AP Physics C: Mechanics and E&M (combined)


Lead Consultant
Marc Reif teaches science at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has been teaching AP Physics since 1998 and has presented more than 50 AP and Pre-AP Science workshops in the United States and abroad. Mr. Reif is a member of the AP Physics 2 Outside Working Group, and an Outside Item Writer for AP Physics C. He authored the AP Physics 2 Curriculum Module on Capacitance and has contributed to other AP Physics
publications. He is a past chair of the SAT Physics Subject Test Development Committee and a past member of the College Board Science Academic Advisory Committee. Mr. Reif was a reader for the AP Physics exam from 2002 through 2007. He is the current Vice President of Northwest Arkansas STEM, a grassroots professional development effort. In 2002-2003 he worked with Physics Professors at the University of Arkansas reforming physics and education courses as PhysTEC Physics Teacher in Residence. He served as PhysTEC Visiting Master Teacher from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Reif has presented at national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers and Teachers Teaching with Technology. In 2016 he was named the recipient of the College Board Southwest Region AP Award. He holds an MAT in science from the University of North Carolina and renewed his National Board Certification in Teaching Science in 2015.

Calculus-based AP Physics C is a demanding course for teachers and students. Physics at this level requires both conceptual understanding and mathematical dexterity. This institute is designed to help prepare new teachers and to provide additional resources for experienced Physics C teachers. The content coverage is flexible according to participant
need with emphasis on topics which are more difficult to teach and more challenging for the students to learn.  This will likely include in mechanics: rotation (rotational inertia, torque, angular momentum, etc.), gravitation, and oscillation, and in E & M: Gauss’s Law, Ampere’s Law, Biot-Savart Law, and Induction. The consultant will share an extensive set of AP
problems, quizzes, tests, labs, and other materials.

Participants will
* learn content with an emphasis on what is difficult for students
* learn to use the new Course and Exam Descriptions, AP Classroom, and other College Board resources
* become familiar with College Board expectations of students and teachers
* author their own AP-style questions and rubrics
* practice a set of guided inquiry labs (including low-tech options, labs for rotation, and “new” labs for students who already had AP Physics 1)
* investigate teaching resources developed from Physics Education Research
* work collaboratively to share and practice strategies that maximize student understanding
Additional topics will include the following:
* Developing your own pacing guide
* Working with calculus learners
* Writing and submitting a syllabus and pacing guide
* Building enrollment; matching students with AP courses
* Homework for maximum learning and minimum grading
* Modifying existing materials to fit the new curriculum framework
* Teaching students to think and write conceptually in order to use math correctly
* Technology for labs and beyond
What participants should bring:
* Laptop (useful for creating content and viewing AP problems)
* USB or other external drive (useful for exchanging files)
* Graphing calculator (optional)
* Labs, demonstrations, or teaching tips to share (optional)