# AP PHYSICS OUTLINE

## The
course description can
be found at AP
CENTRAL. This course is a college level freshman
course. When you sign up to take this course at Somerset High
School, it is mandatory that you take the AP Physics exam offered in
May. Failure to do so will result in Level 1 credit for the
course.

### The letters
TSWBAT stand for: The
Students Will Be Able To

**TOPIC:** UNIT,
PHYSICAL QUANTITIES, AND VECTORS

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
distinguish between the different measuring
systems; MKS,
CGS, FPS.

#### TSWBAT
illustrate scientific conclusions based on
the information of graphs, tables, and diagrams.

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TSWBAT
distinguish between scalar and vector
quantities.

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TSWBAT
demonstrate how to find the sum, difference,
and product of two or more vectors.

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TSWBAT
determine the proper number of significant
figures.

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**TOPIC:** MOTION
ALONG A STRAIGHT LINE

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
determine the average velocity and
instantaneous velocity of any object.

#### TSWBAT
determine the average acceleration and
instantaneous acceleration of any object.

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Using
calculus, TSWBAT derive equations for motion
with constant acceleration.

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**TOPIC:** MOTION IN A
PLANE

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
describe the position of a point in a plane.

#### TSWBAT
determine the components of acceleration.

#### TSWBAT
determine the velocity of an object in a
plane.

#### TSWBAT
develop equations for objects in circular
motion.

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**TOPIC:** NEWTON’S
LAWS OF MOTION

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
distinguish between mass and weight.

#### TSWBAT
determine the resultant force of more than
two forces acting on an object.

#### TSWBAT
formulate a formula for Newton’s
second law of motion.

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**TOPIC:** APPLICATION
OF NEWTON’S
LAWS

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
describe the interaction of bodies in contact
(i.e. friction)

#### TSWBAT
distinguish between the normal force and
frictional force.

#### TSWBAT
determine the equilibrium of a particle.

#### TSWBAT
apply Newton’s
second law in order to solve different situation.

#### TSWBAT
determine the force of a particle in circular
motion.

#### TSWBAT
determine the motion/force of a particle in a
vertical circle.

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**TOPIC:** WORK AND
ENERGY

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**OBECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
determine the types of energies (i.e.
Kinetic, GPE, and EPE)

#### TSWBAT
determine the work done on a body.

#### TSWBAT
develop an equation for kinetic energy by
using work.

#### TSWBAT
calculate the work done by a gravitational
force.

#### TSWBAT
determine the power of a given body.

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**TOPIC:** IMPULSE AND
MOMENTUM

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
distinguish between impulse and momentum.

#### TSWBAT
determine the conservation of momentum of a
system.

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**TOPIC:** ROTATIONAL
MOTION

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
determine the angular velocity of a body.

#### TSWBAT
determine the angular acceleration of a body.

#### TSWBAT
distinguish between angular and linear
motion.

#### TSWBAT
determine the kinetic energy of a body.

#### TSWBAT
determine the torque on a body.

#### TSWBAT
determine the angular momentum of a body.

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**TOPIC:** OSCILLATIONS

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
determine the causes of oscillations

#### TSWBAT
derive equations for displacement, velocity,
and acceleration in SHM

#### TSWBAT
determine NRG in SHM

#### TSWBAT
apply the equations in order to solve
problems

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**TOPIC:** GRAVITATION

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
determine Newton’s
Law of Gravitation

#### TSWBAT
GPE when the distance between two objects
changes.

#### TSWBAT
determine the motion of planets.

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**TOPIC:** ELECTRIC
CHARGE & ELECTRIC FIELD

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
determine the electric charge and the
structure of matter.

#### TSWBAT
determine the difference between conductor,
insulators, and induced charges

#### TSWBAT
determine Coulomb’s Law.

#### TSWBAT
determine the electrical field and electric
forces of charged particles.

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**TOPIC:** ELECTRIC
POTENTIAL

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
determine the EPE of a charged particle

#### TSWBAT
describe the concept of electric potential.

#### TSWBAT
calculate the electric potential

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**TOPIC:** CAPACITANCE
AND DIELECTRICS

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
determine the fundamental properties of
capacitors.

#### TSWBAT
calculate capacitance of capacitors that are
in series and parallel.

#### TSWBAT
calculate the NRG stored in capacitors.

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**TOPIC:** CURRENT,
RESISTANCE, AND ELECTROMOTIVE FORCE

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
understand the basic concepts of electric
current

#### TSWBAT
determine the resistivity for different
materials.

#### TSWBAT
determine the relation of voltage to current.

#### TSWBAT
analyze Ohm’s Law.

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**TOPIC:** DIRECT -
CURRENT CIRCUITS

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
distinguish between resistors in series and
parallel

#### TSWBAT
determine voltage, resistance, and current of
circuits using Kirchhoff’s rules.

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**TOPIC:** MAGNETIC
FIELD AND MAGNETIC FORCES

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**OBJECTIVES:**

#### TSWBAT
discuss the basics of magnetism

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TSWBAT
determine magnetic fields.