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Welcome to Physics 2011-2012
Physics CP and HP Seminar
Seminar Meetings: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with Friday Labs
Period 3 in Room 18
Physics is about the nature of basic things, such as motion, forces, energy, matter, heat, sound light and the composition of atoms. Because the ideas of physics are fundamental to both chemistry and biology, it is considered to be the most basic science. Because we live in a physical world in which our interactions follow the laws of physics, learning physics will affirm quantitatively what we know intuitively (with our intuition) or somatically (with our bodies). We will use mathematics to express our findings and to prove or disprove ideas that may be ambiguous. We will us the scientific method and the act of scientific inquiry through investigations and experiments to assimilate key concepts, as outlined in the California Content Standards for Physics.
Texts (Resources): Honors (HP), College Prep (CP)
by Eugene Hecht
Brooke/Cole Publishing Company
HP and CP
The Project Physics Course
F. James Rutherford, Gerald Holton, Fletcher G. Watson
Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Paul G. Hewitt
Addison and Wesley
Online Resource Highlights
Daily learner materials include the regulation, quadrille-ruled notebook, a scientific calculator, sharpened standard and color pencils, the Nea planner and two highlighters of different colors.
Late Work Policy
Nea 6-11 Village has adopted a uniform late work policy. Please familiarize yourself with its parameters and ask a question if something is not clear, as it will be adhered to without exception.
A learner will be evaluated using a variety of modalities and a grade appropriated based on the following percentage scale using weighted categories:
Grading Policy for Honors Distinction in Physics
As an honors course, performance in Honors Physics will be rigorously assessed. Is expected the honors students exhibit superior understanding and work that is consistently represents the highest level of achievement. In general, work will be assessed in the following manner:
A = 5.0 Grade Points: Work shows exceptional scholarship, exploration and application of concepts, thoughtful assimilation of ideas from outside research and sources, and work goes “above and beyond”. Work is handed in on time, seriously addresses the assignment and is highly original and inspired in nature.
B = 4.0 Grade Points: Work shows strong scholarship, exploration and application of concepts, thoughtful assimilation of ideas from outside research and sources, but does not go “above and beyond”. Work is handed in on time, seriously addresses the assignment and is highly original and inspired in nature.
C = 3.0 Grade Points: Learners earning a C in honors will be counseled to return to college prep physics. Work is average, showing basic scholarship, moderate to minimal exploration and application of concepts, inconsistent ability or effort to assimilate outside research and sources, and shows that the learner may just want to “get by. Work is handed in frequently late and learner may not take assignments seriously and sometimes relies too heavily on others input to create a product.
D/F = Learners earning a D or F will be exited from Honors Physics.
89.5% - 100% = A
79.5% – 89.4% = B
69.5% - 79.4% = C
59.5% - 69.4% = D
59.4% and below = F
For a comprehensive course overview, outline and curriculum, please visit the Course Document section on this webpage.
MaMaafi can be reached via Nea email from the website, or by calling 510-748-4008 x 130.
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