APSI: AP Physics C: Mechanics for New Teachers, Week 3

This institute is designed for teachers new to the AP Physics C course with three years or less experience teaching the curriculum.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Participants at this summer institute will focus their efforts on understanding the forms of response students are expected to provide on both Free Response questions and Multiple-Choice questions. Additional work will allow participants to develop a sense of the scope of the C-Mechanics course and develop and use basic mechanics lab exercises both in the classroom and using simulation websites. If time and participant interest allow, some work will be done comparing Phys C-Mechanics with AP Physics 1 and extending C:M to the AP Physics C-Electricity & Magnetism course as well. A comprehensive set of ancillary resources will be shared with all participants that will include editable versions of all released free response questions from 1976 through 2013 as well as the complete multiple-choice tests from 1984, 88, 93, 98, 2004, and 09 for both Physics B and C. Practice Exams from 2014 for AP Physics 1 and 2 will also be available.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42810 Jeff Funkhouser On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Jeff Funkhouser
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 31, 2018

Instructor: Jeff Funkhouser

Lead Consultant

Jeff Funkhouser has been teaching Pre-AP and AP physics for more than a quarter century in the North Texas area. He currently serves as the upper school science chair at Greenhill School in Addison, TX. He has worked as exam leader, question leader, table leader, and reader at the annual AP Physics Reading each summer since 2002. Jeff was a member of the AP Physics B test development committee from 2009 – 2013 including serving as the co-chair of that committee during the last three years of its existence. While performing consulting duties he has delivered workshop sessions, full-day training events, and week-long summer institutes throughout the country and overseas in the areas of AP Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C, and Physics B. Jeff began mentoring new AP Physics consultants in 2013 and has overseen the induction of four new consultants since that time. 

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 31, 2018

End Date: Aug. 03, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $605 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $555 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $655 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • Free response question style, responses and rubric-based scoring
  • Baseline lab skills and developing lab experiences
  • Key-concept development in physics coverd by the C-Mechanics exam
  • Laptop with LoggerPro by Vernier Software installed
    • 30-day trial version is available to download
  • Graphing calculator
    • TI-84 style will be used by the instructor