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					                                                                                                  CP Physics
                                                                                      Londonderry High School
                                                                                               Mr. Levergood
                                                                                                  Mr. Cariello

                     College Prep Physics Syllabus
Welcome to Physics! Physics is an empirical science that seeks understanding of the workings of nature.
Mathematics is used to describe this behavior and provide insight into nature’s secrets. In this course, you will be
introduced to the basic concepts of mechanics, electricity, waves, sound and light. The course will emphasize
fundamental physics principles and concepts and the development of critical thinking, problem solving and scientific
inquiry skills.

Teacher:                 Mr. Cariello, Room 530                         Mr. Levergood, Room 531
School Phone:            (603) 432-6941 x2608                           (603) 432-6941 x2531
Home Phone:              (603) 434-1263 (preferred)                     (603) 942-8904 (preferred)
Course information
And updates              e.cfm?teacherID=657                            .cfm?teacherID=300

                         Zitzewitz, Paul W. et al. Physics: Principles and Problems, Glencoe/McGraw Hill. 2005.
Textbook:                You are responsible for understanding all assigned readings whether the material is
                         covered in class or not.

                         This is a college prepatory class. I will work with you to develop academic skills and
                         personal qualities that can help you succeed in college.
                         What you can expect from me
                         1. I will do my best to make the class interesting and rewarding.
                         2. I will be honest and sincere with you.
                         3. I will grade you fairly, and consider individual circumstances when appropriate.
                         4. I will help you, and help you some more until you “get it”, providing you show some
Expectations:               effort.
                         5. I will treat you with the respect you deserve as young adults/old teenagers.
                         6. I will work hard, be prepared, and be here everyday unless sick or attending to
                            administrative duties.
                         What I expect from you
                         Interest, initiative, honesty, effort, respect to others, and a helpful spirit. This is an
                         elective class and you are seniors. I expect you to be active participants in the learning
                         process. Enough said.

                         On-time attendance is important. I have found that attendance issues are usually the cause
                         of students falling behind or being unprepared. Remember that you are responsible for all
                         information presented in class whether you are here or not. If you are absent and do not
                         know what you missed, check the web page, consult with a friend, or see me.

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               You will need a scientific type calculator such as a TI-30, TI-83 or TI-84+. Bring it to
               class every day. I will not always tell you in advance when it is needed. Calculators may
               not be shared during tests or quizzes. I will not loan calculators.
               There are several computers in the classroom that are available for student use. All are
               network connected, and loaded with Microsoft Office™, Logger Pro™ and Graphical
               Analysis™. I expect you to use them responsibly, and abide by school policy.

               Labs are an important component of a physics education. We will generally conduct 1 lab
               per week. Most labs will be data intensive, and will focus on experimentation, applying
               mathematical models, and making inferences. Most lab work, including reports, will be a
Labs:          group effort.
               At least one student in each lab group will need to bring in a USB flash memory on lab
               days. You will use them to save your files so you can take them home. I hope to have
               several loaners available for those of you who may be “without”.

               Homework is due when announced. Collaborative efforts on homework is encouraged,
               copying is not. All work should be your own best effort. Answers will be posted or
               discussed in class. If you do not take the homework seriously, you will not do well on
               exams. Trust me on that.

               An exam will be given for each unit. Each will focus on material covered since the last
               test, but will require understanding of all previous topics. Exams will be open book, and
               sometimes open notes, announced in advance.
               Exams will include conceptual understanding questions (multiple choice and short
Exams:         answer), diagram and graph interpretation, and word problems that require calculations.
               Expect questions about labs and the content of the text.
               Before each exam, you will be given a summary of test objectives. The test objectives list
               general topics that the test may include. It is not a complete or detailed list of what will be
               on the test.

               Announced quizzes will be given periodically. Answers will be posted or discussed in

               1. Grades are based on points earned. Exams and projects are usually worth about 100
                  points; quizzes 10 to 50 points; labs about 30 points. Your letter grade is based on
                  point earned/points possible. A letter grade will be assigned in accordance with LHS
               2. Except for projects with exceptional educational value, I do not offer extra credit. I
                  will give you all plenty of other opportunities to improve your grade. It is better to put
                  your effort into doing the work at hand, and doing it well.
               3. If I make a grading mistake, tell me. I will fix it.
               4. If you disagree with a grade you receive, see me. Then, argue your point on the
                  merits of your own work and knowledge of science. I do not react well to you
                  bringing another student into the fray. That is unprofessional, and is not respected in
                  college or in the professional world. You will be better off concentrating on your own
                  work, not that of others. Furthermore, teachers are not allowed to discuss other
                  student’s grades with you, or vice versa.
               5. I post grades on the bulletin board at the back of the classroom. You can always know
                  how you are doing if you look.
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                       Dishonesty on any assigned work will usually result in a zero for that assignment. You
Academic Dishonesty:
                       will be expected to abide by an honor pledge.

                       I am always available for extra help. I enjoy helping students outside of class very much.
                       If you need extra help, you may:
                       1. Make an appointment to see me before or after school, during my prep period, or
                          during my lunch. Post an appointment slip on the appointment board.
                       2. Email me.
Extra help:
                       3. Stop by the classroom anytime and hope to catch me.
                       4. Call me at home. Tell a parent first (yours, not mine). Many students have found this
                          helpful, and it has never been a burden for me or my family. I actually think its fun.
                          But, some students feel creepy calling a teacher at home. Do whatever works for you.
                       When you seek help, have specific questions in mind or come prepared to ask me about
                       specific topics. If you tell me “I don’t understand anything about this unit” I will assume
                       you haven’t done much thinking of your own.

                       You are seniors, and do not need my permission to use the bathroom - just sign out and
                       go. Passes are by the door.
                       You are absent
                                              Take the makeup in class the next time you are in class. You will
                       (excused) on an
                                              be responsible for any missed lessons or lab work.
                       exam day
                       You are absent
                       (excused) for 1-2      Sorry - you take the exam anyway. You will be responsible for any
                       days immediately       missed lessons or lab work.
                       prior to an exam
                       You are absent
                       (excused) for 3 or
                                              You may take the exam the day after returning. You will be
                       more days
                                              responsible for any missed lessons or lab work.
                       immediately prior
                       to an exam
Absences and Late                             At the teacher’s discretion, you may be given no makeup with no
Work:                  You are absent         penalty. You are excused from the lab and will not receive a lab
                       (excused) on any       grade. However, you are still responsible for understanding the
                       lab day                physics. This is not a gift, lab grades usually help your overall
                       Any unexcused
                                              You get a zero for any missed work
                       Late lab report        50% penalty
                       I am generally flexible and will make exceptions to accommodate students with
                       significant family, personal or academic problems. I want to help you succeed, and am
                       willing to make exceptions for students who are sincere, hardworking, honest with me,
                       and see me early. However, I reserve the right to enforce the rules to the letter if you are
                       not straight with me or take unfair take advantage of my flexibility.

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Hints for Best Performance in Physics
General Stuff
1. Prepare for class; read the text before the lesson. Then read it again after class discussion to clear up any
2. Ask questions in class. Smart people ask questions. Participate in discussions.
3. Read all handouts.
4. Do not miss class, including labs. Get notes if you have unavoidable absence.
5. Study. Think. Make connections (see the “Making Connections” handout)
6. Review and practice the math as needed.
7. Know how to use your calculator. Bring it to class every day, and use it.
8. Let me know how you are doing. I can often be helpful (I enjoy being helpful, and it IS my job).
9. Form a study group. Support and instruct each other.

Problem Solving and Homework
10. This is not a plug-and-chug equation class. It is about understanding.
11. Understand the problem before you start plugging in numbers. Follow a problem solving procedure.
12. Don’t expect all problems to be straightforward. Wrong turns and dead ends are often instructive.
13. Practice, practice, practice. Humans are not born with good problem solving skill - they must be developed.
14. Do the exercises without peeking at the answer. Then peek at the answer. Address your misunderstandings.
15. Visualize. Sketch diagrams, cartoons, graphs, or whatever helps.
16. Pay attention to units and signs. Check your answer using unit analysis.
17. Check your results to make sure they are reasonable.
18. Get help when needed – but try it yourself first.
Learning physics involves both understanding concepts, and solving quantitative problems. The two processes
are inseparable and support each other. If you truly understand the concepts, the problem solving will be much

                                I HOPE YOU HAVE AN ENJOYABLE YEAR!

        Key - No School Days
CD       Columbus Day
FV       February vacation                                  LHS Grading Terms and Exams 2008 – 2009
LD       Labor Day                                     Term                            Period
MD       Memorial Day                            Quarter 1          Thursday, August 27 – Friday, October 30
MLKD     Martin Luther King Day                  Quarter 2          Monday, November 2 – Friday, January 15
PC       Parent conference                       Semester I Finals  Tuesday, January 19 – Friday, January 22
SV       Spring vacation                         Quarter 3          Monday, January 25 – Friday, April 2
TW       Teacher workshop                        Quarter 4          Monday, April 5 – Friday, June 4 (seniors only)
VD       Veterans Day                            Semester II Finals None for seniors
WV       Winter vacation

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                                                                                                                                                               CP Physics
                                                                                                                                                   Londonderry High School
                                                                                                                                                            Mr. Levergood
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. Cariello
Schedule of Topics
 To be prepared for class, skim read the appropriate sections of each indicated chapter before the class in which the topic is discussed. Complete the exercises for each
  section in a chapter before we start the next section of the chapter. Exercises are located at the end of each chapter. Answers to odd-numbered exercises begin on page A-18
  at the back of the text.
 This syllabus does not list some worksheets. Some will be assigned. They will be announced on the web page or class whiteboard.
 You will be given an equation list and test objectives for each unit prior to the exam.
 The schedule is ambitious. We will modify it as needed to accommodate snow days, pep rallies, student attendance, and level of interest. Revisions to the syllabus will be
  listed on the web page and whiteboard. You are responsible to keep up with changes.
 We will do most of the listed labs. Some will be skipped due to lack of time (which we never have enough of).

 [days]         Dates              Unit Title [Total Days]: Topics             Readings, Handouts & Worksheets                         Labs and Other Activities

           8/27, 8/28                                                        Text Readings: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, Appendix A
                             Chapter 1 Introduction to Physics and a         Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                             Physics Toolkit [10 ]:                           Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web
                              Course overview, about physics, physical        page.
                                                                                                                            Graphical Analysis Tutorial
                             intuition, safety, units, metric system         Complete Physics Skills worksheets
           9/4 NS                                                                                                           Labs: The Great Thermometer Challenge; What
                             review, measurements, sig. figs, unit           Handouts: Honor Policy, Dealing with
    2      9/7 LD                                                                                                            Affects Gas Mileage?
           8/31 – 9/3        analysis, problem solving, graphing, curve       Error in Physics Experiments, Lab Safety
                             fitting                                          Contract, Making Connections, A Problem
                                                                              Solving Strategy, Calling Me, Study Guide
    3      9/8 – 9/11

    4      9/14 – 9/18                                                       Text Readings: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
                             Chapter 2 Representing Motion [15]:
                                                                             Selected Practice Problems and Additional
    5      9/21 – 9/25       Diagramming motion, coordinate systems,                                                        Labs: Graph Matching, Speed Trap, Kinematics
                                                                              Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web
                             vectors and scalars, position, displacement,                                                    of Tailgating
    6      9/29 – 10/3       speed, velocity, P-T plots
                                                                             Handouts: Study Guide

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                                                                          Text Readings: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
7    10/6 – 10/10
                                                                          Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                        Chapter 3 Accelerated Motion [9]:
                                                                           Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web
                        V-T plots, acceleration, the kinematics                                                         Labs: Reaction Time, Hang Time
     10/13 CD           equations, “g”, free fall,
     10/14 – 10/17                                                        Handouts: Values of g in the Universe,
                                                                           Study Guide
                                                                          Text Readings: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
9    10/20 – 10/24      Chapter 4 Forces in One Dimension [14]:           Other Readings: selections from the
                        Fields, contact and field forces, common           Principia by Isaac Newton
                        forces, net force, drag, terminal velocity,       Selected Practice Problems and Additional
10   10/27 – 10/31                                                                                                      Labs: Elevator Ride, Newton’s Second Law
                        equilibrium, Newton’s second law, inertia,         Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web
                        Newton’s second law, weightlessness,               page.
11   11/4 TW            force interactions and Newton’s third law         Handouts: System Schemas, Drawing
     11/5 – 11/7                                                           FBDs, Study Guide
     11/11 VD                                                             Text Readings: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
12   11/12 – 11/13      Chapter 5 Forces in Two Dimensions [10]:          Selected Practice Problems and Additional
     11/14 PC           Vectors, vector components, vector                 Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web        Labs: Why Do Calculators Have Little Rubber
13   11/17 – 11/21      addition , friction, the equilibrant, inclined     page.                                         Feet
                        planes                                            Handouts: Forces and Inclined Planes,
     11/24 -11/25
14   11/26 – 11/28 TG
                                                                           Study Guide

                        Chapter 6 Motion in Two Dimensions[10]:           Text Readings: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
15   12/1 – 12/5
                        Projectiles and trajectory, vector                Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                                                                                                                        Labs: Hole in One, Naval Bombardment, Vector
                        independence, horizontal and non-                  Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web
                                                                                                                         Treasure Hunt, Communicating with Vectors,
                        horizontal launches, circular motion,              page.
                                                                                                                         The Flying Pig
                        centripetal force and acceleration, relative      Handouts: Special Moments for a
16   12/8 – 12/12
                        velocity                                           Projectile, Study Guide

                        Chapter 7 Gravitation [5]:
                                                                          Text Readings: 7.1, 7.2
                        Planetary motion, Kepler’s laws, Newton’s
                                                                          Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                        law of universal gravitation, orbital period,                                                   Labs: Kepler’s Laws, How Does Mass Affect
17   12/15 – 12/19                                                         Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web
                        Cavendish experiment, satellites,                                                                Motion?
                        gravitational and inertial mass, Einstein’s
                                                                          Handouts: Study Guide
                        theory of gravity

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                                           Text Readings: 10.1, 10.2
Chapter 10 Energy, Work, and Simple
                                           Selected Practice Problems and Additional
Machines [5]:                                                                            Labs: Mechanical Advantage of Simple
                                            Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web
Kinetic energy, work, power, mechanical                                                   Machines
advantage, efficiency
                                           Handouts: Study Guide

                                           Text Readings: 11.1, 11.2
Chapter 11 Energy and Its Conservation     Other Readings: excerpt from
[10]:                                       Conservation of Energy by R. Feynman         Labs: Conservation of Energy in a Spring, The
Forms of energy, energy conservation,      Selected Practice Problems and Additional     Energy of a Tossed Ball, Roller Coaster!
elastic and inelastic collisions            Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web
                                           Handouts: Study Guide


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     12/22 – 12/23
18   12/24 – 12/26 WV                                                  Text Readings: 9.1, 9.2 (skip 2-D
                        Chapter 9 Momentum and Its Conservation         collisions, conservation of angular
19   12/29 – 1/2 WV     [12]:                                           momentum)
                        Impulse ,linear momentum, collisions,          Selected Practice Problems and Additional    Labs: Conservation of Momentum in an
                        conservation of momentum in one                 Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web         Explosion, Bungee Jumping
20   1/5 – 1/9
                        dimension, rocket propulsion                    page.
                                                                       Handouts: Study Guide
     1/12 – 1/15
     1/16               Semester Review [1]

     1/19 MLKD
22   1/20 – 1/23                                                                  Mid-Year Exams

1    1/26 – 1/30                                                                                                    

                                                                       Text Readings: 20.1, 20.2
2    2/2 - 2/6          Chapter 20 Static Electricity [10]:electric    Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                                                                                                                     Labs: The Levitator, Charging and Interactions,
                        charge, methods of charging, conductors         Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web
                                                                                                                      The Electroscope and Methods of Charging,
                        and insulators, electric force, Coulomb’s       page.
                                                                                                                      Storing Charge
3    2/9 – 2/13         law, applications                              Handouts: Methods of Charging, The
                                                                        Triboelectric Series

                                                                                                                   

4    2/16 – 2/20

5    2/23 – 2/27 FV
                                                                                                                   

6    3/2 – 3/6

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     3/9 – 3/12      Chapter 21 Electric Fields [9]: the electric    Text Readings: 21.1, 21.2
7    3/13 TW         field concept, creating an electric field,      Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                     field strength, field diagrams, energy and       Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web          Labs: The Capacitor
8    3/16 – 3/20     electric potential, voltage, charge sharing,     page.
                     capacitors                                      Handouts: Capacitor Charging
                                                                     Text Readings: 22.1, 22.2
9    3/23 – 3/27
                     Chapter 22 Current Electricity [10]:            Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                     producing current, current, energy transfer,     Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web          Labs: Ohm’s Law, The Electronic Cricket,
                     resistance, Ohm’s law, circuit schematics,       page.                                           Simple Circuits, Making and Evaluating a
10   3/30 – 4/3      commercial energy transmission, using a         Handouts: Formula Wheel, The Digital            Simple Battery
                     multimeter, other circuit skills                 Multimeter, Reading a Resistor, Typical
                                                                      Values of Resistivity, Study Guide
     4/6 – 4/10
                                                                     Text Readings: 23.1, 23.2
11                   Chapter 23 Series and Parallel Circuits
                                                                     Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                     [10]: current, voltage and resistance in
                                                                      Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web          Labs: Series and Parallel Circuits, Circuit
                     series and parallel circuits, voltage
                                                                      page.                                           Biathlon, Simple Circuits
12   4/13 – 4/17     dividers, combined circuits, household
                                                                     Handouts: Simple Circuits Graphic
                                                                      Organizer, Study Guide
     4/20 – 4/24
                     Chapter 14 Vibration and Waves [10]:            Text Readings: 14.1, 14.2, 14.3
                     periodic and simple harmonic motion,            Selected Practice Problems and Additional
14   4/27 – 5/1 SV   pendulums, resonance, wave properties,           Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web          Labs: Wavelength and Frequency, Slinky
                     wave behavior at boundaries, wave                page.                                           Waves
15   5/4 – 5/8
                     superposition, wave relection and               Handouts: Wave Interference, Boundary
                     refraction                                       Effects, Study Guide
16   5/11 – 5/15                                                     Text Readings: 15.1, 15.2
                     Chapter 15 Sound [10]: nature of sound
                                                                     Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                     and sound waves, detecting and perceiving
                                                                      Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web          Labs: Homemade Speaker, Echolocation,
                     sound, Doppler effect, sound from musical
17   5/18 – 5/22                                                      page.                                           Name that Note!
                     instruments, resonance in pipes, resonance
                                                                     Handouts: Palm Pipe Color Codes, Study
                     on strings, quality of musical sound
     5/25 MD                                                         Text Readings: 16.1, 16.2, 17.1, 17.2, 18.1
18   5/26 – 5/29     Chapters 16-18 Fundamentals of Light,           Selected Practice Problems and Additional
                     Reflection and Refraction [9]:Ray model,         Problems. Refer to whiteboard and web          To be announced
19   6/1 – 6/5       speed of light, wave model, color,               page.
                                                                     Handouts: Study Guide

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