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I know. This course shouldn't be in the Math Department, but we can't have everything.


Black River High School

This physics course is designed for students who are interested in the sciences as well as those who might study engineering or science in college. Topics will include:

  • Newtonian Mechanics

  • Energy and Heat

  • Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

  • Engineering Design Basics.


Physics, Serway & Faughn, copyright 2012.  Holt, McDougal Publishing.

Graduation Requirements/Enduring Proficiencies: 
There are no graduation requirements in this course.

Course Content Proficiencies
A "I can describe, calculate, and predict the motion and behavior of physical objects."
 1 Motion in one dimension
 2 Two dimensional motion and vectors
 3 Forces and the Laws of Motion
 4 Work and Energy
 5 Momentum and Collisions
 6 Circular Motion and Gravitation
 B "I can describe, calculate, and predict heat exchange and temperature of physical objects."
 7 Heat
 8 Thermodynamics 
 C "I can describe, calculate, and predict the behavior of mechanical, acoustic, or electromagnetic waves."
 9 Vibrations and Waves
 10 Sound
 11 Light and reflection
 12 Refraction
 13 Interference and Diffraction 
SEP Science and Engineering Practices
 14 Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
 15 Developing and using models
 16 Planning and carrying out investigations
 17 Analyzing and interpreting data
 18 Using mathematics and computational thinking
 19 Constructive explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
 20 Engaging in argument from evidence
 21 Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

Prerequisite Proficiencies for Other Classes
This course is a prerequisite for AP Physics.

Assignment Grading (Grades are posted to PowerSchool)

Formative Assignments:  These are used for students to learn and practice the knowledge needed to meet a proficiency.  Parents, teachers, and students use the results of these formative assessments to track student progress and their knowledge of the content/skills being covered in class. Scores on formative assessments have no effect on the grade in a course or the transcript.

Summative Assignments: These are used to determine whether or not a student has met a proficiency. Successful completion of all specified proficiencies is required for course credit. Summatives will be evaluated using a scoring rubric that pertains to each proficiency, and the student will be assigned one of the following scores:

  • Proficient With Distinction - The student has gone above and beyond the target.

  • Proficient - The student is competent in the skill and has met the proficiency.

  • Approaching Proficient - The student has demonstrated limited ability to employ strategies needed to understand the skill.

  • Emerging - The student is attempting the skill.

  • Not Attempted - The student has not begun learning this material yet.

TO PASS THE COURSE, a student must be Proficient or Proficient with Distinction for the Course Content Proficiencies in the table above.

Summative Assessments
Students are allowed to retake any summative assessment, given that they meet with the teacher and complete remedial work.

Late Work

  1. While not encouraged, late work will be accepted.

  2. A grade of zero will be entered into the grade book for a Formative Assignment and a “Not Attempted” score will be recorded for Summative Assignments until the work is submitted.

  3. If a student is absent, they must schedule a time outside of class to acquire any missing work.  It is suggested that the student e-mail me at toby.milne@trsu.org asking for missed work.

Research Independent Investigative Project (RIIP)
An Independent Investigation (RIIP) of the students’ choice will be completed by each student for the Fall or Spring Showcase.  

The school policy on cheating/plagiarism in the student handbook will be strictly followed.

Teacher Contact Information
Mr. Milne's email: toby.milne@trsu.org