Mr. Young’s AP Physics Class Guidelines – First Semester

2002-03 

Grading:  There will be a total of 8900 points this first semester – Here’s the breakdown:

Quizzes:  8 Quizzes x 600 points/quiz = 4800 points (Every other week we will have a 300 point in-class quiz and a 300 point on-line quiz – for a total of 600 points)  (55% of the total grade)

Homeworks:  19 homeworks x 100 points each = 1900 points  (20% of the total grade)

Booknotes:  9 booknotes x 100 points each = 900 points  (10% of the total grade)

 Labs:  13 labs x 100 points/lab  = 1300 points (15% of the total grade)

There will be no comprehensive final exam – we will just have our regularly scheduled quiz on final day.

 

Please Note: 25 points of the homeworks, book notes and Labs are for: neatness/organization/presentation”.  The other 75 points are for content!  Neatness counts!!!!!!!!!!

 

Bring the following with you every day:

1.  Notebook:

     A 3 ring binder notebook is required for this class and ONLY this class.  This notebook must have 5 dividers (with plastic tabs).  The dividers should be labeled and in the order as follows:

Course/Calendar             Book Notes             Class Notes            Homework/Tests             Labs

2.  Calculator:  Must have scientific notation ability.   Graphing Calculators welcome and encouraged!

3.  Pen/pencil:  Either or both is fine.

4.  Ruler, paper, graph paper:  Keep these in your notebook.  GRAPH PAPER IS A MUST!

5.  Textbook:  Textbook must be covered and with you EVERY SINGLE DAY IN CLASS!

 

Wall of Fame:  If you receive an A or a B (in Physics) on any report card/progress report, you get to put your name on the wall of fame and receive 25 points extra credit applied to the NEXT reporting period. 

 

Participation:

     Much of this class will be hands-on participatory laboratory experiences.  You and your group members will work together on long-term and short-term projects.  Sometimes, not always, groups tend to have one or two members who do all of the work while the others coast by.  Be aware that I am aware of this.  One of two things will happen:  1)  If you are not doing your share of the work, you will lose points on the group grade.  2)  You will be re-assigned to a “survivor” group for the remainder of the project or for the next project.  “Survivor” groups consist of students who do not do their fair share in other groups.

 

Yes Rules:

·         Help your fellow classmate(s) and show courtesy and respect to all.

·         Bring all of your materials to class and be ready to begin when the bell rings.

·         Raise your hand and offer an interesting question or an excellent answer.

·         Gum, food and drinks will be allowed on a trial basis.  All drinks must be in plastic bottles/cups.  And all food/drink/gum items must be kept nicely all period and cleaned up at the end – NO Food/Drinks are allowed near computers, however..  This is a college course and you can bring these things with you into a college lecture hall.  However, if this privilege is abused, it will be taken away.  Let’s make it work – I don’t allow it in any of my other classes!

 

No Rules:

·         No magazines, newspapers...etc                                                (They will be thrown away)

·         No portable electronics - except calculators                            (They will be confiscated for 1 week)

·         No playing games on calculators                                              (They will be confiscated for 1 week)

·         No swearing, racial slurs, etc.                                                    (May be sent to AP’s office)

·         No writing on desks or putting trash in drawers                    (Clean desks and 1 hour detention)

·         No tardies                                                                                      (3 tardies = U in cooperation/detention)

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.  Is there a lot of Homework in this class?  Afraid so.  Homework is due on a certain date but I will only “stamp” it and let you keep it until the day of the quiz/test.  If it isn’t done by the day of the “stamp”, you will lose points (or not get extra credit points), but you can still turn it in on the day of the quiz/test for partial credit.  Do not make the mistake of not doing the homework because it doesn’t have many points associated with it.  Former students will tell you that the homework is key to doing well on the quizzes.  This is a college preparatory course, and in college, you will find that homework almost never counts for more than 10%.  Most of the time the answers to the homework are in the book or on the assignment paper if I wrote the problem set.

 

2.  What if I am absent and miss an assignment? 

1) Go to the website:  members.tripod.com/gregyoung0.  Not only will you find the assignment there in a down-loadable format, but you will also find its due date.  2) Call a friend to ask for the assignment. 

3)  Ask me when you return if there have been any assignments.  It is your responsibility to ask.  If you don’t ask me “what did I miss” when you come back, I cannot be responsible for you picking up the assignment.

 

3.  When an assignment is due and I am absent, what should I do?  Turn it in the day you return. 

 

4.  I was absent on the day of the lab, can I make it up?  Yes, you can usually get the data from another member of the group and write it up.  However, you will receive only 85% of the points you get on your graded lab write-up.  The other 15% of each lab is as a result of your participation in the lab itself.  You can do this for only 2 labs per semester.  If you miss more than two labs, on those labs you will receive a 0

     If we do a multi-day lab, you lose 10% of the total score for every day you are absent. 

 

5.  I picked up an assignment while I was absent but I don’t know how to do it.  What should I do? Please talk with me as soon as you return to class and we will try to work out a reasonable time frame to help you make up the work and understand it fully.

 

6.  What if I miss a quiz?  The first in-class quiz you miss you may take it home and do it there!  What a deal! However, If you attend each in-class quiz during the semester, you will receive 50 points extra credit (this is roughly equivalent to the amount of points you could gain by taking a quiz home with you – recall that each in-class quiz is worth 300 points.).  If you miss more than one in-class quiz, you can make it up during the next class period you attend, or at lunch (by appointment only) or up to one week after the date of absence.  If you miss more than 3 in-class quiz dates, I reserve the right to give you no higher than 75% on any make-up quiz (some students avoid quiz dates like the plague!)

 

7.  What is your hall pass rule?  Since we are close to a restroom and the class periods are long, I have no set limit on hall passes so long as they are not abused.  If you are gone for longer than 3-5 minutes at a time, I will assume you are abusing the privilege and not let you have a pass in future.  Only one student is allowed a hall pass at a time (please return promptly because someone else may be waiting to use it).

 

 

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 First Semester Breakdown of assignments

Quizzes for First semester:

There will be one quiz for each of the sections below.  The quiz consists of a 300 point in class portion and a 300 point take-home on-line portion.

1.  A. Kinematics

2.  B. Newtons laws of motion

3.  C. Work/energy/power

4.  D. Systems of particles linear momentum

5.  E. Circular Motion and rotation

6.  F.  Oscillations and gravitation

7.  A. Electrostatics

8.  B.  Conductors/capacitors/dielectrics

 

Homework/Booknotes for First Semester:

For each number you see below, there will be two homeworks and one booknotes unless otherwise stated.  Each Homework is worth 100 points.   25 points for neatness/organization/completion.

1.  Unit Conversions/Algebra review/Trigonometry Review/Where the heck is that in my Textbook

 (done as one homework – worth 200 points)

2.  A. Kinematics

3.  B. Newtons laws of motion

4.  C. Work/energy/power

5.  D. Systems of particles linear momentum

6.  E. Circular Motion and rotation

7.  F.  Oscillations and gravitation

8.  A. Fluid Mechanics:  Only one homework.  There will be no quiz from this section

9.  A. Electrostatics

10.  B.  Conductors/capacitors/dielectrics

 

Labs:

There are 12 labs, each worth 100 points (unless otherwise stated).  25 points for neatness/organization/completion

1.  Ticker Timer and Graph Matching

2.  Hit the cup

3.  Air Rocket

4.  Atwood’s Machine (Vernier #10)

5.  Experiments #9 and #11 from Vernier (done as one write up)

6.  Work Lab with force probe sensors and finding area under curve (Maybe #18/#19 Vernier)

7.  Pumpkin drop

8.  Experiments #19 and #20 from Vernier.  And Skateboard Lab (done as one write up)

9.  Skateboard Lab

10.  Pendulum lab

11.  Experiments #15 and #17 from Vernier (SHM) (done as one write up)

12.  Balloon Lab

13.  Experiment #25 and #27 from Vernier (Ohm’s law and capacitors).  Done as one write up


 

Mr. Young’s AP Physics Class Guidelines – Second Semester

2002-03 

Grading:  There will be a total of 6500 points this second semester – Here’s the breakdown:

Quizzes:  5 Quizzes x 600 points/quiz = 3000 points (Every other week we will have a 300 point in-class quiz and a 300 point on-line quiz – for a total of 600 points)  (57% of the grade)

Homeworks:  13 homeworks x 50 points each = 650 points  (13% of the grade)

Booknotes:  10 booknotes x 50 points each = 500 points  (10% of the grade)

 Labs:  5 Labs x 100 points each = 500 points  (10% of the grade)

Practice AP Tests :  5 practice AP tests x 100 points each = 500 points (10% of the grade)

 

Please Note:  25 points out of each 100 points will be for neatness/organization/completeness.  Or, 15 points out of every 50 points

 

Increasing your grade based on your AP Exam performance:

     Getting a 3 on the exam will increase your second semester grade 1/4 point    (ex.  B turns to a B+)

     Getting a 4 on the exam will increase your second semester grade 1/2 point    (ex.  B turns to an A-)

     Getting a 5 on the exam will increase your second semester grade 1 full point (ex.  B turns to an A)

 

Second Semester Breakdown of assignments

Quizzes for Second semester:

There will be one quiz for each of the sections below.  The quiz consists of a 300 point in class portion and a 300 point take-home on-line portion.

1.  C.  Electric Circuits Part I

2.  C.  Electric Circuits Part II

3.  D.  Magnetostatics

4.  E.  Electromagnetism

5.  A.  Waves and sound (these may be given as mini quizzes which will total 600 points)

 

 

Homework/Booknotes for Second Semester:

For each number you see below, there will be two homeworks and one booknotes unless otherwise stated. 25 points for neatness/organization/completion

1.  C.  Electric Circuits  (there will be two booknotes for this section)

2.  D.  Magnetostatics

3.  E.  Electromagnetism  (there will be only one homework for this section)

4.  A.  Waves and sound (there will be only one homework for this section)

5.  B.  Geometric Optics  (only one homework for this section – but it is worth 200 points because you have to draw a lot of items.  No Booknotes for this section)

6.  C.  Physical Optics (only one homework for this section)

7.  A/B. Atomic physics and quantum effects.  Nuclear Physics (one homework worth 200 points)

8.  B/C.  Temperature and heat/Kinetic Theory and Thermodynamics (one homework worth 200 points)

 

Total Booknotes:  10

Total Homeworks:  13 (actually, there are 10 homeworks, but 3 of them are worth 200 points)

 

Labs/AP Practice exams

Labs and AP Practice exams are each worth 100 points

1.  Vernier Experiment #26 – Series and parallel circuits

2.  Vernier Experiment #28 – Magnetic field in a coil

3.  CPU Cycle 1

4.  CPU Cycle 2

5.  CPU Cycle 3

6.  Light Lab

7.  Practice AP Exam (multiple choice or Free Response)

8. Practice AP Exam (multiple choice or Free Response)

9. Practice AP Exam (multiple choice or Free Response)

10. Practice AP Exam (multiple choice or Free Response)

11. Practice AP Exam (multiple choice or Free Response)

12. Practice AP Exam (multiple choice or Free Response)

Note:  The practice AP Exams will be given periodically throughout the second semester.  They may either be administered during a block day (instead of a lab) or on a Saturday review session.