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North Pocono School District


701 Church St.     •     Moscow, PA 18444      •     (570) 842 -7659


John R. Croom III, Ed.D. (570) 842-7606 ext 5104


Physics Teacher              JCroom@npsd.org


Academic Physics Syllabus

Program Description:

        The academic program of study is designed to prepare students for college level work.

Course Description:

        In this course, we will explore the underlying, governing physical principles of our universe through the use of hypothesizing, observation, data gathering, and mathematical analysis.
        Key topics to be discovered and discussed are as follows: data gathering and graphical analysis, mechanics, 1- and 2-dimensional kinematics, including Newton's Laws of Motion, statics and dynamics, conservation of momentum, work and energy conservation, properties of solids and liquids, thermodynamics, wave motion, and sound. If time permits, we will also do a cursery overview of electricty.

Reference Textbooks:

  • Textbook: Serway and Vuille, (2008) College Physics. Brooks/Cole, $108.15
  • Textbook: Serway and Faughn, (2009) Holt Physics. Harcourt Publishing, $96.70
  • Textbook: Giancoli, (1998) Physics: Principles with Applications, 5th Ed Revised. Prentice Hall, $150.14
  • Textbook: Hewitt, (2002) Conceptual Physics, The High School Edition. Prentice Hall, $134.39
  • Textbook: Walker (2009) Physics, 4th Ed. Prentice Hall, $124.97
  • Textbook: Wilson and Buffa, (2000) College Physics. Prentice Hall, $144.51

Class Rules


  • Come to class on-time, prepared to learn and stay the entire time.
    • 3 Ring Binder (Required)
    • Scientific Calculator (Required)
    • Sharpened Pencil or Pen
    • Previous Handouts, Including Lab Handouts.
    • Homework Completed
    • No Food and Drinks
    • Plan to work bell to bell
    • Do not interrupt class to go to the lav. You will be denied during the first or last 15 minutes of class
    • Get the homework that you missed from a friend or e-mail me.
    • Excessive absences will be grounds for credit denial and/or failure of the course, according to school district policy
  • Respect all people, property, and ideas
    • Other people's property (School, Personal, etc.)
    • Others opinions and work
    • Raise your hand and wait to be recognized
    • Do not criticize
    • Do not touch others
    • No sleeping
    • No talking while others are talking
    • No bodily noises
    • No cheating or plagiarizing (Automatic Zero)
    • No talking while others are taking a tests, quizzes, or other assessment
    • Cleanup after yourself
    • Sit in your assigned seat
    • Turn off all electronic devices.

  • Do your very best!
  • Follow any school rules not addressed here but found in the student handbook including but not limited to:
  • Consequences

    Warning
    30 seconds after class
    Notify parents
    Detention
    Request Conference
    • If an action is severe enough, higher consequences can be taken. The consequences will last an entire quarter and you will regain a clean slate on first day of the following quarter.
    NOTE:
    Since this is a laboratory class, fooling around in the laboratory will not be tolerated. Any student who fools around in the lab will be removed from the lab, receive a failing grade on the current assignment and will receive an appropriate consequence. Students must follow the lab rules listed as lab safety rules.

    Class Procedures
    • Classes will normally start with a period for students to ask questions. It is important that students arrive in class prepared to ask any questions they have about their homework, readings, or the previous day's class. If a student is nervous about asking the question, that may slip the teacher a piece of paper with the question, or ask the teacher before class to cover the topic with the entire class 
    • To help the students retain information from the daily lesson, students are encouraged to write a brief sentence or two in their notebook summarizing the topics learned during the daily lesson.
    All textbooks are the property of the North Pocono School District. The parent, guardian, or other person having custody of a child to whom textbooks are issued, will be liable for any loss, abuse, or damage in excess of that which would result from normal use of such textbook.

    All textbooks must be returned to the issuing school when the student is promoted, transferred, or withdrawn.

    Damage Fine   Damage Fine
    Writing/drawing/scribbling/ torn pages     $3.00 per page
    up to 100%
      Obscene writing or drawing on or in the book 100%
    Excess wear/damage but still usable    up to 10%   Water damaged, not usable  100%
    Cover of book damaged     up to 15%   Pages missing, not usable 100%
    Spine damaged     up to 15%   Non-returned book 100%
    Water damaged but still usable   up to 30%   Broken Binding up to 30%

    Note: All Percentages are based on the cost of the book.

    Grading Procedures


    Grading will be done on a percentage system with each graded assignment providing a specific number of points towards each category. A 65 % minimum average is needed to pass. Your grade will be comprised of:

    • 50% Tests
    • 25% Labs
    • 25% Quizzes

    Assignments may include:

    Tests
    (about every 15 school days) (3 days max to make it up before it becomes a zero! This is your responsibility)
    • comprised of Problems, Concepts, Interpretation of lab, Understanding of relationships of equations
    • All tests must be completed in the time provided. No extra time will be given unless previous permission has been granted.
    • If you are absent the day before a test and new information is presented for the test you are given 1 day to make up the test. If you are absent the day before a test and no new information is presented you are still required to take the test.
    • At the time of the test you should hand in any problems you completed on your own previous to the test. They should labeled with their assignment name and number.

    Formal Labs
    Must be typed and must follow lab report format outlined below.
    • 10% off for every day late
    • After 5 days the lab becomes a ZERO
    • Mini-Labs (Informal Labs) will also be preformed and will weighted appropriately compared to Formal Labs
    Reading Quizzes
    • Will be based on assigned reading and will be taken in Moodle. Please register for Moodle today.
    • All quizzes must be completed in the time provided. No extra time will be given unless previous permission has been granted.

    Spot, homework, and announced Quizzes
    • Being absent the day before a quiz does not provide exception from the quiz. E-mail your instructor, call a friend, read your chapter, practice your problems, determine what you missed.
    • All quizzes must be completed in the time provided. No extra time will be given unless previous permission has been granted.

    Homework
    • Homework assignments may or may not be graded. Graded homework will count as a quiz grade. Students are expected to always come to class with their homework complete.
    • Late homework WILL NOT be accepted
    • Partial completed homework will be considered incomplete
    Example of a full credit homework problem:

    Problem:          A car goes from 5m/s to 25m/s in 3s,
                            what is the acceleration of the car?

    example problem
    Class Participation
    • Will be considered for borderline grades
    • Students who miss more than 4 days of class total after the first quarter, 6 days total after the second quarter, 8 days after the third quarter, and 10 days after the fourth quarter will not be eligible for participation recognition

    Extra Credit
    • Extra Credit if assigned will be given to the entire class. Extra credit assignments are not to be worked on in class and will be required to be handed in on the given day. No partial credit is given for extra credit.
    • Some test may have extra credit on them. Extra credits on test can vary from extra reading assignment, recent news events, problems, or opinion statements.

    Research Paper
    • Research papers will involve the research of a physics topics and the creation of a presentation to demonstrate the learned concepts. Research papers will be graded like a test.

    Presentations
    • Presentations will be graded according to a rubric handed-out before the beginning of the project. All areas discussed in the rubric need to be covered

    Final Exam
    • There will be a final exam in this class according to the schedule produced by the school administration. Our final will contain 2 parts. One part will be a lab final on lab procedures learned in class. The second part will be based on problem solving and concepts learn through the course.
    • Any information not covered before the final exam will be evaluated on a quiz the last day of the course. This quiz grade will count for the second quarter of the semester.

    Unprepared for Class
    • Students coming to class unprepared based on the rules above lose 4 points from their test point total for each occurrence. Coming to class unprepared include but are not limited to not having your pencil or pen, notebook, textbook, or handouts.

    Absenteeism and Grades
    • Due to the nature of physics student attendance in class is required. Students who miss classes, miss integral parts of the course that can not be replicated on paper or in a small group setting. As the number of days students are absent increases, their overall grade in the course will decrease from missed quiz and test questions, and from poor lab performance. Students need to make every effort to be in class every day to prevent their grades from decreasing.
    • If a student misses over 15 days of class during the year, the student will see a reduction in their quarter class grade by 1 point for each additional day they miss.
    • Any assignment you miss because of absence is your responsibility to make up. If after a week the assignment is still outstanding it becomes a zero. This may require you to spend some time after school making up labs and projects.
    • If you develop a pattern of absence from class on testing days, you will forfeit the extra credit offered on the test. You may also be given the extra credit problem as part of the graded part of the test. You may be also given another version of the test where a given problem written in multiple choice format is replaced by an open ended problem, where all work must be shown - the replacement problem may or may not be equivalent in complexity.
    • Tests and homework follow the late schedule listed above under their specific heading.
    Additional Information
    • Leaving the classroom in the middle of a test, quiz, or other formal assignment is discouraged. Take care of all personal issues before entering the classroom. A consistent pattern of leaving during an assignment will be viewed as giving the test taker an unfair advantage and points may be deducted. Follow the rules provided for the SATs found at http://www.collegeboard.com/html/sat_terms_conditions.html
    • Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet skills will be an ongoing process.  Formal lab reports and certain assignments will require a certain proficiency using the Microsoft Office 1997 or later package, which is readily available to all students on the NPSD intranet.  Specifically, we will be using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel throughout the semester. After school passes to the library may be obtained.
    • It is the responsibility of the student to keep track of his/her grades. Mr. Croom will not give grades out during the semester. All grades will be posted on the school's online grading program for you to check. If you question your nine weeks average, you must be able to prove your grades so keep your assignments.

    Semester Grades will be determined by the following system.  
    22.5%    of each quarters average
    10%      Final Exam Score

    Academic Honesty

    Your integrity should be very important to you. Copying homework or assignments is cheating, and when caught you will be given a 0%. Working together is different than copying. Any quiz, test or project you are caught cheating on will result in automatic 0% with no opportunity for a retake. I will give different versions of test/quizzes and move students around during testing to ensure you are doing your own work. Ultimately however, it is you who must determine how you want to succeed, on your own merits or dishonestly through the work of someone else.

    Other Information


    Stay informed. Make Sure Your E-mail is Up-To-Date

    Students should register with TurnItIn which will be used for some of our lab reports and will also be used to send out occasionally e-mails. See your teacher to get your class id and registration password.

    Occasionally information will be sent out to parents via e-mail to receive these e-mails, please make sure your e-mail address is correct in home access center

    Other References:
    • www.croomphysics.com
    • www.npsd.org
    • www.google.com -type in the topic of your choice.

    Useful or Inspiring Books
    1. Cosmos By Carl Sagan
    2. Cartoon Physics By Larry Gonick and Art Huffman
    3. Cliff Notes Physics By Linda Huetinck and Scott Adams
    4. The Handy Physics Answer Book By P. Erik Gundersen

    Useful or Inspiring Videos
    1. The Mechanical Universe- by Dr. David Goodstein at the California Institute of Technology
      1. http://www.learner.org/resources/series42.html?pop=yes&vodid=49818&pid=557#
    2. Cosmos: By Carl Sagan
    3. October Sky
    4. Nova:-http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs.html

    Closing Thought

    If Everyone Is Special, No One Is Special

    Computer Responsibility


    Students are required to pay for any damage done district computers during the time they are using them. Because of this, it is very important that students report any damage to the machine when they sign it out so they are not held responsible. It is also important that students always return the computer to where they originally got them. Computers left out could be accidentally broken. If students don't return their computers, they could lose their computer privilege and/or have to pay for damages.

    Calculator Replacement Cost


    Model Cost
    TI-84 $106.55
    TI-30 $12.60
    Students should bring the same calculator to class each day. Please borrow or buy one if you do not already have one. A small number of calculators are available to sign-out. These calculators will be assigned to each student, and it will be their personal responsibility-to carry the calculator with them. UNDER NO CICUMSTANCES may calculators be left in the classroom.
    If a calculator is lost, stolen, not returned, or it is returned in a damaged condition, the student will be responsible for replacing the calculator with a new fully functional calculator of the same model. Students are also responsibility for replacing batteries in calculators they borrow if necessary.

    Publication / Picture Waiver


    A picture of your student or work created by your student may be included in a classroom project.  We may use the resulting project in one or more of the following ways:
    • Science Fair Projects
    • Use as a demonstration project/activity in educational workshops, classes, and/or conferences.
    • Use videos for the benefit of improving on classroom management techniques
    • Use portions of the videos during meeting dealing with your child.
    • Submit as samples to grant and contest entries for your child and/or the North Pocono School District.
    • Part of school projects that student might publish on the Internet.
    • Part of an article submitted to the district website or a newspaper about an activity your child participated in related to the school or the class

    If you do not want your students picture used please contact me by one of the means listed above.

    Lab Safety Rules (Your Copy)

    This is to certify that I, ____________________, have been instructed in the following safety component of this science class:
    • By signing below,I verify that I have been informed where the following items are located and have been instructed on how to use the so named items:
      • Fire extinguisher
      • Fire blanket
      • Eyewash fountain
      • Safety shower
      • Exhaust hood
      • Chemical spill control kits
      • First aid kit
      • Eye protective devices (goggles)
      • Master shutoff for gas, electricity, and water
      • Heat sources (Burners, ovens, etc.)
    • I will not use any lab equipment, unless instructed on when and how to use such an item by my teacher. If I have any questions on how something works or need a refresher on how something works, I will ask the teacher in charge.
    • There will be no projectile motion in this class, unless instructed by the teacher to do so.
    • Special laboratory clothing shall be worn when dealing with labs that require clothing protection. These clothing items can include but is not limited to, closed toe shoes, glasses instead of contacts, safety goggles, lab jackets, long pants and gloves. Any students repeatedly failing to comply with this regulation may be removed from participation in class and receive an unsatisfactory grade.
    • I have been informed on the safety procedures for the following situations, and know that I must report the following situations as soon as possible to my teacher:
      • Fire
      • Chemical Splash to the body
      • Eye emergency
      • Chemical Spill
      • Broken Glass
      • Other injuries
    • I will follow all other safety rules in the class which will be posted which include but are not limited to
      • No running
      • No physical contact with others
      • No harassing others
      • No food, drinks or gum
    • I will be required to buy all lab equipment I break in class. (Some of the lab equipment is in excess of $500)

    Student Copy

    Procedures and Rules Acknowledgment

    I, ________________________ (student's name) have read and agree to follow all of the, policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules set forth in the class syllabus found on my courses Procedures page on www.croomphysics.com. If I have a question about any portion of the syllabus I will ask my teacher for clarification. I realize that I must obey these rules to insure my own safety, and that of my fellow students and instructor. I will cooperate to the fullest extent with my instructor and fellow students to maintain a safe classroom and lab environment. I will also closely follow the oral and written instructions provided by the instructor. I am aware that any violation of this safety contract that results in unsafe conductions in the laboratory, or misbehavior on my part, may result in being removed from the laboratory, receiving a detention, receiving a failing grade, and/or dismissal from the course.

           
    Student Signature Date

    Dear Parent or Guardian,
    We feel that you should be informed regarding the school's effort to create and maintain a safe science classroom and laboratory environment. With the cooperation of the instructor, parents, possible hazards can be corrected and prevented. You should be aware of all of the, policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules your son/daughter will receive before engaging in class and laboratory work. Please read the list of these policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules which are set forth in the class syllabus found on the Procedures page on www.croomphysics.com. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your student's teacher. No student will be permitted to perform laboratory activities unless this contract is signed by both the student and the parent/guardian and is on file with the teacher. Your signature on this contract indicates that you have read this syllabus and are aware of the measures taken to insure the safety of your son/daughter in the science class and laboratory as well as the grading procedure and the student's responsibilities for the course. It is also expected that you will instruct your son/daughter to uphold his/her agreement to the follow these rules and procedures in the class and laboratory.

               
    Parent/Guardian Name (print) Signature Date

    Student's Last Name______________________________

    Information Sheet

    Name(Student) ( First, Last,Preferred) _____________________________________________

    Contact Name (First, Last, Relationship) ____________________________________________

    Contact Phone Number__________________________________________________________

    Contact e-mail address(parent)____________________________________________________

    Contact e-mail address(student)___________________________________________________

    Questions

    1. Do you have Internet access at home? 
      • ___  Yes  ____No

    2. Are you color blind?
      • ___  Yes  ____No

    3.  Do you have an after school job?
      • ____Yes  ____No  
      • How many hours per week?______
    Record of Home Contact
    Do not write in this box
     Date
     Person
     Medium
         
         
         
         
         
    Procedures and Rules Acknowledgment

    I, ________________________ (student's name) have read and agree to follow all of the, policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules set forth in the class syllabus found on my courses Procedures page on www.croomphysics.com. If I have a question about any portion of the syllabus I will ask my teacher for clarification. I realize that I must obey these rules to insure my own safety, and that of my fellow students and instructor. I will cooperate to the fullest extent with my instructor and fellow students to maintain a safe classroom and lab environment. I will also closely follow the oral and written instructions provided by the instructor. I am aware that any violation of this safety contract that results in unsafe conductions in the laboratory, or misbehavior on my part, may result in being removed from the laboratory, receiving a detention, receiving a failing grade, and/or dismissal from the course.

           
    Student Signature Date

    Dear Parent or Guardian,
    We feel that you should be informed regarding the school's effort to create and maintain a safe science classroom and laboratory environment. With the cooperation of the instructor, parents, possible hazards can be corrected and prevented. You should be aware of all of the, policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules your son/daughter will receive before engaging in class and laboratory work. Please read the list of these policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules which are set forth in the class syllabus found on the Procedures page on www.croomphysics.com. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your student's teacher. No student will be permitted to perform laboratory activities unless this contract is signed by both the student and the parent/guardian and is on file with the teacher. Your signature on this contract indicates that you have read this syllabus and are aware of the measures taken to insure the safety of your son/daughter in the science class and laboratory as well as the grading procedure and the student's responsibilities for the course. It is also expected that you will instruct your son/daughter to uphold his/her agreement to the follow these rules and procedures in the class and laboratory.

               
    Parent/Guardian Name (print) Signature Date