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Physics C: Mechanics

Connie Wells

Connie Wells has a Master of Science Degree in Physics from The University of Kansas and is currently an adjunct instructor of physics at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She has taught Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C and AP Physics 2 at the high school level for over twenty five years. 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. In 2006, Connie was appointed to the AP Physics Redesign Commission and served as Co-Chair of the AP Physics 1 and 2 Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee; she became co-chair of the AP Physics 2 Development Committee from the time it formed until 2015. As a workshop leader and College Board institute consultant, she has presented 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, and most recently in Pudong, Shanghai. In August, 2015, she was named Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society.

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 both AP Physics C Mechanics and AP Physics C Electricity & Magnetism 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 current Course and Exam Description 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 increasingly 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 existing 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 2022-23 so you can gain access to AP Classroom. (2) Download a copy of the New Course and Exam Descriptions from AP Central for Physics 1 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
  • 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. We will work with both Set 1 and Set 2 exams for both Mechanics and E&M.

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

  • For more information on how to use Topic Questions:

 

9:45am-10:00am Break

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

  • Finish AP Classroom Tour
  • Discuss test results on Classroom and the Instructional Planning Report  [Go to MyAP.collegeboard.org select AP Exam Scores to access.]
  • 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 What’s Watt circuit boxes
  • Work on your course plan

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

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

  • Construction and testing of Small Motor Oscillators
  • Activities and Demos for the P1 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)
  • Select and view a YouTube Faculty video of your choice
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.