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Raise the Bar …. They C an Reach It. Willis Shanor Physics/Pre-Engineering Instructor. Canadian Valley Program. Juniors General physics – mechanics and E & M Pre-engineering Introduction to Engineering Design Principles of Engineering Pre-Calculus Trig and functions

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raise the bar they c an reach it

Raise the Bar …. They Can Reach It

Willis Shanor

Physics/Pre-Engineering Instructor

canadian valley program
Canadian Valley Program
  • Juniors
    • General physics – mechanics and E & M
    • Pre-engineering
      • Introduction to Engineering Design
      • Principles of Engineering
    • Pre-Calculus
      • Trig and functions
      • Start calculus after spring break
    • Requirements
      • 70% on Plan test in math and science
      • A’s and B’s in math/science courses
      • Algebra 2 (use E2020 over summer if needed)
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Canadian Valley Program
  • Seniors
    • Calculus BC
      • Review derivatives
      • Finish material around spring break
    • Pre-Engineering
      • Digital Electronics
      • Engineering Design
    • Physics-C
      • Mechanics
      • E lectricity and Magnetism
what we expect
What We Expect
  • College level courses
  • Teach to the rigor of a college course
    • Push the students to change their mindset from high school to college
    • Hard work is required to be successful
  • Goal: Prepare them to be successful in college
    • Whether they take AP tests or not
ap summer institutes
AP Summer Institutes
  • Taught by your peers
    • 4 days long; subject experts; OK currently covers costs
  • Always learn something new
    • Provide ideas on teaching difficult topics
    • Answer your questions
  • Cover characteristics of AP tests
  • Exchange of ideas with fellow teachers
  • Provide books, handouts, and other resources
my approach
My Approach
  • Smart board lectures interspersed with problems
    • Work problems as examples
  • Tests are AP type multiple choice and free response
    • Grade on AP scale (rule of eighths)
    • Use outside sources
  • Fall final: timed, old AP test
    • “4” automatic A for semester
  • Use old multiple choice tests as packets
  • Review two weeks prior to AP Physics test
mix with fun
Mix with Fun
  • 2-liter, water bottle rockets
    • Lab: juniors – loss of energy; seniors – find the drag coefficient
    • Use Autodesk Inventor to design and 3-d print nose cone
    • Competition: keep airborne for 15 seconds and beat my time
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Mix with Fun
  • Competitive labs
    • Projectile launchers
      • Juniors – launcher mounted on table, determine landing spot
      • Seniors – determine launch angle and hit moving target
  • Participate in Vex Robotics
    • Last year each class formed a team
    • Require them to go through engineering design process
results
Results
  • Calculus BC – 92% (out of 50)
  • Physics C
    • Mechanics – 85% (out of 48)
    • E & M – 70% (out of 27)