• Course Description: A non-calculus approach to the principles of general physics which includes electricity, magnetism, light and optics, fluids, thermodynamics, and topic in modern physics. Recommended for pre-professional and suggested for certain other majors. This is a college-level physics course, and will provide an excellent opportunity for students to become acquainted with techniques for reading and study that will be necessary in the university environment. As such, reading assignments are absolutely essential to success and comprehension of lecture and laboratory activities. This course utilizes guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills. Laboratory activities will cover most major topics and focus decisions regarding procedures and conclusions on student-centered discussions. Reading assignments will be assessed through homework and group problem-solving.

    Course Objectives:
    By the time the student completes this course of study, the student will know or be able to

    1. Be prepared for a successful AP Physics testing experience.
    2. Have enhanced study and test taking skills.
    3. Have an increased appreciation of the world around us
    4. .Have developed critical thinking skills.
    5. Be prepared for college level courses in science.


    In addition to the course objectives listed above, the following “Arizona College and Career Ready” Anchor Standards for Writing are also embedded;
        •Standard 1- Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. 
        •Standard 2- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. 
        •Standard 9- Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

    Class Expectations:

    1. Treat everyone in the class with respect at all times.
    2. Entry into the classroom - You must be in the class and moving toward your seat when the bell rings or you will be marked absent.
    3. Attention - While a teacher or student is addressing the class, remain quiet and pay attention.
    4. Any student caught with their head down will stand the remainder of the hour.
    5. Exit - All students must be in their seats before the class may leave.


    1. Verbal warning
    2. Isolation in the room, and a parent phone call
    3. Removal from class, parent phone call, and detention
    4. Referral


    1. Homework: Expect homework 3 to 4 nights a week.
    2. Labs: When we have a lab you will be assessed on your completion of the lab and your comprehension of the lab concepts. All labs must be 100% complete in order to receive any credit!
    3. Assignments: Worksheets, questions, test reviews, etc. All assignments must be 100% complete in order to receive any credit!
    4. Quizzes: You can expect anywhere from 1 to 2 quizzes per unit depending on the length of the unit.
    5. Tests and Projects: At the end of each unit there will be a final assessment. The final assessment could be in the form of a test, project or a paper.
    • There is no extra credit at MRHS
    • Late work is not accepted

    A = 100 - 90        Homework, labs, assignments, projects = 30 % of grade
    B = 89 - 80          Tests and quizzes = 50 % of grade
    C = 79 - 70          Final Exam (comprehensive) = 20% of grade
    D = 69 - 60
    F = 59 – 0            **Grades are rounded up – Example: 79.5% = 80% which is a B

    Report Cards:
    In an effort to conserve resources and harness the capacity of our electronic grade reporting program (PowerSchool) district schools will no longer print hard copies of report cards unless requested by individual parents. To request a hard copy of your student’s report card, please contact the front office at 623-376-3000. To receive your PowerSchool login, please stop into the office with a valid photo ID. 

    Power School Online Access & Grades
    You will find the course grade in PowerSchools but assignment grades can be found in Canvas or Powerschools. Students should ALWAYS look for comments in their returned work in Canvas.  Grades and attendance may be accessed 24 hours a day online with your Power School access code. Access codes are available in the Administration front office Monday – Friday 7:00 – 3:30. You may check student progress regularly on the PowerSchool site using the same login for one of more students. For Mountain Ridge, parents/guardians without home computer access, a computer with guest log-in capability is available in the Counseling Conference Room. 

    Academic Assistance/Office Hours:
    In addition to the Academic Prep times built into our schedule each week, additional assistance/tutoring is provided on a weekly basis both by MRHS and individually by instructors. Those dates and times will be posted in the classroom and/or on my website at the start of each week. I will demonstrate to the students how to find availability each week.

    Daily Device Use (iPads): 
    Students should come to school with their iPads charged and ready to use in each class every day. 
    Devices may not be used to record or take photos of other people without their consent. Consequences for classroom disruptions and misuse of devices will follow a progressive discipline model, beginning with a phone call home and progressing to office referrals for repeated or more serious offences. Students who have devices out during testing, may lose credit on their test or quiz. See Student Rights and Responsibilities consequence chart in the handbook for more specific descriptions of infractions and consequences.


    • Correct lab procedure will be explained before each lab and students must follow the lab safety rules reviewed at the start of the semester.
    • Horseplay will not be tolerated. Students will leave the lab and will not receive credit.

    Make up Policy & Retest Policy: (absent work can be daily assignments, quizzes, labs, or tests.)

    • If you are absent for any reason it is your responsibility to get you work. This can usually be found in Canvas. If there isn’t any work in there please ask me what you missed.
    • After an absence, a student has one school day for each day missed to make up work/tests, regardless of the number of days absent. If many days were missed, please schedule an appointment with me to formulate a plan for the completion of make-up work. Make-up work for extended absences (over 3 days) may be requested through the Counseling Office and picked up there.
    • You must be present and complete the original exam to be eligible for a retake. One week is allowed for test retakes. You can only retake a test once every semester. The replacement grade has a maximum value of 80%. The re-take exam will be different than the original exam but cover the same objectives.

    Science Calculator Policy: 
    Students may use their calculator on class work and homework. Students will be required to use a calculator from a class set on all exams and quizzes. A student may also use one of these calculators in case the student didn’t bring a calculator to class.

    We will spend time on a daily basis working in small groups or individually on assignments. THIS 
    IS NOT FREE TIME. When you are in this class you need to be working, if you are reminded 
    repetitively about staying on task you will receive a zero for the assignment you are supposed to be 
    working on. If the class cannot stay on task, this portion of the class will be cut out and all 
    assignments will be completed solely at home.