Mr. Jordan Swenson

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I am a graduate of Arizona State University. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Physics and my Masters Degree in Secondary Education. I am currently highly qualified to teach general science, physics, and mathematics. This is my first year as a Mountain View Tor, but my second year teaching, which is rather exciting! Previously, I taught 7th grade science at Fremont Junior High.

I started a graduate program at ASU for physics, but found that the lab did not suit me. Working with students during office hours led me down a path that would integrate that sense of helping people create their own understanding of a topic and my love of science.

My interests include, but are not limited to: reading (everything fantasy and quite a few things that are not), playing collectible trading card games, tabletop role-playing games, swimming, amateur astronomy,  and miscellaneous physics gizmos.

For AP 2:


Take a look at some practice problems for heat engines, refrigerators, and idealized carnot engines. 20.3, 20.9, 20.13, 20.15, 20.27, 20.43

11/22 Continue today (11/27) 

Check out this video from Khan Academy Explaining Isothermal and Adiabatic systems. Note: from about 13:00 to 15:30 they talk about integrals. You can skip to the results or follow along.

Then review the other type of thermal systems here: and take a look at some calculation problems:

Practice 1: 

More Practice: (Look at the conceptual and numerical problems)




For AP 1:

11/22 - Continued on 11/27

Possible mini lecture on frictional forces (static and kinetic).

Here is a link to the PHeT simulation on forces and friction.

Here is the link to download a guide/questions for the simulation. As with yesterday, feel free to import into OneNote.


First go to this link to review frictional forces and normal forces. Remember that the frictional force depends upon the normal force.

Then take a look at these problems and try to solve them in groups. If people disagree on a solution, explain until the other person is convinced of your explanation. Some problems deal with balanced forces (statics) some deal with unbalanced or net forces. You can download this document and import it into OneNote if you want (insert>file printout>wherever/whatever you saved the document as)