MRs. Rangel's Physics Class
Teacher: Crystal Rangel Room: F225
Conference/Planning: 2 nd and 4th period Class Periods: 1st, 3rd, 5th,7th , 8th, 9th
Physics is a course that will give you an opportunity to discover the important role physics play in real life situations. You will gain critical thinking skills by applying every theory to its formula and make informed decisions in the conservation of our environment. You will also conducting field and laboratory investigations, using scientific method and proper safety procedures. A variety of exciting physics topics will be acquired and practiced which include: laws of motion; changes within physical systems and conservation of energy and momentum; force; thermodynamics; characteristics and behavior of waves; and quantum physics. This course will provide you with a conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical and scientific skills.
- Respect is priceless…
- Attention is always wanted….
- Courtesy never gets old…
- Responsibility of one’s actions shows great character…
- No cell phone use unless allowed by the me for educational purposes.
- The bell does not dismiss you, I do…
- Be respectful: profanity, violence, discouragement, and messy areas are unacceptable.
- Be prepared: have your notebook, pencil/pen, and paper ready for class.
- Follow school policies on dress code, destruction of property, and electronic devices.
- Tardies: Please be seated in your desk by the time the bell rings.
Cell Phone Use
Cell phones are to be put away at all times, if a phone is seen out I will pick it up and keep it until the end of the day. The second time I pick up your cell phone within the same 6 weeks, your parent will be responsible for picking it up from me.
If the student chooses to fail to follow the classroom pledge or rules then he/she shall accept responsibility for their actions and abide by the following consequences depending on the severity level of the misconduct:
- Example(s): Not being prepared for class, dress code violation, unacceptable use of electronic devices, constant tardiness, absences, or denial to complete class or make-up work, etc.
- Consequential Courses of Action:
- Verbal/ Written Warning: The student will be given a verbal and/or written warning to redirect misbehavior or conduct and advised in how to improve their future actions.
- Contact parent by phone: The teacher will contact the parent to discuss the situation and try to reach some kind of possible resolution of the issue.
- Parent-Teacher conference: The teacher and parent will arrange a set meeting in which they will arrange other ways of approaching and resolving this issue.
- Parent-Teacher-Student conference: The teacher, parent, and student will arrange a set meeting in which they will discuss the issue and design a written plan which will be implemented in the classroom with regards to this issue.
- Referral: The student will be removed from the class with a referral and placed in ISS or may even face suspension depending on the severity of the situation.
High Severity Misconduct:
- Example(s): Walking out of class, refusal to abide by school policies, and/or exhibiting violent behavior towards other students or teacher.
- Consequential Course of Action:
- The student will be removed from the class with a referral and placed in ISS or may even face suspension depending on the severity of the situation.
- An immediate parent conference will be needed to discuss situation and further course of action.
Attendance and Tardiness:
Each student must make an effort to attend all classes and on time. Students with three tardies will acquire one equivalent unexcused absence. Any student who acquires three or more unexcused absences within one six weeks grading period can and will be in danger of losing credit.
- Major Work: includes test, labs, presentations, projects, binder check……66.7%
- Minor Work: includes daily work, quizzes, review games, participation…33.3%
Make-up Work/Re-Test Policy:
- If a student has an excused absence, then it will be their responsibility to ask the teacher, their first day back, for all make up work or re-tests that they may have missed.
- All make-up work and re-tests will be allowed to complete within 3 days of being notified of it.
1st six weeks:
Laboratory Safety, Interactive Notebook, Units, SI Prefixes, Measurement, Scientific Notation
2nd six weeks:
Newton’s Laws of Motion, Conservation of Energy and Energy Transformations
3rd six weeks:
Momentum and Energy in Collisions, Universal Law of Gravitation
4th six weeks:
Thermodynamics, Temperature, Specific Heat, Introduction to Waves
5th six weeks:
Electrostatics (Forces, Fields, Energy), Current Electricity, and Magnetic Fields and Applications
6th six weeks:
Electromagnetism (Induction), Theory and History of Universal Gravity, Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanical Ideas
Course Description: (Knowledge and skills you will be expected to master in Physics)
Group work: PEG Writing Assignments, Analyzing, Comparing, Collaborating, sharing and reflecting, gathering data, preparing arguments with evidence from multiple sources
Reading: Textbook chapters, Lab Instructions, Read articles and answer questions in Essays.
Writing: Multiple page papers, Science fair project, reflective papers, informational papers, research papers, informational booklets, lab reports.
Questioning and researching: extending topics in class by creating questions, answering questions, researching applications and additional related topics so they can be shared with others, Science Fair research, scientific method.
PEG Writing Assignments
Six week exams constructed from information and skills you have used in class
Multiple page writing tasks derived from incremental assignments
Reports from reading assignments
Problem-based learning assignments
Projects showing your ability to extend or apply what you have learned
When an assignment/project/test is issued a deadline will be attached to each assignment. It is the students responsibility to abide by these deadlines. If turned in one day late the assignment/project/test; the highest achievable grade will be a 70 minus the points deducted for its value.
Course materials need:
- 3-Ring Binder (required) including the following:
- Cover sheet
- Pencil/Pen (required)
- Teacher specified materials
There are several “jobs” that the students will be responsible for doing if they choose to apply for them. If they fulfill the requirements for their selected job the student will be compensated with points at the end of the 6 weeks before grades are submitted. This is a perfect opportunity for the student to play an active role in class management and class participation along with the benefit of acquiring extra points to improve their overall grade. The following jobs are available, and each 6 weeks the jobs are offered to new applicants.
- Teacher Assistant
- Class Manager
- Calculator/Book Manager
- Tardy List Manager
- Computer Assistant
- On Task Manager
- Attendance Manager
- Make-Up Work Manager
Mrs. Crystal Rangel