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Physics I - Honors Course Information
Text: Physics: Principles and Problems
- The textbook is an excellent resource, especially for those who have been absent. The text includes worked-out problems, typical of the material covered in class.
Test Days: Wednesday and Friday
Required Material for Course:
- Calculator - one that performs trigonometric functions. A graphing calculator is preferred.
- Graph paper (If you have a graphing calculator, you may do your graphs on your calculator)
- Late major work will be accepted for three days. There is a ten point penalty per day.
- Late daily work will be accepted for one day at a 50 point deduction.
- Work can be make up generally any morning or Tuesday afternoon. Make-up work is scheduled with the student upon return after an absence.
- The format of make-up tests is different than the administered test. The quizzes and the review sheets distributed the day before the regular test support the material on it, not the make-up test. The tests typically consist of four (4 pt) short answer questions and six (14 pt) problems.
Grades: 70 % major and 30 % daily
Science Fair: There is at least one science fair grade given each six weeks. A research paper is due during the third six weeks and counts as a major grade. The project is due during the fourth six weeks and counts as a major grade.
- There are typically 3 to 4 major tests during the six weeks grading period. They usually have the same format - ten multiple choice questions valued at 2 points each, one ten point review question representative of the previous unitís material, one ten point lab-type problem, and six ten point problems. There will frequently be a cionceptual bonus question.
- There is one major lab each six weeks grading period. The major lab for the fourth six weeks is your science fair project. Major labs will be written and posted on the Internet according to instructions (Major Lab Information). The major lab counts as one test grade. It must be the work of the individual student.
- Daily work consists of daily lab grades, open note quizzes, and a class participation grade.
- A quiz is given with each unit. Even though they are referred to as open note quizzes, you are only allowed to use your homework. These quizzes are timed - usually 40 minutes.
- Daily labs will be either in the form of handouts or as forms submitted by email. Each question will count ten points. If you do not have Internet access, you must schedule an appointment time to use the computers in the classroom.
- Class participation points will be awarded on days that "modeling" techniques are used. You can receive checks for presentations, for answering questions, and for asking questions. Each check is worth twenty points.
Conference Period: 2nd
Any student may come in any morning at 7:00 am for tutoring.
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