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Physics Syllabus

WELCOME TO PHYSICS 2012-2013

 

a college preparatory lab course in science

1 Carnegie Unit towards graduation

 

Instructor - Linda Alsept

 

MATERIALS NEEDED EVERYDAY:

  • calculator
  • notebook
  • textbook
  • pen, pencil
  • highlighter

 

I understand and accept the terms of this class.  I also understand that not having taken the math prerequisites for this class or having performed poorly in required math courses may result in poor performance in Chemistry I.

 

I understand and accept the terms of this class. 

 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to survive a college physics class and improve technical reading and writing skills for high school exit and college entrance exams. Content will emphasize the study of energy, matter, and force, and the laws that govern their behaviors.

 

CLASS PROCEDURES

Take care of personal needs and locker visits between classes. Pick up handouts on your way in. Look for introductory notes on the overhead or board. Have homework assignments, calculators, and materials ready for a daily check. Hold homework until called for. All assignments will have first and last name, class period, and date assigned at the top of the document.

 

GRADES

Grades will be calculated by a point-percentage system. Each assignment is assigned a certain point value:  tests and lab activities - 100 points each; quizzes, class work, homework, and worksheets, 10–50 points each. Final nine weeks grade will be a percentage determined by the student’s cumulative acquired points divided by the total. Chapter tests will count approximately 50% towards the nine weeks grade.  Penalties will be assessed for failure to bring book, notebook, calculator, homework, and index cards to class. Do not expect to pass if homework is neglected. Late assignments will receive ½ credit.

 

 

MISSED WORK, QUIZZES, AND TESTS

Make up work is the responsibility of the student. A grade of zero will be assigned for all missed work until it is made up. Absentee work needs to be made up within the time frame as described in the student agenda. Work turned in after the test for that unit will only receive half credit, except in the case of unusual circumstances. Tests will always be announced well in advance. Missing class the day before the test is not an excuse since ample warning of scheduled tests is given ahead of time. If you expect to miss class because of doctor and dentist appointments, etc., don’t miss this class (miss someone else’s). Missed labs must be made up after school or on Saturdays. During play season (October – February), the instructor’s time outside of class is very limited. It is difficult to make up missed labs during that season. Labs count as test grades.

 

EXTRA CREDIT

Opportunities to acquire bonus points are given on all tests for those who have good homework grades and few tardies. Extra credit outside of tests will not be considered for those who demonstrate poor choices in behavior or academic performance.

 

TUTORING

Tutoring after school is available but never on Wednesdays. During play season the instructor’s time is severely limited and may not be readily available. Students failing two or more consecutive tests are expected to attend afternoon tutoring.

ATTENDANCE, TARDIES

Good attendance is crucial to passing this course. Tests are rarely sent to ISS. Lots of extra work WILL be sent to ISS. It is difficult to finish assignments in ISS successfully since you are there and I am not. Tardy sweep and 10/10 rule will be strictly followed as explained by school policy. Excessive tardies may result in loss of bonus point privileges on tests.

 

LEAVING THE ROOM

If you must leave class for an emergency expect to trade 10 minutes of lunch time. Absence of more than 3 minutes is considered as cutting class. Going to any destination other than the one you are authorized to visit is considered as cutting class. Expect someone to come looking for you. If you have a medical problem, bring a signed letter from a physician.

 

DRESS CODE

Enter class dressed appropriately according to district policy. Please wear pants and shirts in the correct manner, especially during labs. I like to collect hats and kerchiefs.

 

HABITS TO AVOID

Chemical substances are often carried unknowingly from the lab to the desks in the classroom. Please do not do any of the following during class as it may cause you to ingest harmful substances: thumb sucking, finger licking, nail biting, pencil chewing, picking at sores or lesions.

 

 

 

1st  NINE WEEKS

The nature of scientific enquiry

Motion in a straight line

Velocity

Acceleration

Free fall

Forces

Newton’s Laws of motion

Vectors

Gravitation

Momentum

Work and simple machines

Friction

Mass vs. weight

Energy

Thermokinetics

States of matter

 

 

2nd  NINE WEEKS

Electromagnetic waves

Sound waves

Light waves

Reflection and refraction

Optics

Static electricity

Electric fields

Electric Current

Electric circuits

Magnetism

 

It is possible that students will be required to read texts outside the classroom for essays and discussion in class. This will be discussed more during class time.

 

Instructor reserves the right to make changes or adjustments in the curriculum.

 

Sustained Silent Reading

SSR will be observed the first 15 minutes as follows:

1st period - Monday

2nd period - Tuesday

3rd period - Wednesday

4th period - Thursday

 

All students are expected to bring appropriate reading material. Your instructor will participate as well.

 

 

lalsept@williston.k12.sc.us

803-671-3164 until 9:30 PM

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Not available during church hours Sunday and Wednesday

 

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