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Physics Syllabus 2015-2016

Instructor: Mr. Alexander Enriquez

Class: Room 230

Tutoring: Available M-F 3:00 pm-3:45 pm (Contact by email for confirmation)

Phone: (562) 861-2271 ext.1230

Course Description:

Physics is often considered its own branch of science focusing on the nature of matter and energy. All branches of science are concerned with these topics however in physics the student will be more focused on the interactions of matter and energy in our physical world. Students will be embarking on a journey that begins with the theories of Socratese and ends with the complex and powerful theory of relativity according to Einstein.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Physics Syllabus 2015-2016 Instructor: Mr. Alexander Enriquez Class: Room 230 Tutoring: Available M-F 3:00 pm-3:45 pmaenriquez@piusmatthias.org Course Description: Physics is often considered its own branch of science focusing on the nature of matter and energy. All branches of science are concerned with these topics however in physics the student will be more focused on the interactions of matter and energy in our physical world. Students will be embarking on a journey that begins with the theories of Socratese and ends with the complex and powerful theory of relativity according to Einstein. Student Learning Outcomes:  Command of terminology and vocabulary commonly used by physicists  Understanding of Physics theories allowing the student to recognize physical  phenomena in their lives Efficiency in a laboratory which includes: o Care, sanitization, and maintenance of laboratory equipment; o Care, sanitization, and maintenance of laboratory facilities; o Proper documentation of data in a well organized laboratory notebook; o Proper use of common equipment used in physics including balances,  measuring tools, and electrical equipment. Critical thinking skills to tackle problems not only in physics but across all  disciplines Become effective communicators able to communicate complex ideas in  physics in simple terms for the general public to understand Understanding of applications and other technological programs such as  PowerPoint, Google Drive, Internet, etc. Confidence in the student’s own ability. " id="pdf-obj-0-25" src="pdf-obj-0-25.jpg">

Command of terminology and vocabulary commonly used by physicists

Understanding of Physics theories allowing the student to recognize physical

phenomena in their lives Efficiency in a laboratory which includes:

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Care, sanitization, and maintenance of laboratory equipment;

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Care, sanitization, and maintenance of laboratory facilities;

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Proper documentation of data in a well organized laboratory notebook;

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Proper use of common equipment used in physics including balances,

measuring tools, and electrical equipment. Critical thinking skills to tackle problems not only in physics but across all

disciplines Become effective communicators able to communicate complex ideas in

physics in simple terms for the general public to understand Understanding of applications and other technological programs such as

PowerPoint, Google Drive, Internet, etc. Confidence in the student’s own ability.

Required Textbook:

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Access code for Mastering Physics with eText for Conceptual Physics 12 th Edition

by Paul G. Hewitt

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Mastering Physics Website:

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Course ID: enriquez54853

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Access for MasteringPhysics eText for Conceptual Physics 12 th Edition by Paul G. Hewitt must be purchased by Monday August 31, 2015

NOTE: Access codes must be purchased from Pearson education or they will not work for the course. o Course documents (assignments, assessments, etc.) will be located on the Mastering Physics platform. To gain access to this platform, visit the Mastering Physics website above to purchase an access code from Pearson education.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have daily access to a technological device and Wi-Fi to access the Mastering Physics platform.

Course documents (assignments, assessments, laboratory activities, etc.) will be issued by the instructor.

Additional Required Materials:

$ 30 Science Lab Fee paid through SMART Tuition by

Friday 08/21/15.

Personal Laptop (must adhere to 2015-2016 Technology Guide) Pens (as many colors as desired), pencils, highlighters, and colored pencils

  • 1 Binder- 2” Heavy Duty 3-Ring Binder with at least 250 pieces of paper (college or wide)

    • 5 Dividers

    • 1 Composition Notebook

Ruler (at least one foot with inches AND centimeters)

Calculator TI-84 (Texas Instruments) 3X5 index cards (constant supply and can choose any color) Ream of printing paper for classroom

Grading Procedure:

A 90-100% B 80-89%

C

70-79%

D

60-69%

F

59% and below

Weighted Grade Totals:

Unit Exams

20%

Unit Quizzes

10%

Final Exams

20%

Labs & Laboratory Write Ups

20%

Projects & Papers

15%

Binder, Homework, & Classwork

15%

Powerschool:

All grades will be accessible on Powerschool for both parents and students. If you or your parents are concerned about grades please initially check Powerschool. Parent and student login information will be administered by the school administration.

Grade Determination

Exams, Quizzes, & Final Exam:

Exams will be administered for each unit covered (100 points). The exams will

be comprised of vocabulary matching/use, multiple choice, short answer demonstrating understanding of theories and concepts, word problems demonstrating understanding of units/mathematics and concepts. Quizzes will be given throughout the year ranging from 5-20 points. Quizzes

will be given throughout the year at the instructor’s discretion. Certain quiz dates will be announced. Others will be spontaneous (POP quizzes). Quizzes are used as preparation for exams and when compiled can serve as another study guide. The final exam for each semester will be cumulative, and worth 200 points

Make-up exams and quizzes will be allowed pending instructor approval.

Laboratory Participation & Write-Ups:

When a lab is conducted in class full documentation is expected within the

lab notebook (composition book). Laboratory notebook structure will be further elaborated in class. Lab notebook composition and data analysis will be evaluated between 25-50 points. Labs will be conducted in groups of varying sizes; however, each student is responsible for his or her own write-up. Laboratory participation will be given for each lab (constituting 5 of the 25-50 points) mentioned above. These points are given on a pass/fail basis. Reasons for losing participation points include (but are not limited to):

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Being overly disruptive

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Grave safety violation or multiple misdemeanor violations

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Missing data

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Disrespect towards classmates or instructor

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Lack of effort

Projects and Papers:

During certain units, projects will be assigned. These will require the student

to illustrate and communicate theories and ideas covered in class. Projects will include (but are not limited to) posters, PowerPoint, videos, etc. Projects will be graded based on a rubric determined in class ranging from 25-100 points. During certain units, research papers will be assigned challenging students to analyze peer reviewed journal articles. Only selected academic databases will be allowed to take data from. All papers will be submitted to www.turnitin.com. Prior to submitting a final paper, students will be required to submit a series of outlines which will be assessed by the instructor.

Homework & Classwork:

Throughout each unit homework will be assigned to allow the student to

practice new skills learned in class. Homework is worth 5-25 points. Students are expected to complete homework assignments by the due date issued. Homework will be placed on the front left corner of the desk and is considered late if not done so by the tardy bell. o The school-wide late policy is as follows Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors- 0% if late Feedback will always be given on homework and is ALWAYS expected even if late

Binders (Key to Success!)

2-inch three-ring binder will be NEEDED/required through this course. Binders will be organized as follows:

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Reference Sheets- Sheets containing information on protocol,

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guidelines, etc. (Examples include syllabus, grade sheets, laboratory safety, etc.) Notes- Daily notes kept in chronological order

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Assignments- Classwork and homework are to be kept in

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chronological order in this folder. Lab Handouts and Lab Reports- Lab sheets, and lab reports are to

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be kept in chronological order. Tests/Quizzes- All returned tests and quizzes in chronological order.

Make up Work and Late Work

Excused vs. Unexcused Absences

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It is important to note that the opportunity to make-up work (exams, assignments, etc.) applies strictly to excused absences. Please refer to the 2015-2016 Parent/Student Handbook (p.16) to review acceptable reasons for absences.

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Students are granted a 48-hour grace period to submit the appropriate documentation to the Attendance Office for excused absences. Beyond 48 hours the absence is considered unexcused.

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Students will not be permitted to make-up work (exams, assignments, etc.) from unexcused absences.

Exams, Quizzes, and Final Exam

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Exams missed due to an excused absence must be taken prior to or on

 

the return of said absence. EXAMS MISSED DUE TO AN UN-EXCUSED ABSENCE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE MADE UP. Quizzes due to an

 

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excused absence will follow the same procedure as exams. If a final exam is missed the student will be required to make-up the

 

final on a date determined by the administration.

Laboratory Write-Ups

o Students must have an excused absence to make-up laboratory research. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated therefore no make- up is allowed. The student is responsible for emailing the instructor about the absence. The student will be required to make up the lab write up within 2 days of the return to school. Some laboratory

 

exercises cannot be made up due to lack of resources however, a write up is still required. The student will collaborate with other students and the instructor to ensure an understanding of concepts since they will be on exams.

Papers & Projects

 

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Students are expected to submit all projects and papers before or on

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the due date. Late projects and papers will receive a 0.

Homework and Classwork o In some cases homework due that day may be completed in a

 

tutoring session. This is up to the instructor’s discretion. An

example of such a case is in the event a student has reasonable attempts at the homework however a grave misunderstanding of the material inhibits the student from completing the assignment. The student must email the instructor with the exact problem(s) and a tutoring date and time agreed upon. If the student does not complete the homework on the agreed tutoring date in front of the instructor no credit is given.

Late Work Policy (Homework, Classwork, Projects, etc.) o School-Wide late policy:

Freshman 1 st quarter: 50% maximum if late; if submitted by next school day 2 nd quarter & beyond: 0% if late Sophomores, Junior, & Seniors 0% if late

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Classroom Policies

Tardy Policy o Student is considered tardy if not in the proper seat when the tardy

bell rings. Tardy students will receive a detention. If a student is resistant to the issue of a tardy detention a dean detention will be issued. Habitually tardy students (3 or more) further disciplinary action will be conducted (ex. Conduct referral, Saturday detention, probation, conference with the Dean, or suspension/expulsion).

Behavior Policy

Students are expected to follow the Student behavior and Lab safety guidelines at all times. These forms will be signed during the first week of school.

Bathroom Policy

You will receive 4 hall passes for the semester. These can be used for bathroom breaks or retrieving items from the locker. Upon leaving the room all electronic devices will be left at the instructors desk.

Food and Drink Policy

No food or drink with only three exceptions. The first exception is WATER

WITH A CAP. The second must be due to medical reasons such as diabetes and this must be brought to the instructor’s attention. The last is for students on a rigorous weight gaining program. They must have a note from a PMA coach or licensed personal trainer. During laboratory exercises food and drink is NEVER allowed. This is because dangerous chemicals and sensitive equipment will be present.

Dismissal Policy

Students are to remain seated until the instructor dismisses the

class. Each student is responsible for their immediate area and will not be dismissed until the area is left how it was found which will be pristine. Students MUST walk upon exit of the classroom.

Disciplinary Policies

General Discipline Policy o The following are guidelines for minor discipline problems.

1 st incident: Conference with the student (warning)

2 nd incident: Instructor detention

3 rd incident: Dean Detention, Parent-teacher conference o In the event of a major discipline problem the administration will

determine the consequence.

Academic Honesty Policy

In forming a community built upon a relationship of trust, understanding and

Christ’s teachings it is understood that members of the St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy will understand academic integrity. Students are expected to produce honest work and not tolerate academic dishonesty from anyone. Academic dishonesty whether by an individual or group (of ANY size) will have severe disciplinary action.

Academically Dishonest actions include but are not limited to:

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Using unauthorized assistance from material, people, or devices when

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taking a test, quiz, examination; writing papers; solving problems; or completing academic assignments. Plagiarism, including but not limited to paraphrasing, summarizing, or

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directly quoting published or unpublished work of another person without proper documentation. This includes online sources, computerized services, or purchasing finished product. Taking an exam for another student

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Providing information and/or answers regarding exams, quizzes,

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homework or other classroom assignments unless explicitly authorized by the instructor. Any of the above occurring within the Web or distance-learning environment.

Communication

Parent-Teacher Communication

o Parents are the primary educators of their children. As an instructor it is my job and passion, to support the parents in their role. It is expected that constant communication is kept between I the instructor and the parent(s)/guardian. No amount of communication can ever be considered too much in my eyes.

Return this portion upon the following class meeting time in a Homework

fashion (yes, there is a specific way to do so… *hint: refer to the homework section*).

I have read the above syllabus and agree to abide by its contents. I also recognize there is a 30 dollar science lab fee that must be paid through

SMART Tuition by

Friday 08/21/15

if not I will be billed.

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