This is an SAT subject test review and prep class. It is assumed that the students have already taken Honored Physics, AP Physics 1 & 2, or AP Physics C Mechanics and E&M. This course is designed to help high school students get ready to take the SAT Physics Subject Test in May 2018. The review class will focus on the Core Physics Concepts covered in the SAT test, and on improving problem-solving skills and speed.
Additionally, the review class and curriculum will cover subjects areas that are not covered in base school’s AP Physics but is required to know in the SAT Physics Test. As we all know that AP Physics C is the most challenging AP course for high school Physics curriculum, it still leaves students the gaps of subjects areas that is NEEDED in their SAT Physics test, such as Physical Optics, Thermodynamics I, Thermodynamics II, Thermal Properties, modern physics, etc.
- Energy and momentum
- Circular motion
- Simple harmonic motion
Electricity and magnetism
- Electric fields, forces, and potentials
- Circuit elements
Waves and optics
- General wave properties
- Reflection and refraction
- Ray optics
- Physical optics
Heat and thermodynamics
- Thermal properties
- Laws of thermodynamics
- Quantum phenomena
- Nuclear and particle physics
- Analytical skills
- Contemporary physics
Text Book: Barron’s SAT Physics Subject Test (required); Princeton’s SAT Physics Subject Test (optional)
Saturday (12 – 3 pm), March-May *SAT physics
Sunday (4-6 pm), January – May* AP Physics
Instructor: Dr. Frank Lu is an experienced teacher with a Ph.D. in Physics & Artificial Intelligence (AI). He received degrees from Fudan University, University of Maryland, and Duke University. Dr. Lu taught college students at UMBC (MD), and American University (DC). He also tutored and taught students from TJ, Oakton, and Langley High Schools as well as other private schools. His students have received excellent scores in SAT Physics (760, 780, 800) and AP Physics (5).
Dr. Lu’s unique instructional method and teaching style include many question and problem-solving sessions, sharpening students’ understanding of key concepts, enabling students to apply those concepts to solve real Physics problems in life, and building a solid foundation for the rigorous SAT and AP Physics Test.
From 2014 to 2018, some of Dr. Lu’s AP and SAT Physics students reported their admission to top schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, U. Chicago, U. of Pennsylvania, Duke, Johns Hopkins, NYU (Stern), UC Berkeley, Swarthmore, Georgetown, and other top colleges. Congratulations to those outstanding students!!!