Valhalla High School Conceptual Physics 18-19 Syllabus

Mr. Jon Callicott

Room 502

Phone:​ 619-593-5305

Email:​ ​jcallicott@guhsd.net

Mr. Callicott’s Website: ​http://callicottscience.weebly.com

Course Description: Have you ever wondered how the world around you works? If so, then physics is
the class for you. You could analyze the world from a biological, chemical, or earth and space aspect.
However to truly understand biology, chemistry, earth, space, and the natural world around you, a
firm understanding of physics is necessary. Physics helps us form a solid foundation on which to build
all other scientific knowledge.

Grading Breakdown:​ The grade breakdown for general science is as follows:

Assessments (Presentations/Exams/Quizzes), Authentic Projects​- (50%) Exams may be
in the form of multiple choice, true/false, matching, short answer, problem-solving situations,
or presentations. An authentic project can be the physical product or deliverable from the
unit. Authentic projects cover performance expectations as well as science and engineering
practices. Late projects will also have 10% deducted per day late.

Labs, Classwork/Homework-​ (30%) Note: since your assessments and authentic projects are
designed to test your understanding of the labs and classwork/homework, it is essential to
your success to participate in all class activities. All late classwork/homework will receive
maximum 50% credit. Late labs will have 10% deducted per day late. It is the student’s
responsibility to find out what has been missed in regards to absence. ​All late work must be
turned in before the unit exam for credit.

Final Assessment/Project- ​(15%) Final for conceptual physics semester. May be a written
assessment and/or authentic project.

Participation- ​(5%) Attitude, motivation, adhering to the classroom rules.

Grading scale:​ The following standard grading scale will be used:
A: 90%or better B: 80 – 89.99% C: 70 - 79.99% D:65 – 69.99%
F: below 65%

Content: The main content topics covered in conceptual physics are as follows: P ​ hysics 1​: The nature
of science, motion in one dimension (displacement, velocity, acceleration, falling objects, etc), forces,
work, power, energy, and momentum. P ​ hysics 2: Waves, energy, heat, light, sound, electricity,
magnetism, and circuits.
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