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AP Physics C--Electricity & Magnetism

Week 3 (9/5-9/9)


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
LABOR DAY WebQuest Presentations WebQuest Presentations Electric Fields Electric Fields, Charge distributions

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Equipment needed:  pen/pencil, scientific calculator, notebook will be needed everyday


bulletWebquest due Tuesday 9/6
bulletChapter 23 problems due Tuesday 9/13
bulletThe Electric Field (13, 15, 16, 19, 22)
bulletE Field of a continuous q distribution (24, 25, 27, 29)

Important Equations:

Useful links:    

The Millikan Oil Drop Experiment
Explanation of Millikan's Numbers
J.J. Thompson's Discovery of the electron

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Summer Assignment

Each student is to read one piece of approved educational nonfiction (excluding textbooks) dealing with physics, engineering, or general scientific study.  Keep a journal for a chapter by chapter analysis of the book.  Journal must include the following:

bulletCover page
bulletBibliographical information of the book (Title, author, publisher, copyright)
bullet1 page (at least) personal response to each chapter in any or several of the following styles:
bulletAgree/disagree with the arguments.  Justify.
bulletExplore personal questions raised by the material
bulletExplore possible applications (industrial, technological, educational, personal) of the material
bulletExplore philosophical/moral implications to the material
bulletExplore the importance of the material in specific current events

Choose a book that interests you.  Find one that is relevant to your life.  I must approve your choice to make sure it meets the intended goals of the assignment. 

Suggested book list (feel free to scour for others)

bulletA Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
bulletThe Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
bulletThe Physics of Baseball (3rd Edition) by Robert Kemp Adair
bulletThe Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
bulletThe Tao of Physics : An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by Fritjof Capra
bulletThe Theory of Everything : The Origin and Fate of the Universe by Stephen W. Hawking
bulletThe Physics of Golf by Theodore P. Jorgensen
bulletThe Physics of Sports by Angelo Armenti
bulletThe Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss, Stephen Hawking
bulletThe Forensic Science of C.S.I by Katherine M. Ramsland
bulletPhysics and the Art of Dance : Understanding Movement by Kenneth Laws
bulletMusic, Physics and Engineering by Harry Ferdinand Olson
bulletNanotechnology by Gregory Timp
bulletFrom Certainty to Uncertainty: The Story of Science and Ideas in the Twentieth Century by F. David Peat
bulletThe Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World by Steven L. Kent
bullet The complete idiot's guide to understanding Einstein  by Moring, Gary F.
bullet Janice VanCleave's scientists through the ages by VanCleave, Janice Pratt.