NAME OF COURSE:           

Physics 452, 5.5 credits                                             



Mr. Keller, Room 222,


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will be a general survey of many of the standard topics in physics: kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, fluids, waves, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism.  The goals are to develop a conceptual understanding of the principles of physics, to acquire some basic mathematical fluency in the subject, and to further an understanding of the experimental nature of science.


COURSE WEBSITE:  Course information beyond what is within this syllabus, along with Core Values and Expectations, is posted on this site.



Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt

Although the textbook is available, I do not rely upon one in the class, so I will not distribute them.  If you would still like to sign one out, let me know and you will be free to do so.



1) A scientific calculator

2) Pens or pencils and paper



The grades are based upon an unweighted point system, but about half of the points will come from the daily quizzes and about half from experiments and various other assignments.



There will be several classwork sheets each quarter involving physics questions and problems.  In doing these (1) do not complete the classwork on the question sheet itself unless space is provided specifically for this, complete the classwork on separate paper, either lined or graph paper (2) keep a notebook with the classwork in chronological order with each paper of answers following each paper of questions (3) turn in this notebook at the end of every quarter.  I will make turning-in these classwork packets at the end of the quarter optional.  For those who are satisfied with their grade at the end of the quarter, there will be no need to submit the classworks.  But for those with a low grade, fully completing and submitting all quarter classworks generally improves the quarter grade significantly.


There will be a quiz during the first fifteen minutes of nearly every class.  Almost every quiz will based upon one of the classwork sheets, so that if you’ve completed the classwork and reviewed it, the quiz should be easy.  Study as much as you need to feel you understand how to solve the relevant questions and problems.  A good indication of understanding is your ability to explain how to solve the various problems to someone else.  The schedule for the content of the upcoming week’s quiz will be posted on the class website by Sunday afternoon.  If you would like your quizzes returned on a regular basis, set-up times to pick them up after school.


For most assignments, you will work in groups, but you cannot submit work that is nothing more than a copy of someone else’s.  Turn assignments in the stacked trays on the side of the room (or in email) by 2:30 on the due date posted.  Graded papers can be collected from the outgoing stack of trays.  Due dates for assignments will be posted on the website.  After a zero is entered for a missing assignment, you have one calendar week to turn it in late for 50% credit.  If you need an extension for an assignment, you must make the request before the day it is due.  On the class web page, there is a link to nightly video homework which is optional, but can improve your quarter grade.



A student who misses more than 7 classes of a subject during one marking period may fail the course that quarter.  At the teacher's discretion, the student may receive the lesser of a grade of 59 or the actual grade earned.  If absent, send me an email asking for what was missed.



Keep phones and MP3 players off and stored.  Ask if you need to use them for some reason. 

Don’t eat or drink in class.  I will throw out whatever you are attempting.

Return equipment and supplies to their original positions before leaving.

Don’t leave for the day until the bell rings.

Be civil.


If you have questions or concerns, the best idea is to schedule a time to meet after school for help.  Also, feel free to send an email to the above address.