Welcome to AP Physics
My name is Steven Lingard and this is my fifth year at the Career Center and thirteenth year as a teacher.
I am British national raised in Blackburn, England, before moving here to the US. I moved to the states eleven years ago and have chosen to settle here in Winston Salem with my wife and daughters.
I graduated from Lancaster University with a Physics degree and subsequently obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
In my spare time I enjoy playing English football (soccer), golf, tennis and badminton.
My wife and I enjoy to travel. We have visited many places across America and especially enjoy the opportunity to travel throughout Europe.
There are two Physics courses offered here at the Career Center.
AP Physics B
This is a year round, algebra based course covering Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Fluid Dynamics, Oscillations & Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Atomic and Nuclear Physics. It is algebra based and provides an excellent background to prepare you for a first year Physics class at college. Some colleges will accept your AP credit if you attain a high enough score on the AP Exam in May. Please consult your anticipated college to see if they award credit.
Students must have completed pre-calculus to enter the course.
This is a calculus based course which covers Mechanics in the first semester and Electricity & Magnetism in the second semester. Content is studied at a deeper level than in the AP Physics B course using a more rigorous mathematical approach. This course is intended for those students who wish to study pure Science or an Engineering discipline at college.
Pre-requisites include a prior Physics class and concurrently enrolled in Calculus BC or having completed Calculus BC.
Both courses are taught in the same fashion using a hands on approach to learning. We perform laboratory work on a frequent basis, solve problems on white boards as group activities, work with computer simulations for abstract concepts and continually review question formats similar to those on the AP Exam.
Each course is broken into units of work. At the start of each unit, students will be provided with a schedule outlining assignments, homework, quiz and test dates.
My grading policy is 50% tests, 25% quizzes and 25% laboratory reports. Test corrections can be turned in to boost test scores and my door is always open to help with assignments.
Students will need a binder, composition notebook with graph paper, pens, pencils, whiteboard marker, ruler and graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84)