• Course Expectations and Grading Policy

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     Phone and Computer Use

    • Phones are not allowed to be used in class. At no time should they be on your desk or viewable.
    • You should arrive each day with a fully charged computer. Computers will be used for online activities, labs and other reasons at different times during the class.
    • Computers CAN NOT be used for note taking, or as a calculator.
    • Notes in this class must be taken on paper. Studies have repeatedly concluded that students do better in classes when they take notes by hand vs. computers.  Additionally, students who took notes by hand, but “who could see the screen of a multitasker’s laptop (but were not multitasking themselves) scored 17 percent lower on comprehension than those who had no distracting view.” (See links below.)
    • Given the amount of drawings, mathematical calculations and other aspects of the materials, taking notes on a computer is just not feasible. Images such as those below cannot be quickly and easily produced on your computers.


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     Classroom Expectations

    • Classes meet for 4 hours per cycle. Each cycle consists of two 1 hour classes and one 2 hour class.



    • Be on time, enter the classroom quietly.
    • Put your cellphone and other electronics away.
    • Go to your assigned seat.
    • Take out your homework, calculator, notes and required materials



    • Come to class prepared with the homework completed and all of the necessary materials ready.
    • Keep your Physics notebook neat and organized.
    • Keep your Lab book neat and organized. This will be graded!
    • Keep in your binder: handouts and returned work (I do not make extra copies, so if you lose something, I will not have another copy to give you)



    • Have a good attitude, respect for everyone else in the classroom, appropriate classroom language and behavior. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated.
    • Demonstrate care and respect for physics equipment and other classroom materials. No inappropriate behavior!
    • Clean up after a lab activity or a whiteboard problem. – Groups that do not clean up lose points.
    • Adhere to the MHS Honor Code
    • Trash goes in the trashcan.
    • Recycle!



    • Wait respectfully and calmly for your turn, do not shout out answers or complain.



    • Study physics nightly through reading, problem solving or laboratory analysis.
    • Seek help as needed for concepts that are troubling you.


    Grading Policy

    • Grading is based on a total point system.
    • You will be scored on homework, labs, projects, pop quizzes, announced quizzes, and tests.
    • Labs will be kept in a separate marbled notebook.
    • Expect the majority of your grade to be based upon your test score. These will assess your understanding of class notes, homework assignments and labs.


    Late Work & Make-up Policy

    • Late work will be accepted ONLY before the class set of that assignment has been graded.
    • A 20% - 50% points PER DAY reduction will be applied for late work, depending on the value of assignment and how late it is.
    • It is your responsibility to pick-up and complete any class work and/or homework that is missed during an absence.
    • It is your responsibility to make arrangements to obtain the class notes and to schedule any lab or class work make-ups during lunch tutorial.


    Class Participation

    • Class participation is a necessary part of success in any science classroom. You will team up for class and laboratory activities on a regular basis. Cooperative and productive group work is expected from each student in the class.
    • You are expected to participate on hands on activities and whiteboard problems.


    Major Assignments

    • Major assignments/Special Projects may be assigned and will be graded accordingly.
    • After students take the AP Test they will be assigned a final presentation project such as TedTalk Like presentation.


    Teacher Availability

    • Weiss is available during common lunch and after school in room G-54. Please see me or email me to arrange an extra help session.


    Science Opportunities beyond the Classroom

    Don’t be afraid to branch out in science via other school and non-school opportunities. 

    • NJ Science League
    • MHS Physics Team
    • New Jersey Physics Olympics
    • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competition
    • MHS Robotics Team
    • Project Aware, MHS Environmental Club