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North Pocono School District


701 Church St.     •     Moscow, PA 18444      •     (570) 842 -7659


John R. Croom III, Ed.D. (570) 842-7606 ext 5104


Physics Teacher              JCroom@npsd.org


Advanced Placement Physics 2 Syllabus

Program Description:         Advanced Placement courses, are designed to be college level work.

Course Description:         In this course, we will explore the underlying, governing physical principles of our universe through the use of hypothesizing, observation, data gathering, and mathematical analysis.
        Key topics to be discovered and discussed are as follows:Waves, Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Electric Forces, Electric Fields, Capacitance, Current, Resistance, Circuit Design, Magnetism, Reflection, Refraction, Interference, Diffraction, Polarization, Optical Instrumentation, Quantum Theory, Atomic Structure, Nuclear Physics, and a review of Physics I.

Reference Textbooks:
  • Textbook: Walker (2009) Physics, 4th Ed. Prentice Hall, $124.97
  • Online Textbook: Urone, Hinrichs, Dirks, Sharma, Croom, Illowsky, Starks, Singh, & Dean, (2014) OpenStax Physics (PHYSICS 2)
  • Online Textbook: Urone, Hinrichs, Dirks, Sharma, Croom, Illowsky, Starks, Singh, & Dean, (2014) OpenStax Physics(PHYSICS 1)
  • Any of the textbooks used in Advanced Placement Physics 1
  • All textbooks are the property of the North Pocono School District. The parent, guardian, or other person having custody of a child to whom textbooks are issued, will be liable for any loss, abuse, or damage in excess of that which would result from normal use of such textbook.

    All textbooks must be returned to the issuing school when the student is promoted, transferred, or withdrawn.

    Damage Fine   Damage Fine
    Writing/drawing/scribbling/ torn pages     $3.00 per page
    up to 100%
      Obscene writing or drawing on or in the book 100%
    Excess wear/damage but still usable    up to 10%   Water damaged, not usable  100%
    Cover of book damaged     up to 15%   Pages missing, not usable 100%
    Spine damaged     up to 15%   Non-returned book 100%
    Water damaged but still usable   up to 30%   Broken Binding up to 30%

    Note: All Percentages are based on the cost of the book.

    Class Rules


  • The same as Accelerated. If you need a refresher look at the Accelerated class rules on www.croomphysics.com
  • Grading Procedures


    Grading will be done on a percentage system with each graded assignment providing a specific number of points towards each category. A 65 % minimum average is needed to pass. Your grade will be comprised of:

    • 50% Tests
    • 20% Labs / Lab Quizzes
    • 20% Quizzes / WebAssign
    • 10% Reading Assignments / Homework / Class Assignments

    AP Test
    • To have been enrolled in this course and approved to take it, I am confident that you have the ability to succeed on the AP Test if you work hard enough and stay focused throughout the year
    • Because some of you may not work to your potential because of "Senioritis" I reserve the right to not approve you to take the AP exam.
    • I will base my determination on your test grades and your score on a practice AP Test.

    Everything else is grading is the same as Physics 1. Please look back at your Physics 1 procedures for details.


    Semester Grades will be determined by the following system.  
    22.5%    of each quarters average
    10%      Final Exam Score

    Academic Honesty

    Your integrity should be very important to you. Copying homework or assignments is cheating, and when caught you will be given a 0%. Working together is different than copying. Any quiz, test or project you are caught cheating on will result in automatic 0% with no opportunity for a retake. I will give different versions of test/quizzes and move students around during testing to ensure you are doing your own work. Ultimately however, it is you who must determine how you want to succeed, on your own merits or dishonestly through the work of someone else.

    Other Information


    Stay informed. Make Sure Your E-mail is Up-To-Date

    Students should register with TurnItIn which will be used for some of our lab reports and will also be used to send out occasionally e-mails. See your teacher to get your class id and registration password.

    Occasionally information will be sent out to parents via e-mail to receive these e-mails, please make sure your e-mail address is correct in home access center

    Computer Responsibility


    Students are required to pay for any damage done district computers during the time they are using them. Because of this, it is very important that students report any damage to the machine when they sign it out so they are not held responsible. It is also important that students always return the computer to where they originally got them. Computers left out could be accidentally broken. If students don't return their computers, they could lose their computer privilege and/or have to pay for damages.

    Publication / Picture Waiver


    A picture of your student or work created by your student may be included in a classroom project.  We may use the resulting project in one or more of the following ways:
    • Science Fair Projects
    • Use as a demonstration project/activity in educational workshops, classes, and/or conferences.
    • Use videos for the benefit of improving on classroom management techniques
    • Use portions of the videos during meeting dealing with your child.
    • Submit as samples to grant and contest entries for your child and/or the North Pocono School District.
    • Part of school projects that student might publish on the Internet.
    • Part of an article submitted to the district website or a newspaper about an activity your child participated in related to the school or the class

    If you do not want your students picture used please contact me by one of the means listed above.

    Lab Safety Rules (Your Copy)

    This is to certify that I, ____________________, have been instructed in the following safety component of this science class:
    • By signing below,I verify that I have been informed where the following items are located and have been instructed on how to use the so named items:
      • Fire extinguisher
      • Fire blanket
      • Eyewash fountain
      • Safety shower
      • Exhaust hood
      • Chemical spill control kits
      • First aid kit
      • Eye protective devices (goggles)
      • Master shutoff for gas, electricity, and water
      • Heat sources (Burners, ovens, etc.)
    • I will not use any lab equipment, unless instructed on when and how to use such an item by my teacher. If I have any questions on how something works or need a refresher on how something works, I will ask the teacher in charge.
    • There will be no projectile motion in this class, unless instructed by the teacher to do so.
    • Special laboratory clothing shall be worn when dealing with labs that require clothing protection. These clothing items can include but is not limited to, closed toe shoes, glasses instead of contacts, safety goggles, lab jackets, long pants and gloves. Any students repeatedly failing to comply with this regulation may be removed from participation in class and receive an unsatisfactory grade.
    • I have been informed on the safety procedures for the following situations, and know that I must report the following situations as soon as possible to my teacher:
      • Fire
      • Chemical Splash to the body
      • Eye emergency
      • Chemical Spill
      • Broken Glass
      • Other injuries
    • I will follow all other safety rules in the class which will be posted which include but are not limited to
      • No running
      • No physical contact with others
      • No harassing others
      • No food, drinks or gum
    • I will be required to buy all lab equipment I break in class. (Some of the lab equipment is in excess of $500)

    Student Copy

    Procedures and Rules Acknowledgment

    I, ________________________ (student's name) have read and agree to follow all of the, policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules set forth in the class syllabus found on my courses Procedures page on www.croomphysics.com. If I have a question about any portion of the syllabus I will ask my teacher for clarification. I realize that I must obey these rules to insure my own safety, and that of my fellow students and instructor. I will cooperate to the fullest extent with my instructor and fellow students to maintain a safe classroom and lab environment. I will also closely follow the oral and written instructions provided by the instructor. I am aware that any violation of this safety contract that results in unsafe conductions in the laboratory, or misbehavior on my part, may result in being removed from the laboratory, receiving a detention, receiving a failing grade, and/or dismissal from the course.

           
    Student Signature Date

    Dear Parent or Guardian,
    We feel that you should be informed regarding the school's effort to create and maintain a safe science classroom and laboratory environment. With the cooperation of the instructor, parents, possible hazards can be corrected and prevented. You should be aware of all of the, policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules your son/daughter will receive before engaging in class and laboratory work. Please read the list of these policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules which are set forth in the class syllabus found on the Procedures page on www.croomphysics.com. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your student's teacher. No student will be permitted to perform laboratory activities unless this contract is signed by both the student and the parent/guardian and is on file with the teacher. Your signature on this contract indicates that you have read this syllabus and are aware of the measures taken to insure the safety of your son/daughter in the science class and laboratory as well as the grading procedure and the student's responsibilities for the course. It is also expected that you will instruct your son/daughter to uphold his/her agreement to the follow these rules and procedures in the class and laboratory.

               
    Parent/Guardian Name (print) Signature Date

    Student's Last Name______________________________

    Information Sheet

    Name(Student) ( First, Last,Preferred) _____________________________________________

    Contact Name (First, Last, Relationship) ____________________________________________

    Contact Phone Number__________________________________________________________

    Contact e-mail address(parent)____________________________________________________

    Contact e-mail address(student)___________________________________________________

    Questions

    1. Do you have Internet access at home? 
      • ___  Yes  ____No

    2. Are you color blind?
      • ___  Yes  ____No

    3.  Do you have an after school job?
      • ____Yes  ____No  
      • How many hours per week?______
    Record of Home Contact
    Do not write in this box
     Date
     Person
     Medium
         
         
         
         
         
    Procedures and Rules Acknowledgment

    I, ________________________ (student's name) have read and agree to follow all of the, policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules set forth in the class syllabus found on my courses Procedures page on www.croomphysics.com. If I have a question about any portion of the syllabus I will ask my teacher for clarification. I realize that I must obey these rules to insure my own safety, and that of my fellow students and instructor. I will cooperate to the fullest extent with my instructor and fellow students to maintain a safe classroom and lab environment. I will also closely follow the oral and written instructions provided by the instructor. I am aware that any violation of this safety contract that results in unsafe conductions in the laboratory, or misbehavior on my part, may result in being removed from the laboratory, receiving a detention, receiving a failing grade, and/or dismissal from the course.

           
    Student Signature Date

    Dear Parent or Guardian,
    We feel that you should be informed regarding the school's effort to create and maintain a safe science classroom and laboratory environment. With the cooperation of the instructor, parents, possible hazards can be corrected and prevented. You should be aware of all of the, policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules your son/daughter will receive before engaging in class and laboratory work. Please read the list of these policies, procedures, classroom rules, and lab safety rules which are set forth in the class syllabus found on the Procedures page on www.croomphysics.com. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your student's teacher. No student will be permitted to perform laboratory activities unless this contract is signed by both the student and the parent/guardian and is on file with the teacher. Your signature on this contract indicates that you have read this syllabus and are aware of the measures taken to insure the safety of your son/daughter in the science class and laboratory as well as the grading procedure and the student's responsibilities for the course. It is also expected that you will instruct your son/daughter to uphold his/her agreement to the follow these rules and procedures in the class and laboratory.

               
    Parent/Guardian Name (print) Signature Date