5 Steps to a 5: AP Physics C 2019

5 Steps to a 5: AP Physics C 2019

by Greg Jacobs

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Overview

A PERFECT PLAN FOR THE PERFECT SCORE


Score-Raising Features Include:

•3 full-length practice exams
•Hundreds of practice exercises with thorough answer explanations
•Comprehensive overview of the AP Physics C exam format
•Authentic practice questions that reflect both multiple-choice and free-response question types, just like the ones you will see on test day
•Addresses all topics at the depth and in the style required for the AP Physics C exam
•Proven strategies specific to each section of the test
FREE AP Planner app that delivers a customizable study schedule for tests in the book, and extra practice questions to your mobile devices (see the last page of the books for details)
The 5-Step Plan:
Step 1: Set up your study plan with three model schedules
Step 2: Determine your readiness with an AP-style Diagnostic Exam
Step 3: Develop the strategies that will give you the edge on test day
Step 4: Review the terms and concepts you need to achieve your highest score
Step 5: Build your confidence with full-length practice exams

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781260123326
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 123,307
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Greg Jacobs teaches both the B and C levels of AP Physics at Woodberry Forest School in central Virginia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

About the Author xi

Introduction: The Five-Step Program xii

Step 1 Set Up Your Study Program

1 How to Approach Your AP Physics Course 3

Ignore Your Grade 4

Don't Bang Your Head Against a Brick Wall 4

Work with Other People 4

Ask Questions When Appropriate 5

Keep an Even Temper 5

Don't Cram 5

Never Forget, Physics is "Phun" 5

2 What You Need to Know About the AP Physics C Exams 7

Background Information 7

Some Frequently Asked Questions About the AP Physics C Exams 8

3 How to Plan Your Time 15

What Should I Study? 15

Undersrand Physics First, Then AP Physics C 17

A Word About Calculus 18

Three Different Study Schedules 19

Step 2 Determine Your Test Readiness

4 Fundamentals Quizzes 25

Mechanics Quiz 25

Electricity and Magnetism Quiz 26

Answers to Mechanics Quiz 27

Answers to Electricity and Magnetism Quiz 29

What Do I Know, and What Don't I Know? 30

5 Take a Diagnostic Test 31

Diagnostic Test 32

Answers and Explanations 36

Interpretation: How Ready Are You? 38

Step 3 Develop Strategies for Success

6 Memorizing Equations in the Shower 41

Can You Ace This Quiz? 41

So, How Did You Do? 42

Equations Are Crucial 42

What About the Free-Response Section? 42

Treat Equations Like Vocabulary 43

Answer Key to Practice Quiz 46

7 How to Approach Each Question Type 47

How to Approach the Multiple-Choice Section 48

How to Approach the Free-Response Section 55

Lab Questions 59

8 Extra Drill on Difficult but Frequently Tested Topics 63

Tension 64

The Answers 65

Electric and Magnetic Fields 66

The Answers 67

Inclined Planes 69

The Answers 70

Motion Graphs 72

The Answers 73

Simple Circuits 75

The Answers 76

Step 4 Review the Knowledge You Need to Score High

9 A Bit About Vectors 81

Scalars 81

Vector Basics 82

Graphic Representation of Vectors 82

Vector Components 83

Adding Vectors 83

Practice Problems 85

Solutions to Practice Problems 86

10 Free-Body Diagrams and Equilibrium 87

What Is a Free-Body Diagram? 88

Equilibrium 89

Normal Force 90

Tension 91

Friction 93

Inclined Planes 96

Torque 97

Practice Problems 100

Solutions to Practice Problems 101

Rapid Review 102

11 Kinematics 103

Velocity, Acceleration, and Displacement 104

Constant-Acceleration Kinematics Equations 105

Constant-Acceleration Kinematics Problem-Solving 105

Freefall 107

What If Acceleration Isn't Constant? 109

Projectile Motion 109

Motion Graphs 111

Air Resistance and the First-Order Differential Equation 113

Practice Problems 115

Solutions to Practice Problems 116

Rapid Review 117

12 Newton's Second Law, Fnet = ma 118

The Four-Step Problem-Solving Process 119

Only Net Force Equals ma 119

Fnet on Inclines 120

Fnet for a Pulley 122

Newton's Third Law 125

This Chapter Was Not as Easy as You Thought 125

Practice Problems 126

Solutions to Practice Problems 127

Rapid Review 128

13 Momentum 129

Momentum and Impulse 130

Conservation of Momentum 131

Motion of the Center of Mass 132

Elastic and Inelastic Collisions 133

Two-Dimensional Collisions 134

Practice Problems 135

Solutions to Practice Problems 136

Rapid Review 136

14 Energy Conservation 137

Kinetic Energy and the Work-Energy Theorem 138

Potential Energy 140

Conservation of Energy: Problem-Solving Approach 140

Springs 142

Power 143

Potential Energy vs. Displacement Graphs 143

Practice Problems 145

Solutions to Practice Problems 146

Rapid Review 147

15 Gravitation and Circular Motion 148

Velocity and Acceleration in Circular Motion 149

Centripetal Acceleration 149

Mass on a String 150

Car on a Curve 151

Newton's Law of Gravitation 152

Kepler's Laws 153

Practice Problems 155

Solutions to Practice Problems 156

Rapid Review 157

16 Rotational Motion 158

Rotational Kinematics 159

Rotational Inertia 161

Newton's Second Law for Rotation 162

Rotational Kinetic Energy 163

Angular Momentum and Its Conservation 164

Practice Problems 166

Solutions to Practice Problems 167

Rapid Review 169

17 Simple Harmonic Motion 170

Amplitude, Period, and Frequency 171

Vibrating Mass on a Spring 172

Pendulums 173

Practice Problems 176

Solutions to Practice Problems 177

Rapid Review 178

18 Electrostatics 179

Electric Charge 180

Electric Fields 181

Force of an Electric Field 182

Electric Potential 183

Special Geometries for Electrostatics 186

Gauss's Law 190

Practice Problems 192

Solutions to Practice Problems 193

Rapid Review 194

19 Circuits 195

Current 196

Resistance and Ohm's Law 196

Resistors in Series and in Parallel 198

The V-I-R Chart 200

Kirchoff's Laws 202

Circuits from an Experimental Point of View 205

RC Circuits: Steady-State Behavior 207

RC Circuits: Transitional Behavior 208

Inductors in Circuits 210

Other Circuits 210

Practice Problems 212

Solutions to Practice Problems 213

Rapid Review 214

20 Magnetism 216

Magnetic Fields 217

Long, Straight, Current-Carrying Wires 219

Moving Charged Particles 220

Mass Spectrometry: More Charges Moving Through Magnetic Fields 223

Induced EMF 225

The Biot-Savart Law and Ampère's Law 228

Practice Problems 231

Solutions to Practice Problems 232

Rapid Review 233

Step 5 Build Your Test-Taking Confidence

Physics C-Mechanics Pracrice Exam 1-Multiple-Choice Questions 237

Physics C-Mechanics Practice Exam 1-Free-Response Questions 247

Physics C-Electricity and Magnetism Practice Exam 1-Multiple-Choice Questions 251

Physics C-Electricity and Magnetism Practice Exam 1-Free-Response Questions 261

Physics C-Mechanics Practice Exam 1-Multiple-Choice Solutions 264

Physics C-Mechanics Practice Exam 1-Free-Response Solutions 268

Physics C-Electricity and Magnetism Practice Exam 1-Multiple-Choice Solutions 272

Physics C-Electricity and Magnetism Practice Exam 1-Free-Response Solutions 276

Physics C-Mechanics Practice Exam 2-Multiple-Choice Questions 279

Physics C-Mechanics Practice Exam 2-Free-Response Questions 288

Physics C-Electricity and Magnetism Practice Exam 2-Multiple-Choice Questions 291

Physics C-Electricity and Magnetism Practice Exam 2-Free-Response Questions 300

Physics C-Mechanics Practice Exam 2-Multiple-Choice Solutions 303

Physics C-Mechanics Practice Exam 2-Free-Response Solutions 307

Physics C-Electricity and Magnetism Practice Exam 2-Multiple-Choice Solutions 311

Physics C-Electricity and Magnetism Practice Exam 2-Free-Response Solutions 315

Appendices

Constants 323

Physics C Equations 324

Four-Minute Drill Prompts 326

Web Sites 327

Glossary 328

Bibliography 330

The Pantheon of Pizza 331

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