Advanced Physics is a class taught by Maureen Chase. It is a rigorous course that teaches content sufficient for AP Physics exams. I already had some basic physics knowledge before I took this course, so this course helped me to further expand that knowledge. The curriculum also utilizes some calculus concepts. Though my knowledge in calculus was minimal when I started going to Mass Academy, this course provides enough information to apply those concepts in a Physics context.

Momentum Investigations

This is an in-class project that I worked on with Anya Kelley, Jaylin Li, and Joseph Yu. The goal of this project was to understand how the momentum of objects are affected by factors like velocity and mass. We used our prior knowledge of the subject we learned in class and applied it to hands-on experimentation using two carts with built in motion sensors. We were also given the opportunity to learn more about the features in Vernier Graphical Analysis®.

Dynamics Lab

For this project, we were required to make an experiment that tested a hypothesis related to dynamics in a group and then individually create an info sheet showing the steps and conclusions from that experiment. My group, which included Amy Chen, Emily Wang, and me, decided to find if the friction on an object changed depending on the angle of the surface it is sliding on. We found that the coefficient of friction between the block and the board didn't change. However, the larger the angle of the board, the lower the frictional force of the block. One challenge I came across while trying to present this information was keeping all of it contained within one page. The opportunity to create our own experiment based on the course content was a nice change of pace.

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