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Physics is a branch of science that examines the physical world and is arguably the most fundamental of the sciences. I intend to teach this class as a survey course, i.e., there will be more breadth than depth to allow students to experience a greater variety of topics and laboratory activities. Physics satisfies the physical lab science requirement for graduation, and as such, labs will be an essential and regular component of the class. Mathematical problem solving will be required in every chapter.

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News and current assignments

Schedule
External links
Files for students
Files for parents
Major topics
Grading

For a supply list, please look at the Meet the Teacher Night handout .

Schedule


This schedule should be fairly accurate in the short run (days to weeks), but gets to be very tentative on the scale of weeks to months.

Physics Schedule by Kurt Klein




External links



Files for students











Files for parents




Major topics


  • Mechanics (1st semester)
  • Thermodynamics (1st semester)
  • Waves and light (2nd semester)
  • Electricity and magnetism (2nd semester)
  • Modern physics (2nd semester, if time allows)

Grading


Overall grades are determined by the following types of assignments:
  • 45%: Chapter tests, quizzes, projects
    • There will usually be one test per chapter that primarily consists of short answer and problem solving questions.
  • 25%: Labs
    • Physics labs involve the use of sophisticated technology for data collection and analysis. My goal is to have you experience physics concepts in the lab before I teach you in lecture to maximize the amount of hands-on learning that happens. You will often have to use Excel for data analysis.
  • 10%: Homework
    • Homework generally consists of worksheets or problems from the text book.
  • 10%: Classroom participation
    • All students begin each week with an 80% in participation. If you do not participate, you will end the week with an 80%. Positive participation (asking a question, answering a question, helping me or another student, etc.) adds 5 points to your grade. Negative participation (interrupting me or another student, goofing around during labs, etc.), subtract 10 points from your grade.
  • 10%: Final exam
    • The final exam will consist of questions from previous tests, changed into multiple-choice format where necessary and with the numbers in problems changed.