Mr. Z's Physics Class

Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas
Lucky is the one who has been able to learn the causes of things. -Vergil, Georgicon 2.490

Expectations (pdf) and Grading Policy (pdf)




Website Instructions

Practice Tests

Find out how I graded the Final Exam!

Welcome to Mr. Z.'s Physics Wiki! On this web site, you can find class notes, homework assignments, and links to interesting physics resources on the web. You can also use this web site to leave messages for Mr. Z. and your fellow physics students, or to write your own notes and study materials that your classmates can then benefit from.

To get started, you may want to look at the Syllabus, which gives a general overview of what we'll be studying in this course. Or, if you're setting up a username on the site for yourself (you only need this if you're in one of my classes), you can go to Getting Started.

If you're a teacher who is interested in using the material on this page, you could start by reading Note to Teachers. Unless otherwise noted, everything on this page is my original work. You're welcome to use, modify, and redistribute anything on this page in any way that you wish, provided that you don't try to charge money for it or include it in a curriculum package for sale. Information wants to be free!

Useful links:
Google (did you know that Google has a very featureful calculator feature, and that it also does unit conversions?)
Online grapher
Other Mr. Z. pages
Electric / Gravitational Field Applet
Position-Velocity-Acceleration Grapher
The Nine Planets (Detailed information on our solar system)
Ripple tank simulation
Longitudinal vs. Transverse waves
Whistle Hole Calculator
Trap-Jaw ants
Physics simulations at University of Colorado
Gingerbread House Pictures