Sunday, September 28, 2014

New AP Physics 2 resources on fluids in The Book of Phyz

The Book of Phyz page on fluids has been up for some time:

Book of Phyz: Fluids

Two new "phyzjobs" have been added: "Liquid Pressure" and "Buoyancy Overflow."

And there are fresh links to the full pages for two fluid PhET sims:



I've posted labs to those PhET pages.

Pool Cubes - Density and
Pool Cubes: Buoyancy 

The blogging may run light this year while I try to get AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 launched at Rio Americano. Apologies.

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Book of Phyz online reorganization and upcoming changes

With NGSS, AP Physics 1, and AP Physics 2 coming online, our physics course offerings at Rio Americano are changing. The Book of Phyz is being reorganized to match Rio's courses.

If you're an instructor who's found The Book of Phyz materials to be helpful, they're all still there.

Please start at, then proceed to the curriculum materials via the "Physics," "AP Physics 1," or "AP Physics 2" links.

The documents are organized so that I can make them easily accessible to my currently-enrolled students. That was the point of posting them to in the first place.

I'm planning to phase out the posting of the lab handouts that have been published in Paul Hewitt/Pearson's various Conceptual Physics, Conceptual Physical Science, and Conceptual Integrated Science lab manuals.

The best collection of my labs is the newly published Conceptual Physics 12th edition Hewitt/Baird lab manual, discussed in this post. Hewitt's 12th edition of the college book is the best yet, and the lab manual aligns to it quite nicely. If we were adopting textbooks this year, I would adopt Hewitt's CP12 with the more durable high school (NASTA) binding.