CONTENTS
Introduction
Laboratory Requirement
Course Overview
Supplies Needed
Grading Policies
Sample Grade Sheet
Expectations
Academic Integrity
Cheating
Surviving the Course

INTRODUCTION

Regents physics is a comprehensive physics course dealing with real world phenomena at the macroscopic, subatomic, and cosmic levels. It meets the New York State MST standards for physics as described in the NYS Core Curriculum for The Physical Setting/Physics.

In the spirit of the NYS Core Curriculum, "...the primary focus of the classroom experience should be on the development of higher order process skills. The content [therefore] becomes the context and vehicle for the teaching of these skills rather than an end in itself." In order to meet the Math, Science, Technology standards, the course includes problem solving and the use of appropriate technologies for the acquisition, analysis, and presentation of information.

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LABORATORY REQUIREMENT

Laboratory work is an integral part of Regents Physics and is required before a student may take the Regents Exam. Prior to taking any Regents science exam, New York State requires that each student completes and writes satisfactory lab reports for a minimum of twelve hundred minutes of laboratory work. The school is required to keep these reports on file.

Any student who fails to meet the laboratory requirement will automatically fail the course because of being barred from the final exam.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

The Regents Physics course includes the major topics of mechanics, energy, waves, electricity & magnetism, and modern physics.

The course style is patterned after a first year college science survey course. As the instructor, my role is to offer information and guide you through the discovery of knowledge and process. As the student, your role is to actively participate by questions during (and after) class and to "carry your own weight" (Look! A physics concept!) in small group projects. A passive student survives while an active student enjoys.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED

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GRADING POLICIES

Homework: If you are absent the day homework is assigned it will be posted.  If absent on the day an assignment is due, it must be submitted the day you return.

Lab Write-Ups are due at the beginning of class (before the bell) on the assigned due date. All lab reports (excluding diagrams) must be typed.

Late labs:

Labs may be turned in early.

Each quarter, the lowest quiz or lab grade will be dropped if all labs have been submitted on time.

Averages Calculated by...

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SAMPLE GRADE SHEET

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EXPECTATIONS

Note: This Lab is a No Electronics Zone; no exceptions. This includes but is not limited to cell phones, music players, pagers...

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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

In this course, all assigned work, labs, and examinations are individual exercises. The work that you do must be yours - not that of other students, friends, tutors, etc. While it may seem like the easy way out to copy them from others, this strategy will backfire on the exams, when you will not know the material you would have learned from doing the assignments. You may of course form study groups, discuss assignments and techniques in general terms, etc., but the assignments themselves must be your own work. Please ask if you have any questions about this.

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CHEATING POLICY

I am personally offended by cheating, in part because it hurts the honest students in the class. I will try my hardest to catch cheaters. If I catch someone cheating, all persons and assignments involved will be given a grade of zero (see your Student Handbook). Any second occurrences will start discussions regarding the cheaters' expulsion from the course.

It has been said by past students that I delight in crucifying cheaters. I do not - I simply will not tolerate them.

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SURVIVAL

The key to learning the material in this course (and thereby passing it with a good grade) is to keep up. That is, try to stay up to date in the readings, formulas, and assignments. If you attend class and stay current with the readings, formulas, and assignments, you should have relatively few problems. Do not wait until just before an examination or assignment is due to try and cram several weeks worth of material in one night. It will not work - there are just too many different concepts to master. If you do find that you are having trouble with this course, come see me - Soon! The longer you wait, the tougher it will be to get back on track. If you wait until the end of the semester and do poorly on an exam or in the course, and then tell me you've been having problems, there's not much I can do.

Listening in class & knowing the concepts will yield limited success. Knowing the concepts and practicing the concepts yields total success.

If you do find yourself achieving only limited success, you have to ask yourself whether this is a concepts problem (you don't understand the material) or a work ethic problem (you understand what to do but just aren't doing it).

I can help the concepts problem. I cannot help the work ethic problem.

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