AP Physics


AP Physics 1

This is the home page for Jeff Adkins’ AP Physics classes. 

Summer Homework

Questions? Email astronomyteacher@mac.com

New AP Physics resource page form the college board:


You will be creating a binder with lab work, equation analyses, and daily “Problems of the Day” inside it separated by tabs.  The summer homework is about the equation analyses section.  You will add the lab work and problems of the day throughout the school year.  You will be using this binder a lot, so get something sturdy and at least 1 inch thick.  I have some binders if you cannot get one.

Summer homework steps:

1. Download the equation list here:

ap-physics-1-equations-table REVISED.pdf:

You can also find the equation list here:


and refer to page 226 in the instructions below.  The booklet contains sample questions, solutions, and a detailed description of the new AP Physics 1 and 2 courses.  Currently at DVHS only AP Physics 1 is offered.  A copy of page 225 is recommended but not actually used in the summer homework assignment.  *

  1. 2.Read "GREEAT Science" (go to Astronomyteacher.com and click on the button).  This explains how to read an equation and analyze it.

  2. 3.Analyze every equation in the "1" equations list, one equation per page.  Here is an example of what that looks like.

    ====EXAMPLE OF EQUATION ANALYSIS (1 or 2 per page)=======
    a. EQUATION: F = ma
    b. VARIABLES:  F = force, m = mass, a = acceleration

    Force and Mass : direct
    Force and Acceleration : direct
    Mass and Acceleration: inverse


    A. As mass gets larger, acceleration gets smaller when force is constant.
    B. As force increases, acceleration increases if mass is constant.
    C. As Force increases, a larger mass is required to keep a constant acceleration.

    e. QVUA TABLE:  Create a table on each page that has a list of the variables, quantities, units, and unit abbreviations.  For example:

Quantity                    Variable            unit                unit abbreviation

Force                                F                   kgm/s^2            Newton (N)

mass                                  m                   kilograms            kg

  1. f.WORKED EXAMPLE: Find or make up an example problem.  It doesn’t have to be complicated.

    What is the Force on a mass of 2 kg accelerating at 4 m/s/s?
    F = ma

  2.              = 2 kg x 4 m/s/s

  3.              = 8 Newtons

    Don’t worry too much about units being right.  You haven’t been taught how to deal with that yet.

  4. ==============End of Example ====================

  5. List the units of measurement for each variable. You may need to look these up somewhere. Since you will not have books, I recommend the web site hyperphysics. Another good web site for getting an idea of what physics is about is Khan Academy.

  6. Identify every relationship between variables. Ignore constants such as 1/2, or physical constants which cannot change such as the speed of light.

  7. Create a sample problem for each equation where you make up values for all the variables except one, and solve for that. If you're aggressive abouit it, make a sample problem for each variable.

  8. Put results in a binder and bring it to class as the beginning of your class notes.

  9. This is due on the first day of class! You will get a bonus for getting it done on time.  If you do not complete it on time you can turn it in one week late but the maximum grade you can get on it will be limited.  Write me if you have questions. GREEAT science has many examples.