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http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/acceleration.htm

This is an interactive applet that allows the student or teacher to change the velocity and acceleration of a car.  There is a graphical representation of the car and the velocity vector as it moves across the top of the screen.  On the bottom are three graphs that show the distance v time, the velocity v time, and the acceleration v time.  I wish I had found this a month ago, it would have been helpful explaining these principles.

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Cherilyn from Colorado told me about a site of lesson plans and lots of downloadable materials authored by Deborah Carder of Arkansas.  Cherilyn has been using this site as a guide for her first year of teaching physics.  I can see why, it’s loaded with great ideas. Deborah has the entire year mapped out from the first to last day of school.  Included as downloadable files are worksheets, lab files and Powerpoint files.

I plan on downloading every single file and going through it with the intent to steal it all.  Before you think poorly of me, Deborah gave me permission to use as much as I like on this site.  I’m an honest thief, I will certainly credit her for all of her hard work.

Thanks to Cherilyn and Deborah.


What’s New in 2013/2014?

Every year brings a change, this one is no exception.

I will be picking up the sophomore honors Algebra II class to keep them separate from the juniors. This should help accelerate them and put them on a stronger track towards Calculus. Looks like there will be only one section each of Physics and Calculus, but still two of Robotics & Engineering.

Hot topics this year are going to be the Common-Core Standards, Standards-Based Grading (SBG), improving AP Calculus scores, and somehow adding Python, maybe as a club.

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