Nathan Belcher, Ed.D
Honors Physics Information
Honors Physics Syllabus
Course Description:
This course is an overview of the major topics of physics. We will answer questions such as:

how do you calculate the stopping distance of a car?

how does a double rainbow form?

how is electricity generated in power plants, solar cells, and wind turbines?

what orbital properties determine the rotational speed and period of a planet?

which muscle group is the most powerful?
Employing laboratory experiments, projects, and mathematical calculations, students will discover ways to describe the world and enrich their thinking and analyzing capacities. The course is based on the physics standards set forth by the South Carolina Department of Education and seeks to develop problemsolving skills that will help students in college and beyond.
Course Outline:
1st Quarter Topics

Kinematics

Newton's Laws, Forces, and Friction

Work, Power, and Energy

Momentum
2nd Quarter Topics

Circular Motion and Gravitation

Electric Forces and Fields

Circuits and Magnetism

Heat Transfer

Waves, Sound, Light, and Optics
Grading
Only seniors with a grade of a 90 or above will be able to exempt the final exam.
The South Carolina Department of Education has shifted to a 10point grading scale. An “A” is 90100, a “B” is 8089, a “C” is 7079, and a “D” is 6069.
The physics teachers are implementing components of Standards Based Grading in accordance with Wando High School’s Personalized Learning efforts. Standardsbased grading is defined as “measuring students’ proficiency on welldefined course objectives.” What that means to students is the following:

Students will be assessed on a proficiency scale of 14 on each standard. Achieving a score of “3” for an objective indicates that a student is proficient in that standard. Level 4 work is considered mastery.

Proficiency on quizzes is achieved by scoring 80% or above, and students may perform corrections to regain half the missed points. Scoring below 80% requires students to study and retake the quiz to achieve proficiency. Students may perform corrections on the retake, and the maximum score on a retake is a 90%.

Proficiency on tests is achieved by scoring 70% or above, and students may perform corrections to regain half the missed points. Scoring below 70% requires students to study and retake the test to achieve proficiency. Students may perform corrections on the retake, and the maximum score on a retake is a 90%.

The highest grade that students can earn for achieving proficiency in all required standards is a 92. In order to earn a grade higher than a 92, students must do Level 4 work. In any course, it is reasonable to expect students to exceed proficiency, and this concept is reflected in the gradebook setup.

Level 4 work includes the following: Challenge assignments on the required standards, exploring higherlevel standards, independent research, and other work approved by the teacher.
Gradebook SetUp
Third Quarter Grade: 47% Major Assessments, 30% Quizzes/Labs, 15% Daily Work, 8% Level 4 Work
Fourth Quarter Grade: 47% Major Assessments, 30% Quizzes/Labs, 15% Daily Work, 8% Level 4 Work
Semester Grade: 40% Third Quarter, 40% Fourth Quarter, 20% Final Exam.
Expectations

Be prepared. Bring your textbook, calculator, and binder.

Be respectful. Listen while others are talking, be careful with school equipment, and help to keep our classroom looking as nice and new as it did on the first day of school.

Be productive. Be engaged and on task during our time together. Treat time like treasure. Students will be allowed a limited number of bathroom passes during the quarter.
Students are expected to maintain high academic standards. Copying the work of another student on ANY assignment or talking during quizzes and tests will result in grade penalties, including earning a zero.