AP Physics B is an algebra-based, college level, introductory physics course covering kinematics, Newtonian motion, work, power, energy,
momentum, circular motion, oscillations, gravitation, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electricity, magnetism, modern, nuclear physics and
waves/optics. Problem solving, reading, understanding and interpreting physical information as well as using basic mathematical reasoning is a
vital component of this course. The lab component of this course is designed to give student experience in performing experiments, analyzing
and graphing data, interpreting and presenting results, and evaluating error and uncertainty. The time and effort required for assignments and
study in this course is significantly more than required for non AP classes. The curriculum is rigorous and challenging, reflecting College Board
AP benchmarks for achievement.
AP Physics B at SCPS
With Mrs. Lisa Kavanaugh 2009-2010 email@example.com
Class Rules Class Procedures
1. All students in AP Physics are required to 1. You are allowed one tardy each quarter. Sign the book
take, pay for and make effort to complete to when you arrive if tardy or when you leave if going to the
the best of their abilities the AP exam restroom or locker. Beyond this, detentions will be assigned,
administered by the College Board in May. increasing with each event.
This exam will not be part of the SCPS grade.
2. Follow the class calendar for completion of text exercises
Any student not taking the exam will be and lab reports. Work discussion days are scheduled, but you
required to take a final exam during regular may come in any free time to check homework answers
testing time at the end of the year which WILL against my solution pages. For discussion of homework
BE PART OF THE SCPS COURSE GRADE. assignments, students may come in to extra help hours and
lunchtime. Otherwise, discussion is limited to scheduled work
2. Make your best effort to learn and let days as indicated on the calendar. AP students often have
others learn. This means: Participating in never visited for extra help. You are welcome to do so at any
class activities, discussions, lectures and time!
readings in a respectful and student like
3. Grades - You may discuss your grades any day
manner. Do not interfere with the learning of before/after school or between classes if it is possible for me
others-through talking, attitude, interruption or to be available at that time. You may not discuss grades or
distracting actions. averages during class other than in reference to work being
returned at that time. Your grades are a private matter.
3. Laboratory is a required component of this
course. Failure to submit lab reports will Absences
result in grades of zero. - You must meet with me before or after class the day
you return to schedule make up work!
3. Follow all room safety procedures and
standard school codes. This includes the - Announced tests/quizzes must be made up within 2
Honor Code concerning copying work of school days.
others. This includes the AUP found in the
- Make up work may NOT be done during class.
student handbook for computer usage. Any
student found altering or adding files to a
- It is your responsibility, not mine, to make up
school computer without express permission
will be denied computer use in the class as
well as other school penalties.
I check email daily -
Extra Help Available Grading lkavanaugh@savcps.
Tests – 200 points each 2-3 per quarter com
Labs/Quiz – 100 points 4-8 per quarter This is the best way to
Tuesdays – lunch Daily – 50 pts 4-8 per quarter.
keep in touch with me.
and after school. Also, feel free to
Grade = total point EARNED x 100
contact the school at
Wednesdays total points POSSIBLE
234-1653 to arrange a
8:00 AM meeting to discuss your
AP students often have never The tests, labs and activities
concerns or to request
visited for extra help. You are of this class assess mastery
welcome to do so at any time! a phone contact
of content, not effort.