District to review physics materials

 

May 5, 2014

 

Contact: Kathryn Kurtz
STEM Curriculum Coordinator
Phone: (907) 742-4856
Email: Kurtz_kathryn@asdk12.org
Web: www.asdk12.org/STEM

 

District to review physics materials

Public review and input is welcome

 

The Anchorage School District is in the process of reviewing its Advanced Placement (AP) physics materials, including AP Physics B and C courses.

 

Following a decision made by the national College Board, the organization that oversees the Advanced Placement program, AP Physics B will be replaced with AP Physics 1 and 2. The two new courses are both year-long courses taught with algebra-based math. The new courses will slow down the pace of the current curriculum and add depth to course areas. AP Physics 1 and 2 may count as a semester of college work. The last review of this level of physics curriculum was more than 10 years ago.

 

AP Physics C is a calculus-based physics courses focusing on mechanics. To date, the district has not adopted books for this course.

 

The public is encouraged to take part in the review process and provide input during the following open house opportunities at the ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd.

  • Tuesday, May 13, noon-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

The materials selected by the district will be used beginning next school year.


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