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Science   ( Week 1 )
AP Physics 1 (Combined teachers)
Chris Bruhn
Target grade(s): 10 - 12

Course Description

This institute is structured primarily for teachers new to the AP Physics C course with three years or less experience teaching the curriculum. Participants at this summer institute will focus their efforts on understanding the forms of response students are expected to provide on both Free Response questions and Multiple Choice questions. They will investigate a question from the 2015 AP C Mechanics test in detail developing a comprehensive answer to all parts, designing a scoring rubric, comparing that rubric to the officially released version, and using the official rubric to score students samples from the 2015 Reading. Additional work will allow participants to develop a sense of the scope of the C-Mechanics course and develop and use basic mechanics lab exercises both in the classroom and through online simulation websites. If time and participant interest allow, some work will be done with the AP Physics 1 and/or AP Physics C-Electricity & Magnetism courses as well. A comprehensive set of ancillary resources will be shared with all participants that will include editable versions of all released free response questions from 1976 through 2013 as well as the complete multiple choice tests from 1984, 88, 93, 98, and 2004 for both Physics B and C.

Items to Bring

  • Scientific calculator (TI-84 style will be used and modeled)
  • Laptop onto which software can be loaded (some school machines are locked down)
  • An electronic copy of your favorite student lab to share with other participants

Biographical Sketch for Chris Bruhn

Chris was an aerospace engineer with Bell Helicopter before becoming a teacher. He taught 10 years as a physics teacher at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX and 10 more as AP Physics Lead Teacher for Dallas ISD at several of the district high schools. Before joining Haltom High School, Chris was as a Regional Director at the National Math and Science Initiative. Chris is the author of "5 Steps to a 5 - AP Physics 2" and is working on his second book. He has worked with students and teachers from around the country.


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