CP Physics

SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION RUBRICS

SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION Objective Mastery Activity List.doc

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Period Frequency and Velocity Study Aide.docx 

LAB PhET Hookes Law.docx

Energy Rubric.docx

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Physics is all around us.  It is in the electric light bulb you turn on in the morning; the car you drive to work; your wristwatch, cell phone, mp3 player, and that big plasma TV set you want.  It makes the stars shine every night and the sun shine every day, and it makes a baseball soar into the stands for a homerun.  You are currently enrolled in a science class that will help you make sense of the world in which you live.  This course will use an algebra-based approach to explore several AP Physics topics: Mechanics; Electricity & Magnetism: and Simple Harmonic Motion, Waves & Light.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS

 Be on time and prepared to work –
  • Be prepared each day bringing all of the necessary supplies (pen, pencil, notebook, homework, assignments etc.) and a willingness to learn. 
  • Class will start on time; tardiness is unacceptable and will take away from your learning as well as your class grade.  Students will be subject to a disciplinary referral for 4 lates to class as per student handbook.
Be attentive and respectful –
  • Of the teacher, the material being taught, fellow students, the classroom environment, and especially yourself. 
Be responsible
  • Ask permission to leave the room in emergency situations only – take care of personal business before/after class
  • Complete all assignments on time and take responsibility for your own learning
  • Display appropriate conduct both in the classroom and the hallways
  • Maintain academic integrity by handing in your own work and refraining from cheating on exams and quizzes. 
Be a problem solver, not a problem –
  • Think critically each day; avoid conflict by working cooperatively with your peers and the teacher.

COURSE WORK AND ASSESSMENT

Homework will be assigned regularly at the end of every class. Homework is to be completed in your spiral notebook (NOT on your chapter problems packet). Your homework should include the date, topic and question numbers and should be completed in an organized manner. Homework will be checked & stamped at the beginning of every class and accounts for 5% of your overall grade.

Labs and lab activities are done at least one to two times per chapter. In order to receive full credit for a lab, the data must be gathered and the analysis and application must be complete. Labs and Lab Activities account for 35% of your overall grade.

Quizzes are given frequently – often after each topic – as a way to assess student mastery before moving on. Take advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate your expertise on smaller topics and watch as they build toward our bigger problem solving skills. Quizzes are worth 20% of your overall grade.

Unit tests are given at the end of each chapter. They are usually made up of 10 – 12 multiple choice questions and a couple of multi-step open ended questions. You are expected to put together all of the knowledge and skills from the unit together in order to demonstrate mastery on a unit test. Tests are worth 40% of you overall grade.

For your final grade each marking period will carry a weight of approximately 22% and the final exam will carry a weight of 12%.

The final exam will be on the work for the entire year. It tests the cumulative knowledge retained by the student at the end of the course.