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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:


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
    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
    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:


    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)
    Formal Labs
    Must be typed and must follow lab report format outlined below.
    Reading Quizzes
    Spot, homework, and announced Quizzes

    Homework
    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

    Extra Credit

    Research Paper

    Presentations

    Final Exam

    Unprepared for Class

    Absenteeism and Grades
    Additional Information

    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:
    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:

    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:

    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