AP PHYSICS SYLLABUS

Instructor: Ms Sprunger   e-mail- ssprunger@millingtonschools.org

Course Objective: Physics is designed to be an introduction to the general principles, concepts and mathematical computation necessary to describe motion of objects or the movement of energy forms. The lecture component is coupled with a laboratory program designed to develop skills graphing, measuring and developing models to represent motion of objects or energy that respond in the same manner.   Experiments utilize traditional and computerized measurement techniques. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to describe the motion of matter and energy using basic algebra and geometry calculations, as well as, conduct experiments to prove fundamental principles of Physics.

 

Textbook:  Physics  by Serway & Voult

First Semester Topics  

Linear, Projectile Circular and Rotational motion, Momentum and Collisions

Second Semester Topics 

Waves, Sound, Light, Electricity, Magnetism

 

Grading:                              Grading Scale                     Semester Grade

                                                105-93         A                     Nine weeks 1 + 2 = 80%

Homework            10%      92-85            B                                          Exam =  20%

Lab Reports          25%      84-75            C

Tests/ Quizzes      40%      74-70            D                    

Class work            10%      Below 70      F

           

Students are required to pay $92 for the AP exam and $5 for the lab fee.  This should be paid before fall break.  AP Physics 1 exam is in the afternoon of May 7, 2020.

 

            Tests and Quizzes:

            Chapter tests are taken over chapter or unit material and are worth 100 points each.  Quizzes are given over a specific topic covered to determine mastery.  All tests and quizzes are announced in advanced on my school calendar found on the web page or posted in the room and on ONENOTE®.

 

Homework and Class work:

            Students are to keep notes, class activities in a composition notebook.  This notebook is collected at the end of each quarter and is worth 100-point test grade. Class work is designed to develop note-taking skills, check for mastery of material or activities completed in lab.  Participation grades are gained from completing the class work.  Homework is given as added practice to be done outside of class time.  Homework and class work are graded by giving a check for completion.  This allows students to try difficult material and correct missed answers without being penalized.  One learns more from correcting mistakes than copying a perfect paper! These assignments are to be legibly written in pen or pencil, but not written in red, yellow or orange pen or highlighter.

 

TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS:

 

All homework and classwork assignments are to be EMAILED to the teacher for grading using the student’s school email only.  Students will be given a calendar of major assignments for the month.  It is the responsibility of students to turn in assignments on-time.

 

ONENOTE bell work, exit ticket, ACT practice and graphing assignments are to be SHARED in ONENOTE®.  ONENOTE assignments not shared so content is visible by Ms Sprunger are considered not done, since any work the student completed does not appear in the teacher version if the assignment is not shared.

 

Classwork assignments are to be turned in before the end of the class period.  Classwork turned in after the period is over will have 10% deducted for late. 

 

ACT practice or graphing is to turned in on graph paper constructed within ONENOTE®.  Students do not need to purchase graph paper.

 

Lab reports are to maintained in a lab notebook which is a composition book. The lab book has to be taken turned in at the university for grading to receive credit for any AP science course.  Lab reports can be written in only blue or black ink pen, but a student MAY NOT USE RED or highlighters to write a lab report.  All graphs are to be drawn on graph paper.  The teacher provides graph paper and extra graph paper can be found in the classroom.  Lab reports are worth 100 points.

The lab book will be turned in ONE WEEK after the last lab in a series is completed.  Lab books are collected on FRIDAY whether the student has class with me on Friday or not.

           

 Late homework, class work or lab books are not accepted in AP Classes.

 

           

 

 

 

Excused Make Up Work:

            It is the responsibility of the student to turn in make up class work, homework or come in to take a written make up tests.  Students have 1 day for everyday absent to make up the work.  Any assignments not completed will turn into zeros if not turned before the chapter test.

Extra Help:

            Make up work, tutoring or extra help is on Tuesday and Thursday after school from 2pm to 4pm.

 

Supplies:

             2 Composition Book to be the Lab Book

             Highlighter pen

             Calculator     TI 30 or TI83/84

 Colored pens or pencils

 

Behavior Policy

            I expect students to act as ladies and gentlemen by demonstrating behavior which respects others property and safety while interacting cooperatively in class or lab activities. 

Class and Lab Rules

1. Always wear goggles and appropriate safety equipment when in lab.

2. Do only authorized experiments or labs, follow directions and safety procedures.

3. Never chew gum, eat or drink in lab or class. Cell phones should not be left out nor should they be used during class.

4. Walk at all times and be courteous of others.

5. Respect school and other students property by not defacing books, equipment or furniture.

6. Ask questions.

7. Do your own work. (Cheating is not allowed.)

8. Be on time and have all supplies.

9. If an accident happens, ALWAYS tell the teacher!!

10. Students may not leave class or lab.  Students will be given 1 pass to leave the room at the beginning of the year.  Students will have the opportunity to earn future passes based upon appropriate behavior defines as but not limited to the ability to work quietly and cooperatively in groups or while doing seat work in class, not talking, cleaning up their lab station and equipment and do on.  The number of passes earned is based upon the students conduct.

 

Consequences of  Inappropriate Behavior

 

1. For the first infraction, a student hall conference will be held.  The student is asked to not repeat the infraction. The problem written on a Behavior Policy Form as a warning.

2. A second occurrence of the infraction results in a change of seat, loss of privileges and a phone call to parents informing them of the situation. The problem written on a Behavior Policy Form as a warning.

3. A third occurrence of the infraction results in being sent to the office and a disciplinary referral written.

4. Since Physics involves the use of expensive equipment and computer interfaces to complete labs, it is important all students act appropriately at all times during these activities or labs.  Having the opportunity to do these experiments is a privilege not a right.  Therefore, any serious infraction that results in the compromise of the safety of others in class or lab will result in the removal of the student from lab or a class activity and sent to the office and a disciplinary referral is written for the first serious offense.  Any student who repeatedly demonstrates behavior that compromises the safety of others in class activities or lab will forfeit the privilege of doing class activities or lab and will receive zeros for all subsequent labs or activities.

 

Conduct Grade Policy

 

A conduct grade of E is awarded to students who follow all rules and do not require a student conference.  A conduct grade of S is awarded to students who require a single student conference and phone call to parents.  A conduct grade of N is awarded to students who require a two to four student conferences and/or phone calls to parents.  A conduct grade of a U is awarded to students who receive disciplinary referrals to the office or are removed from lab for safety violations.

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