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AP Physics B: Getting Started
My students need equipment and supplies including wires, bulbs, circuit boards, multimeters, magnets, prisms, lenses, mirrors, thermometers, springs, carts, and scales.
"If you can't show it, don't teach it!" These words, which I first read in Clifford E. Swartz's book, "Teaching Introductory Physics," have long guided my teaching philosophy. I want my students to see demonstrations and conduct experiments that will help them learn, appreciate, and enjoy physics.
Our school is a large, diverse, high school near a major city.
Many of our approximately 2,000 students will take at least one Physics class, but we want to give more of our students the opportunity to explore physics at the college level. This project will be used to support a new AP Physics class for our juniors and seniors.
AP Physics explores many topics, and it's easy to get caught up in textbook problems and test questions. But the real physics begins when students have the chance to see and investigate physical phenomena, such as waves on springs, reflected images from mirrors, and the glow of lights from electric circuits. The materials requested for this project will allow our students to learn real physics by doing many experiments and seeing plentiful teacher demonstrations. For student experiments we will purchase materials including sets of stopwatches, dynamics carts, springs, scales, clamps, supports, magnets, magnetic probes, mirrors, prisms, lenses, wires, bulbs, circuit boards, multimeters, and thermometers. For demonstrations we will purchase a loop track, a marble launcher, photogates, a stroboscope, a large power supply, a ripple tank, a sound meter, a light meter, a large electromagnet, demonstration spring scales, a wave demonstrator, a giant water prism, and a jumbo thermometer.
The donations to this project will help us create an exciting and active classroom where our students can explore physics at a level that prepares them for college study and professional careers in science-related fields.
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