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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 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
Cambridge IGCSE Physics Coursebook, David Sang, 2014


AICE AS 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

Materials
Scientific Calculator
Binder (three-ring)
College Ruled Notebook (1 subject)
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.

The notes for work, energy, and power have been added.

The notes for Newton's laws have been added. Also, I have added a Pro Tips page containing useful tips, tricks, and advice, which is under the Resources page along with the links page. Check the Pro Tips page often, as it will be updated whenever I think of something to add to it.

Practice problems for kinematics are finally posted, as well as a few small changes to the kinematics notes. Now that school has started in most places, I have to pick up the pace in updating the site, so to accomplish that with my now very busy schedule I will have to hold off on practice problems for future sections because they just take too much time and notes are the priority. I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, hopefully I will be able to add them for next year.

The calculus notes for AP C students have been completed, and a links page has been added to provide other sites that may be helpful to physics students.

Red Knight Physics is officially on the Internet! After about two months of working on-and-off, the site is finally ready for it's debut. I currently have the first section, kinematics, as well as notes on basic differentiation for the AP C students, posted, and am working to prepare future sections for posting. At this point I believe AP B, AP C, and AICE will all use the same information with notices for content specific to one curriculum during the 2010-2011 school year. Since the site is new, I'm expecting there to be bugs despite careful testing, so please report anything you find using the tech report form. We would also like to hear your feedback about the site through the feedback form. I must thank Mr. Jimmie Melvin for giving me this opportunity to sharpen my skills building my first full and published website, and for everything he has done to help me prepare both for the AP Physics exams and for the future. I'd also like to thank Carissa Coppins for brain-storming with us and working with Mr. Melvin to provide me with the outlines for the mechanics sections. I hope this site will serve its purpose by helping students better understand Physics and better prepare themselves for the AP and AICE exams.