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class policy and grading

G. D. Elliott

AP Physics B                                      June 2009

                                                                                    Class Standards & Grading Policy


                                    Required Materials


All handouts, class notes, reading notes, film guides, quizzes and tests must be retained in an orderly notebook.  Although most colleges accept AP scores sometimes you must also show proof of work upon arrival.  This notebook will serve that function.

Students must bring their notebook, a calculator with trigonometric functions, a writing utensil, and paper to every class.  You may keep your physics book at home after you show me that it is covered. The book is expensive so covering it will be considered a homework (HW) assignment each marking period.  I will provide a second book only for use within my classroom.  You must see me if you want to borrow book during study halls or other times in the school day.


Standards of Work


Students are expected to do their own written work.  This does not preclude working together but this DOES preclude using someone else’s work for constant consultation and transcription.  Copied written work is academically dishonest and will mean the loss of credit for the copier and the person who did the original work.


If a student absent for a day or two, that student will still be held responsible for having the work was due that day upon first return to class.  If the student misses a classwork assignment which can be determined by asking a peer or checking the tan cabinet for a copy,  that assignment must be completed within a week. This is so it can be scheduled as soon as possible if it means viewing a video or laserdisc as I must return many to LEARN.  If a student is out for an extended period, the student should schedule time in one of my planning periods (unknown) to discuss makeup work. Should the student forget the assignment sheet, assignments are available on line at




                                                Grading Policy


  1. Homework (HW) notes, questions and problems comprise approximately 30% of your grade.  HW notes are the notes required for every HW reading unless otherwise specified.  To receive credit for HW notes, students must outline the reading or list all the bold-faced, italicized, and underlined words and then define each of those words in your own words.  Students are encouraged to write in their own thoughts in these notes.  If you have a question for me, then box the question so I do not miss it.  They could be done on 3X5 cards as a study aid.  HW questions and problems are for practice.  You must show your work for full credit.  Writing answers only for problems will be given no credit. You must also check your solution to the odd problems with those in the back of the book.  If I discover that the problem’s answer is wrong and you have not marked it as wrong, you will receive no credit for that problem. HW is due at the beginning of the class.  Have your homework open as soon as you enter.  (If you have permission to use the toilet, have your homework ready for review prior to departing for the toilet.)  If you are absent, you must complete the HW within a week unless you have written permission otherwise.  The week starts on your first return to school following the initial absence.  Write the word “ABSENT” across the paper top otherwise the best grade you can get on this is 50% which is the top grade received for any HW received after I collect the folder.
  2. Classwork (CW) comprises approximately 15% of your grade.  This consists of CW worked in groups and presented to the class, problems presented to your classmates from the homework set, film guides, etc.  Unless the work is done in cooperative groups as designated by me, classwork is an individual effort.  Lab notes which are notes taken of demonstrations or minilabs that you do will be evaluated when you take the chapter tests.
  3. Quizzes/tests comprise 55% of your grade.  They cover from a partial chapter to three chapters depending on the amount that it is part of the AP Physics B test. Tests will generally be scheduled. 


Extra credit is not in lieu of work that was not done when assigned.  Understanding is a progressive endeavor that requires each student to stay abreast with the daily work.  Therefore only .25% of a point can be earned per week.  This means that if you get extra credit each week you can add 4% to your grade, e.g. you have an 88% but you got extra credit each week so therefore you have a 92%.  The points must be earned per week. If you have not been doing your work and doing poorly and you suddenly realize this two weeks before the end of the marking period, you may turn in two projects.  One project during the second to last week and the other in the last week for a total of .5% taking that marking period’s average from 68% to 68.5%.  Discuss with me any extra credit that you want to do prior to doing it.  Projects can range from making posters or Powerpoint presentations on future class topics.

In summary:

HW+ CW + tests = marking period grade

30% +15%+ 55%   = 100%


For example:

Student X had a 85% in homework, an 80% average in classwork, a 75% quiz/test average, and did four projects for extra credit.  We will now compute her grade.


(.30)(85) + (.15)(80) + (.55)(75) + (4)(.25)=grade


25.5        +    12             +  41.2     +    1       = grade


  81= final marking period grade


Glenn D. Elliott or  or 691-2557
















 End of Course or Grade-Level Competencies/Expectations Linked to Standards and High School Expectations



High School Expectations Addressed in this Course


Problem Solving




Civic/Social Responsibility


Use logical reasoning


Listen and view actively for a variety of purposes


Develop cultural awareness and embrace diversity


Use technology to solve authentic problems


Express self-effectively (through various modalities, e.g., writing, speaking, painting, singing)


Contribute to the community


Be able to research


Write effectively for a variety of purposes/reasons


Develop knowledge of levels of US government and their interrelationships


Evaluate data and predict outcomes


Read critically


Develop knowledge of world history and our country’s role


Utilize knowledge and skills across the disciplines


Use resources, e.g., technology, to communicate


Work as a collaborative team member




Alignment of Course Competencies, State Standards, and Department Rubrics


As a result of this course, the student should be able to pass the AP Physics B exam.


Department Rubrics Used in this Course:  Lab Rubric