|Welcome to our second
year of IB Physics! I hope you're all looking forward to this year as
much as I am! Be prepared for a lot of new physics and a lot of new
labs! We'll get through as much of the material needed for the HL exam
as possible--I'll do my best to keep the pace going, and you'll need to do
your best to keep up! :)
General course documents:
WebAssign Class Keys: (note--classes will be available as of
Please self-enroll in 2nd period HL Physics.
Like last year, the cost for the WebAssign online homework service will be
$11.50 per student (for the entire year!). You can register for a
short "trial" period before you will be required to pay (using PayPal or a
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Student Information form--please fill out
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neither will affect your grade (unless you don't do them)
Can't remember how to do syllabus statements?
Click HERE for reminder
Units of Study:
is a great review website. Pretty much any topic in physics you want
to get a little more information on will be found on this site.
Hyperphysics is based on a flow chart (concept map) of physics
topics--keep clicking until you find the specific info you're looking for!
Astronomy Reference Pages--PhysLink.com has put together a page
with pretty much any conversion factor or constant value that you would
ever need for this class (and more!!) in this handy reference site...or go
HERE for a list of useful
conversions and constants
Open Door Website--has
information on many of the IB Physics topics, plus has review questions
for your information.
SL Unit Topic Outlines:
These are the topic outlines for the SL material. Since the
required syllabus has changed slightly since last year, there are parts of
these topics that we haven't yet completed. Please print off a copy of
each of these topic outlines before the second day of school so we can
highlight the ones that you should already have notes/information for.
LAST Year's Notes--if you need to find any of the power points we
used last year, they should be there...
|HL (year 2) Unit Topic Outlines: These
are the units (in addition to what was not covered last year) that we
need to cover during this school year. (*note: the
options topics are a bit open--we'll talk as a class to decide what
you'd like to cover, time permitting...)
Recommended to PURCHASE:
note: you are NOT REQUIRED to have either of these books, but you
may find one or both of them useful if you plan to take the HL exam...
IB Study Guide: Physics for
the IB Diploma
(~$38 on Amazon.com)
Just make sure you
purchase the most recent edition--it's ORANGE!
If you can't afford it, but still want
it, talk to me--I'll see about getting one for you to borrow (but you
wouldn't be able to write in it!)
Physics for the IB Diploma
by A. Tsokos
Also found on Amazon.com (~$49)
would supplement our textbook; if you are taking the HL exam, you may
want to purchase this textbook (and again, make sure you get the most
Again, if you want it, but you can't
afford it, (and you don't mind not being able to write in it), let me know :)
In May, students
will have the opportunity to take the IB Physics (HL) exam. Taking the
exam does show colleges that you are dedicated to your studies, and,
depending on your score, some colleges will use your achievement to allow
you to skip entry-level courses or possibly earn credit. You will want
to check with the universities to which you are applying to see if this is
the case for that school.
So what exactly does the test look
like? There are 3
"papers" (tests) that make up the IB Physics test (SL or HL). Paper 1
and 2 are both for the core material (no options)--topics 1-8.
|Paper 1 is
all multiple choice, and the questions will look very similar to the ones
you see on review assignments and exams throughout the year. No
calculators are allowed, but the data booklet will be provided (most
questions are conceptual, but there may be a few very simple calculations)|
|Paper 2 is
split into two parts, both of which are short answer, calculation
problems, or longer essay questions. Section A is typically a
data-based question, where you will be given a scenario and will be asked
to analyze the provided data--usually by creating/interpreting a graph or
doing some other calculations. Section B requires you to
answer two questions from a choice of four; the "questions" are actually a
series of short answer/calculation questions that all relate to a similar
topic. Calculators are required, and data booklets/equations will be
|Paper 3 is a
set of short answer/calculation type questions that are related to a
specific optional topic (I'll get you that list a little later). You
will be asked to answer all of the questions for 2 of the options.
Hopefully we will have covered at least one of the topics before you take
the test, but we may not have time by May--we'll set up a series of extra
review sessions to cover some material to help prepare you more for
the options. Otherwise I will provide you with as much information
and help as I can so you can study a bit on your own. I wish I could
guarantee that we'd have time to cover all the core topics AND both
options, but I can't guarantee that.|
AP(B) Physics Test:
Topics covered in IB physics will also help students prepare for the AP
Physics (B) exam, but not completely. (Students would more than likely
be better prepared now that you've taken a second year of IB Physics). This is the
non-calculus AP physics exam. Extra review sessions may be available
for students interested in taking this exam. Please
let me know if you want more information regarding the AP(B) test.