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I.B. Physics 12 Course Information Mr. Gregory Guido Science Dept. phone #: (631) 262-6704 email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: http://homework.northport.k12.ny.us/nhs/science/gguido/homework.htm 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. SUPPLIES 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. GRADES 70% - Tests 15% - Homework 15% - Labs TESTS 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 material. LABS 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 assigned. 6. Please read and understand the Science Department Lab Policy, which you will be given on another sheet. You are responsible for following it. HOMEWORK 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. ATTENDANCE 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 by: 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! COURSE OUTLINE – I.B. PHYSICS 12 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 don’t! 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! Relax. 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 perfect! 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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