Course Title

AP/IB Physics

General Overview

This is an “advanced” physics course for second year students which follows the IB higher level syllabus with consideration for those who choose to take the AP "B" exam. The course will cover the six core topics and two optional topics with major emphasis on use of mathematical analysis and scientific inquiry to explain natural phenomena.

Course Details

The IB curriculum requires 240 clock hours of classroom study including 60 hours of laboratory work. Laboratory work completed in your previous course must be submitted for inclusion, and, obviously, material learned in your previous course is relied upon in this course.

All students must participate in an integrated Group IV Project with other IB students at NA. Ten hours, minimum, are required for the project. Written reports for each laboratory exercise and the Group IV Project must be submitted by each student.

Lab reports will be due one week after the completion of the exercise. Each student is expected to maintain a record of all investigations.

Text/Materials Used

College Physics by Serway, 6th Edition.

Graphing calculator (TI83 plus recommended).

Computer access.

Homework Policy

Homework assignments will be available at Usual assignments include reading (and studying class notes and handouts), solving problems, and answering questions. Homework will be graded on a random basis, and it is expected to be completed prior to the next class meeting.


There are no provisions for “make-up” of quizzes or homework checks and, if you are excused, recorded grades will be averaged in the category. Tests and laboratory work must be “made-up” in accordance with NA policy. Laboratory work after excused absence will be available at 6:45 a.m. on Days 2 and 5. Grades missing due to unexcused absence or work not completed or “made up” on time will be entered as zero points.

Grading Practice and Procedures

The term final grade will be based on five units which will be weighted equally and totaled. One unit for short quizzes (both scheduled and unannounced), one for bi-weekly tests, one for laboratory work, one for class participation (including homework problems which will be checked and, occasionally, graded) and one for a comprehensive term exam. The laboratory grade will be determined from submitted laboratory reports, laboratory notebook checks, and observations of your work during laboratory periods.

Extra help and Opportunities

Dr. Bartol is available for extra help at 7:00 a.m. on days 1, 2, 4, and 5. After school help is available on Days 2 and 5. All in Room 212. Questions may be sent by e-mail to or may be sent by “fax” to 973-729-8214. You may telephone urgent questions to 973-729-6489 at any reasonable hour (between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Eastern time).