Chris Kappelmeier
Mr. Chris Kappelmeier

Room 321 A   

AP Physics C and AP Physics 1 Summer Reading Assignment


Each student enrolled in AP Physics C or AP Physics 1 is required to read one of the books listed below and write a book report of three to five pages that will be due on the first day of school in September.   Your report must be typed.


“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”

The Outrageous Exploits of the World’s Most Outspoken Nobel Prizewinning Scientist

Richard Feynman


Six Easy Pieces
Essentials of Physics Explained By Its Most Brilliant Teacher
Richard Feynman

Driving Mr. Albert

A Trip Across America With Einstein’s Brain

Michael Paterniti


Tesla – Man Out Of Time
Margaret Cheney   

 A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson


A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking


The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams


For the Love of Physics

Walter Lewin


Einstein:  His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson


Area 51

Annie Jacobsen


American Prometheus

The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Kai Bird

AP Calculus AB/BC  -  Summer Assignment

To be successful in AP Calculus, there are certain skills that you should have acquired over the previous years.  If you do not have these skills, you will find that you will consistently get problems incorrect next year, not because you don’t understand the Calculus but because you have forgotten the Algebra involved. The topics covered in the packet are skills that are used continually in AP Calculus. During the first week of school in September you will be given a diagnostic test to assess your proficiency in those skills.  A low score on the diagnostic text will not only hurt your 1st quarter grade, it may also result in you being asked to drop to a more appropriate level of Calculus.

To prepare for this diagnostic test go to There is a review entitled “RU Ready?” which is a review of the pre-calculus skills you will need to be successful in AP Calculus.  If you would like additional questions to help you prepare for the diagnostic test please email me at