Physics 2: Algebra-Based – APSI In-Person

AP 594.400 Joe Mancino

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This 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. In addition, it is designed to help teachers build a foundation for a successful AP Physics program. Participants will focus on teaching the AP Physics 2 course that began in the 2014-2015 school year and preparing their students for the exam. 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 is taught but also changes how it is taught. 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. This course will include optional information evening sessions during which participants will work on the “homework,” a selection of questions from the AP Physics 2 exam. 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.

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Joe Mancino

Joe Mancino

Joe Mancino has been teaching all levels of Physics in central Connecticut since 2005 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, question leader, and writer for the AP Physics exams since 2014. Joe has worked with new Physics teachers around the globe as a consultant for the College Board. Currently, he serves as the “lead consultant” for AP Physics 1 and the “lead teacher” for AP Physics 2. Recently, he co-authored the updated student guide to accompany the Serway and Vuille text. On Saturdays, he presents Physics sessions throughout Massachusetts with Mass Insight. He also has served as a mentor teacher for several first- and second-year teachers as well as cooperating teachers for several student teachers. Currently, Joe is the high school co-chair of the AP Physics 1 test development committee, a small team that develops the free response questions AP Physics 1 test.