Henderson's Physics 163
This page last modified on 8/23/07.
Physics 163 is a first year high school physics course
devoted to understanding the concepts and principles which
underlie all physical phenomena. The course will cover such
topics as the motion of objects, the nature of electricity,
and the behavior of waves, sound, and light.
The goals are:
- to expose you to concepts of physics which explain
- to train you to answer questions through experimental
- to improve your critical and logical thinking
The course is an activity-oriented course. You will be
busy. When you are not busy doing, you will need to be busy
listening. The amount of teacher talk will be small
(hopefully). Much of classtime will be spent investigating
how the small amount of teacher talk is applicable to
explaining physical situations. You will make extensive use
of a lab/class notebook to keep records of your learning.
You will have a dedicated notebook for this course. It
will become a useful record which documents your learning.
You will include the following in your notebook: lab results
and conclusions, class notes, occasional reflections and
summaries, textbook notes, solutions to problems covered in
class, your responses to daily questions. The notebook is
intended to be for you. It is your tool to help you learn,
to think, to inquire. You will be allowed to use it on all
The notebook should be organized. It will be handed in on
a nearly weekly basis. Labs and other items (such as opening
questions) will be graded. Stay current and be complete.
Every Physics 163 student will take two tests every
quarter. Together, these tests will account for 30% of your
quarter grade. In addition to tests, there will be quizzes
(on a weekly basis), homework assignments (using Web
Assign), and a notebook (which includes lab results,
reflections, answers to opening questions, etc.).
Grades will be determined using a weighted grading system
similar to the one shown below:
Tests (2/quarter) 30 %
Quizzes (~5/quarter) 25 %
Labs (~2/week) 20 %
Homework/Classwork/Notebook 25 %
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