Platte Canyon High
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Physics is an advanced level course and we will
be covering a lot of material in this class.
I would strongly suggest the following:
1. Listen carefully
to class lectures/discussions. You are responsible for everything and anything
that we discuss in class. Therefore, it is important that you do not miss
classes or if you must, you need to find someone to get the material from that
2. Take notes.
You will be getting handouts as the course progresses, but do not rely solely
on these for your information. Take notes on everything that is
discussed/covered in class.
3. Ask questions
on anything that you do not understand. Do not feel uncomfortable with asking
something to be clarified. Chances are, there are others who do not understand
in the discussions and activities. Everyone will benefit.
|MATERIALS YOU WILL
will need to have a spiral, hardbound, or loose-leaf, 3-ring binder for class
notes. Also a 3-ring binder for handouts, worksheets, quizzes and
INSTRUMENT - pencil or pen (no pastel
colors or highlighters)
ruler (6" is ok, with metric markings).
PROTRACTOR - a 180 or 360 degree clear
protractor - will need by 2nd week
Also useful but not required would
be a COMPASS.
a calculator capable of AT LEAST arithmetic (+-x/), operations, square root,
exponents (EE), and trig functions (sin, cos, tan). (TI-82, 83, 83+, 86, and 92’s are
ok, but not necessary). Playing games on calculators at anytime during class is
prohibited. Consequences may include but are not limited to erasure of memory.
Playing games on calculators at anytime
during class is prohibited. Consequences may include but are not limited to
erasure of calculator memory.
most of the basic information will come from classroom lectures and
classroom information is available on the school server and we will be
accessing it often. It is accessible only from school computers. It can
be found by right clicking the START button and selecting EXPLORE. Then
select DATA ON PCHS3, MR. GHIST, and then PHYSICS.
lots of useful information including many of the handouts, homework
assignments, and extra credit work can be found on our website –
Expect homework everyday. There will be days when
you won’t have any, but always plan for it.
Homework is expected to be done, it will be
graded, and will account for approximately 10% of your grade.
Completed assignments/homework are to be turned
in to me on the date due.
Homework as well as any assignment is expected to
be neatly and legibly completed. If I cannot read it, it will be returned to you
to be redone and resubmitted. Torn or crumpled papers will not be
accepted, nor will pages with graffiti or extraneous unrelated notes.
Resubmitted work will be due the next day to receive credit.
Completed assignments/homework are to be turned in to
me on the date due. Homework one (1) day late will be worth 50%; two(2) or more
days will be worth 0%.
Forgot your homework assignment – check the Internet!
It is your
responsibility to remember to turn in your homework.
We will have quite a lot of laboratory
assignments (usually 2-3 per week).
They are an important part of the class and
account for approximately 20% of your grade.
Formal Lab Write-ups will be usually be due 2
days after completion of the lab unless otherwise specified.
The lab area is OFF
LIMITS, except with my permission or during an assigned lab.
If you are in the lab area or into any cabinets
without permission, you will have an after-school detention.
If inappropriate behavior occurs during a lab,
you will receive a ZERO for that lab
If you break or destroy equipment due to
inappropriate actions, you will pay for its replacement.
NO FOOD OR DRINK
in lab area at any time.
You will have a test after each unit (approximately 10 during course). You
will have the entire class period to work on them. If you do not finish during
the class period, you may stay after (with teacher permission if during another
class) or after school. You must complete the test on the day it is given.
Expect a quiz everyday at the beginning of class. Usually 5 to 10 pts
each. No quizzes on Test days
Midterm covers everything during the first quarter (first half of the smear).
Final covers both first and second quarters with emphasis on second quarter.
Midterm counts 20% of first quarter’s grade. Final counts 20% of second
My grading scale is as follows:
|89.50% - 100%
Semester grades will be based on combined scores
from worksheets, labs, quizzes, tests, projects, homework, and class
participation. Midterms/Finals will count 20%
of each semester's grade.
The following are the percentages that each
activity will count.
||If you need help, have questions,
or are confused about anything,