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Physics, IB Physics, and AP Physics C: Mechanics

cgehman@aisd.net

 

 

Teaching Schedule

A day B day
Period 1 Physics Room 219
Period 2 Conference N/A
Period 3
 
IB Physics II
 
Room 219
 
Period 4 Physics Room 219
Period 5 AP Physics C: Mechanics Room 219
Period 6 IB Physics I Room 219
Period 7
 
Conference
 
Room 219
 
Period 8 Physics Room 219

 

Tutoring Times

Mr. Gehman is available tutoring during B-Day lunches on Monday-Thursday and most days after school from 2:45 - 3:30.

Physics
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Course Overview

Welcome to Physics class!  The study of physics covers a wide range of phenomena: flying bullets, car crashes, how a magnetic train levitates, why the sky is blue.  We will explore these various subjects through study, lecture, group discussions, and labs.

            Physics is challenging because it requires you to put two subjects together: math and conceptual thinking. In the end, though, physics is just another “lens” for looking at the world and making sense of it.  I hope that you will come away from this course with a better understanding of how much physics relates to your everyday living, even if you never become a physicist.

 

Grading Policy

  • 50% Minor (homework, class work, labs)
  • 50% Major (quizzes, tests, projects)

Grades are updated in TEAMS 2-3 times per week, typically at the end of the school day.

Mr. Gehman's Physics Class Website

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  • Lesson Plans can be found in the calendar in the upper right hand corner of the home page.
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IB Physics
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Course Overview

Welcome to IB Physics class!  In your first year of physics you covered the two main topics of physics—mechanics and electricity & magnetism. In this second-year class, we will review those topics as well as tackle a whole of host of new ones—climate change, magnetism, thermodynamics, optics, oscillations. We will explore these various subjects through study, lecture, group discussions, and labs.

            Our ultimate goal is, of course, for you to be prepared to score well on the IB tests coming up in May, which account for 76% of your overall IB mark. We will also do a lot of lab work in the rigorous manner that IB requires. Labs and the Group Four project make up the bulk of your internal assessment score, which counts for 24% of your IB mark.

Grading Policy

  • 35% Tests, projects
  • 25% Quizzes
  • 20% Class work/Homework
  • 20% Labs (internal assessment)

Grades are updated in TEAMS 2-3 times per week, typically at the end of the school day.

Mr. Gehman's IB Physics Class

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  • Lesson Plans can be found in the calendar in the upper right hand corner of the home page.
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AP Physics C: Mechanics
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Course Overview

This course follows the outline of a 1st semester calculus-based college physics class in mechanics. It is assumed that you have already taken a lab-based physics course such as pre-AP physics.  A primary aim of this course is to prepare you to succeed on the AP Physics C Mechanics test in May. Although we will cover some areas outside of mechanics such as electricity & magnetism and modern physics, the focus will be on preparing for the mechanics AP C test.

            We will work hard in bridging the gap between your conceptual and mathematical understanding of physics. This course is much narrower in scope than pre-AP or regular physics: the focus is on depth of understanding, not breadth. I hope you find this course challenging, interesting, and invigorating. 

Grading Policy

  • 35% Tests

  • 25% Quizzes

  • 15% Homework

  • 15% Classwork

  • 10% Labs

Grades are updated in TEAMS 2-3 times per week, typically at the end of the school day.

Mr. Gehman's AP Physics C: Mechanics Website

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  • Lesson Plans can be found in the calendar in the upper right hand corner of the home page.
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