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About the Course
Physics is a branch of science that examines the physical world and is arguably the most fundamental of the sciences. I teach this class as a survey course, i.e., there will be more breadth than depth to allow you to experience a greater variety of topics and laboratory activities. Physics satisfies the physical lab science requirement for graduation, and as such, labs will be an essential and regular component of the class. Mathematical problem solving will be required in every chapter.

Major Topics
Mechanics Thermodynamics Waves and Light Electricity and Magnetism

California State Content Standards

Essential Questions
What does nature reveal about Gods desire for a personal relationship with me? What do relationships reveal about nature, and what does nature reveal about God? What is science, and how can its methods be used to reveal truth? How can observations and data be acquired, analyzed, and presented effectively? How can I use creativity and higher order thinking skills to solve problems? What habits can I develop to become safer and more responsible? How can I work productively with others?

The following types of assignments determine overall grades: 45%: Chapter tests, quizzes, projects There will usually be one test per chapter that primarily consists of short answer and problem solving questions. 25%: Labs Physics labs often involve the use of sophisticated technology for data collection. My goal is for you to experience physics concepts in the lab before I teach them in lecture. Excel is often required for data analysis. Labs are due two class days after finishing the in-class lab work unless otherwise specified. 10%: Homework Homework will usually consist of reading, problem solving, and labs that are not finished in class. Homework is due the next day class meets unless otherwise stated. (I often collect homework on test days instead.) 10%: Classroom participation All students begin each week with an 80% in participation. If you do not participate, you will end the week with an 80%. When you participate in class activities positively (asking a question, answering a question, helping me or another student, joining in discussion, etc.), I add 5 points to your grade. When you participate negatively (interrupting me or another student, goofing around during labs, sleeping, texting, etc.), I subtract 10 points. 10%: Final exam The final exam usually consists of questions from previous tests, changed into multiple-choice format where necessary and with the numbers in problems changed.

Required Materials (every day)

Paper for taking notes, graph paper for graphing At least one black or blue pen and at least one red pen Two #2 pencils (usually for tests) A way to stay organized, such as a 3-ring binder (1-2) with dividers Physics textbook Scientific calculator (whatever you use in math is fine) (recommended) Engineers quad paper for note taking, graphing, and homework (recommended) Ruler

Policies and Procedures

I support and enforce the rules and guidelines described in the Student/Parent Handbook. For instance, students returning from an absence must see me their first day back at Villagenot the first day back to my class! I give dress code violations to both boys and girls. Please read the Handbook carefully.

Homework assigned when you were in class or at school but due on a day when you are absent, is due the first day you return to school, whether you have my class that day. If I assign homework when you are absent, then you must find out via my web page, Twitter account, or other source. Athletes and those participating in other school-related events MUST submit homework and get any new assignments before leaving campus or missing class.

Classroom Rules
The main rule is You can do anything that doesnt cause a problem for anyone else. I want you to consider your actions and how they affect others. I do not have prescribed consequences in many cases. 1. I will treat you with respect, so you will know how to treat me. 2. Feel free to do anything that doesnt cause a problem for anyone else. 3. If you cause a problem, I will ask you to solve it. 4. If you cant solve the problem, or choose not to, I will do something. 5. What I do, will depend on the special person, and the special situation. 6. If you feel something is unfair, whisper to me, Im not sure thats fair, and we will talk.

Academic Integrity
Collaboration on assignments is usually acceptable (tests and quizzes are exceptions), but sharing papers with other students is generally considered cheating. Tip: if you have to look at someone's paper or show someone your own paper, you might have crossed the line from collaboration or helping to cheating. I will enforce the Handbook policy on violations of academic integrity.

Late Work
Late work receives a score of 0%. Any work due on a particular day is considered late if it is not turned in before I leave school for the day. If I am not in my room, work can be put in my box in the High School Office.

Make-up Tests
If you miss a test, you will be expected to take it the first day you return to school, whether or not you have my class that day. Plan on staying after school if you have to! I can deduct points from your test if you take it late.

Extra Credit
The purpose of extra credit in my class is to reward good work, good effort, and good habits/behavior. It is not meant to compensate for not doing homework. Students, not parents, should ask me about opportunities for extra credit.

Contacting Me/Class Information Website

My school website contains information about the class, including homework assignments and their due dates, project information, test dates, and downloads of some files. Register for a Wikispaces account to get email updates whenever I update my webpage.




You can ask to meet with me during open periods or after school during Office Hours (not nutrition).