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AP Physics 1 & 2
APP1 & APP2
APP1 Frameworks - Topics
APP1 Circular Motion
APP2 Frameworks - Topics
Physics Content Areas:
PGP Circular Motion
PGP Calc for APPC
PGP Newton's Laws
PGP Modern Phys
PGP Nuclear Phys
PGP Optics & Light
PGP Particle Physics
New To AP Physics
PGP First Day Stuff
PGP Intro Measurement
PGP Amusement Parks
PGP Engineering Projects
PGP Eqn's & More
PGP Question Banks
PGP Clip Art
PGP Summer Packets
PGP Student Reading
PGP for Clickers
PGP Online / Open Books
Links to Other Resources:
PGP Video Resources
Conceptual Worksheets by PhysicsClassroom
Force & Dynamics materials:
Evaluation Skill w.s.
on Forces and other mechanics topics. Review the presented situation, and determine alternate solutions, the possiblity of the presented solutions bein correct / in-correct.
ppt slides of
of force problems. students analyze a graph to produce #'s, analyze #'s to produce an equation, analyze an equation to produce a graph... Good stuff. They have these materials in multiple topic areas.
Traditional labs & Design labs
in forces and other areas.
The Rutgers folks provide a situation, ask for a prediction, then let you view the experiement. Student then resolve the issue (if the results conflict with obserations).
materials in Mechanics are available for free to anyone interested. Their materials below are for:
Force and Intertia
Newton's 2nd Law
Newton's 3rd Law
Hookes Law Lab
by Greg Jacobs posted on College Board's website:
Hooke's Law Lab
for series and parallel springs (jennifer groppe)
spring lab #1.doc
in Forces, equilibrium and more (by the College Board).
Dynamics of 1 particle: <
2 + body systems:
Universal G & Orbits:
Includes labs, notes, demonstrations, simulations and more.
Tensile Strength Lab
Stress Test Lab - Selected Entry.cmbl
Stress Test Lab - Time Based Data Collection.cmbl
Vernier Stress Test Info +.docx
1- Author, Paul Lulai
2- Lab Type: Structured, Engineering
3- Students use a force sensor and motion detector. The measure force of tension on a material (for me, printer ribbon or very lightweight fishing line) and the elongation of the material. A graph of the materials properties is produced. It plots Stress (force / area of material) vs Strain (elongation / original length). A materials Young's Modulus and maximum tensile strength can be measured. My students then use this data to determine how many loops of the material they need to hold up a lab-mate.
1. Author: Brittany Reed
2. Lab type: Inquiry/investigation
3. I use this lab on one of the first days that I begin talking about forces and different types of forces. Students investigate how Normal, Friction, and tension forces change in different situations.
Flying Pig Centripetal Force
Author: Paul Lulai
Lab Type: Inquiry/Problem Solving
Students determine the minimum tensile strength required for a leash to be used on flying pigs. Students also find net radial F (aka centripetal), net radial acceleration, tangential velocity, angular speed and so on.
Flying Pig Force Vectors
Author: Paul Robinson (posted by Chris Becke)
Lab Type: Guided problem solving
Students are led through splitting the tension into x- and y-components and compare a theoretical velocity to a measured velocity. Honors level or AP B level.
Flying Pig Canonical Pendulum
Flying Pig Canonical Pendulum.doc
Author: Bill Taylor,
A toy flying pig is a canonical pendulum. By measuring the mass of the pig and the radius of the pendulum, one can determine the (theoretical) equilibrium speed of the pig. This can be compared to the actual speed. I use this Lab in AP-C, but it could also be used in an Honors course.
From Wayne Mullins:
: From Wayne Mullins.
Wayne's (now somewhat old) notes can be accessed at
Physics B Notes and PowerPoints
from Peggy Bertrand:
Applications of Newton's Laws
Physics C PowerPoint
from Peggy Bertrand (Notes available soon)
First Law Day
-- activities to illustrate the First Law.
First Law Day.doc
Questions to ask the kids:
Newton's 1st Law video questions.doc
Written by Dan Burns; Posted by Bill Taylor
Rotational Inertia Lab
from Brendan Crowley
This is a pretty straight-forward lab that uses the rotational apparatus from Pasco, but could be easily modified, and the goal is to determine the rotational inertia for a variety of objects.
Equilibrium & Torques
If you are a risk taker, give the following web site with no instructions other than to turn in a drawing or printout of the end. Tell them they will know when the end happens. I've done this two years in a row.
Suggested by dcarr; posted by Bill Taylor
Equilibrium & Torques
I give my students a meter stick, a loop of light string with which to suspend it from a pole stand, a standard mass (200 grams works well) and another loop of string to use in suspending that from the meter stick. The task: determine the mass of the meter stick. I let the kids check their result with a balance scale after they have finished their calculations. Usually, they find the task hard and do much more complicated calculations than are needed!
Suggested by Helen Young; Posted by Bill Taylor
The Force Diagram
- Instructions to students on how to do Force Diagrams and begin force / motion problems
Posted by Bill Taylor
Newton's 2nd with the Pasco 750
(submitted by Yvonne Eibeck)
L} Newtons 2nd with 750 current.doc
Atwood's Machine Lab
- Set up an Atwood's machine and mass a penny. No long Lab report.
ATWOOD'S MACHINE McGehee A.doc
Created by John McGehee and modified by Bill Taylor
Accelerated Motion Lab
- Four different lab stations that investigate accelerated motion in an elevator, atwood's machine, and inclined plane. This lab may take more than one day, depending on the length of the class period. This is an open-ended lab, with no specific procedure listed.
West Point Bridge Builder
: submitted by plulai
The West Point site has a bunch of nice activities
Make Manilla Folder Bridges:
Use West Point software to make a virtual bridge & test it. The goal is to make the cheapest bridge that holds the load.
Coefficient of Friction
Coefficient of Friction.doc
: Lab in which students calculate the coefficient of friction (static and kinetic) for the rubber stoppers on the TI calculators (
incomplete, needs finishing
). Modified from unknown source.
Static vs. Kinetic Friction Simulation lab:
Static and Kinetic Friction Simulation.doc
Lab in which students use a java simulation to investigate the difference between static and kinetic friction and to calculate frictional coefficients between objects. Submitted by Brittany Reed,
Friction using Phet Force and Motion:
Students work with friction calculations and concepts before doing the hands-on friction lab.
Lab Phet Force and Motion.docx
Another Coefficient of Friction Lab
. Here's a recently created coefficient of friction lab. I've never tried it but it principle I think it will work. We'll see shortly. Submitted by: Mark W. Hossler,
Ideas on Teaching Weight.doc
Digest of ideas on teaching the concept of weight & weightlessness from AP Listserv, June '08.
Complied by Mitchell Johnson, posted by Bill Taylor.
Newton's Third Law Pairs/Pears description/handout
- Joe Morin
Newton's Third Law Pears
Dan Burns for Clarence Bakken
Newton's Third Law Powerpoint with Interactive Engagement Questions and movies
APC 1983 M3
At what angle will a block slide off a frictionless, immobilized sphere?
Yo-Yo Lab and Teacher Information
(Dan Burns) Student Lab sheet, handout on yo-yo physics, Teacher Guide, and other assorted items for you yo-yos out there.
Picture of Rolling Hollow Cylinder with LED Strobe on inside Edge
Taken with a iNova Micro Light LED in dim mode. - Dan Burns
: Data collected from a force probe with a 0.5 kg mass hanging from it. The elevator went up and down and up and down. Students determine what floors I stopped at in the 15 story building. Data file compatible with PASCO Data Studio - Dan Burns
Elevator PowerPoint Slides -
I use this presentation to prep for the elevator la mentioned above. - Dan Burns
Slo-Mo 300 fps of Egg and Broom trick
by Dan Burns:
Drag Force Lab Using Coffee Filters, Motion Detector and PASCO 750 Interface
for AP Physics C students
This is based on Brendan Crowley's Coffee Filter
Air Drag Lab_ap2.doc
For notes on the theory of drag forces, see:
Drag forces with Calculus for Physics C (and beyond)
There must be lots that can be done with this video. A truck drives onto two small boats. The boats are pushed acro
ss the river. Bridges? We don't need no stinking bridges
How much water is displaced? What does the truck weigh? Fun to watch..
boat bridge for truck.wmv
Rotating Beam and Center of Mass Powerpoint Slides
I used these to create screencasts that I post on Youtube for my students. They are meant for students that miss class or want to see additional examples. Some are follow-up examples to labs and demos done in class. You could use them to show in class or to create your own screencasts with your own voice for your students to hear. Feel free to modify them as you wish. Attribution to me is not necessary but please send me any errors you notice or other comments that might improve them. Dan Burns (firstname.lastname@example.org)
AP Physics 1 Dynamics Problem Set
- Problem set built by Bob Enck, Dan Fullerton and Paul Sedita in an effort to start an AP-1 style problem bank. Feel free to print/use in your classrooms. Please don't re-post the files themselves, but rather only the links to the files, to allow us to quickly and easy update and continue to build upon these problems. Thank you! -- Dan Fullerton (email@example.com). PS - anyone interested in adding on to these problems, we'd love the help!
LAB - Determining the Coefficient of Friction between two materials using video analysis:
Lab - NL Determining coeff of Friction w Video Analysis.pdf
Static Beam Lab
: Students predict the tension for a horizontal beam supporting a weight and then for when the beam is at an angle to the horizontal. A force sensor allows them to test their prediction - Dan Burns
Static Beam Lab.docx
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