AP® Physics 2

The AP Physics Institute is designed to help teachers build the foundation for a successful AP Physics program. Emphasis will be placed on the rigor of the material that students need to be successful with on the AP Physics exam. A significant amount of time will be spent addressing how AP Physics is a change in not just what we teach, but how we teach.  Laboratory investigations will be incorporated throughout the workshop, with special emphasis on transitioning your laboratory into a student-inquiry based program.  We will also focus on the exam and how best to prepare your students for it.  We will review the requirements for the course audit and the syllabus requirements.  Time will be allowed for best practices and for sharing ideas as a group.  I am excited to both share my ideas and learn from you!

The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:

  • Understand or know how to find the content that is covered in the curriculum, the associated science practices, the format of the exam and the kinds of questions students will be expected to answer.
  • Design and deliver effective inquiry-based lessons and lab activities.
  • Write assessment items that align with the curriculum framework and prepare students for the exam.
  • Expand the reach of your AP Physics program through the use of inquiry, science practices and real-world problems.

Participants should bring the following:

What to bring:

  • Please bring copies of your favorite activity, lesson or lab to share with the group
  • Also, please bring a laptop or tablet to access online resources and complete online activities
  • Bring your syllabus so we can plan for the year.

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

Day 1

AM1       Introductions/ Agenda/MC test
AM2       CED/Pacing/Audit
PM1       Experimental Design Lab/Lab Presentations
PM2       Reading/Experimental Design FRQ

Day 2

AM1       Inquiry/Applet Investigations
AM2       TIPERs
PM1       Paragraph Length FRQ’s
PM2       Lab Reports/Challenge Labs

Day 3

AM1      Equity/AP Potential/ Success Strategies /Recruitment
AM2       Item Writing Workshop
PM1       Qualitative Quantitative Translation FRQ’s
PM2       AP Lab Manual and Hands-on Lab time

Day 4

AM1       Direct Measurement Videos
AM2       Science Practices/Labs by Units
PM1       Best Practices from Participants
PM2       Technology/Online Resources/Probeware


Oather Strawderman Oather Strawderman has taught Physics in Lawrence Kansas for the past 21 years.  He currently serves as the Science Department Chair at Lawrence Free State High School.  His teaching experience includes all forms of AP Physics.  He has worked as a Question Leader, Table Leader and a Reader at the annual AP Physics Reading in June since 2012.  As a result of his experience as a Reader he has spent the last 6 years as an item writer and reviewer for the AP Physics 1, 2 and C exams.   As a College Board endorsed AP Physics International Consultant he has presented daylon