Physics                              anipendulum

Course description:

Science is the systematic study of the universe, and physics involves the study of matter and its motion. In this course, algebraic computation will be used to understand and describe mechanics, energy transfer and conservation, wave motion, electricity, and nuclear interactions. Throughout the course, lab work will be important, and emphasis will be on aspects of science that relate to everyday life.

Colorado Prepared Graduate Competencies expected of students:

  •  Prepared graduates observe, explain, and predict natural phenomena governed by Newton's laws of motion, acknowledging the limitations of their application to very small or very fast objects
  • Prepared graduates apply an understanding of atomic and molecular structure to explain the properties of matter, and predict outcomes of chemical and nuclear reactions.
  •  Prepared graduates apply an understanding that energy exists in various forms, and its transformation and conservation occur in processes that are predictable and measurable.

Class Rules:

1. Treat everyone and their property with respect.
2. Participate appropriately in class.  No electronic devices in class other than lab equipment and calculators!
3. Use all equipment properly.

Instructional and grading methods to be used:

1. Assignments-usually, but not always, an area of investigation will have associated problem sets or worksheets. Worksheets and problems are due on the day indicated, and will not be accepted more than one (1) day past the due date. If a student is absent, it is the student's responsibility to obtain any assignments that may have been made while that student was gone.

2. Notebook-every student must have a notebook, which he or she should bring every day. A three-ring binder is best (because worksheets can be easily kept in it), but spiral is OK. It is the student's responsibility to get the notes from a person who was in class if he or she is absent. Reading in physics can be demanding, so note-taking and class participation is very important.

3. Laboratories-laboratories are a mandatory part of this class. Laboratory reports are required for all labs.  If a student is absent during a lab, he or she must make special arrangements to come in before or after school to make up the lab. A lab safety contract must be turned in before any student can participate in labs. If this contract is not returned, the student will receive a grade of ZERO (0) on each lab missed.

4. Class participation-each student is awarded 5 points per day for participation. These points may be lost by disruptive behavior. Every student should try to be in class, and be on best behavior, so that all of us can learn. Tardiness is a disruption of class, will cause a loss of class points, and will have consequences that follow the BHS handbook policies.

5. Examinations-every student should expect to take a test over every topic covered in class. Byers High School grading system applies.

6. Semester examination-the semester exam in this class is cumulative in content, and makes up 10% of the semester grade. Each quarter grade also contributes to the semester grade.

Information about this class (along with helpful links and other things) can be found at my web site: http://www.ergreenman.com .

Essential Outcomes:

Semester 1:

The student will:

Describe the interrelation of physics with other sciences.

Understand the use and importance of the scientific method.

Use proper technique in making laboratory measurements and calculations involving data.

Explain the motion of objects using Newton’s laws of motion.

Explain the transfer and conservation of energy.

Semester 2:

The student will:

Describe the interrelation of physics with other sciences.

Understand the use and importance of the scientific method.

Use proper technique in making laboratory measurements and calculations involving data.

Explain the motion and properties of sound and light based on wave theory.

Use calculations to explain the interactions of electric charges.

Describe the causes and effects of nuclear reactions.