Welcome to Dr. B's Honors Physics Page!
"We kill the magic"
all 9th graders will take the physics MCAS on June 2,3 2014
Review the 9th grade physics class policies here
Review the 9th grade honors physics syllabus, curriculum & assignments on the excel spreadsheet here.
Honors Physics is a mathematical algebra-based course, introducing the basic concepts of physics. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, waves & vibrations, Thermal physics, properties of matter, electricity & magnetism, and selected topics in modern physics. Instruction consists of textbook reading, lectures, labs, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Weekly problem sets give students extensive physical problem solving experience. This course provides a foundation for future study in a wide variety of technical disciplines, including physical science, engineering, computers, and health fields.
My chapter tests will almost always consist of both conceptual multiple choice problems and longer more involved free response questions. For the chapter tests you will NOT use equations sheets, but you may use your calculators. To prepare for each chapter test you should READ & STUDY the assigned sections, and do ALL assigned problems AS A MINIMUM. I highly recommend doing MORE problems. I may or may not have time to lecture on every topic in each chapter that you are responsible for and will be tested on. READ THE CHAPTER! Ask questions! Do LOTS of problems! The "practice problems" throughout the chapter have full solutions (not just answers!) in the back of the book in the "red pages". You can often find a practice problem similar to one of your assigned problems. Similarly to most textbooks, your physics book has a good summary and review at the end of each chapter. It is not a bad idea to review this summary of concepts, vocabulary, and key equations. In addition, at the end of the book is an appendix with key equations from every chapter.
I strongly encourage you to make up study groups with your fellow students.
Why do 9th graders take physics? Mt. Greylock is on the leading edge of the "physics first" movement. Many scientists and science educators believe that physics should conceptually come first because the rules of physics are the basis for all other sciences: The rules of biology are based on the rules of chemistry and physics, and the rules of chemistry are based on the rules of physics (and the language of science is mathematics!) As current Mt. Greylock students move through their high school science curriculum, they do it in a chronological order that is exactly backwards from their parents' generation. 9th grade physics is offered at two levels: regular college prep physics for those students who have taken the standard middle school math curriculum, and honors physics for those students that have successfully completed the "accelerated" middle school algebra 1 curriculum. Our experience over the past several years has been that "physics first" is greatly successful. Our 9th graders all take the physics MCAS test in the spring.
The MCAS equation sheet is HERE
The Honors Physics practice physics midterm & solutions are here
Weekly Problem Set Solutions:
Review chapters 1 - 7 here
worksheet for extra ch 6 trig/vector practice here