IB Physics HL 1

Instructor: Mrs. Kathleen Frink

Phone: (269) 323-5225 Room: 3105 E-mail: kfrink@portageps.org


Remind: https://www.remind.com/join/18PhysHL


This is a rigorous physics course covering a large amount of material over a two-year period. Your successful completion of this course should include a passing grade on the IB Examination at the end of the second year. The best way to help your grade on the final examination is to stay caught up with the class. In addition, paying close attention to the grading rubric for IB Internal Assessments is vital to your passing the IB Examination.


· IB Physics Course Book 2014 edition, Bowen-Jones & Homer ($75 replacement fee)

· College Physics, Serway, 5th Ed.

· IB Data Book

Recommended Materials:

· One 3-ring binder for labs and one notebook

· Scientific Calculator

Assignment Workload:

Grading Procedure:

  • Students may use personal electronic devices during the beginning of the hour homework check (after he/she completes the warm-up activity) and during homework time provided the P.E.D. does not distract from the student’s ability to work on the homework.
  • Laptops may be used as note taking devices during the lesson.
  • External sound must be turned OFF at all times.
  • Cell phones may NOT be used as calculators. There are plenty of calculators to borrow in the classroom.
  • No photos or videos may be taken at ANY time.

· Homework – Each course topics will contain daily homework sets that will be graded for correctness and communication. Daily student homework problems assigned from the book need to be 90% attempted to receive credit for the day.

· Labs – During topics students will perform laboratory investigations that relate to the topics being studied. Labs will be assessed based on the grading rubric designed by IB.

· Quizzes – At the completion of each section students will take a quiz over the current content.

· Tests – At the end of each unit students will take a large test over the topics covered.

Grades for each marking period are determined based upon three weighted categories: Homework/Notes (20%), Quizzes/Tests (50%) and Lab Assignments (30%). Students will earn a grade in each of the areas based upon the total points earned for the assessments in that category.

Late Policy:

· Students receiving a zero for a homework check are allowed to complete the homework by the next day for half credit. The homework needs to be 100% complete with all work shown in order to receive credit.


Students caught cheating may be given a zero on an assignment, test, or quiz with no makeup privileges and a behavior intervention form will be submitted to the appropriate office. IB consequences may also follow. Internal assessments that have been plagiarized will receive a class grade of zero and cannot be submitted to IB. Students will only be able to rewrite their IA for submission to IB. Please refer to the student handbook for further information on plagiarism and collusion.

Absences and Tardies:

All school absence and tardy policies will be consistently enforced. They are outlined in the student planner. In regards to tests and quizzes, students will be responsible for making up any quiz or test missed due to an excused absence. If a student is absent on a day(s) leading up to a test or quiz where new material is covered, he or she will have extra time to prepare for the assessment. If a student is only absent on the day of a test, he or she will take the test the day he/she returns to class. If a student has a pre-arranged absence on a test or quiz day (ADs, vacations, appointments, etc.) he or she must make arrangements prior to the absence to take the assessment, or he/she will take the assessment upon return to class. Any missing quiz or test will be graded as a zero. Students caught cheating will be given a zero on an assignment, test, or quiz with no makeup privileges and a behavior intervention form submitted to the appropriate office.

Passes: The student planner serves as a pass and must be signed by the teacher. No planner = No pass!

Classroom Rules:

· Per school policy, hats, backpacks, bags, and purses are not allowed in the classroom. Students will be given a tardy and sent to their lockers to return the item.

· Come to class on time and prepared (textbook, pencil, notebook, calculator).

Personal Electronics Policy:

Chromebooks are allowed for classroom use. Cell phones are not allowed.

Dear Students (and Parents/Guardians) enrolled in IB Physics HL 1:

Welcome back to another great year at PC! I hope you have enjoyed your summer so far!

To help prepare for the upcoming year, I'm asking that each student refresh his/her basic physics memory by reading and/or watching a few lessons prior to September 5th. The first few IB Physics standards have already been covered in Physics 1, Chemistry 1, and Biology so we will only briefly review them in class before moving on to new standards.

Please watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaSu3j2hG-8&list=PLBE4992C3460C829B - There are five videos in this playlist totaling about 45 minutes. Please review all videos.

and/or Please read:

http://www.patana.ac.th/secondary/science/anrophysics/ntopic1/commentary.htm- This is a nuts and bolts summary of Topic 1.

This information is also contained on my Google Site: https://sites.google.com/a/portageps.org/mrs-frink/home/ib-physics-hl. You must be logged in to your school account in order to access the page.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you in September!

Mrs. Frink