Teacher communities and teacher websites


AP Physics 1 sample FRQs from the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL)
AP Physics 2 sample FRQs from the NJCTL
AP Physics C Mechanics materials (sample problems in topic folders) from the NJCTL
AP Physics C E&M materials (sample problems in topic folders) from the NJCTL

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
AAPT Physics Education Research Topical Group (PERTG)

PrettyGoodPhysics is a wiki that physics educators use to share teaching materials and links.

AP Teacher Community: AP Physics

Dolores Gende is an AP Physics 1 teacher at the Pine Crest School and co-chair of the AP Physics 1 Test Development Committee. She maintains an index of physics teaching resources.


Algebra-based physics: Practice problems

Jacobs, Greg. 5 steps to a 5 AP Physics 1: Algebra-based 2018 Elite Student Edition was written by a teacher who took effort to make practice problems that are similar to and/or helpful for preparing for the AP Physics 1 exam. There are commercial test preparation companies that merely repackaged old AP Physics B test preparation books. Using only problems from AP Physics B preparation books does not provide good preparation for the AP Physics 1 exam.

ISBN-13: 978-1259863356
ISBN-10: 1259863352

Hiegglke, Curtis J.; Maloney, David P.; and Kanim, Steven. Newtonian Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research: nTIPERs
Unfortunately, this text is sufficiently new that used copies are not significantly less expensive than new copies.

ISBN-13: 978-0321753755
ISBN-10: 0321753755

Algebra-based physics: Textbook

Etkina, Eugenia; Gentile, Michael; and van Heuvelen, Alan. College Physics 1st ed.
This is the book on the sample reading list for the introductory algebra-based physics course at Princeton University.

ISBN-13: 978-0321715357
ISBN-10: 0321715357
If you have a working account on Amazon India, get the Kindle ebook using through Amazon India because it is ₹ 558.00 = $8.72, far far less expensive than the $175.99 for the Kindle eBook from the American version of Amazon, at least as of 2017 August 27. I cannot find a low-price hardcopy international edition of this textbook, which was published 2013 July 2. Perhaps the United States Supreme Court decision in re: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2013 March 19 explains why.
If you are neighbors with classmates in AP Physics 1, you might consider buying 1 used copy of this textbook to keep at someone's house to be read together by 2-3 people at a time. While inconvenient to schedule, reading a textbook together provides an opportunity to discuss the textbook with classmates. Becoming willing to share a textbook, rather than buying one copy for every student, increases the price elasticity of demand. (Kindle eBook ₹ 558.00 = $8.72 as of 2017 August 27) (Kindle eBook $175.99 as of 2017 August 27)

Calculus-based physics: Textbooks

Young, Hugh D.; Freedman, Roger A.; Sandin, T.R.; and Ford, A. Lewis.Sears and Zemansky's University Physics
Used 10th edition is less expensive than the latest version.

ISBN-13: 978-0201603224
ISBN-10: 0201603225

Halliday, David; Resnick, Robert; and Walker, Jearl. Fundamentals of Physics
Used 7th edition is much less expensive than recent versions (make sure you have the extended edition; sometimes people sell used copies of versions that do not include all chapters):

ISBN-13: 978-0471232315
ISBN-10: 0471232319

Practice exams


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Equipment for teleteaching


Logitech Webcam c930e (Recommended)
I mount this camera on a tripod facing my desk so that students can read my handwritten notes when I teach. I have been using this camera with Skype on Windows 7 and Windows 10. I checked on 2017 July 29 that this camera works on a Mac.

Image: EquationsLogitechc930e-HD.png Sample of image taken with Logitech Webcam c930e connected to a MacBook Air (mounted on tripod approximately 1 foot above document).

Logitech Webcam c510 (Acceptable)
I tested and confirmed on 2017 July 29 that this camera also works on Macs. Its field of view is narrower, so it needs to be held about 2 feet above a piece of paper. Unfortunately, this camera does not have a tripod screw mount hole, so you will need to tape it in place.

Image: EquationsLogitechc510-HD.png Sample of image taken with Logitech Webcam c510 connected to a MacBook Air (camera held by hand approximately 2 feet above document).

Webcam Settings App
If you are unable to access detailed webcam settings on your Mac (e.g. unable to fix the focus to prevent annoying blurring), purchase this App from the Mac App store.

Webcam mounting

RØDE PSA1 (Recommended, but more expensive)
You can use this boom to mount your webcam at easily adjustable positions above your desktop work area. Note RØDE's warning regarding purchasing from third-party retailers via "Fulfilled by Amazon." One of the recommended resellers listed on RØDE's website is B&H Photo.

Pergear Swivel mount
If you buy the boom, you need to buy this swivel mount to connect the camera to the boom.

RetiCAM MT-01 tripod (Acceptable)
Use the orientation shift demonstrated at 1m40s in this YouTube review and open the base of the webcam so that the camera faces your work area.