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									                         AP Physics Exam: May 13, 2013, 12 PM

AP Physics Course Description
        AP Physics B is equivalent to a year-long non calculus physics course, and UW offers 15
        credits so students who score a 4 or 5 on the AP Exam. There is no better deal available.
        Compared to our physics class, this course will move faster and be more rigorous and
        complex. A score of 3 or better is considered passing and should be celebrated.

Text: Physics, Walker, 2002. This is a pretty good college level text, and the one UW uses. It is
        a resource and a source of sample items, back up instruction and practice items. However,
        the AP Exam items are not very similar, so we will transition to AP Exam items as soon as
        we have enough physics content to address them (December or so).

Class Expectations
       Follow instructions and behave like a considerate, responsible adult
       Complete all assigned work and come to class mentally and physically prepared to
        actively engage in learning every day.
       Six items to bring to class daily: Scientific calculator (EE or EXP key, need not be
        graphing), composition book or other type of science notebook, glue stick, pen or pencil
        with eraser, highlighter, transparent metric ruler.
       Obey all Kentwood policies. Cell phones must be turned off when they are in this
        classroom, and calculators must never be used for gaming. Hats, cell phones,
        headphone/stereo devices, game devices and calculators used as gaming devices will be
        confiscated. Parents must pick up confiscated items in person in the main office.
       The KW dress code will be enforced.

First Semester Grading
       70% of the grade will be based on summative assessments, which may include unit tests,
        skill quizzes, performance assessments, lab reports, lab quizzes, notebook and projects.
        The minimum test score will be 50% (essentially a 5 point scoring scale).
       Students will be required to record daily entries, questions, notes and many assignments
        in a science notebook. Your notebook is your study guide, so it is to your benefit to keep
        a thorough record of class activities and instruction.
       30% of the grade will be Class Work and Notebook. Part of each assignment will be
        checked for completion. Which part will be determined randomly on the due date.

Second Semester Grading is AP Score Outcome-Based
    This applies to those who complete a course project and presentation

       I will administer an AP Physics Exam before spring break. Students who score a 5 will
       have an A for the course (both terms). Students who score below a 5 will have their grade
       temporarily set as follows: 4 = B, 3 = C, 2 = D. This is a starting point. I will administer a
       second exam for practice before the May 13th AP Exam (not for grade), and a third exam in
       June. The June exam will be another opportunity to improve your course grade as
       described. In July, when we see your actual AP Exam performance, I will raise your grade
       (both terms) to and A if you scored a 4 or 5, a B if you scored a 3, a C if you scored a 2.
       If your existing grade is higher, it will not be reduced.

       This form of grading is like checking the level of a bathtub as it fills. Your grade depends
       on the level at the end, and is not ultimately affected by how long you take to get there.
Assessments          (BYOC = Bring your own calculator to tests. No sharing!)

   Dates for summative unit assessments will be announced and posted in advance in class.
   Students may use the resource page, formula lists and calculators on the free response questions, as
    well as for multiple choice items during first semester. Second semester only the resource page will
    be provided during multiple choice testing. Cell phone ≠ calculator.
   The day before each test is purely review, with no new material presented. Students absent on the
    summative assessment day or the day before the test day will take it on the day they return.
   Periodic formative assessments will be given and scored on a 4 point scale.
    4 = Advanced            3 = Proficient           2 = Developing          1 = Beginning

Retakes for Grade Improvement Because of the nature of the grading in this course, the second
    semester cumulative AP Exams serve this purpose. If any retake is offered first semester, it would
    only be available to students who are doing the homework and can prove they take thorough notes.

Homework and in-class assignments are intended to provide needed practice to prepare students to
demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills on unit assessments. Work should be neat, complete and
accurate. Complete set-up, including units, will be required for all calculations.

This class is taught as a workshop, in that skills will be presented and then time will be provided to get a
good start on assigned items, so there is ample opportunity to work together and to ask questions. Often,
students will be called upon to work through problems in front of the class.

Assignment and Assessment Make-Up Policy (This is if you were absent)
   Missed work should be completed and turned in promptly.
   For planned absences of three or more days such as family trips or camp counseling, work
    must be requested before the absence and turned in or assessed upon return.
   Formative assessments may not be made up, but students will be provided with a copy.
   Work missed due to unexcused absence cannot be made up per KSD policy 3122.


AP Physics will have daily in-class assignments, which relate to the course goals and objectives. Many
of these in-class activities (such as discussions, presentations, labs and demonstrations) are impossible to
replicate, so it is imperative that a student be in class. The learning tied to these activities must be
demonstrated on assessments.
If you are absent, e-mail me or ask a classmate for missed work.


Parents and students may access student grade and class information online at the Skyward website.
Grades, course information will be posted after unit exams, approximately monthly.

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