Physics

Physics at MAMS, taught by Mr. Ellis, is a rigorous course designed for students of all skill levels. Through the use of a reverse classroom system, concepts are usually learnt and mastered during homework assignments, and further refined in the classroom through practice problems, where students work together in small groups. This learning is then applied through experimentation and labs, alongside tests built to assess our understanding of each topic. The content taught includes topics from various reaches of physics, including AP Physics 1, and AP Physics C concepts, which students can opt to prepare for in the calculus physics track. Physics is one of the most difficult courses here at MAMS, and is also one of the most rewarding. Scroll down below to see some of my work!

Uber Rocket

The Uber Rocket problem was done at the end of the kinematics unit, and was structured so that a handful of the concepts we learned could be applied at once in a long problem. Organization is key; it is important that Uber problems have a clear diagram, and state all the givens and steps in a logical order, so that it is easy to follow along, and prevents careless errors. Shown below is my solution for the Uber Calculus Rocket Problem.

Uber Pulley

The Uber Pulley problem was done at the end of the forces unit, and was organized just like the Uber Rocket Problem. Not only were concepts related to forces applied, but kinematics were reintroduced as well, showing that the concepts we learnt previously will still be applicable in numerous situations. Shown below is my solution for the Uber Calculus Pulley Problem.

Penny Drop Lab

The Penny Drop Lab was the first proper lab conducted in our Physics class, and involved collecting raw data (from dropping a penny and recording the time it takes to reach the ground), analyzing the data using Microsoft Excel, and writing up our results in a Lab report. Attached below are both my Lab Report, and my raw data.