Jim Ned High School
Teacher: David Hogan
Tutoring Hours: M-F, 8:00-8:25
Conference Hours: TBD
Text: Physics (2002) by Zitzewitz
Course Description: Students conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during
investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study a
variety of topics that include: laws of motion; changes within physical systems and conservation of energy and
momentum; forces; thermodynamics; characteristics and behavior of waves; and atomic, nuclear, and quantum
physics. Students who successfully complete Physics will acquire factual knowledge within a conceptual
framework, practice experimental design and interpretation, work collaboratively with colleagues, and develop
critical thinking skills.
Credit: 1 high school credit
Prerequisites: Geometry & Algebra II
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student should:
1. be able to use scientific methods during field and laboratory investigations,
2. be able to use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions,
3. know the laws governing motion,
4. know that changes occur within a physical system and recognize that energy and momentum are conserved,
5. know forces in nature,
6. know the laws of thermodynamics,
7. know the characteristics and behavior of waves, and
8. know simple examples of quantum physics.
Grading Policy: Grade calculation will be determined by the following weighting convention:
Semester exams will compose 1/7th of each semester average.
In the case of excused absences, the student will receive one day for each day absent to complete any missed work.
In the case of unexcused absences, the assignment/acceptance of make-up work will be at the teacher's discretion.
Academic Integrity: Any student caught cheating will receive a grade of zero on the assignment, without
opportunity to resubmit. Additional administrative disciplinary action may occur, per school policy.
Student Conduct: Refer to the classroom policies posted at http://jimned.region14.net/webs/dhogan/
Student Technology Use in Classroom: The student will not email, text, or otherwise use a digital/cellular device
unless requested to do so by the teacher.
Changes to the Syllabus: The course schedule and procedures in this syllabus are subject to change if deemed
appropriate by the instructor.