Syllabus

Instructor:

   G. Yoder
   Room 2609
   936-293-2626

   
Text:    Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Tom HSU, PhD.1st ed,  
   Cambridge Phyiscs Outlet Publishing Co., 2002.
   

Topic

Time Frame
Introduction to Physics .5 week
Kinematics 3 weeks
Dynamics 2.5 weeks
Circular Motion and Gravity 1.5 weeks
Conservation Laws 4 weeks
Rotational Motion 2 weeks
Heat, Kinetic Theory, Thermodynamics, and Fluids 3 weeks

End of First Semester

Vibrations, Waves, Sound, and Light 4.5 weeks
Electricity and Magnetism 6 weeks
Special Relativity 2 weeks
Review for AP Exam 2.5 weeks

End of Second Semester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classroom Policies for IPC


Textbooks:

Since we have newly adopted textbooks this year, all books will be issued in new condition. One your book is issued, take it home for use there. There will be a classroom set available for your use at school. Take special care of these new texts, they have to last a long time.

Textbooks are the responsibility of the student to whom they are issued. Lost, misplaced, or damaged books should be reported to the instructor immediately. There will be periodic "book checks" during the year.

 

Homework:

In lieu of taking up some homework assignments , a daily quiz may be given. Note: If the homework involves calculations, the "set-up" must be shown and the answers boxed in.

Lab Reports:

Each lab report will be assigned a due date. The report must be neat and legible. Quantitative observations and measurements must be made with appropriate precision. The data must be organized, analyzed,a nd evaluated in such a way as to support inferences drawn and predictions made. Conclusions must be intelligible and succinct. Graphs should be utilized as often as possible to identify relationships, trends,a nd predictions.

 

Major Exams:

A major exam is predominately objective but will contain an essay section and/or frees response problem section. Exams are given at the end of each unit. Since there is no retesting, I suggest you prepare adequately by seeking any necessary help before the original test date. ((Note: Calculators are not always allowed.)

 

Tutoring:

Those students who find they are in need of help are encouraged to attend tutoring sessions. A sign-up sheet is posted. However, one should not hesitate to come to the before/after-school tutoring sessions, even if they failed to sign-up. Because of space limitations, seminar tutoring sessions are different. If a student receives a seminar pass, they will be expected to come. If they do not, they may loose the option of using seminar time.

 

Missed Assignments:

It is the responsibility of the student to determine the content of any missed work regardless of the reason for the absence. Assignments are posted on the board in eight day increments. A tentative schedule of the assignments is also posted on the class web site. In the case of a single absence, the student is expected to make the work up the day (s)he returns to class. If this presents a problem, the student must make arrangements with the instructor by the end school the day the student returns to class. (FYI: The make-up exam will not be the same as that taken at the regularly scheduled time). Because of the tight schedule, regular class time will not be used to resolve make-up issues.

 

Grading:

The grading policy of the District will be used. Daily grades will count 40‰ and the major grade will count 60‰. The value of the lab grades will vary - some will be counted as daily grades; some as major- depending on their complexity. No late work will be accepted without prior approval. It should also be noted that what I can't read, I can't grade above a zero.

 

Notebooks:

Students are expected to keep a notebook. It should be organized as follows: title page (student's name, course name, period, and instructor's name), a copy of this policy sheet,and each unit's material in chronological order. It is important that all labs and daily work, both graded and un graded, be maintained in this notebook for easy access. Notebooks will be handed in and graded upon instructor's request.

 

Tardies and Classroom Time:

The school policy regarding tardies will be observed. Classroom time will be spent strictly on subject content. ANy work from other courses should be left for another time and place. Mastering the topic at hand should be your only goal.

 

Supplies: Students are expected to have the following items available as needed: notebook with loose leaf paper, #2 pencils, pens, graph paper, ruler, and a calculator that is user friendly when doing calculations that involve 1) numbers entered in scientific notation, 2) problems utilizing log, antilog, and trigonometric functions (sine, cosine, tangent).
Parent Conferences:

Parent conferences are encouraged and will be scheduled by appointment or through e-mail (if the appropriate waiver has been signed).

 

P. S. #1:

Question: Should each student come to class with text, notebook,writing utensil, and calculator everyday?

Answer: YES! YES! YES!

 

P. S. #2:

Question: Should a student EVER use RED ink on any assignment?

Answer: NO! NO! NO! NEVER! NEVER!