• Honors Physics

    Dr. Jeanette Hausman



     Overview Physics, its theories and laws, explain everything that occurs in nature. It is the most fundamental of all sciences. It explains how the planets stay in orbit to the electrical impulses that allow our muscles to move. Everything can be explained using the principles of physics.


     Major Topics:         

    *      Kinematics

    *      Dynamics

    *      Energy

    *      Harmonic Motion

    *      Circular Motion,

    *      Electrostatics

    *      Electricity

    *      Magnetism


     Calculator Rules

    You should store all of your physics formulas in the calculator. You will be permitted to use your calculator on all portions of quizzes, tests and exams.



    *      Your choice spiral or loose leaf?  Please know that I distribute handouts and slideshows so a loose leaf binder works great. If you prefer a spiral bound notebook, then you will also need a folder for these handouts.

    *      A  TI 84 plus or similar calculator.

    *      Ruler and Protractor (For vector unit in October)


    Grades - Quarter grades are based on the total points accumulated during the quarter .A typical quarter will contain approximately 400-500 points.  Below is a listing of the various items that are graded along with their point values.  Also listed is an approximation of the number of each per quarter (this is only an approximation!!!).


    *      Tests are worth 100 points and there will be approximately 2 to 3 each quarter. Each test will contain two sections: a problem section and a section that could contain multiple choice, short answer and/or essay.


    *      Projects are worth between 50 and 200 points and there will be 1 each quarter.  Details to follow.


    *      Quizzes are worth between 20 and 40 points and there will be approximately 3 each quarter. Quizzes are generally all problems.  Formulas are always given to you for quizzes.


    *      Assignments/Problem Sets are worth between 20 and 30 points and there will be 4 or 5 each quarter. Graded assignments are either problem sets or chapter questions.


    *      Lab Reports are worth approximately 30 points and there are between 5-6 each quarter.  To receive credit for the lab a report must be submitted.


    *      Homework - You will have at least 4 nights per week. It will be reading, lab preparation, problems or questions. Homework is to help you understand the concepts and practice problems. You are expected to do your homework and try all problems. However, you are not expected to be able to solve all problems assigned as they will vary in difficulty and some are meant to challenge you. We will generally discuss homework in class, especially problems which you find challenging.





    1.     Come to class on time.

    2.     Come to class prepared (books, pens, calculator, homework, etc...)

    3.     Use of cell phones is prohibited.

    4.     Listen, take notes, ask questions.

    5.     Be polite and respectful of all individuals in the class.

    6.     If you know you will be absent a day of a test, see me ahead of time to arrange when you will make it up. If you arrive late to school and miss a test, you are still expected to see me and take the test that day. If you leave early, other than for an unexpected illness, you are responsible for taking the test before you leave. The same goes for labs.

    7.     No eating , drinking, or gum chewing in class.(Exception water bottles)

    8.     If you would like to see a college representative that comes to school and it is during physics, you must have approval from me and get the permission slip signed a day in advance.






Last Modified on May 18, 2012