Degrees and Certifications:
B.S in Secondary Education: Physics from The Pennsylvania State University M.ED in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from the University of Maryland in Baltimore County CPR Certified First Aid Certified AP Teaching Certified
Ms. Sarah Gagermeier
My name is Sarah Gagermeier. I teach AP Physics Mechanics C, Honors Physics and Physics at Queen Anne County High School. I attended Penn State University and aquired a degree in Secondary Education with a specialty in Physics and a Minor in Mathematics. I also have my AP training certificate, am CPR certified and First Aid Certified. I am currently earning my Masters Degree from UMBC with a concentration in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education. In addition to teaching at QACHS, I also am a professor at Washington College and teach an Astrophysics course during the Fall Semester.
In addition to teaching, I am also the co-adiviser to the Queen Anne's County Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Physics is the study of the physical world. We cover many topics such as motion, collisions, gravity, waves, energy, information transfer, engineering, power, circuits and even how the planets move and the laws that govern them! In my classes I like to focus on not only the content, but the application of that content. I believe it is important for students to understand why they are learning something. We discuss many different applications and jobs that physics applies to in every unit, and do labs to investigate concepts further.
AP Physics C (Mechanics) is a national calculus-based course in physics. This course is equivalent to a first-semester college class. The emphasis is on understanding the concepts and skills and using the concepts and formulae to solve problems. The course requires and employs a basic understanding of calculus (differentiation and integration). The prerequisite calculus course may be taken concurrently. Laboratory work is an integral part of this course and will comprise 20% of the instructional time.
In this course, we will focus on two major activities:
- Discovery of concepts via scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills. Much of the teaching you will do for yourself and for each other. I will provide you with some instruction and background. Then, I will assign to you a task, problem, or question (perhaps more than one at a time). You will work individually or in groups, often with hands-on equipment and materials, to complete the task. Often, you will be asked to present your solutions to the class or critique or verify the solutions of others. My hope is that you will see that there can be more than one way to solve a problem.
- Laboratory application of physics knowledge. Students will work in small groups to perform weekly student-conducted, hands-on laboratory assignments. Students will individually document all laboratory investigations in a lab notebook. Reports will be written individually and kept in a portfolio by the student. Labs at the beginning or during a unit will be structured using modified Advanced Physics with Vernier (Mechanics) labs to assist students with learning the concepts. At the end of most units, labs will begin as a problem for which students must propose and develop their own solution. Next, students design the method to test their ideas, make observations, and take measurements. Finally, they form conclusions based on their collected measurements, observations, and data and error analysis.