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AP Physics Syllabus Mr. SullivanFall 2007 B-3 582-3640 AP Physics serves students that have an interest in pursuing science-related studies at the university level. I will attempt to make the course equivalent to a year of college physics, with the specific goal of helping students pass the AP-B exam so that they might be able to progress directly to calculus-based physics upon enrollment in a university. The curriculum is defined by the culminating AP-B test (the Sequim High course catalog incorrectly advertises AP-C). Although students are not required to take that test for this class, the goal of this class is toprepare students to do so. Therefore, the lessons will often feel like an applied math class, where physics problems are presented in daily work and quizzes. Also, the course topics will be narrowed to align with the requirements of the test.If a more general and conceptual physics education is desired, students are advised to enroll in regular physics. The Good NewsI am very excited that we share a common interest in understanding our world through the study of physics. I look forward to doing all I can to help you in that respect, and am also committed to helping you advance toward university and a science career. My job is to help you and to report on your progress. Sequim Highis fortunate to have students interested in AP physics and I will do my best to serve your needs.GradingYour quarter and semester grades will be assigned using the following scale:A 93-100%B 83-86%C- 70-72%A- 90-92%B- 80-82%D+ 67-69%B+ 87-89%C+ 77-79%D 60-66%C 73-76%F 0-59%I will round up 0.5%, and borderline grades can sometimes be raised based oneffort.ResourcesThe class will utilize the following text:Giancoli, Douglas C. Physics: Principles with Applications. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall
Each student will be assigned the newest (6th) edition of this college-level book.We are also fortunate in that each student will be assigned a student pocket companion book and a guide to preparing for the AP B exam. Assignments and Late WorkIt is important to keep up with assignments in AP Physics because each assignment will improve your understanding and prepare you for quizzes and exams. Unexcused late work will receive 50% credit.If an assignment is not turned in before the date of the exam, you will receive a0%.In the case of an absence, it is your responsibility to approach me and find out what you missed. All missed assignments will receive full credit if you turn them in within the number of days you were absent. If you were gone two days, your

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