• Slider Image

Physics C: Mechanics

Connie Wells

Connie Wells has a Master of Science Degree in Physics from The University of Kansas. After teaching Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C and AP Physics 2 at the high school level for over twenty-five years, Connie is now an adjunct instructor of physics at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been active in test scoring and development for The College Board since 1995, serving on the AP Physics B and C Test Development Committee from 1997-2001 and as Co-chair of the AP Physics 1 and 2 Curriculum Development Committee and Co-chair of the AP Physics 2 Development Committee from its inception to 2015. In November 2003, Connie was a Regional Winner of the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teaching sponsored by The College Board and The Siemens Foundation and was awarded the Rockers Award for Greater Kansas City Area Outstanding Teacher in Science in 2008. As a workshop leader and College Board institute consultant, she has presented physics teacher training institutes throughout the United States and abroad—including Edmonton (AB, Canada), Hawaii, Saipan (Northern Marianas Islands), Barranquilla (Colombia), Bangkok, Skopje (Macedonia), Shanghai, Tokyo, Harbin (China), Taipei (Taiwan), Hangzhou (China), Beijing, Pudong, and Dubai. She is the author of several physics review guides produced by major publishers and of documents and focus booklets for AP Physics published by The College Board, including “Conservation Concepts” and the “Rotational Motion” Curriculum Modules and co-author of “Electrostatics” and “The Laboratory Guide”. In August 2015, she was named Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society. She currently works on contract AP Physics projects for The College Board and ETS and presents AP Physics Workshops and Summer Institutes.

Course Description

Participants in this summer institute will have the opportunity to meet and learn from others who are developing Advanced Placement Physics programs in their schools.  Current and aspiring AP Physics C teachers will strengthen their knowledge of the subject, become familiar with the AP Physics program for AP Physics C Mechanics and its changing scope and sequence, and develop laboratory and demonstration materials for use in their own classrooms.  They will come away from the institute with many materials, including the new Course and Exam Description for 2024-25 and the solutions to the 2024 free response exams. The College Board has developed an extensive array of training materials for AP Classroom, including materials for the new curriculum for 2024-25, so these will be discussed extensively. Time will be spent working on problem-solving techniques and discussing approaches to teaching AP Physics —including the role of vertical teaming, development of a course syllabus, and designing labs and assessments that address higher order thinking skills. Participants will be given the opportunity to work in small breakout groups to model inquiry-based laboratory design emphasized by the AP Physics courses, selecting the lab work from a variety of options that best fit the teacher’s course needs. Everyone will develop a course syllabus—either using their proposed new audit syllabus or starting the framework of a new syllabus.  In advance of the institute, please do the following:  (1)  Ask your school AP Coordinator or other official to authorize your permissions to your AP course for 2024-25 so you can gain access to AP Classroom. (2) Download a copy of the New Course and Exam Descriptions from AP Central for Physics C Mechanics to your computer.

Agenda

Day 1

8:00-8:15 am General Meeting 

8:15am-10:00 am Morning Meeting Session I

  • Introductions
  • Institute Goals
  • The New AP Physics C Course and Exam Description

10:00-10:15 am (approx.) Break

10:15am-12:00pm Morning Meeting Session II

  • Course and Exam Description (CED)
  • Introduction to the basics of AP Classroom, followed by a “live tour” 

12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch

12:45pm-2:15pm Afternoon Meeting Session III

  • Demos related to topics in AP Physics C Mechanics
  • Group work on 2024 Free Response exams: After being assigned a group and a problem number, create a poster to show how to work the problem, distribution of points, correlation to LO’s, teaching strategies, related demonstrations or labs used to teach these concepts.

2:15pm-2:30 pm Break 

2:30pm-4:00 pm Afternoon Meeting Session IV

  • Work with your group to finalize your problem presentation

Assignments:

  • On your own, work through all the 2024 FR and bring in questions
  • Set up the outline of your Course Plan
  • Select and watch an AP Daily video of your choice
  • Confirm with your school administrator that you are approved to teach the course (so audit page will open)
Day 2

8:00am-9:45am Morning Meeting Session I

  • AP Classroom Tour: Evaluations using Personal Progress Checks, teacher-prepared quizzes, and Topic Questions

9:45am-10:00am Break

10:00am-12:00pm Morning Meeting Session II

  • Finish AP Classroom Tour
  • Start FR problem presentations as time permits.

12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch Break

12:45pm-2:15pm Afternoon Meeting Session III

  • Demonstrations for the Physics C classroom
  • Select laboratory experiments to complete in small groups.  Equipment is arranged by topic and LO.
  • Complete problem presentations, if needed.

2:15pm-2:30pm Break 

2:30pm-4:00 pm Afternoon Meeting Session IV

  • Building and testing of your PVC Rotational Devices
  • Work on your course plan

4:00 p.m. (optional) Assistance to complete your AP Audit, if necessary.

Assignments:

  • Work on Course Plan
  • View the assigned Physics Classroom training videos
Day 3

8:00am-9:45am Morning Meeting Session I

  • Access and Equity Discussion:  What is your school’s story?  What is your Personal Mission Statement?
  • Practice exam scoring a selected question from 2024
  • Begin work on Multiple Choice question types and samples from a published practice exam provided to you.

9:45am-10:00am Break

10:00am-12:00pm Morning Meeting Session II

  • FR presentations 
  • Start working in small groups on the assigned MC.

 12:00pm-12:45 pm Lunch Break

12:45pm-2:15 pm Afternoon Meeting Session III

  • Work on selected labs in pairs to present to entire class
  • Activities and Demos for the C Mechanics classroom
  • Meeting the Laboratory Design and Time Requirements

2:15pm-2:30 pm Break 

2:30pm-4:00pm Afternoon Meeting Session IV

  • Work on assigned Multiple Choice questions in groups
  • Laboratory Design Investigations

Assignments

  • Work on the Course Plan
  • Complete MC presentations
  • Prepare Best Practices presentation (optional)
  • View assigned Physics Classroom short videos
Day 4

8:00am-9:45am Morning Meeting Session I

  • Best Practices presentations
  • Discussion of Strategies and Pedagogical Tools

9:45am-10:00am Break

10:00am-12:00pm Morning Meeting Session II

  • Finish powerpoint-led discussion of lab, demos, and classroom planning tips
  • Presentations and Discussion of Multiple Choice

12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch

12:45pm-2:15pm Afternoon Meeting Session III

  • Demonstrations and Activities for Physics C
  • Lesson Plan Discussion in groups and full class

2:15pm-2:30pm Break

2:30pm-4:00pm Afternoon Meeting Session IV

  • Reflections Activity
  • Final Q&A
  • Drawings and Evaluation

Note: This course will be assessed a $35 lab fee. All science courses are conducted in labs equipped with state regulated safety equipment.

NOTE:  If you are taking the institute for course credit, the assigned work you need to present includes the following in addition to anything required by the accrediting institution: 

  1. Completed Course Outline with Timeline for your course, following the guidelines presented during the session.
  2. A laboratory write-up for one lab of your choice, from labs presented during the session, and following the guidelines in the Laboratory Journal document.