Introduction to Physics by zzz22140


									                                  Introduction to Physics

Physics is a mathematically demanding course, for which the prerequisites are algebra I,
Algebra II, and current enrollment in pre-calculus or calculus. A graphing calculator is
required. In some lab work, we use data collection devices called CBL's which are
featured in the labs included in your textbook. Use of these units requires that at least one
member of each lab group has a graphing calculator with CBL programs loaded. TI 83+
calculators have the CBL programs on them, as purchased. You will receive a carbonless
notebook for your lab reports. Part of your fees pay for this.

If you are wondering what you have gotten yourself into, physics is the study of forces,
motion, optics, sound, and electricity. Most of what you will study falls under the
category of "classic" or Newtonian physics. (There aren't very many particle physicists
employed as schoolteachers!) You have received a syllabus along with this introductory
paper. Be aware that this is a tentative timeline. It is highly unlikely that we will complete
all of the material listed, but one never knows. It really depends on the class as to how
quickly we can move through the material.

For those who are familiar with my classes, the grading system is no surprise. It will be
as follows:

                       Study guides --- 20 points for completion
                       Assigned problems --- usually 5 points per problem
                       End of chapter problems --- usually 5 points per problem
                       Labs --- 25-40 point
                       Quizzes --- 25-50 points
                       Tests --- 100 points
                       Bellwork --- 25 points per week approximately

To succeed in physics, it is imperative that you actually read the textbook material and
work the sample problems. The best approach is to review what was covered in class for
a few minutes each evening rather than try to cram it into your head in the 20 minutes
before a test. Studying a little each night actually works for any class. Try it. You might
be surprised at the results! Those of you who have already made it through chemistry
should know that this is true. If you are having difficulty, you know that I am available
before and after school for help. (See procedures paper.) Don't let things get out of hand
before you seek assistance.

I would like to take a team of students to one of the Physics Olympics sites this year.
Both Akron U. and Youngstown U. usually have these competitions in mousetrap car
building, egg drop, Fermi questions, etc. Garfield has never participated in one, so how
about making this year a “first?”

I am looking forward to a successful and enjoyable year. I hope you are too.

                                               Mrs. Scanlon

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