Mrs. Tracy L. Smith
AP Physics B Teacher
IB Physics SL & HL Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, a Master of Science in Automotive Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan. During my time in college, I had the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at Delphi Packard Electric Systems and NASA Langley Research Center. Once I graduated from college, an appreciation of engineering and physics in real world applications led to my employment at DaimlerChrysler as a product engineer. After spending several years in the automotive industry, I decided to integrate my passion for science/engineering and teaching and started my career as an educator at Upper St. Clair High School in 2003. I am happy to recently rejoin the staff as an AP/IB Physics Teacher after spending a couple of years at home with my two young children.
Feel Free to contact me at:
Phone: 412.833.1600 X2650
AP PHYSICS B
This course includes topics both in classical and modern physics. Knowledge of algebra and basic trigonometry is required for the course. Understanding of the basic principles involved and the ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems is a major goal of the course. Consequently, the course will utilize guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills.
This course will provide instruction in each of the following five content areas: Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
This is a semi-self paced course with selected lecture times. Benchmark assessments, variable lab times, and mastery model assessment will be used. You will be given a set timeframe in which to master the concepts from each unit. Concepts must be mastered in a given time frame before advancing to the next unit.
This course provides a foundation in physics for students in the life sciences, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science. This course is designed to prepare the student to take the AP Physics “B” Examination.
IB PHYSICS SL
The Diploma Program physics course allows students to develop traditional practical skills and techniques and increase facility in the use of mathematics, which is the language of physics. It also allows students to develop interpersonal skills and information and communication technology skills, which are essential in modern scientific endeavor and are important life-enhancing transferable skills in their own right. This course is a one-year course. Year one will use a modified AP Physics B sequence. Preparation for the IB Physics Standard Level test is a priority. Students enrolled in these courses must take the IB exam at their own expense.
IB PHYSICS 1 (HIGHER LEVEL- 11TH GRADE OF TWO YEAR COURSE)
IB PHYSICS 2 (HIGHER LEVEL - 12TH GRADE OF TWO YEAR COURSE)
The Diploma Program physics course allows students to develop traditional practical skills and techniques and increase facility in the use of mathematics, which is the language of physics. It also allows students to develop interpersonal skills and information and communication technology skills, which are essential in modern scientific endeavor and are important life-enhancing, transferable skills in their own right. This course is a two-year course. Year one will follow a modified AP Physics B sequence. Year two will cover the remainder of the topics and will follow the International Baccalaureate format. Preparation for the IB Physics Higher Level test is a priority. Students enrolled in these courses must take the IB exam at their own expense.
Achievements & Activities:
- S.T.E.M. Workshop Planning (2012)
- Carnegie Mellon University Materials Research and Engineering Center Teacher Summer Internship Program participant (2008)
- Kids Helping Kids Dominican Republic Outreach Teacher Sponsor (2007)
- RET Summer Program participant sponsored by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University in Tallahassee Florida (2006)
- Carnegie Mellon University’s Sigma Chi Outstanding Math/Science Teacher Award recipient (2006)
- Robotics Educator Training participant at the National Robotics Engineering Consortium sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University (2005)