Physics C: Mechanics, and Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
(I &II; Combined)
The course is designed for new and experienced AP* Physics educators who wish to enhance their teaching methods in the field of Physics. The instructor will discuss the selection of students, the selection of texts/supplementary materials, the format and grading of the examinations and the use of different approaches to science education such as the modeling method.
Teachers will learn many teaching strategies including time allocation, what to cover and what to skip, and developing quizzes and tests. We will discuss laboratory experiences students need and perform inquiry-based experiments. The course will survey all the essential topics on mechanics, electricity / magnetism, waves/sound/optics, heat/thermodynamics, and atomic/nuclear physics.
The participants will receive a CD containing more than 20 years of AP* physics examinations with solutions, reviews, lab ideas, practice tests, and other useful materials.
Jesus Hernandez has taught physics at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts and at The Manhattan Center for Science and Math HS in New York during the last thirteen years. He started an AP* physics program at Lawrence in 2000, and his students have taken both AP*-B and AP*-C physics examinations. He is a member of the AP*-Physics C Test Development Committee and an AP* Physics consultant since 2004. He has been an AP* physics reader for seven years.
He has been trained to facilitate Pre AP* Science and the Creating a Learner Centered Classroom workshops. He also has been coaching new AP* Consultants and AP* physics teachers. Mr. Hernandez was an advisory board member of the Physics for the 21st Century program produced by the Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He was a Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science teaching in 2005 and he was selected as the 2011 MIT Inspirational Teacher Award.
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