Course Syllabus


CP Physics 9 - Welcome!


Welcome to CP Physics and freshmen year!  Physics is all about explaining our observations of the universe.  This year, we will attempt to explain the behavior of light, waves, sound, electricity, motion, and energy!  To be successful in my class you should come to class with an enthusiastic, ready-to-learn attitude. 


  1. Be on time.
  2. Be ready to learn - have an engaged mind.
  3. Bring all necessary materials with you to class (or your work station at home).  See below for details.
  4. Be respectful of both your teacher and your peers.
  5. Be patient and kind.  
  6. Be respectful of any class equipment.  Use it only as it was designated to use.
  7. Work collaboratively with your peers in a respectful and constructive manner during group work
  8. Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated in any way. Procedures as outlined by the Student Handbook will be followed if anyone is caught copying others work or letting someone else copy their own work.  Penalties for cheating will be determined on a case by case basis.  Please be mindful of doing your own work on Google Docs.

Materials:  please bring the following with you EVERY class :

  • Binder with workbook
  • Writing utensils
  • Calculator
  • Charged Laptop (or w/ charger)
  • Headphones

Quarter Grading Policy:

Tests: 40%

Labs: 40%

Class Participation: 20%

Students who are unhappy or concerned about their grade(s) should talk to me.  I am always willing to discuss your grade and how you are doing in class.  My job is to make sure you succeed, so if there is a problem, we should discuss it.  However, this should be done by appointment NOT during class time. You are also encouraged to see me for extra help if you need it.  You can also email me if you need help.  Don’t wait until it is too late to change your grade!


  1. Light
  2. Waves
  3. Electromagnetic Waves
  4. Static Electricity
  5. Circuits
  6. Electromagnetism
  7. Constant Velocity
  8. Acceleration
  9. Forces
  10. Momentum
  11. Energy

Class Policies

  • When in doubt, stay out!  If you need to be out sick, even on your designated presentation day, please stay home.  
  • If you miss class and have an excused absence, please email me so we can discuss what you missed and the best way to catch you up.  If you know you will be out for an extended period, please let me know so we can work out a way to catch you up!
  • No late work is accepted beyond the last day of the unit, unless extenuating circumstances exist.  If you have an extenuating circumstance please discuss it with me so we can work out the best way for you to stay up to date and successful in class!  
  • No extra credit - be proactive, and not reactive about your grade!
  • Masks must be worn  at all times. 
  • Bottled beverages only in the classroom (must have a lid).  No food (unless medically necessary).
  • Wash your hands!  There are hand sanitizer stations around the room.  If you walk by one, hand sanitize!

Grading Practices:

  • Homework:  Homework will be assigned nightly.  Homework is checked for completion, not accuracy, as this is the time for you to practice the concepts we have learned without penalty.  If you are struggling with a problem, you still need to TRY, given the methods we have discussed in class.  If you get stuck, that is OK, but try not to just skip the problem.  If you don't do the homework, there will be no grade penalty, however you are reducing your opportunities to practice material before being graded on it in a lab / test!
  • Late Work:  Work turned in late (labs ) will result in deduction of your class participation grade.  All late work must be turned in by the day of the unit test for that unit, after which you will get a zero.
  • Tests are paper / pencil in class.  Please make sure to check in with me in advance if you want to take your test in a learning center, or to email me to make up a test if you are absent.
  • Class Participation:  You are expected to come to class each day on time, prepared to learn, respect both your peers and myself, and be engaged in the day’s activities.  Participation is expected.  You should try to contribute to class each day.  See grading rubric for further details.

MCAS:  All students in this course are expected to take the physics MCAS in June at the end of this year.  This is a state-mandated graduation requirement!  The MCAS is now computer based.

The textbook you sign out at the start of the year must be returned at the end of the year, or your grade will be an incomplete until it is returned or reimbursed for, per school policy.  The cost of the textbook is $90.

CP Help Center - A place where you can get help for your CP classes, during red blocks on days 1, 4, and 5 in room 246.  Stop by or make an appointment!  CP 9 teachers run this, so the teacher(s) you see in the room will vary depending on the day.

Course Summary:

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