AP Physics 1 Summer Assignments Instructions

You are registered for Physics AP 1 next school year. You need to complete the following items during the summer. If you need me you can contact me by my cell (828) 989 - 4259, or my school email wayne.hamlin@bcsemail.org

While I have been spending many of the past summers in Raleigh at NC State University and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee, I will frequently be in Asheville when not presenting research or attending a professional development workshop for teaching physics.

1. Purchase the book Schaum's Outlines College Physics 11th edition by Eugene Hecht (ISBN 978-0-07-175487-3). This is the current edition copyright 2012, so do NOT purchase a previous edition, and do NOT purchase the 12th edition which becomes available in November. I purchased my copy from Barnes & Noble through the internet for about ten dollars. This will act as a primary textbook for the class.

2. Each week, you will complete a problem set of around 10 - 20 problems based on their difficulty. These problems are physics related but require no previous knowledge of physics. The purpose of the problem sets is not to teach any physics concepts but to train you in problem solving techniques you will use to learn physics and solve quantitative physics problems. The problems have been taken from two Algebra II/Trigonometry texts from 1962, so they technically will only require knowledge of Algebra II and some basic right triangle trigonometry. Where an understanding of Physics may be necessary or might assist in solving the problem, the explanation will be brief, but found with the problems to help you. In case you wish or need to work ahead with an upcoming vacation scheduled, all problem sets will be online for three weeks prior to their due date. I am attaching the first three weeks problem sets to this document. They are due on specific dates listed in the table below and will be removed from the school web site. You may type or scan your worked out solutions. While I would prefer email correspondance, you must either send your responses via email (wayne.hamlin@bcsemail.org), or snail-mail them to me through the US Postal Service postmarked by the due date for each problem set. Since summer mail to the school is likely to get lost, you may mail solutions to my home address given below:

Wayne Hamlin

33 Winterberry Lane

Candler, NC 28715

The total sum of the problem sets will count as a test grade. Word problems will NOT be graded as simply correct or incorrect, but will be primarily based on the logic you use and show me in your attempt to solve them. Word problems will be graded using the following rubric:


0 No attempt is shown OR due date is missed

1 Solution is attempted but illogical OR correct answer is given, but no work is shown.

2 Logical solution is attempted but no answer is given.

3 Logical solution is attempted but incomplete. Answer is incorrect.

4 Solution is logical but answer is incorrect

5 Solution is logical; answer is correct

Problem Set


Online Dates

Due Date

by Midnight


June 11 - June 17

May 28 - June 17

June 17


June 18 - June 24

June 4 - June 24

June 24


June 25 - July 01

June 11 - July 01

July 01


July 02 - July 08

June 18 - July 08

July 08


July 09 - July 15

June 25 - July 15

July 15


July 16 - July 22

July 02 - July 22

July 22


July 23 - July 29

July 09 - July 29

July 29


July 30 - Aug 05

July 16 - Aug 05

Aug 05


Aug 06 - Aug 12

July 23 - Aug 12

Aug 12


Aug 13 - Aug 19

July 30 - Aug 19

Aug 19


Aug 20 - Aug 26

Aug 06 - Aug 26

Aug 26

(Each problem set should only take 30 min - 1 hour)

3. To make your understanding of physical phenomenon more personal, I suggest you   
           complete the following items this summer:

a. Ride a bicycle on flat land                               b. Ride a bicycle up hill and down hill

c. Walk and run up and down stairs                     d. Ride in a car with cruise control on

e. Ride in a car that is accelerating                       f. Ride in a car that is decelerating

g. Jump on a trampoline                                    h. Slide down a water slide

i. Push a grocery cart                                         j. Pull a grocery cart

k. Ride a carousel or merry go round                   l. Ride a rollercoaster

m. Swim on top of the water                              n. Swim under the water

o. Swim to the bottom of the pool                      p. Float on a raft or tube

q. Bend a hose while water is flowing through      r. Turn a switch on/off

s. Turn up/down the volume on a stereo with       t. Play some musical instruments

                 a knob.                                          v. Look in a mirror at a clothing store

u. Look in a mirror in your home                        x. Look at something half in/half out of

w. Look at yourself in a spoon (front and back) water

y. Test your home fire alarm                              z. Watch Dr. Who

aa. Throw a ball and/or frisbee                         bb. Go waterskiing

cc. Walk around and look in a Radio Shack        dd. Watch a lightning storm

ee. Touch a hot car or walk through hot sand     ff. Drink ice water

gg. Ride an old coal powered train                   hh. Swing from a rope tied to a tree

ii. Watch a sunrise, watch a sunset                    jj. Ride as many rides as you can at an
                                                                              amusement park.
kk. Count the stars.

ll. Look through someone's glasses                 mm. Look for rainbows

nn. Fly a kite                                                  oo. Play with refrigerator magnets

pp. Put Mentos in Diet Coke                             qq. Watch fireworks on the 4th of July

....and when you do this, wonder, how are all these events related to PHYSICS?

The first day for students is Monday, August 28, 2017