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New students will receive everything they need to complete the first assignment during the science skills workshop.
Returning students can pick up textbooks and papers in August.
General InformationClass Time: Tuesdays, 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Springton Lake Presbyterian Church, Route 252, Newtown Square
Teacher: Lisa Swieson (610.355.9174, LSwieson@science-resources.org)
Textbook: Physics: Principles and Problems (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, ©2002) and Student Lab Manual
Overview. This is a rigorous physics course, appropriate for all college-bound students, especially those planning to major in science or engineering. Students should be motivated and willing to work hard. Students will gain an understanding of basic principles and apply math skills to the solution of physics problems. Weekly labs will give students hands-on opportunities to apply concepts learned.
Class Particulars: Each week, the first hour of class will be spent reviewing concepts and assignments. The second hour will be spent in lab. The last class session of each semester will be devoted to a practical lab exam.
Students are expected to bring the following to class each week: textbook, notebook, pen and pencil, folder/binder for handouts, calculator, and all written assignments (see below). Graph paper, ruler, and protractor will be needed for many labs. See complete supply list.
Dress Code: Students should wear comfortable (not baggy) clothing that is easily washable or that you don’t mind getting dirty. Long hair must be tied back. No open-toed shoes, bracelets, rings, or loose jewelry should be worn. Protective gloves, aprons, and safety glasses will be provided when needed.
Assignments: Each student will receive an assignment sheet, which will list all of the assignments for several weeks at a time. (Assignments will also be posted in the PDF library on the left.) The assignment sheet can also be used to track hours or days, if desired. Assignments will include:
Grades: All written work will be used to calculate each student’s grades. Class participation will be used to determine borderline grades, and lab technique figures into the lab scores. In calculating grades, I will drop each student’s lowest lab score each semester (two per year) and his/her lowest test score for the year. Grades will be calculated as follows:
Mid-Week Help: In addition to being available by phone or email during the week, as questions arise I will also send emails (check email regularly!) and maintain a class web site containing assignments, answers to questions, extra information & clarification, etc.
Absence: I realize that students may need to miss class once or twice for illness or family obligations. If a student must miss class, a parent should let me know, ahead of time, if possible. Even so, students are responsible for the material they missed—homework assignments as well as a make-up lab assignment must still be completed and turned in.
Lab Safety: It is essential that lab safety rules be followed carefully. Remember, students who repeatedly ignore these rules are putting themselves and their classmates at risk and will be suspended from class with no refund. In addition, students will be expected to pay for equipment that they break.
About Your Textbook: Within each chapter is a one-page feature about real-world physics (“How It Works,” “Physics and Society,” etc.). I encourage you to read these when you get to them, but you do not have to answer the questions.
Physics relies heavily on upper-level math, particularly geometry and trigonometry. Please go over the math handbook (Appendix A in the textbook) and do problems from the math packet (will be sent to registered students).
Your textbook belongs to Science Resources; please take care of it! Start by putting a book cover on it before our first class. And please do not write in it!
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