Honors Physics I 


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This course provides a basic knowledge of motion, forces, energy and how these relate to everyday life. The student must be willing to put forth effort, in order to develop the ability to think and reason, both, scientifically and critically. A laboratory program is included, to reinforce the development of concepts, and acquaint the student with scientific investigation. Honors students will be expected to master calculations and perform analytical reasoning, that relate to the quantitative and qualitative aspects of Physics. Students should anticipate an average of 30-45 minutes of homework per night.

TEXTBOOK:    Physics, Giancoli, 5th Edition


1)    Notebook   2", three-ring rigid binder, with at least 100 sheets of         lined notebook paper
2)    Scientific or graphing calculator (TI 83, for example)  
3)    30 cm English / metric ruler
4)    A notebook three-hole punch is recommended
5)    Book cover (the textbook should be covered at all times)


1)    Students will be expected to have an organized notebook that             contains class notes, handouts, homework assignments, lab               reports, and all graded papers.
2)    There will be daily homework assignments. These are typically           one or more of three types:                                                              

a) Reading:   Assigned pages in the text should be read prior to class, so that familiarity with concepts and terms exists, setting the tone for cogent discussion.

b) Written questions or problems:  Students must show work for all problems and each quantity must include labels.

c) Laboratory:  Students should read all background information, state the purpose, study the procedure, and prepare data tables before the lab period. A separate lab packet will be given to each student.

3)    You are expected to act like an adult in class and you are                     responsible for your actions.


1)    Students are graded on their performance on tests, quizzes,               laboratory reports, homework, and participation.

2)    Tests and quizzes will account for 50% of the term grade.
3)    Since this course emphasizes a discovery approach, laboratory         work and reporting will account for 35% of the term grade.
4)    Homework accounts for 10% of the term grade.
5)    Daily participation accounts for 5% of the term grade.
6)    Grades are calculated by dividing the points earned by the total         points possible times 100 %.
7)    There are usually three unit tests per marking period, along with         several quizzes and lab reports. Homework will be checked               each day and graded for completeness.
8)    One test per year may be retaken to enhance your score (use             this retake with care).
9)    Online grades are, typically, updated biweekly. (click on the link         for grades)


1)    Students are responsible for class work and homework, when             they have been absent from school or have missed class for a           school-sponsored event. They should get the assignment from           a classmate or before first period.
2)    Each student should obtain the phone number and/or email of a         classmate, for the purpose of determining missed work, due to           an absence.
3)    Lab work must be completed within two days of the originally              scheduled lab. Lab reports not completed on time will be given          a zero.
4)    Arrangements to make up a test must be made the day the                   student returns to school. Students who are only absent the day         of the test are expected to take the test the day that they return.           The test should be made up prior to school (6:30AM), lunch,               study hall, or after 2:30 PM, NOT during regular class time.
5)    A student's absence on the day before a quiz or a test does not           excuse the student from the scheduled exam.