Honors Engineering Physics Syllabus

Honors Engineering Physics 2013-2014

INSTRUCTOR  Dr. Zimmer, Room 701, 623-915-8135, lora.zimmer@guhsdaz.org


           1.  Folder (for Physics only)

           2.  loose leaf paper

           3.  pencil  or  pen

           4.  calculator (Must be scientific).            
            5.  highlighter


           It is extremely important to be present in Honors Engineering Physics.  It is your responsibility to seek assignments or make-up work and to make up this work in a timely manner. The total responsibility for acquiring and completing make-up work lies with you!


           The problems assigned as homework in this class are designed to test to see if you really understand the concepts developed in class.  It is reasonable to expect that you will often experience difficulty in setting up and solving these types of problems.  It is not such a bad thing that you struggle a bit in trying to complete the assignment.  It is during the discussion of the homework the following day that you and your classmates really learn the material.  To be a meaningful contributor to your group you must attempt to do the problems.  To receive credit for attempting the assignment  you must at least write down the starting facts and what you are supposed to find, draw a picture of the scenario, and write down relevant formulas.  Test and quiz questions will be similar to the problems you encounter in the homework.  Writing clear solutions with diagrams (rather that just answers) will help you prepare for the tests.

           You should expect to complete assignments and be prepared to present problems on whiteboards.  I will be collecting the assignments before major exams. 


           You will do a variety of labs and projects during the school year.  These will be carefully written up in the proper format.  Remember:  caution and common sense must be exercised during any lab activity.  Many labs are graded on your accuracy and involve fragile or expensive equipment so it is important to take the labs seriously. Projects will be graded on the steps of the Engineering Design Cycle.


           You will work in the lab and on assignments in 2-4 person groups.  Cooperation is a necessity for success in this class.  Members of your group will make oral presentations before the whole class in which you present your ideas and answer questions from your classmates.  The emphasis is on the general understanding of the principles involved and how you solved the problem rather than on the answer.


           Throughout a unit, quizzes will be given at any time to check for your understanding.  Quizzes may be unannounced.  Tests are given at the end of major units. If you are absent for a test, it is your responsibility to schedule an appointment to make up the test.   Students who miss a test due to an excused absence have one week to make up the test.


           Your grade will be determined from your accumulation of points on quizzes, chapter tests, laboratory exercises, and homework.

           Your grade will be based on the following percentages:

                                   90% to 100% = A                                                     

                                   80% to   89% = B                                        Tests = 35%    

                                   70% to   79% = C             Homework & Quizzes = 25%
                                   60% to   69% = D                   Projects and Labs=40% 
                  Less than 60%= E


           Your BEHAVIOR will always be responsible and in consideration of other people as well as the learning process.


           1.   Always come prepared to class.

           2.   Always have homework completed.

           3.   Ask questions in class if you do not understand.

           4.   Make total use of time in the classroom.

           5.   Take notes and keep an organized notebook.

           6.   Take turn on whiteboard presentations

           7.   Review for tests and quizzes.

           8.   Come in before school or during EOP for additional help if you should fall    

                   behind or not understand.

           9.   Maintain regular attendance and promptness.

           10.  Establish a study group.

           11.  Keep cell phones and electronic devices put away unless they are being specifically used for class.

Honors Engineering Physics