Modeling A Physical Pendulum – Another Adventure in Coding Nature

Rotational Dynamics Are Difficult to Learn… and to Teach One of the most difficult units for AP Physics students is rotational mechanics. It can also be one of the hardest to teach. With that said, I really like rotational mechanics, but I want my students to enjoy it more. I want them not be beContinue reading “Modeling A Physical Pendulum – Another Adventure in Coding Nature”

Computational Deployment: Simulating A Rocket

The model rocket project has long been a favorite at the Academy. For the past fifteen years, students have designed, fabricated and then launched model rockets as the first project of the program. Over the years, I have tweaked the project several times, each time finding new ways to introduce authentic analysis in the process.Continue reading “Computational Deployment: Simulating A Rocket”

Simulating Circular Motion: An Inquiry Approach

This semester I have been very busy working on a new approach to teaching Physics. This has actually been part of an effort that has spanned more than three years, but this year I have really embraced this change and I have much to share. This post is a preview of many to come. IContinue reading “Simulating Circular Motion: An Inquiry Approach”

Recruiting the Girls.

This post was written by Johnie Lee Fain, a recent graduate of San Rafael High School and the Academy. She is currently planning on studying computer science at Villanova University   I spent three years of my high school career in the engineering lab, and at most, there were six other girls beside me. AsContinue reading “Recruiting the Girls.”

Helping Students Create Their Own Mini Universes

For the past year, I have been helping a small software development team, headed up by my friend Winston Wolff,┬áin the creation of a web based physics simulation tool. In this blog post, I am going to describe: Why we started this effort, What we hope to achieve, How far we have currently progressed towardsContinue reading “Helping Students Create Their Own Mini Universes”