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Course Number:
11, 12  
Biology and Chemistry
Grad Standard(s):
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Teacher -- Mr. Patrick Merrick
Room -- 120
length -- 1 semester
textbook -- Physics - Merrill

This course provides the learner with the opportunity to gain more knowledge on the very structure of nature itself. As this knowledge is gained, the learner will increase their appreciation of the structure and behavior of the world around them. Once this appreciation is instilled, the learner will be better equipped to evaluate the mass of science sound bites that are constantly being thrown at them in the name of public policy or advertising.
Physics is broken down into four sections, Mechanics, Waves, Electricity, and Modern. In the Mechanics section, we will apply the basic laws of nature to understand the motion of objects around us. In the Waves section, we will be looking at sound, and light and the properties that allow waves to be an energy source. In the Electricity section we will be covering electricity (bet you knew that). In the Modern section we will cover relativity. Not only is this information useful in everyday life, but it also impresses friends and dates to no end. Trust me.

1. The learner will be able to understand and use the scientific method in solving problems.
2. The learner will be able to see the connections between what they are learning and the world around them
3. The learner will see the enjoyment of science.
4. The learner will be able to finish and comprehend an independent experiment.
5. The learner will be able to understand the interaction of forces.
6. The learner will be introduced to the interaction of light and sound.
7. The learner will be secure and mature enough to suggest and follow through with any other ideas on areas of physics that is of interest.

1. attendance and participation -- A/P will be graded each day by the following means: Attendance means being in your seat with the appropriate materials and staying in class all period. Participation means having your work completed and paying attention in other words attitude. ( smiles and waves are good bonuses)

2. Assignments and Projects -- This class will try and evolve into a project and discussion orientated class. (This means the more you talk the less I do.) Each section will contain a project of some degree that will measure your mastery of the material. Assignment and projects will have time lines and due dates to follow for full credit.

3. Tests and quizzes-- they will be there (no surprises) good luck?!

4. Grading -- all assignments and tests are graded on a point basis. Points are totaled at the end of each quarter to determine final grades. Grades are calculated on the following percentages:
91 - 100 % = A
82 - 90 = B
73 - 81 = C
64 - 72 = D

1. books When books are given out, go over them carefully and take care of them. I will expect it back in the same condition. You will be expected to read all chapters. Some questions on assignments will be from the book and not from class discussion.

2. labs I will try to have one lab a week (usually on Thursdays). These labs serve a twofold purpose, first they allow you to move around in the classroom and enjoy handson science. Second they are a great way to understand the concept. They are not a day off! Lab reports will be due on each lab and the quality of the answers will be judged.

3. needs You will need a notebook, writing utensil (no red or pink ), a calculator, and a folder for handouts, labs, etc.

4. Homework - is do on the date assigned. It is worth full points if handed in when asked for. It is worth 75% of possible if handed in before the next time we meet. It is worth 50% on third day and 0% after that. You will be expected to have everything necessary with you. You will not be allowed to go to your locker during class. I give out assignments because I feel that the information covered is valuable. Therefore, if you have 2 or more missing grades you will receive a failing grade for that midterm.

5. No hats or food are allowed in class unless a special situation arises.

6. The goal of this class is also to reinforce effort and responsibility. To this end, each assignment turned in on time and at a minimum level has the ability to be corrected. These corrections will be graded and returned. It is my hope that we will keep working on the assignment until the concept is mastered. Finally, most assignments will be handed back for your corrections. If an assignment is a learning tool, then the first time the assignment is turned in should not be the last time you look at it.

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