AP physics and Modeling Instruction


See also several compilations on AP physics using modeling instruction, at

http://modeling.asu.edu/listserv.html and at http://modeling.asu.edu/listserv1.html

AP syllabi using modeling instruction are at http://modeling.asu.edu/Projects-Resources.html



Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2005

From: Michael Crofton (a lower income public school near Minneapolis MN)

Subject: E&M modeling curriculum

To: Larry Dukerich

Cc: David Hestenes, Jane Jackson

Hello Larry,

I don't know that you need an endorsement for the modeling E&M curriculum, but I will offer one.  As you know I teach the AP C Physics course at my high school and I have some news to relate.  This year for the most part I followed your curriculum and used your conceptual worksheets.  I used Halliday and Resnick as a source for most of the problems and always have.  So this year, the only real difference in how I taught was to introduce the major topics in the "modeling fashion".  It seems to have worked very well. My students' AP E&M scores were the highest ever with four 5s and two 4s.  I can't really say the kids were any better than in the past so until more experience suggests other factors, I'll attribute it to the activities I added from the modeling materials. Thanks!


Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006

From: Brian Martin (Department of Defense high school in Pusan, South Korea)

Subject: Re: ASU Modeling & kids

To: ap-physics@lyris.collegeboard.com, jane.jackson@asu.edu

I've been there for Modeling Physics 1 and 2. No one goes away disappointed. Best science teacher training I have ever gotten. The professional level of trainers; the inquiry methods; integration of MBL; the enthusiastic participants; the well-tested, coherent and usable techniques: all phenomenal! Make the time and go. It will improve your effectiveness in teaching of AP and regular HS Physics whether you are a new or a seasoned teacher.



Subject: re: ASU modeling conference

From: Jon Rockman (Castilleja School, Palo Alto CA)

Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006

Many of the regulars on the ap-physics listserv have taken part in Modeling workshops, whether at ASU or elsewhere. I think most would agree with my statement that it was, without a doubt, the

single greatest professional development experience of my career. I can give you more details if you like, but the bottom line is GO!!!  You will not regret it



Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005

From: Bob Baker (a public school in Sacramento, CA)

Subject: AP Student

Hi Jane,

... the following is a good example of concept retention with modeling instruction.  A student of mine in honors physics during the 2003-2004 school year took the AP Physics B exam this spring almost a year after completing honors physics.  He received a 4 on the exam.  He had no formal review during the year prior to the exam.