I learned about standards-based grading from the best. This blog post is my take on how to do SBG in AP Physics C. My APC students took AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 as a double-period, year-long course as juniors. They're taking APC as seniors—first semester Mechanics, second semester Electricity & Magnetism. This class is about taking the models we learned with algebra and making them more powerful.

I use a scale of Mastery, Proficient, Approaching, and Beginning. Mastery is NOT perfection; the problems in AP Physics C are often too difficult for 97% of APC students to solve in such a short amount of time without talking to other students. I ask difficult questions that I don't expect students to get 100% right. Mastery means that the student understood the problem, used the correct model, and was on the right track. Most of the time, when I have the time, I have students check their own work and assess themselves against the standards. They are usually a little bit harsher than I would be, but I've learned to believe them when they say they deserve a "beginning."

My standards come from reading the AP Physics C Course Description. My standards are focused on the AP Exam even if my teaching isn't always focused. Here are my standards:

### Mechanics

KIN.1 | I can solve problems involving objects that are in uniform acceleration. |

KIN.2 | I can translate between words and graphs and between one graph and another for objects in motion. |

KIN.3 | I can use derivatives and antiderivatives to write equations and solve problems for non-constant accelerations. |

PROJ.1 | I can accurately represent the motion of the projectile in multiple ways. |

PROJ.2 | I can solve problems involving objects in 2D motion. |

FOR.1 | I can draw properly labeled diagrams showing all forces on an object. |

FOR.2 | I can solve translational problems related to the force diagram of one object. |

FOR.3 | I can use the coefficient of friction. |

FOR.4 | I can solve translational problems related to two or three linked force diagrams. |

WORK.1 | I can calculate work. |

WORK.2 | I can identify when the total energy of a system is changing or not changing, and I can identify the reason for the change. |

WORK.3 | I can differentiate between energy and power. |

WORK.4 | I can translate between forces and potential energy. |

MOM.1 | I can calculate the center of mass and understand how center of mass relates to momentum. |

MOM.2 | I can use the momentum-impulse relationship. |

MOM.3 | I can use conservation of linear momentum. |

MOM.4 | I can use frames of reference. |

GRAV.1 | I can calculate the kinematics of uniform circular motion. |

GRAV.2 | I can calculate the dynamics of uniform circular motion. |

GRAV.3 | I can Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation. |

GRAV.4 | I can use Kepler’s Three Laws. |

GRAV.5 | I can use energy in gravitational field situations. |

TORQ.1 | I can solve problems of rotational equilibrium. |

TORQ.2 | I can use the concept of rotational inertia. |

TORQ.3 | I can describe and apply the relationships between the angular, tangential, and radial components of a spinning object’s motion. |

TORQ.4 | I can use conservation of energy for situations with rotation. |

TORQ.5 | I can analyze dynamics problems involving rotation. |

TORQ.6 | I can solve problems about an object rolling along a surface. |

TORQ.7 | I can calculate the angular momentum of an object. |

TORQ.8 | I can solve problems involving the conservation of angular momentum. |

SHM.1 | I can draw and interpret diagrams to represent the motion of the object undergoing simple harmonic motion. |

SHM.2 | I can explain the factors the affect the period, frequency, and angular frequency for an oscillating particle. |

SHM.3 | I can write and find the solution for a differential equation to represent the motion of an oscillating particle |

SHM.4 | I can solve problems involving physical pendulums, torsional pendulums, and ideal pendulums. |

DRAG.1 | I can answer non-calculus based questions for particles being acted on by a velocity-dependent force. |

DRAG.2 | I can model the motion of an object being acted on by a velocity-dependent force by using calculus. |

### Electricity & Magnetism

EC.1 | I can state and use the fundamental nature of charge. |

EC.2 | I can explain how objects are charged. |

EC.3 | I can use Coulomb’s Law. |

EC.4 | I can use the properties of conductors in electrostatic situations. |

EF.1 | I can use the definition of the electric field. |

EF.2 | I can make and read electric field diagrams. |

EF.3 | I can use integration to calculate electric field. |

EV.1 | I can use the definition of electric potential. |

EV.2 | I can use the relationship between electric field and electric potential. |

EV.3 | I can make and read equipotential lines. |

EV.4 | I can use integration with electric potential. |

GL.1 | I can use the concept of electric flux. |

GL.2 | I can draw an appropriate Gaussian surface for a given problem. |

GL.3 | I can use Gauss’ Law to solve problems. |

CAP.1 | I can use the definition of capacitance. |

CAP.2 | I can solve problems with parallel-plate capacitors. |

CAP.3 | I can solve problems with differently-shaped capacitors. |

CAP.4 | I can predict the effect of dielectrics on a capacitor. |

CAP.5 | I can use the t = 0 and steady-state behaviors of capacitors. |

CIRC.1 | I can describe and calculate the microscopic basis of current. |

CIRC.2 | I can use the concepts of resistivity, resistance, current, and voltage. |

CIRC.3 | I can use Kirchhoff’s Laws. |

CIRC.4 | I can explain the effect to real (as opposed to ideal) circuit elements. |

MF.1 | I can explain the magnetic force on a charged particle. |

MF.2 | I can explain the magnetic field created by and the magnetic force felt by current carrying wires. |

MF.3 | I can use Biot-Savart’s Law. |

MF.4 | I can use Ampere’s Law. |

MI.1 | I can calculate and use magnetic flux. |

MI.2 | I can use Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law. |

TVC.1 | I can predict the behavior of an RC circuit. |

TVC.2 | I can use the concept of inductance. |

TVC.3 | I can write and solve differential equations for LR and LC circuits. |

TVC.4 | I can predict the behavior of an RL circuit. |

ME.1 | I can state the implications of each of Maxwell’s four equations. |

Of course, any and all comments, suggestions, and complaints are welcome.