Course Syllabus

Syllabus : Physics
Mr. Cummins:  2016-2017

Course Description: As described in the ACT Quality Course Description, Physics includes both classical and modern Physics topics. The following 4 standard that address the “big ideas” in the areas of physics:

 

  • Understanding Physics as Inquiry
  • Understanding and Applying Knowledge of Forces and Motion
  • Understanding and Applying Knowledge of Fundamental Force
  • Understanding and Applying Knowledge of Waves and Periodic Motion

Topics Include:

 

  • One Dimensional Motion
  • Two Dimensional Motion
  • Vectors
  • Forces
  • Laws of Motion
  • Work and Energy
  • Momentum and Collisions
  • Circular Motion
  • Vibrations and Waves
  • Sound
  • Light and Reflection
  • Electric Forces and Fields
  • Electrical Energy and Current
  • Circuits and Circuit Elements
  • Magnetism

 

Textbook:

 

Physics Principles and Problems by Zitzewitz, Haase and Harper by Glencoe

 


Grading Policy: Grades for each quarter will be calculated based on percentage of total points possible for that quarter.

 

Points for each quarter will be earned from the following categories at roughly the following percentages:

  • Lab work, projects – 20 %
  • Tests and Quizzes – 40%
  • Homework – 30%

 

 

Grading Scale:

 

A+       98 – 100

A          93 – 97           C+        77 – 79           D-        60 – 62

A-        90 – 92           C          73 – 76           F          59 & Below

B+       87 – 89           C-         70 – 72

B          83 – 86           D+       67 – 69

B-        80 – 82           D         63 – 66

 

 

Course Requirements:

  • Class participation!
  • Completion of homework assignments, lab work and projects. Late work will not be accepted unless I am notified at least 1 day in advance.
  • Tests will be announced at least 3 days in advance. If you are absent the day of the test you must be ready to take the test the day you return.  Quizzes may be announced or unannounced.
  • Check your grade regularly on ProgressBook.

 

Course Materials Needed Everyday:

  • Lab Notebook: You will need to purchase a black lab notebook (graph type). This will be checked and graded.
  • Pencil or pen. You will write in pen in your lab notebook.
  • Calculator. I will not have one for you to borrow.
  • Notes/Homework Notebook, Binder. You are required to detail all steps for any homework problems.  

 

Simple Class Rules:

  • Be on time, in your seat, and prepared to work when the bell rings.
  • Follow all lab safety rules and school rules.
  • If it is not yours, or you have not been instructed to do so – DON’T TOUCH IT!
  • Cell phones are not allowed during class.
  • Do not bring food or drink into the class (this includes water bottles).
  • Give your best effort each and every day! Remember that you will benefit most if you do your own thinking and your own best work! Cheating and/or plagiarism will NOT be tolerated.

 

 

Please take the time to read this guide.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child's performance, feel free to contact me at patrick.cummins@bexleyschools.org. 

 

Schedules are adjustable

 

Physics      Curriculum Map and Pacing Guide   Semester 1         2016-2017

 

Semester 1

First Quarter (40 days)

Chapter

Topic

# Days

ACT Standards

1

Understanding Physics as Inquiry

·         The Methods of Science

·         Significant Figures

·         Algebra and Trigonometry

·         Graphing

 

8

 

8/17-8/26

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g

A.2a,A.2b,A.2c,A.2d,A.2e,A.2f,A.2g

2

Motion – Constant Velocity

·         Vectors and Scalars

·         Displacement and Distance

·         Velocity (constant, average, and instantaneous)

·         Interpreting Position vs. Time and Velocity vs.       Time Graphs

 

14

 

 

8/29-9/16

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2a,A.2b,A.2c,A.2d,A.2e,A.2f,A.2g

3

Motion – Acceleration and 2D motion

·         Introduction to Acceleration

·         Gravity

·         Relative velocities

·         Independence of vector quantities

·         Projectile motion

 

10

 

 

9/19-9/30

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2a,A.2b,A.2c,A.2d,A.2e,A.2f,A.2g,B.2a, B.2b ,B.2d,B.2e,B.2f

4

 

Newton’s Laws

·         Force Diagrams

·         Newton’s 1st Law

·         Newton’s 2nd Law

·         Newton’s 3 Law

 

8

 

10/4-10/14

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2a,A.2b,A.2f,A.2g, A.3e, B.5a, B.5a, B.5b, B.5c, B.5d, B.5e, B.5f

Second Quarter (44 days)

 

5

Forces

·         Newton’s Law of Gravitation

·         Friction

·         Hook’s Law

·         Tension

 

10

 

 

10/17-10/28

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2a,A.2b,A.2f,A.2g

6

Momentum

·         Impulse

·         Law of Conservation of Momentum

·         Collisions and Energy

·         Tension

 

13

 

 

10/31-11/18

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2a,A.2b,A.2d,A.2e,A.2f,A.2g, B.4a, B.4b, B.4c, B.4d, B.4e

7

 

Work and Energy

·         Work

·         Gravitational Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy

·         The Law of Conservation of Energy

·         Power

·         Efficiency

 

13

 

11/21-12/9

 

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2a,A.2b, A.2d,A.2e,A.2f,A.2g, B.3a, B.3b, B.3c, B.3d, B.3e, B.3f, B.3g, B.3h, B.3i

 

Semester 1 Exam Review and Exam

 

8

 

12/12-12/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physics      Curriculum Map and Pacing Guide   Semester 2         2016-2017

 

Semester 2

Third Quarter (52 days)

7

Circular Motion

·         Gravitational Fields

·         Centripetal Acceleration

·         Centripetal Force

13

 

1/3-1/20

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2a,A.2b,A.2c,A.2d,A.2e,A.2f,A.2g,B.2a, B.2b,B.2c,B.2d,B.2e,B.2f

8

 

Wave Properties

·         Transverse versus Longitudinal

·         Wavelength, Frequency, and Speed of a Wave

·         Reflection

·         Refraction

·         Diffraction

·         Interference

·         Doppler Effect

10

 

 

 

 

1/23-2/3

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2a,A.2b,A.2d,A.2e,A.2f,A.2g, D.1a, D.1b, D.1c, D.1d, D.1e, D.1f, D.1g, D.1h, D.1i, D.1j, D.1k, D.1l, D.2a, D.2b, D.3a, D.2b

9

Light

·         Electromagnetic Spectrum

·         Mirrors and Lenses

 

10

 

2/6-2/17

D.4a, D.4b, D.4c, D.4d, D.4e, D.4f, D.4g, D.4h, D.4i, D.4j

10

Electrostatics

·         Coulombs Law and Electrostatic Forces

·         Electric Field – Single Charge

·         Electric Field – Multiple Charges

·         Electric Potential Energy

·         Electric Potential (Voltage)

·         Equipotential Lines

·         Introduction to Magnetism

19

 

 

 

 

2/21-3/17

A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2a,A.2b,A.2d,A.2e,A.2g, A.3f, C.1a, C.1b,C.2a, C.2b, C.2c, C.3a, C.3b, C.3c, C.3d, C.3e, C.3f, C.3g, C.3h, C.3i,C.4a, C.4b, C.4c, C.4d

Fourth Quarter (44 days)

11

Circuits

·         Ohms Law

·         Resistors in parallel and in Series

·         Kirchhoff’s Rules

·         Emf

 

10

 

 

3/27-4/7

A.1a,A.1b,A.1c,A.1d,A.1e,A.1f,A.1g, A.2b,A.2c,A.2d,A.2e,A.2f, C.5a, C.5b, C.5c, C.5d, C.5e, C.5f, C.5g, C.5h, C.5i, C.5j, C.5k

 

 

 

 

 

ACT Exam Review and Testing

 

4

 

4/10-4/13

 

 

End of Year Projects

-          Marshmallow Project

-          Rube Goldberg

-          Bridge

-          Egg Drop

 

 

 

 

 8/24/2016 Quiz on Math Review

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