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Physics IB (yr 1)/Honors 2010-2011

Instructor: Mr. Scheibe

Room 158


Voice Mail: 668-8637

 What you should bring to class 

Text: Physics (Holt)

Spiral bound physics notebook

bound lab book

Writing utensil




Major Assessments

Unit Tests

Lab Activities

Lab Reports




Classwork varies from day to day examples of classwork include: notetaking, class discussion, group work, reading, reading comprehension questions, modeling and diagramming physical situations, problem solving, application of mathematics, graphing skills, hands on activities, computer probe use, observing, recording observation, data collection, data analysis.


Homework should be expected everyday.


Grading Policies


93-100 A
90-92 A-
87-89 B+
83-86 B
80-82 B-
77-79 C+
73-76 C
70-72 C-
67-69 D+
63-66 D
60-62 D-
59 or below F


Late Work- At my discretion, depending upon circumstances (excused absences, family emergencies)late work will be accepted, however most late work will receive only 60% of the possible points

 Extra Credit- Extra credit opportunities will be made available throughout the quarter for classroom participation.

Attendance-  good attendance is expected, if you are absent from class you will be expected to stay after school to make up any missed assignments.


Classroom Expectations

1. Follow teacher instructions
2. Be respectful of fellow classmates and their personal property, school property, and the learning environment.
3. Sit in your assigned seat.
4. Remain in your assigned seats until the final bell rings.
5. Come prepared with writing utensil, physics textbook, and physics notebook.
6. Refrain from making any unnecessary noises that would tend to disturb the learning environment; tapping, knocking, banging on anything, humming, loud noises or useless noises.
7. You can use the classroom phone before class starts and after class is finished, but not during class.
8. Food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom with the exception of bottled water.
9. No toys, hats, phones, purses, backpacks, make-up, or anything that is distracting to the learning environment.
10. Keep your hands to yourself.
11. Do not steal things.
12. Finish your physics work before working on other class assignments.
13. Do not sit on the tables or lab counters.
14. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated.
15. You will be given no more than three passes per quarter. Whether or not you receive a pass is the teacher’s decision.                                                           


Student Behavior Interventions

The school wide behavior policy will be used and enforced in this classroom.


Scholastic Honesty

Any scholastic dishonesty will result in a "0" for the assignment and parents will be notified.



1. I can best be reached via email, voice mail is the next best option.

2. Grade reports are usually sent home every 2-3 weeks throughout the school year.


Academic support

I am available most afternoons (except Fridays) between 3:15 and 4:00



following objectives.

1. Demonstrate an understanding of:

a. scientific facts and concepts

b. scientific methods and techniques

c. scientific terminology

d. methods of presenting scientific information.

2. Apply and use:

a. scientific facts and concepts

b. scientific methods and techniques

c. scientific terminology to communicate effectively

d. appropriate methods to present scientific information.

3. Construct, analyse and evaluate:

a. hypotheses, research questions and predictions

b. scientific methods and techniques

c. scientific explanations.

4. Demonstrate the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance and responsibility appropriate for

effective scientific investigation and problem solving.

5. Demonstrate the manipulative skills necessary to carry out scientific investigations with precision and


 Lab investigation key grading components

• Design—D

• Data collection and processing—DCP

• Conclusion and evaluation—CE

• Manipulative skills—MS

• Personal skills—PS



Aspect 1

Defining the problem and selecting variables

Aspect 2

Controlling variables

Aspect 3

Developing a method for collection of data

Data collection and processing

Aspect 1

Recording raw data

Aspect 2

Processing raw data

Aspect 3

Presenting processed data

Conclusion and evaluation

Aspect 1


Aspect 2

Evaluating Procedures

Aspect 3

Improving the investigation

Manipulative skills (assessed summatively)

Aspect 1 Following instructions

Aspect 2 Carrying out techniques

Aspect 3 Working safely



Physics and physical measurement


Thermal physics

Oscillations and waves

Sight and wave phenomena

Atomic and nuclear physics

Fields and forces

Energy, power, and climate change