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Physics Semester Exam - Dec2004 - Exam topics
Physics Final Exam - May2004 - Exam topics
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Periodic Table of the Elements

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Dynamic Solar System View from the Earth

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Today's Solar System View from the Earth

Each horizontal division above represents 10-degrees on the sky or 40 minutes in time. To find out which, if any, planets are currently due south of you (for northern hemisphere residents) follow these steps. Find the Sun symbol. The Sun will be directly south at local high noon. If the time is before noon, count the number of 40-minute periods until noon and move that many divisions to the right of the Sun sign on the sky chart. If the time is after noon, count the number of 40-minute periods since noon and move that many divisions to the left of the Sun sign on the sky shart.
Some planets are visible during the day, Venus and Mars, are possible. Some have reported seeing Mercury, but it is awfully close to the Sun and eye injuries are possible anytime you view the sky while the Sun is still visible. On the other hand, the Moon, which is easy to see during the daylight, is seldom noticed. With a little effort you can be one of the few to see a planet during the day. Try Venus when it is at its maximum distance from the Sun. The next date for the maximum elongation of Venus is November 3, 2005. On that date, Venus will be about 45-degrees East of the Sun. So, at about 3pm to 4pm local time it should be nearly due south and as high in the sky as the Sun was at noon. (March 25, 2006, June 9 and October 28, 2007)

All the planets shown here are visible on a clear night when they are far enough away from the Sun.
Planets close to the Sun and to the right can be seen above the eastern horizon just before sunrise. Those close to the Sun and to the left can be seen above the western horizon just after sunset. Objects 18 divisions left or right of the Sun will be due south at midnight.

General Course Information
What Is Expected of each Student
What You Need
Parents Open House .
Physics Labs List
Assignment Schedule Form
Reference Guide & Formula Sheet for Physics
Supplementary Laboratory Documents and Assignments
Lab Handouts
Order of Labs may change from year to year, but the number scheme remains the same. In a typical year we complete 22 to 24 of these labs.
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Precision and Accuracy
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More Practice with Vernier Scales
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A Micrometer
Many Routes to the Solution of One Problem
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Lab 23 The Law of Strings
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Lab-28 (Light Bulbs)
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Lab 26
Energy in Orbits Simulation.
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Find the Minimum Orbital Velocity
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Explore the Solar System - Interactive Solar System from NASA
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Solar System Simulation
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Orbiting Binary Star System
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Orbit Simulator - Period and Altitude
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Planets - Wandering Stars in the Solar System
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Lab-30 (Electrical Equivalent of Heat)
Solving a System of Equations using Matrix Arithmetic
Matrices for the TI-81 Calculator
Matrices for the TI-82 Calculator
Matrices for the TI-83 Family
Matrices for the TI-85 Calculator
Matrices for the TI-86 Calculator
Matrices for the TI-89 Calculator
Vectors - Polar-to-Rect and Rect-to-Polar Vector Conversions
Vectors on the TI-81 Calculator
Vectors on the TI-82 Calculator
Vectors on the TI-83 Family
Vectors on the TI-85 Calculator
Vectors on the TI-86 Calculator
Vectors on the TI-89 Calculator
Vector Addition
Vector Addition on the TI-81
Vector Addition on the TI-82
Vector Addition on the TI-83
Vector Addition on the TI-85
Vector Addition on the TI-86
Vector Addition on the TI-89
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Mathematical Preliminaries
A0000 -
Arithmetic Operations
A000 -
Exponents and Radicals
A00 -
Avoiding Common
Algebraic Errors
A0 -
Algebra
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Quadratic Equation Solver
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Exponents
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Powers of Ten &
Scientific Notation
A3 -
Logarithms &
Exponentials
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Equations &
Proportionalities
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Estimating &
Approximation
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Percent Error &
Percent Difference
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Geometry
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Trigonometry
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Right Triangle Solvers
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Vectors
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Vector Addition
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Vector Addition Calculator
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Dimensions & Units
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Graphical Analysis I
Graphical Analysis II
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EZ Graph - Graphing Calculator
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On-line Graph Paper - Simple Grid
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Graph Paper Assortment -
Linear, Logrithmic & Semi-Logrithmic
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Print Free Graph Paper -
Cartesian, Engineering, Polar, Isometric (3D), Semi-logarithmic, Log-Log
Video Lectures for Physics
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The Mechanical Universe - 52 Video Lectures from Learner.org

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Three Lectures by Hans Bethe on the early history of Quantum Mechanics

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Powers of 10
Images covering 44 orders of magnitude cover the range
from deep intergalactic space to the inside of a single
nucleon inside the nucleus of an atom. From the original
movie by Charles and Ray Eames. (Available on DVD.)
Each images is discussed in detail in the accompanying text.
© 2006 Lucia Eames dba Eames Office
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Powers of 10
Images covering 39 orders of magnitude cover the range
from deep intergalactic space to the inside of a single
nucleon inside the nucleus of an atom.
© 1995-2007 by Michael W. Davidson and The Florida State University
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Free on-Line Physics Courses from MIT
Some have videos of lectures, and those may require that Real Media
Player be installed on your computer.

Here are direct links to the three potentially relevant MIT courses,
for Physics Students at Trinity Valley School, that include video lectures.

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35 Lectures on Classical Mechanics
delivered in 1999 by Professor Walter Lewin. Course Syllabus,
homework assignments, problems sets and solutions are all
included. The textbook used at MIT is not the one we use
for AP Physics at Trinity Valley School.
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36 Lectures on Electricity and Magnetism
delivered in 2002 by Professor Walter Lewin. Course Syllabus,
homework assignments, problems sets and solutions are all
included. The textbook used at MIT is not the one we use
for AP Physics at Trinity Valley School.

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23 Lectures on Vibrations and Waves
delivered in 2004 by Professor Walter Lewin. Course Syllabus,
homework assignments, problems sets and solutions are all
included. The textbooks used at MIT is not the ones we use
for AP Physics at Trinity Valley School.

Lesson Notes for Physics
01 - Units, Notation, Sig Figs
Student Notes,
Extended Notes,
Working with Units
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Sig. Figs. Tester
34 - Colors, Wavelengths
Light - Color, Wavelength & Frequency
Cosmological Red Shift, Speed and Distance to Galaxies
67 - Prisms, Total Internal Reflection .
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Rainbows
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02 - Estimating, Precision, Unit Conversion
Student Notes
Extended Notes
35 - Circular Motion I
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68 - Capacitor Energy, RC Circuits II
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03 - Vectors & Scalars
Vectors Part 1
Vectors Part 2
Exercises with Vectors
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Vector Addition
36 - Archimedes Principle
Galileo's Thermometer
69 - Converging Lenses, Diverging Lenses
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Link Optics Demo - One Converging Lens - 1 Virtual Image
Link Optics Demo - Two Converging Lenses - 2 Real Images
Link Optics Demo - Two Converging Lenses - 1 Virtual and 1 Real Image
Link Optics Demo - Two Converging Lenses - 1 Real and 1 Virtual Image
Link Ray Tracing Applet for Lenses and Mirrors
04 - Reference Frames, Average Speed and Velocity, Mass, Weight, Density
Vectors Part 3
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37 - Electric Charge, Current, Voltage, Ohm's Law, Resistivity
Units in Electricity
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Link Ohm's Law, Voltmeter, Ammeter
70 - Fundamental Forces, Static Charge, Induced Charge Separation
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Induced Charge in a Metal Bar
05 - Vector Equations, Forces in Equilibrium
Forces in Equilibrium
38 - Temperature, Volume, T & KE
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71 - Simple & Physical Pendulum
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06 - Matter and Temperature
Temperature and Kinetic Energy
39 - Liquids, Solids, Phase Changes
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72 - Sinusoidal Motion, Circuit Analysis II
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Sinusoidal Motion
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Sinusoidal Motion of a spring
07 - Linear Motion, V_{Ave} & a_{Ave}
Linear Motion, Average Velocity, and Average Acceleration
40 - Wave Motion, Sound Waves
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73 - Traveling Waves, Doppler Effect
Speed of Sound
Doppler Shift
Derivation of Doppler Shift Eqn
08 - Friction
Friction
41 - Hooke's Law, Elastic Potential Energy
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74 - Heat Engines, 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
The Mystery of Efficiency
09 -Torque
Torque
42 - Electric Power, Sign Conventions
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75 - Thin Lens Equation
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11 - Galileo and Newton
Newton's Laws of Motion
43 - Tension Problems with Friction
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76 - Coulomb's Law
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Motion Graphs
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Position and Velocity Graphs
44 -Mechanical Waves, Superposition, Reflection, Speed along a String
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Waves with Animations on Zona
77 - Equivalent Capacitance
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12 - Work, Power, Energy
Work, Power, and Internal Energy
45 - Projectile Motion, Motion of Center of Mass
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78 - Resonance Frequency, Standing Waves, Beat Frequency
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Link Constructive and Destructive Interference
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Adding Waves
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13 - Instantaneous v and a
Linear Motion Instantaneous Velocity Instantaneous Acceleration
46 - Circular Motion II
Uniform Circular Motion, Centripetal Force, and Centripetal Acceleration
79 - Thermodynamic States, Carnot Cycle
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14 - Free-Body Diagrams, Elevators
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47 - Kirchhoff's Laws
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Wheatstone Bridge
80 - Electric Fields, Electron Volts
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Charged Particle in an Electric Field
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Electric Field - Vector Field
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Lines of Force
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Electric Field and Electric Potential
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Equipotential Lines
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Electrostatic Potential
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Electric Field, Electric Potential, and Potential Gradient
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Electric Fields and Electric Potential
15 - Static Equilibrium, Beams
Static Equilibrium
48 - Conservative Forces, 3rd Equation of Motion, KE, Dot Product
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81 - The Otto Cycle, Refrigerator
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16 - Simple Machines, Efficiency
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49 - Circuit Analysis I
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82 - Magnetic Fields
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Particle in a Magnetic Field
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Magnet and Cathode Ray Tube
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Oersted's Effect, Magnetic Field from a Current in a Wire
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Magnetic Field from a Current in a Wire Loop
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Electromagnet
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Torque on a Current Carrying Coil
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Current Carrying Wire in a Magnetic Field
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Force on a Current Carrying Wire
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Sliding Block Problems Down Arrow
Sliding Block Problems Up Arrow
50 - Vibrating Systems
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83 - Entropy
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18 - Bodies in Equilibrium
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51 - Circular Motion III
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84 - Dielectrics, Ammeters & Voltmeters
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19 - Constant Acceleration
Uniformly Accelerated Motion and Review
52 - Plane Mirrors, Concave Parabolic Mirrors
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85 - DC Motors, DC Generators, Inductance
Lenz's Law and RHR's
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20 - Heat - Specific Heat
Heat and Specific Heat
53 - Equivalent Resistance
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86 - Magnets, Self-Inductance, Mutual Inductance, Bar Magnets
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54 - Rotational Inertia
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87 - Carnot Cycle
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22 - Derivative, Area under a Curve
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55 - Circular Unbanked Tracks, Parallel Resistors
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88 - Alternating Voltage and Current, Transformers
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23 - Center of Mass
Center of Mass
56 - Ideal Fluids, Flow Rate, Continuity Equation
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89 - Richter Scale, Decibels
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24 - Freely Falling Bodies
Galileo, Freely Falling Bodies & Uniformly Accelerated Motion
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Two-Dimensional Projectile Motion
57 - Convex Mirrors
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90 - Electromagnetic Radiation
Electromagnetic Spectrum
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Regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
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The Entire Electromagnetic Spectrum
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Creation and Propagation of an Electromagnetic Wave
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Color Mixing and Printing
25 - Radians, ω, α
Angular Measure in Radians
58 - Moment of Inertia, Exponential Equations
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91 - Speed of Light, Polarization, Wave Theory, Thin Film Interference
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Young's Double Slit Interference Experiment
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Interpreting Young's Double Slit Interference Experiment
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Fresnel Diffraction
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Classic Two-Slit Experiment
26 - Pascal's Principle, Fluid Pressure
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59 - Capacitors, RC Circuits I
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RC Circuit
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Charging and Discharging a Capacitor
92 - Viscous Fluids, Surface Tension, Elastic Properties of Solids
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27 - Inclined Plane
Inclined Plane
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Motion up an inclined Plane
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Inclined Planes with Friction
60 - Thermal Expansion, Phase Changes for Water
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93 - Postulates of Special Relativity
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28 - Gravitation
Kepler's Laws - Mars Data
Coordinate Systems in Astronomy
Kepler's 3rd Law Assignment #1
Kepler's 3rd Law Assignment #2
61 - Bernoulli's Equation
Derivation of Bernoulli's Equation
Fluid Concepts
94 - Michelson-Morley Experiment, Interferometer, Lorentz Transformation
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29 - Gravitational Potential Energy, KE, Conservation of Mechanical Energy
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Gravitational Potential Energy Experiment
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Ball in Track
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Stopped Pendulum
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Stopped Pendulum2
62 - Rotational KE, Angular Momentum
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95 - Special Relativity, Simultaneity, Time Dilation
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30 - Conservation of Momentum
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63 - SHM, Conservation of Angular Momentum
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Weight on a Beam
96 - Length Contraction, Relativistic Momentum, Relativistic Addition of Velocities
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31 - Snell's Law
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Nakamura Refraction Tank
64 - Banked Circular Tracks
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97 - The Atom, The Photon, The Hydrogen Atom, Electron Clouds
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32 - Ideal Gases, Gas Law
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65 - Inertia Combinations, Pulleys with Mass
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98 - Radioactivity, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Half-Life
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Exponential Decay
33 - Two Body Tension Problems
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Atwood's Machine
66 - Work and Energy, Heat Transfer, 1st Law of Thermodynamics
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99 - Blackbody Radiation, Photoelectric Effect
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100 - Early Quantum Mechanics
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AP Physics-B&C - Misc Handouts
Scoring the AP Physics B Exam
Scoring the AP Physics C Exams
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AP Physics B & C Course Description - 86 pages DO NOT PRINT
AP Test-Taking Tips
AP Exam Formats 2002 and 2003
AP Physics-C - Vector Multiplication Handouts
Dot Product or Scalar Product
Cross Product or Vector Product
Sample Problems
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Scalar and Vector Products
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AP Physics-C - Projectile Motion Handouts
Y as a function of X
Ball Kicked Horizontally Off a Spherical Rock
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AP Physics-C - Center of Mass Handouts
Square with a square cutout
Circle with a circular cutout
Right Triangle
Silbury Hill - Wiltshire, U.K.:
A Truncated right-circular cone
Sphere with a spherical scoop-out
Triangle with a triangular cutout
AP Physics-C - Working in an Accelerated Reference Frame
Rail Car with Plumb Bob
Plumb-bob Deviation with Latitude
Two Stacked Blocks
AP Physics-C - Acceleration due to Gravity on the Earth
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Force and Acceleration
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