Syllabus & Course Policies 2014-2015

Welcome to AP Physics 1.  You can check out additional information about this course and the AP Exam at the AP Students website.  Information about this course in particular follows.

AP Physics 1 – Syllabus – 2014-2015

Teacher:  Mr. Jason Stark, jds7184@slp.k12.la.us

Introduction

This is your plan for success. It describes what you can expect from this course and what is expected of you.  This is a hands-on laboratory course that uses the Modeling approach to instruction.  Modeling means that students are responsible for doing experiments, collecting data, analyzing that data, and building models to represent various physical situations.  At least 25% of class time will be spent on laboratory investigations.  You and your peers will actually make sense of physics through your observations, analysis, and discussion.  This course provides a solid basis for success in other high school and college science courses.

Materials Required – Bring them EVERY DAY!

Composition notebook (science notebook), 3-ring binder, basic calculator, and pens/pencils

AP Exam Fees (about $90) – due by September 24 *(for low-income students, these fees may be reimbursed.  Stay tuned).  More information is forthcoming

Louisiana Grading Scale
A 93 – 100
B 85 – 92
C 75 – 84
D 67 – 74
F 0 – 66

The Daily Routine & Grading

Class begins promptly with the BellRinger, which introduces the daily lesson or reviews previous concepts.  Practice occurs through a variety of activities that we will discuss with whiteboard and class meetings.  Reflections on these activities must be kept organized in the science notebook.  Science Notebooks may be collected at any time for grading, so keeping them up-to-date is important.  Student assessment and grades for each unit are based on: lab activities and reports, whiteboard and other presentations, problem-solving, written responses to readings or videos, group interactions, your science notebook, quizzes, and exams.  Students receive two (2) homework passes for the whole year, which afford students an extra day for assignments (not major projects or tests).  Subsequent late work will be penalized 30% per day.

Science Fair

All students will be required to complete a science fair project.  The project topic may be from any Intel ISEF category.  Please check https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef for important information about rules.  Important Dates:

September 5 – Submit Project Idea(s)
September 19 – Submit Project Proposal (Safety Review)
October 3 – Submit Background Research & Research Paper
October 17 – Submit Experimentation Progress Report
October 31 – Submit Data Analysis Report
November 14 – Turn in Completed Project
November 18 – OHS Science Fair (library)
December 6 – Parish Science Fair (at OHS)

Student Support

Make a point to track your grades on PowerSchool at http://pschool.slp.k12.la.us/

Students may make appointments with the teacher for additional assistance before or after school.

Many assignments and announcements will be posted on the course website, which can be found at: http://jasonstark.com/

Absences

One of the largest factors contributing to poor grades is student absence.  Class discussion about lab activities is the primary way learning occurs.  Absences during lab activities or whiteboard presentations are especially difficult (and often impossible) to make up.

Students will not receive credit for any work during an unexcused absence.  For excused absences, get make-up work before or immediately following the absence.  Bring documentation (a valid doctor note, funeral notice, etc.) immediately following an absence.

Tardies

Be on time to class, come in, find your seat, and begin the BellRinger immediately.  A student is considered tardy if they are not in their seat and beginning work when the bell rings.

Classroom Rules

  1. Be Responsible – Bring required materials to class.  Keep up with assigned work.  Participate in class to ensure understanding.  Get enough sleep at night so you can be attentive in class.  Adhere to dress code, ID, electronic device, and other school policies.
  2. Be Respectful – Use language that is appropriate for school.  Be encouraging to other students.  Follow directions without complaining or excuses.  Don’t be destructive (take care of desks, tables, lab equipment, books, markers, whiteboards, etc.).  RESPECT YOURSELF and do your best!
  3. Be Safe – Conduct yourself in a safe manner.  Be considerate of others.  Safety in the laboratory is paramount.  Take care with lab and school equipment/property.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I make up my test?

A: You must make up a test within one week of your absence.  Do not procrastinate!  No, you may not make it up during class.

Q: How did I get a zero on an assignment when I wasn’t even here that day?

A: Please refer to the “Absences” section of this document.  If you do not turn in work on time, you receive a zero (whether you are present or absent).  If you have an excused absence, you have three (3) days to turn in make-up work.  It is your responsibility to bring documentation and get any assignments you missed.

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