Welcome to Dr. Çakır's Courses

Some of the information provided on these pages, good or bad, is the result of my intellectual efforts (very generous description) if I did not borrow it from elsewhere. Feel free to use and share it as you see fit. However, when credit is due, good or bad, give the credit to whom it belongs. A few examples of my efforts are BBR, the Concise Review, the Concept List, the Guidelines to Chess Improvement, etc. It is cheating/plagiarism only if you claim ownership of what does not belong to you.

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"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." MA (by FT)

 

"Tell me what nothing is, I will tell you what everything is."

 

"What the mob once learned to believe without reasons, who could–refute it with reasons?
… reasons make the mob mistrustful."FN



The pictures on my websites come from National Geographics Magazine (above) and the New York Times Book Review (lightning, storm, rainbow).

Please contact Mesut if you have questions or comments about this site.

My Schedule

 

A-Day B-Day
I AP Physics C/Modern Physics AP Physics C
II AP Physics C/Abstract Algebra AP Physics C
III    
   
IV MC&LA, DE&CA MC&LA, Analysis
     

 

All of my students should feel free to visit me any time during any block. Although I will not always be free to help, there will be times either I or my upper-grade students maybe able to provide assistance to any student who may need it.

 

 

All students must read, understand, and share these expectations with their parents/guardians.
Expectations of students in Çakır's classes.

Parents/Guardians, please read this letter.

Students and Parents/Guardians, please read these lab safety rules and contract. Although not every rule applies in a physics lab, it is important that you be aware of them since they will apply in other science labs, such as chemistry and biology.

Grades: Your grades will be calculated using a point system based on tests, homework, labs, projects, etc.

Make-up Procedures : If you miss a test for any reason (including illness, field trips, or any other reason), there will not be any make-up exam for it. Instead, I will give a cumulative exam (written or oral) towards the end of each marking period to replace one lowest grade including a missed test. Therefore, it is to your benefit not to miss any tests. If you miss more than one test, you must provide a doctor's note to the relevant grade level office to receive an excused absence due to illness. In such cases, I will again use a cumulative exam to replace all such tests.

Assignments/Homework: You are not allowed to turn in late assignments. All assignments for the year are online--check the relevant links below. If you are absent when an assignment is due, turn it in the first day you are back in school.
Lightning

 

IMPORTANT DATES & INFORMATION

Physics Chapter 9 Test is on Monday, 2014.10.20

Physics Chapter 10 Test is on Monday, 2014.10.27

Physics Chapter 11-12 Test is on Monday, 2014.11.03

Mechanics Review November 5-11

AP Mechanics Test November Wednesday, 2014.11.12

MC Cumulative Chapter11-14 on Monday, 2014.10.20/Tuesday, 2014.10.21

END OF YEAR REFLECTIONS

Write three Reflection Letters and email them to me. Your reflection letters will be graded out of 5 points and will receive full credit as long as it meets the criteria below.

Reflection 1: List minimum three things that you would change about the course to improve learning. This reflection must have evidence and must be done analytically and rationally, not emotionally.

Reflection 2: List minimum three things that you would not change about the course because it helps learning. This reflection must have evidence and must be done analytically and rationally, not emotionally.

Reflection 3:What are your overall feelings about the course? This reflection can be rational and/or emotional.

Guidelines to the classroom practices

 

The Pledge of Allegiance Assignment

Self-assessments

BBR

Homework & grading

A Few Links

 

 

 

 

NOVA Physics & Math

 

The Elegant Universe

 

The Fabric of the Cosmos

 

Higgs Boson Revealed

 

Summer Assignments

Honor Code Summer Assignment for Dr. Çakır's Classes

 

Summer Assignment for AP Physics C

 

Summer Assignment for MCLA, DECA, Analysis

 

Summer Assignment for Modern Physics

 

Summer Assignment for Natural Philosophy

 

Dr. Çakır's Chess & Philosophy, and... Jazz Club

 

You are welcome during any lunch on A-days and C-lunch on B-days.

LaTeX

A mathematical type setting program used by physicists and mathematicians to develop professional documents.

Information about LaTeX: http://www.latex-project.org/ftp.html

This side provides all the information you need for all platforms to start using LaTeX. The sooner you start the better of you will be. Do NOT be intimidated.

Astronomy

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Astronomy Assignment for the next class

Science & Society  

AP Physics C

REVIEW BINDER DOCS

ReviewBinderList
MBCPhysics ConceptList
MBCConciseReview

MBCCompleteConciseReview
TestConceptList

AP Information

AP Exams

Mechanics

E & M

AP Course Home Pages

Physics/Math Documentaries

AP Physics Assignments for the year


Physics Chapter 9 Test is on Monday, 2014.10.20

Physics Chapter 10 Test is on Monday, 2014.10.27

Physics Chapter 11-12 Test is on Monday, 2014.11.03

Mechanics Review November 5-11

AP Mechanics Test November Wednesday, 2014.11.12

 

E&M 16 Nov 19

E&M 17 Nov 24

E&M 18-19 Dec 3

E&M 20 Dec 10

E&M 21 Dec 17

E&M Review November 5-11

AP E&M Test January Monday, 2015.01.05

 

Thermodynamics Chs 13-15

AC Circuits 22

Optics 23-24

Relativity 25

Modern Physics & Intro to QM 26-27

MCLA


Linear Algebra PoS

Linear Algebra Toolkit

MC Assignment for the year

 

MC Cumulative Chapter11-14 on Monday, 2014.10.20/Tuesday, 2014.10.21

 

LA Assignment for the year

 

 

 

LA Tentative Grading Guidelines. The percentages are the raw scores not the adjusted scores.

  • A- 85% on Chs 1-7
  • B- 70% on Chs 1-7 or
    • 85% on Chs 1-6
  • C- 55% on Chs 1-7 or
    • 70% on Chs 1-6 or
    • 85% on Chs 1-5
  • D 50% on Chs 1-7 or
    • 55% on Chs 1-6 or
    • 70% on Chs 1-5 or
    • 85% on Chs 1-4

Concise Review Assignment (will determine part of your Q4, Final Exam, and Final Grade)

Prepare MC & LA concise review

  • It must cover all major topics
    • MC 11-18, Appendix A-G
    • LA 1-7, Appendix A-D
  • It must be concise: as short as possible
  • It must have all major proofs: as thorough as possible
  • It must have examples to explain the concepts and proofs
  • Use our cumulative & chapter tests, MC & LA assignments for the year, and my ConcisePhysics Review and CompleteConciseReview as your guides.
  • You may collaborate but the work must be done individually

Presentations & Discussions Guidelines (will determine part of your Q4, Final Exam, and Final Grade)

  • You will choose a topic to present or to lead a discussion.
  • You may do it in up to groups of three
  • You are encouraged to use AV and other resources as you see fit.

MC & LA Final Exam and Final Grade

will be determined by your (1) Concise Review Assignment (2) Presentation & Discussion Assignment (3) Cumulative Test

You have three options for the cumulative test:

  • Cumulative Test that will cover MC 11-18, LA 1-7
  • Cumulative Test that will cover LA 1-7
  • Alternatively, you may use the grading guidelines above to determine your final exam grade.

If you should choose to take a cumulative test to determine your final grades, you will need to be able to start taking the cumulative prior to the final exam days to ensure that they will be graded by the grading deadlines since the cumulative tests are very comprehensive and have many free response questions.

DECA

 

Analysis

 

 

 

Philosophy

Readings

MIT Problems in Philosophy

Berkeley Philosophy 7.001

Modern Physics

Modern Physics Companion Web Site - Prentice Hall

  • A Review
    • Mechanics: Kinematics & Dynamics
    • Conservation Laws in Mechanics
    • Oscillations, Waves, Optics
    • Thermal Physics
    • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Relativity
    • Basics
    • Consequences
  • Quantum Mechanics
    • Waves & Particles
    • The Bohr Model
    • The Schrödinger Equation
    • Wave Packets and the Uncertainty Principle
    • Barriers & Wells
    • Angular Momentum and the Hydrogen Atom
    • Many Particles
  • Applications
    • Complex Atoms and Molecules
    • Statistical Physics
    • Decays, Radiation, Lasers
    • Conductors, Semiconductors, Superconductors
    • The Atomic Nucleus
  • Frontiers/Advanced Topics
    • Elementary Particle Physics
    • General Relativity
    • Cosmology

AP Physics C Scores of Çakır's Students.

Scores of "3" are not listed because (1) almost all of Çakir's Physics C students get "3" or higher (2) the standards for "3" in AP exams are too low. In fact, even the standards for "4" and "5" are not that high.


 

Predictions are based on the current class performance and how the previous classes in a similar situation performed on the exam.

2014

Prediction

Mech
E&M
5
63%
50%
4 and 5
92%
71%

 

 

2013

Mech
E&M
5
72%
56%
4 and 5
87%
74%

 

 

2012

Mech
E&M
5
50%
54%
4 and 5
82%
83%

2012 was the largest group of students who took AP Physics C and the exams.

 

2010
Mech
E&M
5
84.6%
76.9%
4 and 5
92.3%
92.3%

 

2006
Mech
E&M
5
100%
100%

 

2005

Mech
E&M
5
94.1%
94.1%
4 and 5
100%
94.1%

 

Independent Study

Modern Physics

This is a second-year college level physics course. The prerequisites for the course are a full commitment to learning and a strong understanding of Honors Physics or AP Physics. The topics listed will be explored and studied in depth. Students with strong physics and math background will be given the opportunity to explore these and related advanced topics in more depth. These students should inform me of their intention as soon as possible.

 

If you are interested in doing Independent Study in Modern Physics or any area of Physics, fill out an independent study proposal ASAP. You can get the form from the school website.

 

  • A Review
    • Mechanics: Kinematics & Dynamics
    • Conservation Laws in Mechanics
    • Oscillations, Waves, Optics
    • Thermal Physics
    • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Relativity
    • Basics
    • Consequences
  • Quantum Mechanics
    • Waves & Particles
    • The Bohr Model
    • The Schrödinger Equation
    • Wave Packets and the Uncertainty Principle
    • Barriers & Wells
    • Angular Momentum and the Hydrogen Atom
    • Many Particles
  • Applications
    • Complex Atoms and Molecules
    • Statistical Physics
    • Decays, Radiation, Lasers
    • Conductors, Semiconductors, Superconductors
    • The Atomic Nucleus
  • Frontiers/Advanced Topics
    • Elementary Particle Physics
    • General Relativity
    • Cosmology

 

Independent Study

Natural Philosophy:

Math, Science, & Philosophy or Philosophy of Math & Science

If you are interested in doing Independent Study in Philosophy of Math & Science or any of these areas, fill out an independent study proposal ASAP. You can get the form from the school website.

The course will discuss how science and mathematics have influenced philosophy and vice versa from ancient civilizations to current times and how these disciplines have influenced human civilizations and the way we see the world around us and each other. We will also explore philosphy of science and mathematics.

 

Because of its independent study nature, the course will be modified based on the interests of each student.

 

More details to come.



This link opens the door to SAMCLA

Caution: You may wish you had taken the blue pill rather than the red one.

Multivariable Calculus & Linear Algebra
Two college level courses for college freshmen and sophomores.

This link opens the door to SADECA

You have no excuse. 
By now you should have known better.

Differential Equations & Complex Analysis
Two college level courses for college sophomores and juniors.

This link opens the door to Analysis

You knew better but you got tempted;
didn't you?

Analysis in One & Several Variables
A college level course for advanced college seniors.




Course Links Documents for AP Physics C & Honors Physics

Multivariable Calculus Linear Algebra

Differential Equations Complex Analysis

Analysis

Philosophy Independent Study

AP Physics C

Honors (College) Physics

 

Honors Physics

Honors Physics Pacing Chart

Physics Concise Review AlgTrig

WARNING!

The documents on my websites are work in progress documents. Use them at your own risk. If you or someone you know (who understands physics) see mistakes, please let me know for me to make the necessary corrections.

Tentative AP Physics C Syllabus AP Physics Review Schedule and Additional Topics
Tentative Honors Physics Syllabus Little Calculus
How to Study Independently Lab Report Format & Grading Rubric
Honors Physics Pacing Chart Lab Safety Rules and Contract

 



Due Date A-Day/B-Day Labs Take-Home Activities
  Constant Speed & Velocity

Free Fall
Walking & Running
  5-Experiment Designs

Moon-Sun Activity

  Consumption of Energy Lab
Here is a website to get info about calories in food.
Please use it wisely! Calories in food & Calories vs. Activities
 

 

 

SCIENCE AND MATH RELATED LINKS  

MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
MIT OpenCourseWare: Physics http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/
MIT OpenCourseWare: Mathematics http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/
String Theory for Undergraduates at MIT http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-251-string-theory-for-undergraduates-spring-2007/
The Elegant Universe http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/elegant-universe.html
The Fabric of the Cosmos http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/fabric-of-cosmos.html
The Official String Theory Web Site http://superstringtheory.com/
The Particle Adventure:The Fundamentals of Matter & Force http://www.particleadventure.org/
Particle Data Group The Review of Particle Physics http://pdg.lbl.gov
Ned Wright's Cosmology Tutorial http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/cosmolog.htm
NOVA http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/
NOVA: Nature http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/
NOVA: Physics & Math http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/
NOVA: Space & Flight http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/
NOVA: Intelligent Design on Trial http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/intelligent-design-trial.html
Evolution & Nature of Science, Indiana University http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/
The Complete Work of Darwin

http://darwin-online.org.uk/


American Physical Society Physical Science Resource Center
American Association of Physics Teachers Philosophy
American Institute of Physics Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes
American Mathematical Society Neuroscience
American Association for the Advancement of Science Smithsonian Institution
American Chemical Society Nature
American Institute of Biological Sciences Science Magazine
American Museum of Natural History Periodic Spiral
American Psychological Association Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Eating Green

Global Warming

Environmental Science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

NJ DOE Science

National Science Education Standards

NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for Science

NJ DOE Academic & Professional Standards