Preparing Students for Advanced Placement Physics 1: Algebra-Based

AP 589.100 Thomas Hoch

This course will engage educators in completing several goals focused on preparing them to teach the AP Physics 1 course and the subsequent exam to be given in May. The first goal involves making an individualized plan for the year. This plan will lay the groundwork for using the Curriculum Framework which pairs core essential knowledge with the fundamental scientific reasoning skills necessary for scientific inquiry. The second goal involves developing and practicing techniques that are consistent with the implications of the physics educational research, which guided the development of this course. The third goal is designing and practicing the laboratory work that is in line with the inquiry laboratory experiments/questions that comprise 25% of the time to be spent in the course. The fourth goal is to spend some time with the special topics related to the revamped course. At the completion of the week, you should have a very good idea of what you should be doing daily to best prepare your students for the exam in May.


Thomas Hoch

Thomas Hoch

Thomas Hoch has taught all levels of physics for the past 22 years in New Castle County DE; first at Archmere Academy, and currently at the Tower Hill School where he is the chair of the science department.  Tom has presented about 50 of these week-long AP summer institutes starting in the summer of 1999. He has also been a reader for the AP Physics exam and has been trained in the teaching of the AP Physics I and II courses as well as the teaching of critical thinking in physics.