Welcome to AP Physics at Oak Ridge High School
I hope you'll enjoy this year in AP Physics as much as I will. Physics at the Advanced Placement level is challenging, no doubt. But it is also fascinating, relevant, and ultimately, very learnable. You'll find what you learn in physics to be useful no matter what career you ultimately pursue, because in this course as in no other, you learn how to approach, dissect, and solve problems.
If you ever need assistance, I am here to help you, and so is Mr. Perkins, who also teaches Physics B along with me. Plan on finding one of us in our rooms at around 7:00 AM every morning. I'm often also available at lunch by pre-arrangement, or immediately after school. Please become familiar with this web site as well, because on it, you'll find plenty of assistance for when you're working at home. Just click on the Physics B or Physics C links to the left, and explore. And now, may the FORCE be with you!
About Peggy Bertrand
Peggy Bertrand holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University and Florida State University, respectively. She had careers as a research chemist and a software entrepreneur prior to becoming certified to teach by the University of Tennessee. Dr. Bertrand has been teaching AP Physics at Oak Ridge High School since 1998, has served as an AP Physics Exam Reader and Table Leader, and is an endorsed College Board Physics Consultant. She was honored in 2009 to be named by the Tennessee affiliate of the American Association of Physics Teachers as Tennessee's Outstanding High School Physics Teacher, and was honored in 2008 to win the Siemens Award in Advanced Placement Teaching. A brief resume is attached.
Dr. Bertrand is originally from Louisiana and is proud of her Cajun heritage. She is an active member and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge. In her rare spare time, she enjoys being outdoors with her family, swimming, singing, and playing the clarinet (although not necessarily all at the same time). She is married to Dan Terpstra, and has three children and one son-in-law.