2018 Summer Homework (ver 2.3 8/14/2018)

Course Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 9th Edition by Raymond Serway and John Jewett (Note: There is a 10th edition. If you're interested in a text of your very own, make sure you buy the 9th edition)

NOTE: This is NOT an AP Physics text. It is a University Physics college text. That is a major difference between other AP courses that use "AP" texts, not actual college text. This is the real deal.

I will assign a class copy and a home copy for you if you wish. Please keep in mind this is a $215 college text.

Also, it can be very helpful to get an AP Study guide... Barrons, Princeton etc ad nauseam

PLEASE NOTE I summer homework checklist is HERE (you'll need to logon using your school id!)

I. USING YOUR CALCULATOR: Never, EVER use the "^" key for exponents (EVER).  Your most gracious (and humble) instructor (that would be ME) expects you to believe that. Learn to LOVE and USE the "EE" key. Don't believe me? Click HERE

II. PHYSICS CONCEPTS/TERMS YOU MUST LEARN OVER THE SUMMER (I don't want to spend much time on these, I expect you know these terms and concepts on the first day you walk into class)

A) Vectors: (What they are and how to draw them and add them)

B) Displacement: (a vector quantity showing the distance an object moves WITH DIRECTION)

C) Distance: (a scalar (non-vector) quantity showing the distance an object moves WITHOUT DIRECTION)

D) Velocity: (a vector quantity showing the change in distance divided by the change of time WITH DIRECTION)

E) Speed: (a scalar (non-vector) quantity showing the change in distance divided by the change of time WITHOUT DIRECTION)

F) Acceleration: (a vector quantity showing the change in velocity divided by the change of time WITH DIRECTION)

III. GENERAL SCIENCE CONCEPTS YOU SHOULD LEARN OVER THE SUMMER -- the sooner you have 'em down, the better your life will be (I'll include links to student study guides as they come in:

A) Significant Figures: (how to calculate them & how to use them in calculations)

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Gaelan S.

Grace R.

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B) Metric System:

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Irvin Y.

Aaron E.

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C) Standard International Units for measurements in physics: meters, kilograms, seconds

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Irvin Y.

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D) Dimensional Analysis (railroad tracks! you learned this if you took chem too)

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Sophia B.

Iman S.

Justin S.

Emma B.

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E) Wolgemuthian Problem Solving. Please accurately describe each stage and the importance for including that step. Please also include a section talking about annotations.

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Boone J.

Sophia B.

Iman S.

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IV: CALCULUS CONCEPTS YOU SHOULD GET ACQUAINTED WITH OVER THE SUMMER (I will be teaching and reviewing these, but it will be a VERY good idea to get a basic idea of what derivatives are (HINT: Instantaneous slope of a line) and integration basics (HINT: area under a curve) too.

PLEASE DON'T PANIC QUITE YET.  Math books do a really, really good job of confusing you on the basics of derivatives and integrals so YOU will be publishing study guides over the summer to assist your colleagues with these.

I'll include links to student study guides as they come in

A1) Limits: as x → 0: | Emma B. | Grace R.

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A2) Limits as x → Emma B.

B1) Derivatives (definition -- especially in physicsy terms/graphing)

Gaelan S.

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B2) Power Rule

Lily T.

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B3) Product Rule

Taggert H.

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B4) Quotient Rule

Taggert H.

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B5) Chain Rule

Iman S.

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B6) Max and Mins - especially in graphing

Thomas D.

 

C1) Integrals (definition -- especially in physicsy terms/graphing)

Nathanial G.

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C2) Integrals (The importance of making sure all terms being evaluated are constant or related to the differential)

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C2) Integrals - Intro to differential equations.

Nathanial G.

 

D1) "U" Substitutions (integration)

Lily T.

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D2) "U" Substitutions (derivatives)

E1) Maximums and Minimums - Especially in graphing

Sophia B.

V. A STUDY GUIDE -- You are required to generate a study guide for two (count 'em 2) topics listed in either sections III or IV above.

Students who have taken Calc A/B please select at LEAST one topic from section IV. You are free to choose an additional topic from Section IV OR Section III.

Students who have taken Physics, please choose ONE topic from section III. Additionally, you MUST write a study guide for the Wolgemuthian method of problem solving.

The study guide should be of a form that your most-gracious-and-humble (and lazy) instructor can quickly copy and paste to my web site to assist your most-gracious-and-humble classmates in their endeavors (Please, Please, Please! don't copy and paste from some web site, have some PRIDE in your work! Besides, if you do that and I find out, you'll be in some SERIOUS kimchee since I take a VERY dim view of plagiarism)

Calculus Homework -- This calculus homework (HOLD OFF ON THIS FOR NOW) comes to us courtesy of a friend of mine who teaches AP Physics C at Punahou School in Hawaii (President Obama graduated there in 1979 {which coincidentally was the year I graduated from High School in Honolulu and I was actually AT his graduation--- but I digress}).

I will assign various problems from this over the summer, but you are welcome to take a gander at any time

Summer Homework Problems are HERE