G. D. Elliott
AP Physics B June 2009
Class Standards & Grading Policy
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 www.schoolnotes.com
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.
HW+ CW + tests = marking period grade
30% +15%+ 55% = 100%
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
High School Expectations Addressed in this Course
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
Evaluate data and predict outcomes
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