College Prep Physics Deep Run High School Room 206 804-364-8000 I. Instructor: Mr. Parvaiz email: firstname.lastname@example.org II. Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed Algebra II and be enrolled in an advanced math course. This is not mandatory but highly recommended. III. Communication: The most efficient way to contact me is through email. Parents: your son/daughter’s first homework assignment is to have a parent send me an email from your work/private email account. I can be reached through the school contact number, although it may take a day or so for me to get the message (I typically check my snail mail at school once a day. I check email 3-4 times a day.) IV. Resources: Textbook: Physics: Principles and Problems, Glencoe (I plan on giving each student one copy to keep at home) Mr. Parvaiz’s Webpage: http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/deeprun/parvaiz_s/index1.html Study Sessions will be held after school prior to a test at student(s) request. I highly recommend seeing me during Extended Study for assistance. If you require another time, please see me to make an appointment. V. Required Materials: Textbook (you may leave it at home unless I ask you to bring it) 3 Ring Binder w/dividers for Clswk/HW, Quizzes/Tests, and Notes. Notebook paper Graphing calculator. (Recommend a T1) Pencils with erasers Laptop computer with power cord and battery Signed safety contract (will be give on the first day of school) Science fee paid on fee night Class Item – Block 1: 2 boxes of Kleenex Block 4: 2 rolls of paper towels Block 3: 1 bottle of liquid hand soap Block 6: Dry erase marker Block 5: 2 packets Windex Wipes VI. Grading: Your performance in physics is graded on results, not effort. Be certain that you understand the rubric for project assignments—the fact that you spent hours on a project but omitted required portions of the assignment will not be taken into consideration. For problem-solving, there is one correct answer and you need to be able to obtain that answer in a reasonable amount of time. Remember to always show your work and include units. VII. Grade Distribution: Tests/Projects 40% Quizzes 20% Homework 20% Classwork/Labs 20% No extra time will be given on tests/quizzes unless discussed prior. Missed quizzes or tests must be made up within one week of return to school. Remediation: Remediation is available for tests only. The objective of remediation is to help those students who are trying hard to master the material, but need a little more time and effort to pass. It is not meant to help a student recover from a failed test due to inadequate time management. To be eligible for remediation, a student must have: completed all assignments prior to the test neatly written work for all HW/Clswk questions in their notebook requested and attended a Study Session immediately before the test reworked the test in its entirety reviewed the material with me, asking any questions to clarify the concepts The student will then schedule a 10 minute oral assessment (by appointment) within one week of the test. Based on Mr. Parvaiz’s discretion, the student may get a written remediation test in place of the oral assessment. VIII. COURSE CONTENT: College Prep Physics is a rigorous academic course. Our goal is to learn how matter behaves and to solve complex problems logically, systematically, and with attention to detail. It is expected that the student will spend at least five hours a week in unsupervised individual study for this course. The course has three main objectives: 1. Understanding the fundamentals of Physics. 2. The development of problem solving skills. 3. Exposure to ―real world‖ Physics. Your success is dependent on your willingness to work, to understand the material and to ASK QUESTIONS. The only stupid questions are those that are never asked. Fees: There is a $5.00 Science fee for this course. FIRST NINE WEEKS PROJECT SECOND NINE WEEKS PROJECT Project: Conversion Brochure Project: Mouse Trap Car THIRD NINE WEEKS PROJECT FOURTH NINE WEEKS PROJECT Project: Alternate Energy Project Project: Electric House IX. Late Work and Extra Credit Assignments: Assignments are DUE at the beginning of the class period. Late homework will be accepted at a loss of 10 points per DAY. IT IS EXPECTED THAT WHEN A STUDENT MISSES A TEST, QUIZ OR LAB (due to an excused absence) THAT IT WILL BE MADE UP WITHIN ONE WEEK of returning to school. A project will have 10 points deducted each school day it is late. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO OBTAIN MISSED WORK, NOTES AND HANDOUTS EITHER FROM MY WEBSITE, VIRTUAL SHARE, ASKING A CLASS BUDDY OR BY ASKING ME FOR COPIES. IT IS ALSO THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK FOR HELP. There are NO extra credit assignments in this course. It is the goal of the teacher and the administration to encourage success and assist in its attainment. To this end, I can be available before or after school, and during extended study. Do your best to let me know in advance if you need help so I can free up time for you on my calendar. The ―study group‖ concept is encouraged for success in this course and in preparation for college classes. X. Classroom and Lab Safety: Safety is the most important feature in any lab science. Each student will be provided a list of safety rules and will be tested on those rules. ANY BEHAVIOR THAT JEOPARDIZES ANY INDIVIDUAL’S SAFETY WILL BE DEALT WITH BY THE ADMINISTRATION. XI. Lab Work: You will work in pairs or teams for most labs. Although you are working with others, you must take your own notes and turn in an individual report unless specified by Mr. Parvaiz. Identical language in a lab report will be taken as cheating. It is not acceptable to copy and paste from the lab handout. Rewrite the information in your own words. During the lab, you should record all data/observations. After completing the lab, you should perform and write out any necessary calculations, analyze the data with the help of graphs, record conclusions and calculate percent error, if applicable. Answer any questions in the lab handout in complete sentences that include the gist of the question. Cleanup is your job. Leave the lab as clean and orderly as you found it. CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS: Be respectful of yourself and others. Be on time. Be prepared. Follow directions. Complete assignments on time. Accept responsibility for make up work. You may only bring water with you. There will be no chewing gum in class. No cell phones or iPods should be visible or used in class otherwise they will be confiscated and given to an administrator. You must receive permission to leave the classroom. Please sign out before leaving. Remain in your seats/at your area until dismissed.
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