Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus


Course Name: Regents Physics

Instructor: Mr. Cirpili            Contact Time: 8:57-9:38 or 11:42-12:23         Phone Ext: 1406


Grading Policy
The breakdown of grading is as follows:

40% Tests
20% Laboratory
20% Quizzes
10% Homework
10% Class participation (The class participation is for the first marking period only).

Clearly tests make up the largest portion of the grade. Absences and their implications for due dates are outlined below.

Over the course of the year, the percentage of the grade derived from tests and quizzes increases at the expense of laboratory and class participation. The rationale behind this scheme is to better prepare students for the end of year Regents assessment.

The fourth quarter grade depends very heavily on the Regents Exam. This is because fourth quarter is largely review.



Homework Policy
Approximately between 8 and 10 assignments are given per quarter. Classroom checking of smaller assignments and periodic collection and grading of larger assignments are combined to determine the homework grade. Late homeworks are not accepted. If a student is absent for medical reasons, they need to appear before or after school to grade their homework. Missing homeworks are counted as zeroes. The combination of these grades make up 10% of the quarter average. Assignment completion also relates to classroom participation since homeworks will are periodically reviewed in class.



Test Policy
Between 2 and 4 tests will be administered each quarter. If a student is caught cheating, they will be notified after the exam is completed as the forum for addressing this is not during exam time. At 40%, tests make up a significant portion of the grade. Special consideration should be made to study for the exams. Students are usually notified about tests 10 days to 2 weeks in advance.

Make-up exams:
Students are allowed to do test corrections. Satisfactory corrections permit entrance to a makeup exam administered before school approximately one week after the original exam. The average is determined by taking 1/3 of the original test and 2/3 of the makeup.

There is a classroom based midterm at the end of January before regents week that takes two days to complete.



Quiz Policy
Quizzes are typically given every F day there are periodic exceptions to this. The quizzes count for 20% of the quarter average. Of course, as with tests, cheating on a quiz will result in a zero for that quiz and will be dealt with according to school policy. Students will be allowed to user their own reference tables on the quizzes and are encouraged to make notes on them to assist with the quizzes.



An extra credit project will be assigned over Easter vacation. This will count for multiple homework assignments and represent a significant portion of the grade.



Course Outline
The topics for physics are:

Measurement and Mathematics
Electricity and Magnetism
Modern Physics

Since mechanics and energy makes up the largest portion of the Regents exam, most of the course will be spent on this material. Students should expect to spend at least one whole quarter and half of another on mechanics and energy. Electricity is next, comprising nearly a quarter's worth of time. Waves and modern physics combined comprise one quarter's worth of time and the remainder is spent for covering the basics at the beginning and review at the end.