AP Physics Summer Assignments

Welcome to AP Physics
 

I am excited to start a new year exploring physics with you! Everything that I do and that I ask you to do for this class is carefully designed to prepare you for successful performance on the AP exam, which comes very early in May. It is critical that you begin your year with strong skills in basic scientific math.
 

I have prepared four assignments that will review concepts that you are expected to already know, but may not remember clearly. Plan to work through these assignments on 4 separate days during the week or two before school starts, so the concepts have time to sink in and are fresh in your mind when you arrive at school. All answers are provided for you. You may pick up a paper copy of this work from room 348 at any time, or you can read the attachments to this email on your home computer and print your own worksheets. Either way, be sure to check your work and re-try until you get every problem correct. How you arrived at your answer is what I’m most interested in. You will be quizzed on this information on the second day of school!

 

1.      Read the “Basic Math for Physics” chapter that I have copied for you. Make notes on the pages as you see fit. As you read through this chapter, work complete solutions to each circled question as you come upon it in the text. Do your work on a separate piece of binder paper being careful to pay attention to significant figures and correct notation. (#25, 26, 28, 29 answers are given on the same page as the question for #31, 32, 34-38, 47, 50, 51, 59, 60 answers are on the page after the chapter questions.)

 

       2.      Read the “Introduction and Mathematical Concepts” chapter that I have copied for you. Make notes on the pages as you see fit. Work complete solutions to each circled question at the end of the reading. Do your work on a separate piece of binder paper being careful to pay attention to significant figures and correct notation. (p 22 answers are #2 (54.7 km/h, 15.2 m/s), #5 (0.75 m2/s), #6 (1/T3), #9 (30 mL), #19 (35.3°),#20 (4.5 km, 2.8 mi))

 

3.      Carefully complete the Converting Units and Trig worksheet. Be sure to show ALL of your work and pay attention to significant figures and correct notation. (The answers are given in parenthesis at the end of each question.)

 

4.      Carefully complete the Scientific Math Review worksheet. Be sure to show ALL of your work and pay attention to significant figures and correct notation. (The answers will be discussed in class.)

 

Enjoy your summer vacation and come to school ready for a fabulous year!

Laura Koetke Physics Teachers

  LKoetke@lwsd.org
 

Basic Math for Physics Summer Assignment

Intro to Math Concepts Summer Assignment

Converting Units Summer Assignment

Scientific Math Review Summer Assignment