Advanced Placement Physics 1 Syllabus
The accelerated program of study is designed to position students to engage in challenging and enriching course content. During the junior year, assignments and difficulty will focus on college readiness. During senior year, assignments and difficulty will focus on college level content.
Advanced Placement courses, are designed to be college level work.
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, wave motion, sound, electrostatics, and basic circuits. This course is the first part of a 2 year Advanced Placement Physics 2 course. Students will be expected to work to their full potential.
- Online Textbook: Urone, Hinrichs, Dirks, Sharma, Croom, Illowsky, Starks, Singh, & Dean, (2014) OpenStax Physics
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All textbooks must be returned to the issuing school when the student is promoted, transferred, or withdrawn.
|Writing/drawing/scribbling/ torn pages
||$3.00 per page
up to 100%
||Obscene writing or drawing on or in the book
|Excess wear/damage but still usable
||up to 10%
||Water damaged, not usable
|Cover of book damaged
||up to 15%
||Pages missing, not usable
||up to 15%
|Water damaged but still usable
||up to 30%
||up to 30%
Note: All Percentages are based on the cost of the book.
Come to class on-time, prepared to learn and stay the entire time.
Respect all people, property, and ideas
- 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
Do your very best!
Follow any school rules not addressed here but found in the student handbook including but not limited to:
- 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.
||30 seconds after class
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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:
- 50% Tests
- 20% Labs / Lab Quizzes
- 20% Quizzes / WebAssign
- 10% Reading Assignments / Homework / Class Assignments
(about every 15 school days) (3 days max to make it up before it becomes a zero! This is your responsibility)
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. This will be graded for a homework grade.
- comprised of Problems, Concepts, Interpretation of lab, Understanding of relationships of equations
- I reserve the right to deny credit if data tables, equations, plugged in data, and a final answer with units is not shown.
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
Spot,Homework, and Announced Quizzes
- Students will outline the new chapter. The outline off the chapter using the format taught in class will be handed in at the end of class 2 days after the previous chapters test.
- No extra time will be given unless previous permission has been granted.
Homework / WebAssign
- Being absent the day before a quiz does not provide exception from the quiz. Email 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.
Example of a
full credit homework problem:
- Homework assignments may or may not be graded. Students are expected to always come to class with their homework complete.
- Late homework WILL NOT be accepted
- It is the students responsibility to complete their WebAssign problems by the beginning of the class in which it is due.
- Partial completed homework will be considered incomplete
Problem: A car goes from 5m/s to 25m/s
what is the acceleration of
- 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 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 tests may have extra credit on them. Extra credit on a test can vary from extra reading assignment, recent news events, problems, or opinion statements.
- Research papers will involve the research of physics topics and the creation of a presentation to demonstrate the learned concepts. Research papers will be graded like a test.
- Presentations will be graded according to a rubric handed-out before the beginning of the project. All areas discussed int he rubric need to be covered