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A plug for Schrodinger’s Class

Quantum Mechanics is endlessly fascinating and confusing. Famously, its implications even troubled Einstein, who helped create it! Last spring I attended a really fascinating (and at times confusing) fully online workshop called Schrodinger’s Class, from the University of Waterloo’s Institute … Continue reading

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Marc Reif 2022 APSI Summer Presentation Schedule

AP Physics C Mechanics, Online Week 1 June 20-23, 2022 (Hosted by Walton High School) AP Physics C Mechanics, Online Week 2 June 27-June 30, 2022 (Hosted by Walton High School) AP Physics 2, July 11-15, 2022, anticipated to be … Continue reading

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AP Classroom (selected) Vocabulary

Some basics for those new to the College Board’s Question and Resource Database for AP students and teachers. Possibly easier than reading through the College Board’s FAQs. Please notify me of any errors or omissions. Publicly Available These have been … Continue reading

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From 2-stage to Second Chance Exams

Most of my students in AP Physics 1 struggle with unit tests for a good part of the year. There are lots of reasons for this, including a lack of previous experience with physics, the difficulty of the material, and … Continue reading

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updated – Marc Reif 2021 APSI Presentation Schedule

note: All registration is through the College Board CVent system. Use the calendar found here or click on the links below. If clicking a link takes you only to generic information, contact me, or try one of the other links … Continue reading

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Peer Instruction Online Update

I really like Eric Mazur’s Peer Instruction technique. You can read about how I have used it in a face-to-face environment here: Original Peer Instruction Blog Post This instructional technique increases student engagement (they ask if they have a question … Continue reading

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Covid-19 AP Physics Writing “Workshop”

Science teachers want students to think like scientists, write like scientists, and investigate like scientists. Writing has special prominence in AP Physics 1 and 2. In order to learn to write like a scientist, students have to practice writing, get … Continue reading

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Modeling in AP Physics 1: Pacing Guide

A/B/C Block Marc Reif The AP1 Exam is Wednesday, May 5, 2021. For 2020-2021 The students in AP Physics 1 will have had no previous physics course. Most had Pre-AP Biology or Pre-AP Chemistry in the previous your. Many are … Continue reading

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Modeling in AP Physics C Mechanics – Pacing Guide

A/B/C Block Schedule Marc Reif The APC Exams are Monday, May 3, 2021. For 2020-2021 The students in AP Physics C have about half had AP Physics 1, about half have not. Most (I think) are enrolled in AP Calculus … Continue reading

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Modeling in AP Physics C Mechanics – Paradigms

A paradigm is a “model, pattern, example, exemplar, template, standard, prototype, archetype.” In modeling instruction, they are typically a demonstration or lab setup that serves to focus student attention on what is important in the unit. Paradigms are presented as … Continue reading

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