Conceptual Physics Goals and Policies

Course Syllabus: Physics
William Peppard
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extension 4105
Text Information:
Holt Physics. Serway, 9th edition.
Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce students to and help develop a better
understanding of the physical world. Special emphasis will be placed on the
following topics: Mechanics, Work and Energy, and Electricity and Magnetism.
Teaching Methods:
Will include but not limited to: reading, lecture, demonstrations, labs, videos, etc.
Will include but are not limited to: classwork, labs, research papers, projects,
homework assignments, exams (including midterm and final), quizzes, and
Grading Policy:
A student’s grade is composed of two different types of assessments,
formative and summative.
Formative assessments are evaluations of where a student is in the learning
process. Possible Examples: Homework, Problem Write Ups, Lab Notebooks,
Summative assessments are evaluations of a student’s mastery after
sufficient instruction & practice. Possible Examples: Tests, Lab Reports,
Projects, etc.
Summative assessments are more heavily weighted and ample preparation
and notice will be provided prior to these evaluations.
Class Requirements:
Every Student must have a three ring binder with the following 4 divisions:
1. Objectives and LEQs: Objectives are the goal or plan for the
day. What we will be doing or learning. Objectives must be
numbered and dated.
2. Notes and Handouts: Notes are lessons and activities
completed in class to help you understand a topic.
3. Homework and Classwork: Assignments completed where you
provide the answers.
4. Tests, Quizzes and Labs
A pencil and a calculator are required.
At all times, students will learn from and rely on each other. Science is
collaboration. Collaboration requires an open mind and a civil
disposition. Both are expected at all times during this course.
Course Outline:
First Semester
 Introduction, Math Review, Vector Math
 Motion in One Dimension (Horizontal and Vertical)
 Motion in Two Dimensions
 Force and Newton’s Laws of Motion
 Work, Power, Energy and Its Conservation
 Momentum, Impulse and Collisions
Second Semester
 Torque and Rotational Motion
 Ohm’s Law and Electric Circuits
 Electrostatics (Electric Force and Field)
 Reflection and Mirrors
 Refraction and Lenses
 Wave Motion and Sound
This is a general description of the course. More or less time may be necessary
to fully examine topics, and it will be provided accordingly.