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AP Physics

For new and experienced AP teachers, this workshop includes College Board resources, released exams and student samples.

At every AP Physics workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP Physics Course Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Physics and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Physics free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)
  • Multiple-choice questions and answers from the AP Physics 2009 Released Exam

Materials also include an introduction to AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 which will replace AP Physics B in the 2014–2015 school year. Eighty percent of workshop content will focus on the current course; and 20 percent focuses on previewing the redesigned courses. Participants will receive:

  • The curriculum framework for the redesigned AP Physics 1 and 2 courses.
  • Activities that both explore the structure of the redesigned courses and suggest appropriate instructional strategies and practices.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align their instruction with the goals of the AP Physics course
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction
  • Understand upcoming changes to the course and exam slated for 2014–2015

Curriculum Module: Electromagnetic Induction

Because it comes near the end of the typical instructional sequence for AP Physics, Faraday's law presents the AP Physics teacher with many challenges. First, many instructors find themselves at the end of the school year coping with little time to teach the content that remains. Second, before students can fully understand Faraday's law, they must have a firm grasp of concepts such as circuits, flux and magnetic forces and fields. Finally, Faraday's law does not easily lend itself to an inquiry-based approach, unlike subjects such as kinematics, dynamics and circuits. This curriculum module presents AP Physics teachers with a sequence of lessons to aid student understanding of electromagnetic induction, Faraday's law and Lenz's law. This module consists of three lessons, each of which has several activities for the instructor to use in his or her classroom.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Faraday's Law
  • Lesson 2: Lenz's Law and the Direction of Induced Electric Current
  • Lesson 3: Applications of Faraday's Law
  • Summative Assessment

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.

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