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									        I.B. Physics 12
            Course Information
                Mr. Gregory Guido
 Science Dept. phone #: (631) 262-6704

    FUNDAMENTAL RULE: Everyone should show one another
                           courtesy and respect at all times.

 IB Physics 12 is the continuation of a two-year physics sequence that will
 prepare you to take either the HL or SL exam at the end of this year. The
 primary focus is both on learning physics – learning how interesting the
 physical world around us is – and doing physics – actually investigating that
 physical world yourself to see what secrets it holds. We will build on the
 foundation laid last year in the basic physics of Intro to IB Physics by
 revisiting many topics in greater detail and with greater mathematical
 sophistication as well as explore new areas of physics. I hope you will
 experience along the way some of the majesty and awe that comes with
 scientific investigation.
       A 3-ring binder with loose leaf for notes. This way you can insert class handouts
        in the appropriate places. Most notes will be given on handouts, so a notebook is
        not needed.

       Graph paper, ruler, scientific or graphing calculator.

       The text is Physics – Cutnell & Johnson. You will use the text for reading
        assignments and homework. You will not need to bring the text to class so you
        can leave it at home.

                                             70% - Tests
                                           15% - Homework
                                             15% - Labs
   1. Test are modeled on actual IB exams to give you practice in the types of questions
      and timing required of you on the IB exam. They are graded accordingly.

   2. If you are absent for a test, you should arrange with me to take it on your own
       time (free period, lunch, before school, after school). The test must be made up
       within 3 school days or a grade of zero will be earned.

   3. For extra credit, you can make test corrections and hand them in to raise your test
      grade by up to one full “letter grade” depending on the quality of your
      corrections. You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to
      clear up any confusion you may have and become more confident with the

1. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) requires that you have completed
   40 hours of lab work (Standard Level) or 60 hours of lab work (Higher Level). Most
   of these lab hours should have already been logged in IB11 last year. I anticipate we
   will log approximately 15 – 20 more lab hours this year with chances to improve your
   grades in each of the eight required assessment criteria. Samples of selected students’
   work will be sent to an external examiner in April for assessment.

2. The IBO also requires that you participate in an interdisciplinary scientific research
   project (the Group 4 Project). You should have completed that last year. If you did
   not, see me immediately.

3. Labs are due at the beginning of class on the day they are due. Students who do not
   hand in their labs on or before this time will face a 10% deduction per day in their
   final grade of the lab.

4. Lab work that is missed due to an absence must be made up during the next lab
   makeup session. Times for the makeup sessions will be posted in the classroom. If
   this poses a difficulty, see me.

5. All IB labs need to be written up according to the prescribed format. See the handout
   entitled “IB Lab Write-up Information” for more details. All non-IB labs should be
   written up in a similar format with modifications to be described at the time they are

6. Please read and understand the Science Department Lab Policy, which you will be
   given on another sheet. You are responsible for following it.
   1. Homework will be assigned for each unit on a nightly basis and will
      include readings, worksheets, problems from the text, or other
      appropriate activities.

   2. Homework will normally be reviewed at the beginning of the class in
      which it is due. All homework should be kept in your binder for
      study and for use in writing up your Problem Set.

   3. At the end of each unit, all or a selection of the homework problems
      from that unit need to be turned in as a Problem Set. The Problem
      Set should consist of a new and orderly copy of the assigned
      problems written up correctly on loose-leaf, not just a collection of the daily
      homework papers. A complete problem set should be turned by each student with
      full solutions, including all work shown and appropriate diagrams, usually the day
      after the test. A penalty of 10% per day will be assessed for late problem sets.
      Problem Sets are the major component of your homework grade and should be
      done carefully.

   4. Occasionally, other worksheets or activities will be assigned for homework credit.

1. Lateness: You are expected to be in class on time every day.
   This includes returning from the break between lab periods on
   time. Lateness disrupts the class and distracts from
   everybody’s learning. Students who are late without a pass
   must sign in on the sign-in sheet. The third lateness, or a
   significant lateness, may result in detention.

2. Absences: Do your best to keep absences to a minimum so that you don’t miss
   instruction and have to make up work. Of course, you may be sick or on a field trip
   or have some other activity that causes you to miss class. If you are absent, it is your
   responsibility to make up any work you missed. You can find out what you missed
           a) contacting one of your classmates,
           b) emailing me,
           c) checking the class website,
           d) checking for your name on the lists posted on the window by the door.

3. All graded work missed due to a cut or illegal absence may receive a grade of zero,
   according to school policy.
                                THE IB EXAMS:
Taking an IB Physics exam (HL or SL) is a requirement for all students in this course.
The IB physics exam consists of 3 parts or “papers” to be written over the course of two
sessions, usually on separate days in May. The first paper consists of multiple choice
questions covering all the core topics. The second paper consists of extended response
questions covering all the core topics. The third paper consists of extended response
questions covering two of the optional areas. Students should check the dates for the
exams as soon as they become available. If these dates pose a conflict for you, see your
guidance counselor, the IB coordinator, or me as soon as the conflict becomes apparent.
There will be a fee charged by the IBO for taking the test. Fee reductions are possible in
some cases. See me as soon as possible if this fee is a problem.

                                  EXTRA HELP:
Please see me or one of the other physics teachers (Ms. Libretto or Ms. Nadworny), for
extra help as soon as you run into trouble. If you can correct the problem right away, you
won’t fall behind and life will be much easier for you. I’m usually in the Science
Resource Room (S-114), the classroom (S-111), or the prep room (S-109) before school,
after school and on my free periods (check my schedule). If possible, make an
appointment with me or else just stop by. We’re here to help!

              My hope is that we’ll do some good brain-stretching work this year while
              having some serious physics fun along the way and that you and I will both
              come out a lot smarter in June than we are right now. Every year is a new
              opportunity to learn, change, and grow so let’s make the most of it!

 Unit 1: Physics and Physical Measurement
            Unit 2: Mechanics
       Unit 3: Universal Gravitation
         Unit 4: Thermal Physics
      Unit 5: Oscillations and Waves
        Unit 6: Wave Phenomena
         Unit 7: Electric Circuits
   Unit 8: Electric and Magnetic Fields
        Unit 9: Electromagnetism
        Unit 10: Quantum Physics
          Unit 11: Nuclear Physics
        Unit 12: Energy and Power
         Unit 13: Climate Change
         Unit 14: Medical Physics
           Unit 15: EM Waves
       Unit 16: Digital Technology
          Unit 17: Final Project
     Here’s some advice from last year’s students . . .
Don’t leave things to the last minute.

Do problem sets before the test and go to as many review sessions as possible. They’re very helpful.

Stay on to p of the workload and try not to miss any notes . . . EVER.

Go to the review sessions at the end of the year! They’re really, really helpful! Also make sure to do the
homework each day because it helps reinforce the things you learn in class.

Print the review sheets before tests and know the definitions.

Don’t slack off - keep up with the homeworks.

Come to the Paper 3 Cram Session, do the problem sets in a timely fashion, be sure to download the topic
review sheets – they’re very helpful in focusing your studies.

Do the problem sets the night assigned – study hard! – study for the IB exam WAY in advance

Study a little bit each night rather than cramming. If you just stay on top of your work you will do well.

Do your problem sets! And even though it may seem like you’ll have a lot to study before the exam, you

Do the problem sets on time. You should actually just do them in general.

Enjoy physics! Do your best on IB labs because you can be a little more confident on IB test day.

My advice is to know your definitions and to do your problem sets before the test. Always try your best
even if times are tough.

Problem sets!


Use the orange review book (Tim Kirk) as a reference.

Firstly, don’t miss class. Being absent pushes you back to much and will only hurt you. Secondly, do your
homework every night! Although Mr. Guido does not check it every night do not wait until after the test to
do the problem set. You are only fooling yourself! Also, study for the IB exam IN ADVANCE!! Near
May everything will catch up to you so don’t leave it until last minute.

I’d say to future students: relax, get sleep and breathe.

Do the reviews (bellworks, etc) early on – it’s too hard to remember everything in the last few weeks.
Learn the material as you go. Don’t leave it for the night before a test if you’re confused. Practice makes

They need to do the HW before the test, that is the key to being successful. If you have a problem, go in
the next day for help. Take this advice even though you won’t. Don’t fall behind in class - if you miss
notes, just get them the next day and go over them with Mr. Guido.

Definitely do the problem sets and keep up with the work. The problem sets affected my grade on the test
each and every time!

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