PHYSICS 1 HONORS
Welcome to the study of Physics! This is a brief outline of the course along with my grading system and expectations of you for a successful year. Please keep this for future reference.
WHAT IS PHYSICS?
Physics is the study of matter and energy and their relationships. Although this is a science course, a good mathematical background is essential to being successful in this course. A math pretest will be given in the first few days of school to help determine if the student has an adequate mathematical foundation. Some of the major topics we will study are measurement, motion, forces, gravitation, momentum, power, simple machines, energy, states of matter, waves, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism.
SUPPLIES NEEDED DAILY
Binder or folder and other organizational supplies
Paper, pencil, pen
Scientific calculator (prefer TI-84 plus since we will use them in labs & on tests)
Major tests - 70 % Daily work –30 % (labs will count as 2 daily assignments)
Progress reports will be sent home after 3 weeks each six-weeks for all students.
SCHEDULE FOR TEST DAYS & MAKE-UP WORK
Tests will be given on Tuesdays and Fridays unless it is a shortened week. Make-up tests and labs will be given on Mondays from 2:55 – 3:40 pm and Wednesdays from 6:35 – 7:20 am in Room 3015.
ATTENDANCE, TUTORING, LATE WORK, AND MAKE-UP WORK
Attendance is very important in a demonstration and lab class such as physics. The student is responsible for all missed assignments, labs, and tests. Students should make an appointment with me for tutoring.
Work that is one day late will receive 25 point deduction, two days late will receive a 50 point deduction, and three or more days late will receive a grade of zero in accordance with Kingwood High School Policy.
Daily work must be made up as soon as possible and no later than the date set by your teacher. Daily assignments will not help prepare youfor a test if not done in a timely manner.
Laboratory work is essential in Physics. If a student is not present to perform the experiment and collect the data for a lab they must come in the following week, either Tuesday or Wednesday after school, to do the lab. Getting data from another student is not acceptable and is considered cheating. Due to the equipment and time required to perform experiments, labs may not be made up before school. Lab work will be made up in Room 3014 on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons only.
Tutoring will be offered before and after school before each test. Tutoring any other time can be scheduled but it would be a good idea to schedule time with their teachers.
TARDIES : These will be enforced according to school policy.
Our labs are designed to offer hands on experience and often involves expensive equipment. Please take good care of all
equipment and return it to its proper place. If equipment is broken or not working properly, report it to the teacher immediately so a replacement can be made. If you break any equipment through carelessness or misuse, you will have to pay it.
No lab equipment or supplies are to be taken from the room unless given permission by your teacher. We need all of our supplies and equipment, even the smallest ruler, etc. Taking equipment would be considered theft of school property.
Students not following correct lab procedures or misusing equipment may be removed from lab and given a zero for that assignment. This is for the safety of all students in lab.
My conference periods are 2ndand 5th period. You may reach me by phone at 281-641-7004 or by email at .I also have a teacher web page that you can access through the KingwoodHigh School home page.
I look forward to working with all of you this year. We will all learn and have fun along the way.