All homework assignments should be completed on the assignments notebook.

KEEP UP WITH THE ASSIGNMENTS!

Over the years, I have found that the best indicator of a student's success is

whether or not they keep up with their assignments.

Students who keep up, do well - students who don't, don't.

USE THE CLASS WIKI

If you need help on the homework be sure to post your questions on the class

wiki. The wiki is a very important resource of the class.

MAKE-UP WORK

If you are absent to class but arrive to school later, you should stop to see me to get the handouts or arrange for missed work. You will be responsible for any homework due.

If you are absent for the day, please e-mail me so that I can send you the class notes.

UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL

You understand the material when you can answer the questions or do the problems,

and get them correct by YOURSELF.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions or seeking help from

me or your fellow students. Everyone will need help sooner or later in this course.

However, you must have the responsibility to realize that the goal of the assignment

is NOT just to get the homework done but to understand what you are doing.

There will be times when you will need more practice than this, and you must have

the courage and responsibility to realize it.

TIPS FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING SUCCESS

LEARN THE VOCABULARY AND SYMBOLS

It is vitally important that we can communicate in the

language of Physics.

As you read or participate in class, pay particular attention

to the meaning of each new term, variables in equations

and units.

SOLVING PROBLEMS

Read the problem carefully to make sure you understand what is being asked.

Do not rush into solving a problem. Instead, first find a strategy for solving it.

FOUR-STEP RULE

Remember to include Four Steps in every problem:

1. Data and unknown: write down what is given and what you need to solve for.

Check for the units. Do you need to make any unit conversion?

This is the place to do it.

If the problem is unclear, try drawing a simple sketch of the situation.

2. Equation: Write down the equation and solve it for the unknown if needed.

Do not just plug in numbers and solve, this method will not earn completwe credit

for your solution.

3. Substitute the values into the equations.

4. Check if your answer is reasonable and then write it down with the units.

BECOME PROFICIENT AT USING A GRAPHING CALCULATOR

Your calculator is a valuable tool for solving problems of all sorts.

Become familiar with it and learn to use it well.

TIPS FOR GRAPHING

Good graphing is a very important technique in Physics since graphs contain

valuable information.

Select an appropriate scale and be sure that the spacing between numbers is equal.

Plot the dots.

Draw your graph carefully: if it is a straight line, use a ruler.

If it is not a straight line, draw a smooth curve.

LABELS

- Give a title to your graph.

- Label each axis with a variable and its units.

GENERAL TIPS FOR PHYSICS SUCCESS

ORGANIZATION

Your success depends on your ability to recall, find, and remember concepts

and techniques covered in class.

BE READY FOR CONSTANT ASSESSMENT

You will be constantly asked questions during class.

Be attentive and prepared to respond at all times.

BECOME AS SELF-SUFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE.

There are many students, and just one teacher, and time is too valuable

for you to just wait - stuck in neutral - for help.

Look in the website and your notes for sample problems that might shed

some light on your difficulty.

Learn tenacity - don't just "fold" at the first sign of difficulty! You can do it!

SEEK HELP

Everyone, no matter how smart or proficient in science they are, will get "stuck"

sometime this year. Tenacity and self-sufficiency are great attributes, but there is

going to be a quiz or a test on this stuff soon!

Use the wiki often as it is a great place to ask questions and get help not only

from me but from your peers.

Ask questions in class. Get the help you need to succeed.

COMMUNICATE

If you have a worry, complaint, suggestion, or concern of any kind let me know.

I can't fix it if I don't know about it.

Remember that just because a problem - or a solution - seems obvious to you,