AP Physics 2019-2020 Syllabus - Parents/ Guardians
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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.

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.
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Course Goals:
1. Recognize physical concepts and laws in the natural world, and in day-to-day events
2. Increase your student's 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.
Student Expectations:
1. Your students are expected to attend class, come prepared and to be on time.
2. Your students are expected to complete any (and all) assignments.
3. Your students are expected to be a respectful and kind peer to their classmates; their learning experience is benefited from others and students should not hinder the learning experience of anyone else.
Textbook:
A copy of the text for this course will be sent home for use there; students do not need to bring it to class. They 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:
Students will need access to a calculator capable of doing trigonometry functions. There are graphing calculators students can borrow for the school year if they need to. Pens, pencils, metric ruler, protractor and lined paper are also needed. If your student 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.
Your student will need at least one notebook for lab materials. Your student may use a notebook or binder for class activities (can be shared with another class).
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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 student's responsibility to correct their homework. The pace of this course will be quite brisk. Therefore, it is imperative that students 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. Your students are expected to be able to work well in small groups to collect data. However, the rest of the lab is intended to be their own. Copying conclusion questions or data analysis is plagiarism and will result in a zero for that assignment and a referral. They will perform some labs and lab quizzes alone as assessments. Format specifics will be covered in class.

Assessments:
These will cover material from the student 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. Students will use one of a class set of scientific (not graphing) calculators for some assessments. When students take practice AP exams they can use their approved graphing calculator as they will on the AP test. Other assessments include lab quizzes based on the skills they have learned in the class.
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 breakdown will be affected by time constraints but it will approximately be: 15% final exam, 50% tests and quizzes, 5% homework and homework quizzes, 30% lab activities. Your student's letter grade is based on what percent of the total points they have: 100-90.0% A, 89.9-80.0% B, 79.9-70% C, 69.9-60% D, below 60% F. Their 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 students retain all papers handed back and keep them in an organized manner until the semester is over and they have received your grade. The papers will be useful for review, allow them to track their progress in the class, and allow students to double check their online grade.
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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 students are up-to-date. It is their 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 their return; they have the same amount of time to make up a test as they were gone (i.e. if they were gone for two days they have two days to make up the test). Your students should communicate with me as soon as they know they will be absent especially if there are special circumstances. Makeup tests will not usually be given during class time.
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Extra help:
If your student starts experiencing problems of any sort, they should let me know as soon as possible. I'm more than willing to help if they get stuck, but don't let them 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 at least 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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