• College Prep Physics

    Dr. Jeanette Hausman / Mr. Anthony Tamaccio

    jhausman@lmtsd.org / atamaccio@lmtsd.org

    Room 209



    How does electricity work? How do planes fly? Why do golf balls have dimples in them? Can lightning strike the same place twice? Why can I see a lightning bolt before I can hear it?  Why are racing tires smooth instead of grooved? How does a curve ball curve? These are but a few questions that can be answered and explained using physics.


    Physics is concerned with the most fundamental aspects of matter and energy:  how they interact to make the physical universe work.


    Major Topics:


    Rectilinear Motion

    Work, Power, Energy


    Simple Harmonic Motion


    Circular Motion




    Electricity &Magnetism




       either a loose leaf binder with 2 sections or 2 separate sections in a notebook

       keep your notes in a separate section from your homework problems, &always

          start the next homework assignment on a fresh page.


       a scientific calculator (one which has trigonometric functions and scientific

          notation capabilities) is required. Any of the TI 80 Series is fine.

       Protractor and Ruler

       these will be necessary for studying vectors. I will let you know when we will

          begin using them


    Quarter Grades:

    Quarter grades are based on percentages of the total points accumulated during the quarter as per the school grading system.  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 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. Formulas are always given to you for tests. Physics is not the ability to memorize equations.



    Quizzies 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 as well.



    Assignments are worth between 15 and 30 points and there will be 2 or 3 each quarter. Graded assignments are either problem sets or chapter questions.


    Lab Reports: 

    Lab Reports are worth approximately 30 points and there are between 4 and 5 each quarter.  To receive credit for the lab a report must be submitted.


    H.W. Check: 

    You will have assignments which you are responsible for completing. These will be worth 4 points each. A typical quarter can contain between 40-60 HW points. We will go over some of the more difficult problems in class. We will not go over all of the problems though, so be sure to speak up if you are having trouble.





    1.     Come to class on time.

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

    3.     Listen, take notes, ask questions.

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

    5.     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.

    6.     No eating or drinking in class.

    7.     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 January 6, 2011