Bridgeport High School Indian

515 Johnson Avenue

Bridgeport, WV  26330




Physics, AP Physics 1 and 2, Chemistry , Physical Science, Senior Homeroom


I usually arrive at school before 6:45 A.M

Spring '14-'15: Physics, Chem 1, AP Physics 2


 Current Class Syllabii:

Physics                                                                                            Mr. Ross, Room 215

Course Description:

            Physics is the study of forces, motion, work, and energy. Topics of study will include vectors, projectiles, momentum, gravitation, Kepler’s laws, circular motion, heat, fluids, waves, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern Physics. Labs will be an important part of the class. Computer integrated sensors and an advanced graphing program will be used from time to time. 

Text: Physics: Principles and Problems (Glencoe), 2005.

Prerequisites: Algebra II or Math II with a B or higher. Chemistry I and higher math than Algebra II or Math II may be helpful but not necessary.

Grading:  Grades are determined by the total point method. The number of points allotted to a lab or test is related to the amount of time spent on the assignment and the amount of work required to complete the assignment. The approximate breakdown of each 6 weeks grade is:

                     Labs                                       35%                        (approx.   95 pts)

                     Tests                                      45%                         (approx. 122 pts)

                     Classwork                             20%                         (approx.   53 pts)

(Note: If students are not making good use of time in class, then a Participation grade of up to 20% of the grade may be added to the above. All other categories would reduce in value to maintain the same overall relationship.)

Classwork:  In general, working in class leads to success. Approximately three points may be earned for each daily assignment.  The problems for an instructional unit may be checked at the beginning of class the day after they are assigned or after each test. The problems must be done correctly, according to the prescribed method; the method will be presented in writing to all students. Solutions to test problems must show the prescribed method for full credit.

Labs:   Labs will be graded according to how well the reporting of data, calculations, graphs, and analysis meets the expectations set forth in a document which will be presented to all students. Study the document carefully before preparing reports. Parents and students will sign a safety document documenting the understanding of safe practices in the Lab. Horseplay in Lab will result in a zero for the Lab.

Comprehensive Test: Physics knowledge is built from unit to unit. The knowledge tested on one unit is often assumed on the next unit. With this in mind, a comprehensive test will be given near the end of the 3rd 6 weeks which will test Physics knowledge. There will be a review for the test and it will have a total point value similar to unit tests. The comprehensive test will be similar to the exam.

Homework: Most problems will be completed in class. Lab Reports often need to be completed at home. Benefits may be derived from doing some ‘homework’ problems a second or third time at home and/or reading the appropriate portions of the text.

Late Lab Reports:  Same day late penalty, 15%; 30% for each day thereafter.

Best Time to Contact Me:  @ School, 842-3693     6:45-7:15 A.M., 9:30-10:30 A.M.

Chemistry                                                                                                            Mr. Ross, Room 215

Course description:  Chemistry is the study of matter at the atomic level. Lab experiences are an important part of the class.

Text: Modern Chemistry, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2006.

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Prerequisites:  Minimum math of Algebra I w/ a ‘C’ or above. Physical Science w/ a ‘C’ or above.

Grading: Your grade is determined by the total point method. The number of points allotted to a lab or test is directly related to the amount of time and work spent on the unit. The approximate breakdown of each 6 weeks grade is:

Tests/Quizzes   200 pts   57%;  Labs   100 pts   29%;  Classwork/Homework   50 pts   14%

Classwork/Homework:  In general, you must work in class to be successful. Assigned work will be periodically checked for the degree of completion and correctness.

Labs:  The reporting of data, calculations, and sources of error are the focus of reports. The expectations for lab reports will be set forth in another document that you will receive. Study the document carefully before doing a report. Safety in the lab is a primary concern. Parents and students will sign a safety sign off sheet acknowledging that safe lab practices are taught before we do labs. Horseplay in the lab will result in a zero for the lab.

Homework:  Time is given in class for most assigned problems. However, lab reports are often completed at home. All students should read pertinent portions of the textbook and/or do some problems a second or third time at home. We will generally follow the order of the textbook. The textbook reinforces what we learn in class and shows more worked out examples.

Comprehensive Test:  Chemistry knowledge is something that you build from unit to unit. To reinforce this notion, a comprehensive test will be given near the end of the 3rd 6 weeks. There will be a review for the test and it will have a point value similar to a test.

Late Lab Reports/Lab Absences:  Same day late: 15%; successive days late: 30% each day. If you are absent on the day of a lab, then you must use your group’s data to prepare your report and your grade on the lab cannot be higher than the lowest grade in your group. Encourage all in your group to do a good job on their lab reports and absences should not affect your grade.

Contact Info:  304-842-7137(@school):  6:45-7:15 A.M. and 9:30-10:30 A.M.  I am at school by 6:45 A.M. most days. I am available during my lunch and homeroom . I am also available during class.

AP Physics 1 and 2                                                                                                            Mr. Ross

Overview:  By taking these classes, it is hoped that students will gain a deep fundamental conceptual understanding of Physics. The topics in AP Physics 1 are:  Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. This class, coupled with AP Physics 2, will prepare a student for the AP Physics 1 Exam on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 12:00 Noon and the AP Physics 2 Exam on Thursday, May 7 at 12:00 Noon. The topics in AP Physics 2 are:  fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.The material covered in AP Physics 1 or 2 meets or exceeds the material covered in one semester of a thorough College Algebra Based Physics, including labs. Future doctors, dentists, physical therapists, and pharmacists must take classes which cover this material. Use a passing exam grade to replace the College classes, or, to take the College classes and boost GPA for admission into competitive programs of study. Future engineers must take Calculus Based Physics. AP Physics 1 and 2 are fine preparation for the Calculus Based class. Future engineers who pass the AP Physics 1 and/or the AP Physics 2 Exam should take the credit for Algebra Based Physics as 4 hours of elective credit for each exam and they should then enroll in Calculus Based Physics early in their College programs.

Prerequisites: Algebra II or Math II w/ a B or above.

Text(s): Physics: Principles with Applications, 6th Ed, Giancoli, 2005, Pearson Prentice Hall.   Cracking the AP Physics B Exam, 2010-2012. Cracking the AP Physics 1 Exam (ISBN 0804125864) and Baron’s AP Physics 1 and 2 (ISBN 1438002688) will be additional texts.

Labs:  Labs will be an important part of the class. Succinct guidelines for lab reports will be given. Lab Notebooks are required.

Evaluation: There will be up to two 15 minute pop quizzes per week. The pop quizzes will often be AP level Free Response questions with multiple parts. Quizzes in AP Physics 1 and 2 will be comprehensive with emphasis on the current topic in class. If you are absent on a quiz day, then your next quiz counts double. If you miss two quizzes in a row, then you will take two quizzes during a single homeroom covering the same material as the quizzes missed.

A comprehensive test will be given near the end of the AP Physics 1. The comprehensive test will be 50% of the grade for the third six weeks. If the test is free response, then 45% will be considered 100%. If the test is multiple choice, then 55% will be considered 100%.

In AP Physics 2, a practice AP Physics Exam will be administered near the end of the 2nd 6 weeks AND early in the 3rd 6 weeks. The practice exams in AP Physics 2 will constitute half of the grade for each grading period. A grade midway through the 4 region, or 68%, on the first test will be considered 100 %. A grade of the lowest possible 5, or 75%, will be considered 100% on the second practice test.

Grading in AP Physics 1 and 2 will be done using the total point method. The approximate breakdown of grades will be as follows: 1st and 2nd 6 Weeks- Quizzes 67 %; Labs 33 %:  3rd 6 Weeks- Comprehensive Exam 50 %; Quizzes 25 %; Labs 25%. For AP Physics 2, the 2nd 6 weeks will breakdown like the 3rd 6 weeks.

If all students are not actively engaged during class time, then a participation grade constituting up to 25 % of grade may be added at the end of a grading period.

Grading Scale for Quizzes: All quizzes will be curved to reflect the fact that AP Physics 1 and 2 award the highest score of 5 to all exams having a score considerably below 93%. Multiple Choice and Free response questions for the new course are extremely limited at this time. Scoring for AP Physics 1 and 2 questions will be similar to AP Physics B. When using AP Physics B free response questions as quizzes, we will use the AP Physics B scoring standards. The grade cutoffs for quizzes are approximately: 70-100% = 5 = A; 55-69% = 4 = B; 40-54% = 3 = C; 25-39% = 2 = D.

Homework: Often, you may need to complete assignments given in class.  Lab reports will generally be completed as homework. In addition, you should spend two hours a week reviewing Cracking or Baron’s or doing two free response questions a night from the College Board AP Physics B website. Doing a free response question means spending 15 minutes attempting the problem, and, then, about 15 minutes scoring and reflecting on the answers. The website for these questions and answers is:

 Many of the pop quizzes come from the free response questions on this website. It may be useful to do work some of these questions BEFORE all of the material in Cracking has been completed. If you do this, then be aware that parts of these questions may contain material that has not been covered in class. Most free response questions focus on one or two topics. Just do the parts related to the topics that we have covered in class.

Contact: I am available from 6:45 A.M.-7:15 A.M. and 9:15-10:15 A.M. daily. Phone: 304-842-3693. I use LiveGrades to communicate with the class. Please check LiveGrades often for messages, particularly on days when school is cancelled.

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