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Welcome to Red Knight Physics!

The newly re-designed Red Knight Physics is a site dedicated to the enrichment of learning in an Advanced Placement or AICE physics curriculum. Red Knight Physics was originally intended for the students of Mr. Jimmie Melvin, who currently teaches at North Fort Myers High School, but is available as a resource for any physics student, particularly those in an AP or AICE physics course.

This website is currently still in the process of being rennovated, and as such some features and pages are currently not accessible. Also, new features will be added on occasion throughout the rennovation process.

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Physics Course Overview

Students are required to:
• Apply and demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills through multimedia productions, design of projects, presentations, computer applications or other creative means.
• Participate in peer tutoring and cooperative learning groups.
• Understand, apply, and demonstrate mastery of concepts and methods through projects, assessments (formal and integrated), and class participation.
• Complete exploration units and Create exploration reports.
• Dedicate time and effort to assignments, learning center activities and daily review of notes.
• Perform all activities safely.
• Maintain a thorough and organized binder with all science work.

Learning centers (Labs) provide hands-on and real life situations and are essential components of an effective curriculum and a high-quality learning environment. This curriculum is inquiry-driven; thus, students participate in exploration units. Students develop a problem and hypothesis; clearly, identifying independent and dependent variables and constants. They follow laboratory directions with safety as a high priority, design experiments, set-up experiments, and perform their investigation making thorough qualitative and quantitative observations. Then they develop their conclusions answering the problem, comparing the results to the hypothesis, making inference and being sure their inference is consistent with the data collected and listing possible limitations or errors. Finally, they must communicate their results through a neat and legible written or typed report with accurate spelling and grammar. These reports will be kept as part of their portfolio in the science binder. The student’s final product will be evaluated using an experimentation rubric. Laboratory experiments are performed throughout the course when appropriate for the concepts and principles covered. On average, 30 to 40 minutes per week will be spent performing experiments.

Consequently, students discover and form concepts; they analyze material, synthesize and evaluate ideas; they connect what they learn to societal situations; and they apply their knowledge and skills to solving problems. Learning centers require intense and focus study so student are encouraged to be patience and follow directions carefully and take control of his or her learning. Process, product and performance assessments are used to evaluate the student’s laboratory investigation and cooperative activity. Integrated assessments develop a complete profile of the student’s performance and a comprehensive account of the student’s progress in learning physics. Learning center assignments are thirty percent of the student’s grade.

Formal assessments will include program tests. These tests will measure a student’s retention and comprehension of specific content. Tests will be administrated after each unit and are comprehensive. Each test includes multiple-choice questions and free-response problems. Integrated assessment will include product and performance assessment and portfolio assessment. Assessments are sixty percent of the student’s grade.

Review assignments include assignments completed in class and out of class. Students will work in cooperative learning groups to complete most class work assignments. Review assignments are graded on the due dates and maintained in a notebook and binder. The notebook and binder will be evaluated at least twice each quarter. Review assignments are ten percent of the student’s grade. In addition, if a student completes all of the assignments within a unit, they will receive ten bonus points. These bonus points will be applied to that unit assessment.

To disseminate useful information we have created a web site at www.redknightphysics.com with assignments, curriculum materials and resources. Be sure to provide feedback on the design and functionality of redknightphysics.com, including suggestions for new features. We eagerly await your questions about physics concepts and problems at redknightphysics.com.

Pre AICE/Physics 1 Syllabus Overview
http://www.cie.org.uk/images/167041-2016-2018-syllabus.pdf

AS and A Level Physics Syllabus Overview
http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-physics-9702/

Advanced Placement Physics C Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism Course Description
http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-physics-c-course-description.pdf


Textbooks
Pre AICE/Physics 1
Cambridge IGCSE Physics Coursebook, David Sang, 2014


AS and A Level Physics
Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics Coursebook, David Sang, Graham Jones, Richard Woodside and Gurinder Chadha, Second Edition 2014

Advanced Placement Physics C Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism
Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Serway

Physics 1
Cambridge IGCSE Physics Coursebook, David Sang, 2014

Materials
Scientific Calculator
Binder (three-ring)
Wide Ruled Notebook (at least three sections)
Clear Plastic Ruler (metric)
Colored Pencils
Graph Paper

Well, it's been a long time coming, but Red Knight Physics 2.0 is up and ready for the world. The new layout has a lot more features and is more user-friendly than the old layout, and provides more of a community for physics students to share and learn from each other. We will be making additional changes over time to add new features, as well as fix any bugs that may be found as the site is used. If you find a bug or encounter a problem, please use the website support page to let us know. Suggestions should not be sent through the support form, but instead posted in the Suggestions topic under Website Feedback on the Discussions page.

We hope the new layout will help not only increase the success rate of students in physics classes, but help with the understanding of physics.

Red Knight Physics now has a Facebook page! Use the link at the top of the page to go to our Facebook page and help us spread the word! Also, I fixed the position of the sidebar in Internet Explorer.