Monday, January 19, 2015

Did the sands of AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 just shift again?

UPDATE: I've been told that the my interpretation is mistaken (which happens only on days that end in a "y"). The equation sheets posted on the page linked to below are the real and true 2015 equation sheets of record. The course description documents that include a previous version of these sheets need to be updated with the revised equation sheets, and it's that that will not occur until April.

AP Physics 1 and 2 teachers, I trust you all knew the newly-released equation tables were undergoing revision.

The College Board's statement regarding the equation tables

Revisions to the AP Physics 1 and 2 Equation Tables
The AP Physics 1 and 2 equation tables – previously published in the course and exam description, curriculum modules, and practice exams – are being revised to provide complete definitions of symbols. Updated versions of those documents will be available by April 2015. [Emphasis mine] In the meantime, please disregard the equation tables in the current versions of these publications. Instead, refer to these new, revised equation tables and share them with your students…"

I recently turned 50, so I realize that my recollection that the release of the revised tables was set for February 2015 could be in error.

But the College Board exhausted my patience when it repeatedly set and then pushed back the publication of the redesigned AP1 and AP2 course descriptions, starting in 2008.

Like I said, it could be my own memory at fault here.

If they set a February date for the new equation tables and then moved it back to April, who among us would be surprised?

If they did retreat from their own deadline on the equation tables, I'm guessing they didn't push back the deadline for classroom teachers to submit course syllabi for the AP course audit. You know the one: where you spell out in great detail the minutia of these courses that you've never taught based on a 230-page course description only recently made public, so as to show that you've turned on a dime from the old vision to the new vision. You had the summer to retool, redesign, and re-imagine.

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