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2013 June 10

Chapter 23 homework

Although my son has taken both the AP Physics C: E&M exam and the SAT2 Physics exam already, we haven’t finished the Matter and Interactions book yet, so we’ll keep going over the summer to finish off the last 3 chapters (23: Faraday’s Law, 24: Electromagnetic Radiation, 25: Waves and Particles).  He read the chapters before taking the exams but has not done any exercises or labs for them yet.

Chapter 23 includes inductors, so we’ll probably do some inductor labs, looking at current in response to a step change in voltage and perhaps making an LC oscillator.  I have some 220µH inductors, so we should be able to do current changes slow enough to track with the Arduino data logger and make an audio frequency oscillator.  We may try winding our own air-core inductors with different core diameters, and measure the inductance in several ways (say by fitting a time constant to the current change, with a frequency measurement of an LC oscillator, and by nulling a bridge circuit comparing to a known inductance).  We’ll probably also do some sort of eddy current demo (dropping a magnet through a copper tube, for example).

Homework exercises for Chapter 23:  23P29, 23P30, 23P32, 23P34, 23P35, 23P38, 23P40, 23P42, 23P43, 23P45, 23P46, 23P47, 23P51, 23P52.

 

2013 April 23

Chapter 22 homework

We finally finished off Chapter 21 of Matter and Interactions today, about 2 months behind my original schedule, having been repeatedly distracted.  We never did get around to measuring the magnetic field of a coil as a function of distance or current, either, though we’ll probably get back to trying that after the AP exams.

It looks like there is a chance my son will get to take the AP CS and AP Physics C: E&M exams this year, even though my first 5 attempts to find a place for him to take them failed. He needs to take the late exam for AP CS, since it conflicts with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival field trip and no one in the County offers Physics C—my attempts to get one of the high schools to offer the exam (which is at the same time as Physics B) all failed.  His consultant teacher is trying to arrange to be the proctor for him on the late AP CS and the late Physics C: E&M exams (it is now too late to register for the regular exams) through another high school in the same district.  I’m hopeful that she’ll be more successful in moving the bureaucracy than I was as an outsider.

Of course, he’ll probably never get any credit for taking the exams, since many of the schools he is applying to don’t do AP credit anyway, and he’ll have to retake physics at any of the schools he’s likely to choose.  But the exams will help validate that he has done rigorous work in physics, which should help him get into the colleges that would be a good fit for him. The AP CS exam is so low level that all it validates is that one has learned some Java syntax—but it might help with admissions offices also, as most will not be familiar with the new Art of Problem-Solving Java course.

In any case, we have to speed up a bit on the physics, despite the distractions, so here are the problems for Chapter 22 “Patterns of Fields in Space”: 22P15, 22p16, 22p18, 22P22, 22P23, 22P25, 22P29, 22P31, 22P33, 22P37.

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