AP physics added to Oak Harbor schools

Oak Harbor High School students will have an opportunity to score some college credit in physics starting next year.

Science teacher Charles Moser presented a proposal to teach “AP Physics C: Mechanics” next year, and the school board not only approved his request, but commended his dedication to teaching at its meeting May 31.

“It certainly fits well with rigor and the opportunities to raise the level of standards with our students,” Assistant Superintendent Lance Gibbon said. “I certainly appreciate Mr. Moser’s willingness to  do this.”

After mulling over four options, Moser selected a textbook that he feels demonstrates a solid approach to problem-solving and addresses student misconceptions. Additionally, Moser said the course materials are well-aligned with AP exams. This summer he’ll attend course training.

The new course will be supported by some of this year’s levy funds. Moser was able to budget for 30 textbooks and wireless calculus-based calculators. The new course requires calculus and is considered to be the most challenging of the three AP physics course options supported through the college board.

Moser said he’s excited to teach the new class and has already began recruiting some of his top students for next year.

“I have seven kids in physics this year that are crazy enough to do it again,” Moser said. “So it’s going to be fun.”

This year the high school offered AP biology and AP chemistry courses.  The high school also has two AP math courses, two AP English courses, two AP social studies courses and AP Spanish on its class list.

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