.=


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Stati=
c and
kinetic Friction 
Deriv=
es an
appropriate equation of Newton's second law for multimass systems. 
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Write=
s all
appropriate equations from each free – body diagram. 

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Unifo=
rm
circular motion 
Disti=
nguishes
when kinetic friction acts vs. static friction acts on masses. 
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; 
Solve=
s problems
based on all created equations from free – body diagrams and system equat=
ions 

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; 
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Centr=
ipetal vs.
Centrifugal 
Disti=
nguishes
when kinetic friction acts vs. static friction acts on masses. 
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Under=
stands the
differences between static and kinetic friction and knows when to apply e=
ach
in problem solving 

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Recog=
nizes when
the concepts of uniform circular motion apply to problems and can disting=
uish
the direction of the velocity, acceleration, and net force throughout the
object's motion. 
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Varia=
ble Forces
that change over time or position 
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Solve=
s problems
determining whether or not a system will move based on frictional forces.=


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Graph=
ically
interprets the motion (position, velocity, acceleration) and forces actio=
n on
a particle from force vs. time or force vs. position graphs. 
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; 
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Diffe=
rential
equations 
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; 
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Recog=
nize the
direction of an object’s velocity and acceleration when moving with unifo=
rm
circular motion. 

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Recog=
nizes when
forces are constant and when they are variable. 
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; 
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Separ=
ation of
variables applied to functions of motion. 
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Solve=
s problems
for an object that moves with uniform circular motion, whether the circul=
ar
motion is horizontal or vertical. 

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Recog=
nizes the
appropriate methods of problem solving when forces are variable. 
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Deriv=
es
functions of motion (position, velocity, acceleration) and force using
differential equations and applying separation of variables. 

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Uses =
the
concept of separation of variables to derive the functions of motion when
variable forces exist and differential equations are used. 
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Conti=
nues to
apply the DATASTUDIO graphing program for force analysis. 
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; 
Solve=
s problems
with variable forces with or without graphic interpretations. 

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Recog=
nition of
circular motion from linear motion. 
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Solve=
s problems
when objects move in a horizontal/vertical circle. 

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Recog=
nizes
methods of problem solving when objects move in a horizontal circle vs. a
vertical circle. 
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Recog=
nize how
to create free – body diagrams for all situations of an object moving in a
horizontal or vertical circle. 

Mechanics: Work, Energ=
y, Power,
Conservation 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

Ever
ride the Superman at Six Flags New England? From its slow start to =
fast
finish how is energy converted from one form to another? 
Work,=
a scalor
quantity, in relationship to Force and Displacement (vector quantities)
 Recog=
nition of
the product of two vectors yields a scalor quantity 
Homew=
ork
Problems 

Knows=
the
definition of Work which is a scalor quantity from the product of two
vectors. 


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; 
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Quiz =
 MC 
Recog=
nizes that
all expressions of Work relate to some kind of change that must take plac=
e,
whether it is a displacement or change in energy. 

The m=
eaning of
+/ signs with energy quantities. 
Utili=
zes the
expression of work to determine whether work is done or if the work is a
positive or negative quantity. 
Quiz =
 FR 
Recog=
nizes
which forces do NO work, do a POSITIVE amount of work, do a NEGATIVE amou=
nt
of work, and can express these ideas with complete sentences. 

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Lab 
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Work =
Energy
Theorem and how it relates to kinetic energy 
Appli=
es free
body diagrams along with displacement vector to determine kinds of work d=
one 
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Solve=
s for all
quantities of Work and expresses answers with +/ signs always. 

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Conse=
rvation of
Energy  Mechanical Energy 
Recog=
nizes
different methods of solving for the total work done to a mass or system =
of
masses. 
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; 
Recog=
nizes the
equations for the forms of energy of Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, and
Heat. 

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; 
Relat=
es Kinetic
energy to the total work done 
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; 
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; 

Hooke=
's Law for
springs 
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; 
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; 
Under=
stands the
exchange between kinetic energy and potential energy when friction is and=
is
not present. 

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; 
Recog=
nizes the
difference between energies and changes in energy 
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; 
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Poten=
tial
Energy  Gravitational and Spring 
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; 
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; 
Appli=
es the
concept of the Conservation of Energy in problem solving whether or not
friction exists 

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; 
Under=
stands
that kinetic energy can never be a negative quantity, but potential energy
can and why. 
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Heat =
energy and
its effects 
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Knows=
the two
relationships for Power and applies them in problem – solving. 

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Relat=
es changes
in forms of energy to the conservation of energy. 
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; 
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Conse=
rvative
and Nonconservative forces 
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; 
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Recog=
nizes the
various acceptable units for energy and power. 

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Disti=
nguishes
when kinetic, potential and heat energy is present at any point in the pa=
th
of a mass. 
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Power=
and its
application to energy 
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Quick=
ly derives
derivative forms of equations from integral forms and vice versa. 

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Relat=
es the
relationship of power to that of energy changes. 
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Produ=
ct of
vectors: Dot Product 
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; 
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Const=
ructs and
interprets all forms of energy from energy vs. time or position graphs.


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Recog=
nizes all
the units involved with energy relationships. 
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Given=
a
potential energy graph as a function of position, understands a particles
motion and limitations, determines all other forms of energy, determines
position and speed, and predicts outcomes based on limitations of energy =
or
position. 

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; 
Conti=
nues to
apply the DATASTUDIO graphing program for energy analysis. However,
here students learn to manipulate functions for analysis. 
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Appli=
es the
"dot product" concept to forces that do work. 
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; 
Solve=
s problems
based on variable forces/accelerations/speeds. 

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Recog=
nition of
methods of problem solving when forces are constant vs. variable. 
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Integ=
rates/differentiates
functions of force/energy and graphically represents these functions. 

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Recog=
nition of
the use of integration when forces are variable whether from a function of
time or position or from a graphic representation of forces. 
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Calcu=
lates
power/force from variable power/force functions of time and graphically
represents these functions. 

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Recog=
nition of
the concept of energy regardless of whether forces are variable or consta=
nt. 
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ic
construction/interpretation of all forms of energy from energy vs. time a=
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Recog=
nition of
derivative and integral forms of equations that represent the same main
concept. 
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Mechanics: System of p=
articles,
Impulse, Momentum 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

During car crashes, wh=
o really
is at fault? 
Cente=
r of mass
in one, two, and threedimensions. 
Recog=
nizes
methods of solving for the center of mass from various systems of particl=
es. 
Homew=
ork
Problems 

Under=
stands the
relationships of all three laws of Newton with momentum and collisions
 


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; 
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Quiz =
 MC 
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; 

What is your best advi=
ce to
improve the game of someone playing golf, baseball, tennis, running, kara=
te,
etc.? 
Newto=
n's Laws
of motion once again. 
Recog=
nizes when
to integrate/differentiate or not when symmetric/nonsymmetric or
uniform/nonuniform density objects are presented. 
Quiz =
 FR 
Recog=
nizes the
difference between momentum and the change in momentum. 


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; 
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Lab 
Under=
stands the
meaning of impulse and its equation and recognizes what an impulse causes=



Momen=
tum and
the change in momentum 
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to apply
Newton's first law of motion to momentum. 
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Under=
stands the
idea of the conservation of momentum regarding collisions in one dimensio=
n. 


Impul=
se and the
change in momentum 
Recog=
nizes
Newton's second law with impulse and the change in momentum 
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; 
As a =
result of
any kind of collision solve for the following for either object: the
momentum, the impulse, the mass, the initial or final velocity. 


Colli=
sions and
the conservation of momentum 
Recog=
nizes the
application of Newton's third law during collisions 
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; 
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; 
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; 
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Recog=
nizes that
there are only two types of collisions. 


Kinet=
ic energy
revisited 
Recog=
nizes the
difference and similarity between impulse and the change in momentum 
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; 
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; 
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; 
As a =
result of
any kind of collision solve for the following for either object: the init=
ial
or final kinetic energy. 


Types=
of
collisions 
Appli=
es the
conservation of momentum to all types of collisions or simulations of
collisions 
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; 
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; 


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; 
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; 
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; 
Deter=
mines the
type of collision based on kinetic energy calculations. 


Diffe=
rentiation
and Integration applications. 
Appli=
es the
concept of impulse to all collisions 
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; 
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; 


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; 
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; 
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; 
Apply=
the
concepts of the conservation of energy and the conservation of momentum w=
hen
problems solving. 


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; 
Recog=
nizes the
different types of collisions and the methods of distinguishing one colli=
sion
from another. 
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; 
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; 


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; 
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; 
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; 
Calcu=
lates
impulse from forces that are constant or variable 


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; 
Conti=
nues to
apply the DATASTUDIO graphing program for momentum/collision analysis.&nb=
sp;
However, here students learn to manipulate functions for analysis. 
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; 
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; 
Recog=
nizes when
forces are constant or variable and the methods of problems solving. 
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; 
Graph=
ically
interprets and calculates the motion of an object or a system of particles
when forces are constant or variable. 


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; 
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; 
Graph=
ic
interpretation/calculation of forces as a function of time, variable or
constant. 
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Mechanics: Rotational =
Kinematics
and Dynamics 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

Riding
a bicycle is easy. You learned to ride as a kid. Why is it so
easy and is it made easier by moving faster or slower, more or less gears,
larger or smaller wheels? 
Equat=
ions of
motion (angular position, angular velocity, angular acceleration) for an
object that rotates 
Recog=
nizes when
an object translates and rotates about a fixed or parallel axis. 
Homew=
ork
problems 

Calcu=
lates the
angular position, angular velocity, angular acceleration, or net torque f=
or a
mass moving about a fixed axis with a constant angular acceleration or
variable angular acceleration. 


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; 
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; 
Quiz =
 MC 
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; 

Const=
ant
angular acceleration vs. variable angular acceleration. 
Conve=
rts
between translational motion and rotational motion 
Quiz =
 FR 
Probl=
em solves
for situations involving gears that are connected on the same axis of
rotation or by belts (or chains). 

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; 
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; 
Lab 
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; 

Integ=
ration and
differentiation of angular quantities of motion 
Recog=
nizes the
unit of radians, that it is dimensionless, and is the preferred unit for
calculations 
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Probl=
em solves
for complex mass systems that involves linear motion as well as rotational
motion about a fixed axis and applies Newton's laws of motion. 

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; 
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; 
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; 

Rotat=
ion about
a fixed axis of rotation 
Recog=
nizes when
an object rotates about a fixed vs. moving axis of rotation. 
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; 
Calcu=
lates the
rotational inertia of a disk and rod (with various points of rotation).


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; 
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; 
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; 
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; 

Cross=
Product
and the Right Hand Rule 
Recog=
nizes the
changes in rotational inertia with respect to mass and position. 
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; 
Probl=
em solves
for an object that moves along a parallel axis, whether through forces,
energy, or calculus. 

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; 
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; 
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; 
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; 

Torqu=
e 
Appli=
es the
cross product to the concepts of torque and angular momentum. 
=
; 
Probl=
em solves
for situations that involves friction where slippage occurs and does not
occur and the transitions between such conditions. 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Rotat=
ional
Inertia 
Appli=
es the RHR
(right hand rule) in determining the direction of torque or angular momen=
tum. 
=
; 
Probl=
em solves
when an object moves about a fixed axis and applies the conservation of
angular momentum. 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Newto=
n's Laws
applied to rotational dynamics 
Appli=
es all
previously learned translational concepts to rotational situations. 
=
; 
Probl=
em solves
various conditions involving collisions between objects that translate and
rotate (both fixed and moving axes of rotation). 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Compl=
ex system
of dynamics with objects rotating and translating at the same time. 
Graph=
ic
interpretations of torque as a function of time or energy as a function of
time/angle 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Rolli=
ng Bodies
(parallel axis theorem) 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
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; 
=
; 
=
; 

Trans=
lational
quantities vs. rotational quantities 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Angul=
ar
momentum and its conservation 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Colli=
sions that
involve linear and rotational motion 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Compl=
ete
equilibrium 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Mechanics: Oscillation=
s 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

Ever
wonder why a Grandfather Clock needs a pendulum or how astronauts measure
their mass in space? These two ideas are related, but how? 
Simpl=
e harmonic
motion applied to springs and pendulums and circular motion. 
Recog=
nition of
different types of oscillations: springs, pendulums, circular motio=
n 
Homew=
ork
Problems 

Sketc=
hes and
derives functions of motion for objects that oscillate with springs and
pendulums (simple, physical, and torsional). 


=
; 
=
; 
Quiz =
 MC 
=
; 

Graph=
ic
representation of oscillations (position, velocity, and acceleration) and
their functions of time. 
Recog=
nition of
mathematical (and calculus) manipulation of functions of oscillations 
Quiz =
 FR 
Solve=
s problems
involving objects that oscillate on a spring and pendulum (simple, physic=
al,
or torsional). 

=
; 
=
; 
Lab 
=
; 

Ampli=
tude,
period and frequency of oscillations. 
Appli=
es all
previous concepts learned (conditions involved constant forces and variab=
le
forces) to the various types of oscillations. 
Test<=
/td>
 Solve=
s complex
problems of objects that translate, collide, and cause oscillations. 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

All
translational concepts applied to oscillations. 
Recog=
nizes
different types of pendulum; simple, physical, and torsional. 
=
; 
=
; 

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; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Motio=
n of a
oscillating spring. 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

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; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Motio=
n of an
oscillating pendulum. 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Motio=
n of an
object moving in a circular path but interpreted as oscillating 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Graph=
ic
representation of oscillations with energy relationships 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Universal Gravitation<=
/td>
 






Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

Skylab
is a satellite that partly made its fame by falling back to earth. =
What
does it take to get a satellite into orbit, what happens when they get th=
ere,
and what implications are there if they fall back to earth? 
Unive=
rsal
gravitational force 
Knows=
the
Universal Gravitational Constant value and its units. 
Homew=
ork
Probelms 

Under=
stands the
expression of the universal gravitational force and its equivalent expres=
sion
of an object's weight. 


=
; 
=
; 
Quiz =
 MC 
=
; 

Gravi=
tational
acceleration and fields 
Recog=
nizes that
two masses and the distance between their centers are needed for a
gravitational force. 
Quiz =
 FR 
Uses =
the
Universal Gravitational force expression to derives the expression of a
gravitational field/acceleration at any distance away from a large mass.<=
/td>


=
; 
=
; 
Lab 
=
; 

Gravi=
tational
potential energy, ... a new look. 
Pract=
ices
calculating numbers in scientific notation. 
Test<=
span
style=3D'msospacerun:yes'> 
Uses =
the
Universal Gravitational force expression to derives the expression of a
gravitational potential energy at any distance away from a large mass.&nb=
sp;
Understands that why and how this quantity is always negative and that its
maximum value is zero at infinity. 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Escap=
e velocity 
Recog=
nizes the
difference between fields and forces. 
=
; 
Uses =
the
Universal Gravitational force expression to derives the expression of orb=
ital
speed, period, and radius. 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Veloc=
ity for
liftoff and impact velocities 
Recog=
nizes that
fields and acceleration are the same. 
=
; 
Graph=
ically
interprets orbital data to analyze radius with period to find mass. 

=
; 
Can s=
ubtract
negative numbers and as negative numbers approach zero the value increase=
s. 
=
; 
=
; 

Keple=
r's Laws
of orbits 
=
; 
=
; 
Under=
stands how
orbital radius and speed changes with energy. 

=
; 
Appli=
es the
conservation of energy when changes in position become vast/large/enormou=
s. 
=
; 
=
; 

Basic=
concepts
of ellipses. 
=
; 
=
; 
Solve=
s problems
regarding masses changing positions and solving for resulting speeds and
masses changes speeds and solving for resulting positions. 

=
; 
Knows=
how to
mathematically manipulate and derive for the escape velocity function and=
the
period of orbit function. 
=
; 
=
; 

Circu=
lar orbits
vs. elliptical orbits 
=
; 
=
; 
Relat=
es
Kepler's three laws to elliptical orbits. 

=
; 
Can m=
ap out
Kepler's first and second laws as well as describe their essence. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Solve=
s problems
for elliptical orbits through the use of the conservation of energy and
angular momentum. 

=
; 
Can c=
onvert
meters to light years and years to seconds 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Solve=
s problems
of complex mass systems orbiting around each other; i.e. binary star syst=
ems. 

=
; 
Can a=
pply
Kepler's Third law to calculate periods of orbit, orbital distances, and
orbital speeds. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Solve=
s problems
where collisions may occur in orbits and result in new orbital conditions=
. 

=
; 
Apply=
graphing
to Kepler's third law to determine the mass creating gravitational fields=
. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Recog=
nition of
the differences between circles and ellipses and all respective quantitie=
s. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Mechanics AP EXAM Focu=
s 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

How
can I be successful on the AP Physics C Mechanics exam? 
Multi=
ple Choice
problems 
Quick
elimination of three answer choices to the multiple choice problem by sig=
ht. 
AP
Mechanics exam 

Compl=
etion of
several practice AP Mechanics Exams 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Free =
response
problems 
Recog=
nition of
the essential difference between styles of multiple choice questioning.
 Compl=
etion of a
timed AP Mechanics Exam 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Appro=
aches to
quickly solving multiple choice problems. 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Recog=
nition
between easy and more difficult parts to free response problems. 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Appro=
aches to
free response problem solving 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

E&M: Circuits 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

Could you build your o=
wn
flashlight and make it work? 
Basic=
s of
batteries and circuit meters both analog and digital 
Able =
to draw
circuits using appropriate diagrams 
Homew=
ork
Problems 

Under=
stands the
concepts of current, resistance, change in voltage, and capacitance at the
molecular level. 



=
; 
=
; 
Quiz =
 MC 
=
; 

Open up and look at the
circuitry inside any calculator. What does all that mean? 
Circu=
it
diagrams 
Able =
to
construct a series, parallel and complex circuit of resistors/capacitors.=

Quiz =
 FR 
=
; 


=
; 
=
; 
Labs<=
/td>
 Relat=
es the
concepts of current, resistance, voltage, and capacitance through Ohm's l=
aw
and Capacitance. 


Volta=
ges,
current, Resistance 
Calcu=
late total
resistance values, current values and voltage values of series, parallel,=
and
complex circuit of resistors. 
Test<=
span
style=3D'msospacerun:yes'> 
=
; 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Analy=
zes
graphically the relationships between voltage and current and
voltage/charge/current and time. 


Ohm's=
Law 
Deter=
mine
brightness of lightbulbs if act like resistors. 
=
; 
=
; 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Under=
stands how
to draw various schematic diagrams including resistors, batteries, ammete=
rs,
voltmeters, switches, and capacitors. 


Resis=
tors 
Series/Parallel 
Graph=
ically
analyze circuit relationships 
=
; 
=
; 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Under=
stands the
results from various changes to existing diagrams. 


Capac=
itors 
series/parallel  dielectrics 
Calcu=
late total
capacitance values, charge values and voltage values of series, parallel,=
and
complex circuit of capacitors. 
=
; 
=
; 


=
; 
Const=
ruct and
analyze resistor/capacitor circuits. 
=
; 
Probl=
em solves
for values of voltage, resistance, current, and capacitance based on exis=
ting
circuit and possible changes to the circuit. 


RC Ci=
rcuits 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 


=
; 
Analy=
zing basic
RC circuits 
=
; 
Recog=
nizes all
the possible units to all electrical quantities. 


Power=
or
brightness of light bulbs in circuits and energy consumption 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Under=
stands the
relationship between conductivity, resistivity, and resistance to calcula=
te
currents and voltages for resistors. 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Relat=
es current
density to length and crosssectional area of a wire. 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Probl=
em solves
complex situations where energy dissipates as a function. 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Under=
stands
both the integral form and derivative form of the expression of power.



=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Desig=
ns
simplistic but involved circuits of only resistors, only capacitors, and
combinations of each that includes appropriate meters. 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Under=
stands and
uses all appropriate circuit symbols to construct designs of circuits.



=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Calcu=
lates and
interprets the time constant of a circuit of resistors and capacitors.



=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
Const=
ructs and
applies graphs of various relationships involving the charging and discha=
ring
of capacitors connected to resistors. 

E&M: Electrostatic=
s 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

What is up with gettin=
g a shock? 
Arran=
gement of
charges 
Recog=
nizes that
charge is a fundamental property of matter and its unit. 
Homew=
ork
Problems 

Expla=
ins
electrostatic charge distributions on conductors and insulators under var=
ious
static conditions. 



=
; 
Recog=
nizes the
structure of an atom, the concept of valence electrons, differences betwe=
en
metals and non metals, and electron affinity and electronegativity. 
Quiz =
 MC 
=
; 

Have you ever seen lig=
htning
strike? What conditions are necessary for such an event, what is
happening as the strike takes place, and what can result from lightning
strikes? 
Conse=
rvation of
charge and the quantization of charge 
Recog=
nizes the
charge of protons and electrons and how objects become charged through
induction, conduction, and polarization. 
Quiz =
 FR 
Solve=
s for net
forces and fields related to various arrangements of point charges and
oppositely charged parallel plates 


=
; 
Recog=
nizes the
difference between insulators and conductors, the "sea of
electrons" for conductors, and grounding. 
Lab 
=
; 


Insul=
ators and
conductors 
Under=
stands
that two charges and the distance between them are needed to create and
calculate electrostatic forces through Coulomb's Law. 
Test<=
span
style=3D'msospacerun:yes'> 
Solve=
s for net
potentials and energies related to various arrangements of point charges =
and
oppositely charged parallel plates. 


=
; 
Under=
stands
that the sign of the charge does not dictate the direction of the
electrostatic force or field in using Coulomb's Law, but the arrangement =
of
the specific point charges and knowledge of their sign in the picture does
dictate direction. 
=
; 
=
; 


Charg=
e by
induction, conduction, and polarization 
Under=
stands how
to draw electric field diagrams and the equipotential surfaces that resul=
t. 
=
; 
Expla=
in the
effects of forces and energies as charges move from one position to anoth=
er. 


=
; 
Disti=
nguishes
the difference between forces and fields and voltages and energies. 
=
; 
=
; 


Coulo=
mb's law
for forces and fields 
Can s=
olve for
fields, forces, energies, voltages, accelerations, speeds, times and
distances using electrostatic relationships as well as knowing all the va=
ried
units for each quantity. 
=
; 
Draws
appropriate electric field diagrams around point charges of various
arrangements as well as between oppositely charged parallel plates and dr=
aw
appropriate equipotential surfaces and indicating resulting areas of high=
and
low potentials. 


=
; 
Can s=
olve for
the varies electrostatic quantities for any arrangement of point charges =
and
for oppositely charged parallel plates. 
=
; 
=
; 


Elect=
ric field
diagrams 
Under=
stands
that the sign of the charge does matter in determining voltages and energ=
ies. 
=
; 
Solve=
s complex
electric field problems where charges are distributed on disks, rings, and
arcs; and solves for related electric potentials. 


=
; 
Recog=
nizes
appropriate methods of calculating electric fields due to point charges v=
s.
charge distributions over larger objects. 
=
; 
Solve=
s for
electric field strengths from objects of symmetry throught the use of Gau=
ss's
Law, and solves for related electric potentials. 


Volta=
ges and
potential energy. 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 


=
; 
Recog=
nizes when
charge distributions are symmetric vs. not. 
=
; 
Derive
expressions of electric potential as a function of position in various ca=
ses. 


Equip=
otential
surfaces 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 


Net F=
ields and
Voltages from arrangements of point charges and oppositely charged parall=
el
plates and their effects on point charges 
Appli=
es the
method of problem solving for potentials from charge distributions and fr=
om
capacitors. 
=
; 
Under=
stands the
differences between conductors and insulators as charges are distributed =
on
these to determine values of electric field strengths. 


=
; 
Appli=
es
appropriate methods of problem solving for capacitace from symmetric to
nonsymmetric conditions. 
=
; 
Probl=
em solves
for the capacitance from various conditions and understands the approach =
and
sequence to this type of problem solving. 


Gauss=
's Law and
symmetry 
=
; 
=
; 
Descr=
ibes how
the insertion of a dielectric within various capacitors affects the
capacitance, electric field strength, and voltage. 


Capac=
itors and
dielectrics 
Under=
stands the
use of dielectrics and their consequences with capacitors. 
=
; 
Probl=
em solves
for equivalent capacitance, charge, and voltage from a series, parallel, =
and
complex combination of capacitors. 


=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

E&M: Magnetism 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

What
is going on when I plug a charger in to a wall socket and how does my
electrical device work? 
Magne=
tism:
Magnets to Unpaired electron spins 
Drawi=
ng
magnetic field lines inside and outside specific kinds of magnets 
Homew=
ork
Problems 

Under=
stands the
meaning of diamagnetism, paramagnetism, and ferromagnetism on an atomic
level. 


=
; 
=
; 
Quiz =
 MC 
=
; 

Diama=
gnetism,
paramagnetism, ferromagnetism 
Recog=
nizing
direction of B fields: out of N, into S 
Quiz =
 FR 
Draw =
magnetic
field diagrams for various conditions as well and applies the RHR in
determining various vector directions of current, force, velocity and B
fields. 

=
; 
=
; 
Labs<=
span
style=3D'msospacerun:yes'> 
=
; 

Elect=
romagnetism:
Free Moving Charges to Current Bearing Wires 
Recog=
nizing the
presence of B fields with regard to unpaired electron spins from quantum
numbers. 
Test =

Probl=
em solves
for magnetic force, velocity, current, length of wire, charge, magnetic
field, electric field, voltage, capacitance, and inductance. 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Biot=
Savart Law 
Recog=
nizing
that everything is magnetic but does not always show magnetic properties;=
and
those that do are either permanent or temporary. 
=
; 
Under=
stands the
meaning of each of the four equations of Maxwell. 

Elect=
romagnetism
 Magnetic fields from long straight wire to loops of wires (solenoid) 
Ampere's Law 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Recog=
nizing
that temporary magnetic properties can be enhanced or diminished or made
permanent 
=
; 
Desig=
ns LR and
LC circuits and graphically represents various relationships and energy is
stored and dissipated with these circuits. 

Elect=
romagnetic
Induction: Faraday's Law and Lenz's Law 
=
; 
=
; 
Under=
stands the
methods of problem solving for the induced current and direction of vario=
us
loops of wire near various changing magnetic fluxes. Some
methods are simple but others are quite complex. 

=
; 
Utili=
zes the
RHR in determining directions of Force, B field, velocity, and current gi=
ven
all appropriate initial conditions. 
=
; 
Descr=
ibes the
make up of all forms of light. 

Magne=
tic Flux 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Appli=
es
centripetal motion to magnetic forces on free moving charges 
=
; 
=
; 

Induc=
tors 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Appli=
es linear
acceleration concepts to magnetic forces on wires 
=
; 
=
; 

Right=
Hand
Rules and periodic Left hand rule 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Draws
appropriate diagrams showing currents flowing through loops of wire and t=
he
resulting Magnetic fields. 
=
; 
=
; 

Maxwe=
ll's
Equations and the concept of Light 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Recog=
nizes that
solenoids are no different from bar magnets, however they are more easily
manipulated to make stronger and better magnetism 
=
; 
=
; 

Circu=
its with
inductors and resistors. 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

Circu=
its with
inductors and capacitors. 
Analy=
zes the
effects of magnetic fields from wires on objects such as moving charges a=
nd
other current bearing wires. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Probl=
em solves
for induced currents and induced EMF's. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Deter=
mines
direction of induced currents and resulting forces from various changes in
magnetic flux. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Analy=
ze circuit
responses to RL circuits 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Expla=
ins
Maxwell's equations 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Under=
stands the
make up of light 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Recog=
nizes
methods of problems solving for magnetic fields from symmetric and
nonsymmetric objects with currents. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Recog=
nizes the
difference between LR and LC circuits and the enegy dissipated/stored&nbs=
p;in
these components. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Const=
ructs
circuits with resistors, capacitors, inductors, and all appropriate meter=
s;
and recognizes all appropriate circuit symbols. 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Recog=
nizes all
appropriate mathematical symbols in both the integral form and derivative
form of Maxwell's equations. 
=
; 
=
; 

E&M AP Exam Focus<=
/td>
 






Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

How
can I be successful on the AP Physics C E&M exam? 
Multi=
ple Choice
problems 
Quick
elimination of three answer choices to the multiple choice problem by sig=
ht. 
AP
E&M exam 

Compl=
etion of
several practice AP E&M Exams 


Free =
Response
problems 
Recog=
nition of
the essential difference between styles of multiple choice questioning.
 Compl=
etion of a
timed AP E&M Exam 

=
; 
Appro=
aches to
quickly solving multiple choice problems. 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

=
; 
Appro=
aches to
free response problem solving 
=
; 

=
; 
=
; 
=
; 

THE EXAM: Mechanics AP=
C exam
AND Electricity and Magnetism AP C exam 







Essential Questions
 Conte=
nt 
Skill=
s 
Asses=
sments 
Lessons=

Learn=
ing
Benchmarks 
Standards 

How do I keep calm and=
energized
and encouraged on exam day. 
Revie=
w 
Revie=
w skills 
The
EXAMs! 

Compl=
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the Mechanics AP Physics C exam presented by the College Board. 



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without fainting! 
Compl=
etion of
the Electricity and Magnetism AP Physics C exam presented by the College
Board. 

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are masters of presenting problems in various complex ways. How do I
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problem presented on exam day? 
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