Physics 2: Algebra-Based – APSI Online

AP 594.200 Joe Mancino

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This online course is designed to maximize the learner experience, providing relevant AP content and pedagogy through meaningful engagement – all focused on best practices for preparing your AP students for success. It is designed to help teachers build a foundation for a successful AP Physics program. We will focus on teaching the AP Physics 2 course that began in the 2014-2015 school year and preparing students for the test. The first goal involves using the Curriculum Framework which pairs essential knowledge with the fundamental scientific reasoning skills necessary for scientific inquiry. The Curriculum Framework provides detailed information concerning what a student should know and what they are expected to do on the AP Physics 2 Exam. A significant amount of time will be spent considering how the new course does not just change what we teach but also changes how we teach. Other focus areas of this course include preparing a new syllabus for AP Physics 2 and organizing the inquiry laboratory experiments/questions that comprise 25% of the time to be spent in the new course. Special topics related to the revamped course—pV diagrams and probability, entropy, electrical circuits with capacitors at steady state and topics in Modern Physics—will be addressed as well. Copies of the CED may be downloaded from the College Board website prior to the course. Participants will be invited to share their best activities, lessons, or labs with the group.


Joe Mancino

Joe Mancino

Joe Mancino has been teaching all levels of Physics in central Connecticut for 14 years and has taught graduate courses for pre-service science teachers with the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education. He has served as a reader, table leader, and writer for the AP Physics exams since 2014. Recently, he co-authored the updated student guide to accompany the Serway and Vuille text. Joe has worked with new Physics teachers around the globe as a consultant for the College Board. On Saturdays, he presents Physics sessions throughout Massachusetts with Mass Insight. He has also served as a mentor teacher for several first- and second-year teachers as well as cooperating teacher for several student teachers. Currently, Joe is a member of the AP Physics 1 test development committee, a small team that develops the free response questions AP Physics 1 test.