AP Physics 2019-2020 Syllabus - Students
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Contact Information
Bree Barnett Dreyfuss (She/Her/Hers)
BBarnettDreyfuss@PleasantonUSD.net
Room D12 & D7
Phone: (925) 461-5209*

*D12 is shared with Mr. Brix and I may not always be the one to answer.

Which class period are you currently in? *
Course Description
Physics is defined as a science that deals with matter and motion which includes mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity. AP Physics is a one-year science course with a laboratory component designed for college bound students that are interested in this discipline. The course will provide studies in mechanics and electricity & magnetism, which are the main topics in the first two semesters of college physics and align with the AP Physics C tests. The laboratory portion of the course is designed to develop your investigative skills as well as promote problem solving and independent creative thinking. This class is intended for students who have completed Physics with a grade of "B" or better, AND are currently enrolled in (or who have completed) Calculus.
Of the physics topics you studied last year or have heard of before, which was your favorite? *
Your answer
Course Goals:
1. Recognize physical concepts and laws in the natural world, and in day-to-day events
2. Increase your critical and creative thinking and problem solving skills, using them to solve a wide variety of problems.
3. Succeed at a high level in college physics and on the AP exam in May 2020.
Which of the course goals above is most important to you? *
Student Expectations:
1. You are expected to attend class, come prepared and to be on time.
2. You are expected to complete any (and all) assignments.
3. You are expected to be a respectful and kind peer to your classmates; your learning experience is benefited from others and you should not hinder the learning experience of anyone else.
Are there any additional student expectations you would like to see implemented for the class?
Your answer
Textbook:
A copy of the text for this course will be sent home for use there; you do not need to bring it to class. You are responsible for returning this text at the end of the course or pay for its replacement. There is an electronic version available and students can check out two for multiple homes if necessary.
Course Materials:
You will need access to a calculator capable of doing trigonometry functions. There are graphing calculators you can borrow for the school year if you need to. Pens, pencils, metric ruler, protractor and lined paper are also needed. If you cannot afford any of these supplies some can be provided. A class set of scientific (non-graphing) will be used on all in-class assessments.
You will need at least one notebook for lab materials. You may use a notebook or binder for class activities (can be shared with another class).
Do you already have a graphing or scientific calculator to use? *
Assignments:
Homework:
Expect about 30-45 minutes of homework per evening which may include textbook problems, finishing lab activities or reading. Homework is assigned as an extension or added practice of what is being covered in class. Homework assignments will either be collected to be graded by the teacher, stamped and self-corrected to be turned in later or not collected at all. If the homework assignment is not collected there will be a homework quiz based on that assignment. The answers and solutions will be covered in class and usually posted online. It is your responsibility to correct your homework. The pace of this course will be quite brisk. Therefore, it is imperative that you keep up with the readings and the problem sets when they are assigned.

Labs:
There will be some hands on activities that do not require formal lab write-ups. You are expected to be able to work well in small groups to collect data. However, the rest of the lab is intended to be your own. Copying conclusion questions or data analysis is plagiarism and will result in a zero for that assignment and a referral. You will perform some labs and lab quizzes alone as assessments. Format specifics will be covered in class.

Select all the possible outcomes for homework on the day it is due: *
Required
Student A prints out a second copy of his data table and graph to give to Student B when their lab report is due. Is this plagiarism? *
Assessments:
These will cover material from your text, lectures, warm-ups and labs and take the form of unit tests or smaller progress-monitoring quizzes. The format will be multiple choice and/or free response that parallels the AP test format. You will use one of a class set of scientific (not graphing) calculators for some assessments. When you take practice AP exams you can use your approved graphing calculator as you will on the AP test. Other assessments include lab quizzes based on the skills you have learned in the class.
Why do you think you will be assessed with smaller quizzes? *
Your answer
Grades:
Grades will be based on: laboratory reports in your notebook, unit tests and quizzes, homework, miscellaneous in-class assignments and a final exam each semester. A portion of the laboratory report is based on participation. The class grade breakdown will approximately be: 15% final exam, 50% tests and quizzes, 5% homework and homework quizzes, 30% lab activities. Your letter grade is based on what percent of the total points you have: 100-90.0% A, 89.9-80.0% B, 79.9-70% C, 69.9-60% D, below 60% F. Your fall and spring semester grades are independent of each other and will be a running total of both quarters in that term. It is recommended that you retain all papers handed back and keep them in an organized manner until the semester is over and you have received your grade. The papers will be useful for review, allow you to track your progress in the class, and allow you to double check your online grade.
A final grade of 89.6% is an: *
Makeup/ Late work
A record of activities and assignments is posted online. This should be consulted whenever returning from an excused absence or as needed to check to see that you are up-to-date. It is your responsibility to make up missed work due to absence. Late work will not be accepted. Tests must be made up as soon as possible after your return; you have the same amount of time to make up a test as you were gone (i.e. if you were gone for two days you have two days to make up the test). Communicate with me as soon as you know you will be absent especially if there are special circumstances. Makeup tests will not usually be given during class time.
A student is gone on Monday and returns on the day of a unit test on Tuesday. What will happen? *
A student knows they are going to be absent from class for two days for a sports tournament. When should they check the class calendar? *
When will the make-up work for the athlete above be due? *
Extra help:
If you start experiencing problems of any sort, let me know as soon as possible. I'm more than willing to help if you get stuck, but don't wait to ask for help until the day before a test, and then tell me "I don't understand anything we've done for the last two weeks". Since I work part time my availability outside of class is limited and dependent on other factors. I will be available for ACCESS and usually one day a week at lunch and after school. I will keep my office hours posted and will change them publicly if they need to be. I am very fast to respond to email and that is usually the fastest way to reach me off campus.
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I will do my best to follow these guidelines to ensure student success.
I understand it is the students’ responsibility to earn the grade they desire.
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