# Sylabus Physics

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Instructor: Mr. Collins
It is my hope to have an enjoyable class where everyone can learn. Therefore I will be available before and after school to
In order to have a classroom that runs smoothly there has to be established rules and procedures. Therefore, you will need to
learn and follow the rules and procedures in this class. If you have any questions feel free to email me. jcollins@amherst.k12.va.us

Course Description: One credit        Prerequisite: Algebra II
Physics develops awareness of the mathematical nature of laws underlying the physical world. The understanding of these
principles in reinforced through lab experiences and problem solving using techniques of algebra and geometry. This course is
appropriate for college-bound students and students preparing for a technical career.

Course Objectives: To appreciate the mathematical nature of the laws underlying matter, energy, and their interactions.
To improve verbal and written technical communication.
To develop laboratory skills.
To prepare for further study in science.
To better understand technological and scientific issues affecting society.

Course Outline: (SOLs in parenthesis):
1. Waves and optics/acoustics (PH.1-PH.4, PH.8 – PH.11)
2. Motion (PH. 1- PH. 5)
3. Curved motion and gravitation (PH.1-PH.5, PH.12)
4. Momentum and Energy (PH.–PH.6, PH.8)
5. Fluids (PH 7)
6. Electricity and Magnetism (PH.1- PH.4, PH.6, PH.8, PH.8, PH.10, PH.12, PH.12, PH.13)
7. Heat and Thermodynamics (PH.1 – PH.4, PH. 7)
8. Modern Physics (PH.3, PH.4, PH.8, PH.10, PH.14)
Materials: Students will need to have: pencil/pen (blue or black), scientific calculator, paper, and folder or three ring binder, protractor,
and ruler.

Grading: Homework, labs, test, and other assignments will be used to determine grades. Quizzes and test will account for 35% of the
grade, 40% will come from class work and labs, 5% from homework, and 20% will come from the 9 weeks exam. The grading scale is
located in the student handbook. Test will most likely be given on either Wednesday or Friday. There will be a 25% deduction on late
work that is one day late. Work that is more than one day late will have a greater deduction.

Make-up work
- It is the responsibility of the student to see the teacher on the day he or she returns to school to obtain assignments and
schedule make-up work at the teacher’s convenience.
- All work must be completed within five school days from the return to school.
- When a student is absent, if a parent requests, assignments are to be available at the school by the end of school office hours
that day.
- Laboratory option, turn in a hand written report on the topic of the labt. You must include Bibliography.

Safety is an important issue and acting unsafe will result in being removed from lab, and given written work, and possibly a
referral to administration as well as a phone call home. If an accident were to occur you are expected to use the first aid kit in the back of
the room as well as a fire extinguisher, as appropriate. Also, a nurse is available just down the hall. If the nurse is not available Mr. Curd,
Mr. Pitsenbarger, Mr. Wells, and Dr. Garrett are first responders. However, prevention is best; therefore you should never touch any piece
of equipment without permission and act professionally in the laboratory.

Classroom rules:
- Be in your seat and begin working when the bell rings.
- Do not talk while I am lecturing.
- Take care of equipment and only touch it when given permission.
- No gum, food or drink.

Consequences:
- Removed from lab
- Writing a paper on a topic we are currently covering
- Conference with student
- Phone call home
Student’s Signature:________________________ Date:__________

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