Title Page and
Acknowledgements
Table
of Contents and Note to Students
Chapter 1 What Do You Know About Your World?
Chapter
2
 Cosmology
Chapter
3
 Math Review
.....Solutions
to Ch 3 Problems
Chapter 4
 Kinematics
.....Solutions
to Ch 4 Problems
Chapter 5  Newton's
Laws
.....Solutions
to Ch 5 Problems
Chapter 6  Energy
.....Solutions
to Ch 6 Problems
Chapter
7 Momentum
.....Solutions
to Ch 7 Problems
Chapter
8  Rotational Motion
.....Solutions
to Ch 8 Problems
Chapter
9  Vibratory Motion
.....Solutions
to Ch 9 Problems
Chapter 10  Wave Motion
.....Solutions
to Ch 10 Problems
Chapter 11  Relativity
Second Semester Preamble and First Day
Nutshell
Chapter
12  Electric and Potential Fields
.....Solutions
to Ch 12 Problems
Chapter 13  AC/DC Circuits
.....Solutions
to Ch 13 Problems
Chapter
14  Capacitors
.....Solutions
to Ch 14 Problems
Chapter 15  SemiConductoring
Devices
.....Solutions
to Ch 15 Problems
Chapter 16  Magnetic
Fields
.....Solutions
to Ch 16 Problems
Chapter
17  Magnetic Induction
.....Solutions
to Ch 17 Problems
Chapter 18  Radios
.....Solutions
to Ch 18 Problems
Index

In a standard Advanced Placement course
covering Classical Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, the emphasis is generally
on the theoretical side of the physics involved. For instance,
the idea that an electric field is a modified force field is presented in the
beginning, then two long chapters are devoted to deriving mathematical
functions that define the electric fields due to various charge
configurations (e.g.., a charged ball, a charged rod, a sheet of
charge, etc.). There are very specific mathematical techniques
for doing these kinds of operations, many of which are covered within
the AP curriculum.
Having contact with this kind of math is a
good thing, especially if a student is interested in going on into
physics or engineerring in college.
Unfortunately, there are two problems with the
E&M part of the Advanced Placement curriculum.
First, the mathematical techniques presented
are limited in the sense that they can really only be used in
relatively simple, ideal situations. Indeed, they embody the
first
steps in understanding more complex, more sophisticated approaches, but
in and of themselves they are not very useful to anyone who intends
never again to look at another physics book in his or her
lifetime.
Second, these techniques are often more than
challenging
to deal with during the second semester of one's senior year. You
can't go to sleep for a few days in an AP level E&M class and have
much chance of ever catching up. If you aren't being
conscientious, a class like this can ruin the end of your high school
stay.
So what's happening with the Honors course?
Contrary to the hopes and dreams of many, the
course about which the Honor's Physics book is wrapped is not designed
to get students out of doing work during the second semester of
their senior year. It will, to some degree, diminish the
sometimes mind numbing mathematics students run into during the second
semester of an AP course, but students will still be responsible for
understanding the basic mathematics associated with E&M. They
will also be responsible for understanding the concepts associated with
those topics.
What should make the class fun, though, is that students
will be expected to learn how to deal with electricity and magnetism in a
handson way. They will have the thrill of tearing apart stuff
(VCR's, etc.), then using
the resulting bits and pieces to build other things like a motor
and a simple, solar robot . . . all the while being expected to
understand how and why everything actually works.
In short, if you are about to follow this
curriculum, buckle up.
This should be fun, though certainly not trivial.
A NOTE TO HOMESCHOOLERS
