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Physics Syllabus 2016-2017

September 06, 2016

Physics –

Mrs. Ring email: kring@eurekausd389.net

Welcome to Physics: Physics is the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy. This is important because understanding the world around you enables safety and applications to your daily life. You can get the most out of this class if you take the time to think about how the things we study affect you personally. Approach the class with seriousness and an open mind and you will succeed.

Instructional Objectives: When you are done with this class, you will: • Be familiar with Physics terms and ideas. • Understand how Physics relates to your life outside of school. • Realize that Physics is fun.

Materials: Required materials Highly recommended materials 2 Composition Notebooks, Book Cover, Report Cover, Kleenex, Flash Drive, Ear buds Pens, highlighters Grading: Your performance in class will be assessed in a variety of ways.

Quizzes, tests, labs, lab reports, and projects comprise a part of your grade. Assignments not completed in the ample time given in class, will be your responsibility to complete by the next day. Tests, and quizzes count double. You are responsible for keeping track of your own grade and can easily do so with PowerSchool. I would also like for you to help me check the accuracy of your grades. It will be necessary for you to keep your assignments to show me any mistakes I may have made. This would be a good use for your 3-ring binder.

Classwork: Classwork is assigned most days. It will consist of problems that reinforce the concepts learned that day or a project that is intended to help you see the connections between Physics and your life outside of school. If your daily work is turned in on time and completed, I will allow you to correct papers for an improved grade.

Science and Engineering Fair: You may complete a project this semester for extra credit. You will have assignments that have due dates related to your project. The project will be due in its entirety by the due dates set forth on your science fair guide. The Eureka Science Fair will be held on January 9, 2017.

Quizzes and Tests: You will have frequent quizzes to help both of us track your progress and understanding of the subject. It will also require you to study as we go (cramming does not mean you learn the material). I expect you to study a short time almost every day. This might be working on course work, but you will need to look at Physics outside of class time to truly learn the information.

Labs: We will be doing a wide variety of labs in this class. Some are major, multi-day labs and require an extensive write-up. Other labs are shorter and require a simpler write-up. Before we start any lab in this class I will give you my expectations about how it should be written up and explain the hazards you are likely to encounter. You will be expected to follow all

Lab Safety Guidelines, and follow all verbal directions. Failure to do so will result in your grade for the lab being a “0.”

Lab Reports: You will be required to write several formal lab reports throughout the semester. They will be typed and may be assigned as individual or group reports. These reports are to be written concisely and clearly. They are designed for you to communicate with others scientific ideas (no pronouns). Daily Points: You will be given 5 daily points, each day. These points may be removed for procedural infractions and behavior issues.

Late Work: Late work will be accepted but is highly discouraged. Each student will be allowed two “Homework Passes” per semester. When this card is used, the student will not have the late penalty applied to the completed assignment. The assignment must be completed and turned in with the pass attached. This will exclude quizzes, tests, presentations, lab reports, projects, and long-term assignments. If you have a question about the use of a card on a specific assignment, please ask.

Make up Work and Help: I will be available 30 minutes before and after school every day. Any changes to this schedule will be announced in class.

Extra Credit: Will be offered sparingly. Don’t expect it to save your grade! Final Words: Don’t panic! If you do your homework, work hard in class, and study, you should have no problems with Physics. It’s fun!

__________________________________________________________________________________________ The undersigned parties have read these policies and understand all expectations. __________________________________________ _______________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Student Signature

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