Background
Information
The
final exam for SLC Physics will be held held the week of June 8. The
exam will be a 90minute exam covering all topics learned during the
second semester. The exam will start the moment the bell rings and
be collected the moment the exam period ends; extra time will not
be alloted. If there are special circumstances that require that you
need additional time, then see Mr. Henderson privately before
the
day of the exam to discuss arrangements.
Most questions are multiplechoice; there are a few
problemsolving questions. Many of the multiple choice questions
include up to 10 possible choices  from
a through e
and such choices as ab,
ac, ad,
etc. Planning to guess on questions is unlikely to be a wise
alternative to planning to prepare. The MC answers will be placed on
aa GradeMaster form; the solutions to the problems will of course be
worked out on a separate sheet of paper. Each block will
have a separate form of the exam with nearly identical or at least
very similar questions. The exam is not likely to be curved or curved a lot; it would
not be surprising if there are some perfect scores. Your exam score
will comprise 20% of your semester grade in SLC Physics as per school
policy.
Contents of Exam
There are ~75 questions on the final exam. The questions are spread across our three secondsemester units:
Unit/Topic

Approx.
# of MC Qs

Unit 4: Newtonian Model of Motoin:
 Newton's first law  concept of inertia; relationship
to mass
 Newton's second law  factors affecting acceleration;
meaning of net force; simple computations
 Newton's third law  actionreaction; identifying
force pairs in an interaction
 Freebody diagrams and analysis  computing
acceleration from known force values or determining an individual force
value from a known acceleration
 Combining a = F_{net}/m with
kinematics
 Friction  static vs. kinetic; coefficient of
friction; equation; determining F_{frict}
 Air resistance, teminal velocity
 Equilibrium  definition/concept; analyzing static
situations (e.g., hanging signs)
 Dynamic situations with forces at angles; SOH CAH TOA
and a = F_{net}/m
 Inclined plane problems  resolution of force of
gravity; conceptual understanding; computations; analyzing to determine
the acceleration
 Twobody problems  system analysis to determine
acceleration; individual analysis to determine tension force or other
forces
 Uniform circular motion  conceptual understanding of
vector quantities  v, a, and F_{net}; importance
of inertia in understanding the sensation of an outward pull
(careful); centripetal force
 Simple computations of quantities such as v, a, F_{net},
T, etc.
 Mathematical analysis of physical situations
involving motion in circles; use of a = F_{net}/m
and freebody diagrams to solve problems

~24 Qs

Unit 5: Field Model of Forces:
 Charge interactions between like and
oppositecharges, etc.
 Conductors vs. insulators
 Methods of charging objects  friction, conduction
(contact) and induction
 Grounding
 Polarization
 Electric force and Coulomb's law calculations
 Electric field  definition/concept, equation, units,
simple computations
 Electric field lines
 Newton's law of universal gravitation  universal
nature of gravity; conceptual understanding of the mdF relationships;
simple computations
 Satellite motion  variables effecting T, v, a, Fnet;
role of gravity
 Kepler's laws and their use to describe planets and
other satellites
 Weightlessness  conceptual understanding of the
cause of this sensation

~18 Qs

Unit 6: Conservation Laws:
 Work  definition, equation, units, simple
computations
 Power  definition, equation, units, simple
computations
 Potential energy  definition, equation, units,
simple computations
 Kinetic energy  definition, equation, units, simple
computations
 Workenergy relationship; conservative vs.
nonconservative forces; workenergy equation and its use in solving
problems
 Workenergy bar charts
 Conservation of energy  equation, concepts, use as a tool of predicting information about speed or height or distance
 Roller coasters: energy analysis, force analysis, # of Gs
 Momentum  definition, equation, units, simple
computations
 Impulse  definition, equation, units, simple
computations; relationship to momentum change
 Newton's third law  relationship to collisions
 Momentum conservation; isolated systems; use of p
conservation in analysis of collisions; problemsolving
 Elastic collisions vs. inelastic collisions; relationship to KE
 Twodimensional collisions; vector/mathematical
analysis

~23 Qs

Science Reasoning:
This includes specific passagebased questions as well as questions
that are sprinkled throughout the test in which science reasoning (and
not memorized information) is
used to answer the question. This isn't really something you can do
lastminute cramming for. This is something we've done all year anytime
we do a lab, collect lab data, and postlab/analyze the results.
 Interpolating and extrapolating from data and graphs
 Identifying conclusions that are consistent with presented data
 Identifying simple and complex relationships from presented data
 Combining info from two or more data presentations (graph, data table, diagram)
 Using a simple or complex relationship to make a prediction
 Predicting the result of an additional trial in an experiment
 Analyzing an experiment to identify the dependent and independent variables, the assumptions, and the error involved
 Extending the conclusions of an experiment in order to make a prediction regarding a new situation
 Etc.
 Etc.
 ~10 Qs

Regarding the multiple choice questions:
Very few of the questions require the use of a calculator.
Most
questions can be answered quickly. A few questions involve indepth
analysis. Several questions involve reading a short passage and using
information in the passage, in a data table or on a graph to answer the
question. Some multiple choice questions are quantitative as opposed to
conceptual; very few of these (maybe 10) would require a calculator. Most
calculations are straightforward. Many quantitative questions are
accompanied
by a diagram  e.g., a resonance pattern or a velocitytime graph 
which forms the basis of the computation. Expect the overall majority
of multiple choice questions to be purely conceptual or processbased
(using some reasoning).
Regarding The Short Problem Section
All multiple choice questions are worth 1 point. There are 8 short
problems at the end of the test; each are worth 2 points. The
problems are not horendous, multistep problems. There will be very
few 4, 5, ... or 8step problems. Manage your time. Do not blow 510 minutes trying to
solve a single question at the expense of not getting to other questions. If such a question is that
difficult for you, then count it as a loss and
continue on
with those questions that you do know; return to the troublesome
questions after completing the rest of the test.
Provided Physics Formulas
The following math equations will be provided on the test. You
will be responsible for knowing the meaning of the symbols.
d = [(v_{i} + v_{f})
/ 2] • t

d = v_{i} • t + 0.5 • a • t^{2}

v_{f} = v_{i}
+ a • t

v_{f}^{2} =
v_{i }^{2} + 2 • a • d

F_{net} = m • a

F_{grav} = m • g

F_{frict} = mu • F_{norm}

SOH CAH TOA

a = v^{2}/R

F_{grav} = G • M_{1}
• M_{2} / d^{2}

G = 6.67 • 10^{11} N•m^{2}/kg^{2}

g = G • M / R^{2}

v = SQRT (G • M / R)

T^{2}/R^{3}
= k

F_{elect} = k • Q_{1}
• Q_{2} / d^{2}

k = 9.0 • 10^{9} N•m^{2}/C^{2}

E = F / q

E = k • Q / d^{2}

Q_{electron} = 1.6 • 10^{19}
C

F_{parallel} = m • g • sine(theta)

F_{perp} = m • g • cosine(theta)

SOH CAH TOA

PE = m • g • h

KE = 0.5 • m • v^{2}

W = F • d • cos(Theta)

P = W / t

KE_{i} + PE_{i}
+ W_{nc} = KE_{f} + PE_{f}

F • t = m • (∆v)

p = m • v

Q_{electron} = 1.6 • 10^{19}
C

How to Prepare
There are numerous ways to prepare for the test. The best ways
are
those that help you learn the material. This will be different for
different learners with different learning styles. The main thing is
to devote some time to the preparation process. There are numerous
preparation tasks which can be done that should help. The following
provides such ideas:
 Use the Unit Review sheets from The
Review Session for each of the three units which we have
completed.
 Review old quizzes (but do note that there are many topics
on the final exam which were not on quizzes).
 Use The
Physics Classroom or the Multimedia Physics Studios
to review topics which you have difficulty with or merely need to
review.
 Utilize Minds
On Physics to help prepare. Try any module you wish; there is
no need to collect codes.
 Review concept sheets from the packet.
 Review sections of your "book" and use the Reading Guides
from WebAssign to assist in your review.
 Review the major types of calculations that are performed
with the equations listed above.
 Consider getting a good night's sleep on the evening before
the exam; this may mean that you will have begin preparations several
days in advance.
