EXPECTATIONS are very high in this classroom. It is assumed that each of you is college bound and wants very much to be successful, both in this class and next year. With that in mind, you will be treated like a young adult and expected to give your maximum effort both in the classroom and at home on outside coursework.

    Sharing answers is easy and never results in the both students learning. Do yourself a favor and put in your own effort to achieve your own results. Group results are not acceptable in here for homework, lab write-ups, extra credit problems, etc… The “we were lab partners...” does not give you the right to share a brain. Thank you.


    ATTENDANCE is extremely important in this class. Come to school. See me on the day you return from an absence so that you can be prepared before the next class.

    If you do not see me you will not be allowed to make up any work missed while absent and will receive a zero.

    If you miss your class block but are in school during any portion of the school day, you must turn in any assignment that is due that day. I will not accept these papers late.


    Good attendance will be rewarded. First of all, your grade will reflect the work you put into the course and secondly…

    2 points will be awarded to your quarterly average if you have no absences.

    1 points will be awarded to your quarterly average if you have only 1 absence.

    Please note: 2 tardy = 1 absence to me.

    NOTE: An absence may be "made up" if an equal amount of time missed is spent working on physics in room 222. This must be done within 2 weeks of the absence or the offer goes away. Catch up on the missed work As Soon As Possible.


    HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS will be given approximately once per week (generally about 5 problems or a chapter review worksheet) from the textbook. They are given a due date and are expected to be complete at the beginning of class on the date due.

    No homework assignments will be accepted late!


    EXPERIMENTS are performed approximately once every week and are typically due one week after completion. Late labs will be assessed a 10% penalty per day (not class!) up to 5 days and then will receive a score of zero. Since you will be required to take the regents exam, all laboratory write-ups must be completed in satisfactory condition so why not get full credit?

    *Lab write-up specifics can be found in the LABORATORY WRITE-UP GUIDELINES sheet.

    At the end of each semester, lab write-ups must be turned in completed or the minutes for those labs will be lost forever. Loss of minutes = no regents exam.

    TESTS are given following a 1 or 2 chapter unit and take about 40-50 minutes. They typically will be comprised of a number of problems (similar to the homework problems), multiple choice questions, and short answer questions. Each test is graded out of 100 points.

    • During the 1st and 3nd quarters: Makeup tests will be given for each test with the final test score being the average of the original and made-up tests.

    • During the 2nd and 4th quarters: You will be allowed the opportunity to drop the lowest test IF we have 5 tests during the quarter. If you are absent the day of a test, you will take the test the next class period or sooner if you desire and you will lose your chance for a makeup.


    The following MATERIALS will be needed:

    3-ring binder (at least 2”) Calculator (NO EXCUSES!!!!!!) Composition book Notebook (at least 100 pages) Pens & Pencil Loose leaf paper