Physics – Syllabus (Semester 2 – 2008/2009)

Teacher:      Mr. Sage              Room:         1401-Physics Lab

Text:  Principles and Problems (Glencoe, MacGraw-Hill)

Unit (Chp)


Length (days)

Course Work Weight (%)

Quizzes Weight (%)

Exams Weight (%)



Circular Motion & Gravitation







(11.2, 9)

Conservation Laws (Mechanical Energy & Impulse and Momentum)



4, 4



(14, 15)









Light & Geometric Optics



4, 4


Semester 2 Review





Summative Assessment (Semester Exam)










Each semester is worth 1/2 credit. You must pass both semesters to receive the full credit.




1.              You will be notified of any changes in the course weightings.


2.              Required materials for this course:

i.               3-Ring binder. Handouts, exercises and reference materials are numerous in this course and it is imperative that they be neatly organized and easily retrieved. Please ensure that the binder is large enough (2”-3”) to hold material for the entire course. Information and/or notes gained in the first semester may be useful for the remainder of the course.

ii.              Scientific calculator. A graphing calculator (i.e. TI 89) is suggested.

iii.            Ruler (incremented in 1mm)

iv.             Protractor

v.              Graph paper. All graphing is to be done on graph paper, even those graphs transferred from graphing calculators and computers.


Suggested materials for this course:

Mechanical pencil, eraser, geometry set (including curves), and grid paper (for notes, homework and assignments).


3.         The course work grade is compiled from a collection of student work throughout each quarter.  It may include homework checks, notes, text questions, oral defenses, test corrections, assignments, labs, projects, reviews, class preparation/organization, etc. as a portfolio. Some labs will be collected independently.


4.         Reading (or pre-reading) of material will often be assigned.  It can provide an important insight into material covered in class.  Physics communication involves units and significant digits. Often it is a specific language and students will be responsible for knowing vocabulary, terms and definitions.  It will be included as test material.


5.         Quizzes are considered part of the learning process and will be returned to students.  Please keep these to help study for exams.  Some exams may also be returned.  The format of quizzes shall be entirely open-ended, written response type questions.  Exams will be a blend of multiple choice and written response.


6.         A student mark record sheet is provided so those students can track their own progress.  At grading periods students can compare their mark with the teacher mark in order to eliminate any discrepancies.


7.         Success requires perseverance, patience, and a positive attitude.  Studies show that regular review is paramount to success.  Daily reviews of 15 - 30 minutes and weekly reviews of 45 minutes are suggested.  Make use of the Study Guides, Concept Reviews, Summaries, Key Words, Internet Resources, Chapter Reviews, and supplemental handouts.  If you feel discouraged, don’t give up! 

Feel free to come visit and discuss any concerns you have.


8.         Any special activities or field trips may involve additional costs to the student.



Course Goals:     The goal of this course is build on concepts from previous science courses and further prepare you for future courses (i.e. AP Chemistry, AP Physics, College/University).  Emphasis is on the principles and concepts of fundamental Physics and the solution of problems. Students will gain insight into how Physics affects their lives and explore the interaction of the matter and energy from the perspectives of science, technology, and society. Significant time will be spent in the laboratory.


Homework:        Homework is checked on a regular basis and assigned a mark based on completion and effort. Students will be given an opportunity to correct errors and omissions before any homework is collected as part of the portfolio.


Late Work:         Late work may not be accepted. If it is accepted it will reflect a reduction in the organization and appearance grade for the course work. Please organize your time and schedules to meet the demands of this course. Please communicate extenuating circumstances as far in advance as possible to avoid “excuses” on due dates.


Behavior:           Please contribute positively to the learning and classroom environment.  Be on time, be prepared and respect others.  Safety is essential in the laboratory. Follow instructions and use common sense. Ultimately, the student is responsible for his or her own learning.  Please do your best to model the ASD values of respect, honesty, responsibility, and compassion.


Attendance:         Students shall follow normal school procedure for lates and absences.  You are responsible for all work assigned during an absence. If a student is absent for a quiz/test, he/she must make arrangements for a make-up test. No class time will be provided for make-up tests.


                        A student who is absent 7 or more classes may not receive credit for the semester.

Please refer to your student handbook (pp. 18-20) for a more detailed explanation of attendance policy.


Study Hall:         Study hall is a great opportunity for independent completion of homework and lab work, quiz and test preparation, and to write make-up tests.


Web Site:           Check out Physics on-line at It provides information, activities and resources to support material covered in the course. There are many other sites out there dedicated to physics; feel free to share any interesting sites that you discover.


Virtual School:   All students enrolled in the course will be entered into the ASD “Virtual School” at Please visit this site regularly to keep abreast of announcements, download assignments, find links to websites, and other useful or interesting information.


Powerschool:      Grades will be available on-line for parents and students via the student information system, Powerschool. The IT department will provide instructions how to access this system.


Communication: Please feel free to contact me and discuss any concerns that you or your parents have.

My “free” periods are 3, 5 and 7.

My  room is 2401

Parents will be contacted to discuss academic, behavioral or other concerns.

                        Daytime:  459 – 1100                  Email: