Physics Course Syllabus 2014 –2014 School Year
Cobalt Institute of Math & Science:
This is a college preparatory course. It will be a rigorous course based upon the California State Standards in Physics. Students will be expected to complete reading assignments, homework and diligent studying at home will be required. Every student must take and pass a science lab safety test. Safe laboratory practices must be maintained by everyone, every day. Students are required to bring a #2 pencil a blue or black pen, red pen, composition book, three-ringed binder with paper, and planner with them to class every day. A scientific calculator and a box of colored pencils are recommended.
Attendance is Mandatory. Although making up missed work due to suspension and expulsion is expected, no credit will be given for unexcused absences or suspensions and expulsions from class/school. Mr. Patterson requires every student taking Physics to take notes every day. Students who miss a day should get the notes from another student who was present. Students also have the option of signing up for Saturday school get help with homework, or to make up a missed lab etc.
Assignments: Students are required to complete the “yellow box questions and “plug & chug” “Think and Explain” and “Think and Solve” problems, and define key terms for every chapter. All laboratory activities, and other worksheets assigned by me are to be completed and turned in on the assigned due date. Due dates, for all chapter work, are usually on Fridays, and the students are given a weekend and a week to complete the chapter work described above.
Grading System: Grades are based upon the percentage of points a student earns on each weighted category below.
Tests 40 %, Final Test 10 % Labs 30 %, Classwork & Homework 20%.
An overall grade from:
100% - 96.50% is an A+; 96.49%-92.50 % is an A; 92.49%-89.5% is an A-;
89/49% - 86.50% is a B+; 86.49%-82.50% is a B; 82.49%-79.50 is a B-
79.49% - 76.50% is a C+; 76.49% - 72.50% is a C; 72.49% - 69.50 % is a C-
69.49% – 66.50% is a D+; 66.49% - 62.50% is a D; 62.49% - 59.50% is a D-
and 59.59% and below is an F.
Tests: a student must obtain an 80% or higher on Benchmark tests. Students may have opportunity to retake a Benchmark test; however, each time the test results are averaged to obtain the final test grade; no final test grade is recorded and counted until the student earns at least an 80% on one of the retakes for that benchmark. Beware; if you take a benchmark too many times and receive too many low scores before you pass with an 80%, your final average may be less than 66%. Study for Benchmark tests the first time they are given. You must retake the tests on your own time, on a school computer as it will not be possible to keep up with the manual grading. Each retake is different, but over the same standards.
Current Grade: Grades will be updated at least biweekly and parents may obtain a user name and password to access their student’s grade and attendance over the Aries network. Students, it is your responsibility to keep current with your grade that may be viewed on Aries. Always be aware of your progress in the class. See me immediately if you see a mistake or discrepancy with your grade. You may see me after or before class.
Citizenship grades are based upon student behavior. Only students exemplifying model behavior will receive and outstanding grade in citizenship. Students warned about any inappropriate behavior in class will receive a satisfactory or lower in citizenship. Students written up about inappropriate behavior in class will receive a needs improvement for their citizenship grade. Any student written up twice for inappropriate class behavior will receive an unsatisfactory citizenship grade.
Only work missed from excused absences will be allowed to be made up for credit. If you get an absence excused by going to Saturday school, then I will accept the work for full credit, as long as you attended the whole Saturday session and do not leave or get sent home early. I strongly encourage those who missed class to complete the make-up work. A student will have 1 day for every day missed during their absence to return all makeup work. This does not apply for work missed during a leave of absence from class. If a student knows he/she will have an extended absence, then they should get the work before they leave and hand it in within 2 days after they return from the absence. No late work is accepted, and extra-credit is given only occasionally on tests. Please see me regarding arrangements for any circumstances that may require other consideration. Check my web site (www.chemsnippets.com) for lessons and assignments during an absence.
Cheating: Completed work is expected to be your own, well thought out, neat, and organized. Cheating is copying another person’s work and representing it as your own. This applies to labs, homework, class-work, quizzes, tests and projects. Any student caught cheating will receive zero credit for the assignment or test or lab they were caught cheating on. A referral will be sent to Counseling and Administration.
· Come to class on time and prepared 1. Verbal warning
· Start daily assignments when you come to class 2. Student will change seat or copy rules or teacher may call parents
· Maintain behavior that allows you and others to learn 3. Student will be given a time-out in an appropriate
· Follow all safety rules location.
· Talking out of turn is not permitted. 4. Student will be sent to principal with a referral
· No food or beverage is to be consumed in the
science classroom, as a matter of student safety.
· Severity Clause: Any student who becomes an immediate and severe discipline problem, or who shows grave disrespect, will be sent directly to the office without going through the consequence sequence above. This will be the first day of a two day class suspension.
Laboratory Information: Students will be working regularly in the laboratory. Students who are absent during a day that a laboratory investigation is assigned must come in on their own time to make it up. Schedule a time with Mr. Patterson to make up the lab within one week of the absence or the lab cannot be made up. Students are responsible for paying the school for any equipment they break. The replacement fee includes the current cost of replacement, tax, shipping and handling.
2014-2015 PREPARING FOR SUCCESS IN Physics I
We have read, reviewed, understand and agree to adhere to the policies and rules that have been provided by Mr. Patterson. A copy of the Physics I Course Guide must be kept in the student’s binder at all times.
Parent(s) or Guardian(s) (Print) Student Name (Print)
Parent(s) or Guardian(s) Signature(s) Student Signature
Comments or concerns which you would like to inform Mr. Patterson: