Welcome to AP PhysicsMy name is Steven Lingard and this is my eigth year at the Career Center and fifteenth year as a teacher.I am British national raised in Blackburn, England, before moving here to the US. I moved to the states twelve years ago and have chosen to settle here in Winston Salem with my wife and daughters.I graduated from Lancaster University with a Physics degree and subsequently obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.In my spare time I enjoy playing English football (soccer), golf, tennis and badminton.
There are three Physics courses offered here at the Career Center.
AP Physics 1This is a year round, algebra based course covering Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.
No prior course work in physics is necessary.
Students should have completed geometry and be concurrently taking Algebra II or an equivalent course. Although AP Physics 1 includes basic use of trigonometric functions, this understanding can be gained either in the concurrent math course or in the AP Physics 1 course itself.AP Physics 2This is a year round, algebra based course covering topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.Students should have had AP Physics 1 or (Honors) Physics. Students should have taken or be concurrently taking pre-calculus or an equivalent course.This is a calculus based course which covers Mechanics in the first semester and Electricity & Magnetism in the second semester. A more rigorous mathematical approach is used to study similar content in AP Physics 1 & 2. This course is intended for those students who wish to study pure Science or an Engineering discipline at college.Pre-requisites include a prior Physics class and concurrently enrolled in Calculus BC or having completed Calculus BC.Both courses are taught in the same fashion using a hands on approach to learning. We perform laboratory work on a frequent basis, solve problems on white boards as group activities, work with computer simulations for abstract concepts and continually review question formats similar to those on the AP Exam.My grading policy is 40% tests, 30% quizzes and 30% laboratory reports.Students will need a lined composition notebook, pens, pencils, whiteboard marker, ruler and graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84)