• The information of the procedures, content covered, and regulations can be found below. Let's have a great year!

     

    Welcome to GEOPHYSICS!

    Instructor: Mr. Islambouli                                                        Period 1 ICS Teacher: Ms. Sommers

    Email: Oislambouli@ridgefieldschools.com                                Email: Jsommers@ridgefieldschools.com

    Rooms: 316 and 325                                                             

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    CONTENT:

    The course will focus on learning and advancing skills & abilities from the scientific field which will be applicable in the real world. This will be done in the context of different Physics and Earth Science topics which will include the following units:

    Unit Title

    “Translation”

    Kinematics

    How Things Move

    Dynamics

    Why Thing Move

    Energy

    Analyzing changes in physical situations

    Waves

    Repeating patterns in water, Slinkys, and more

    Thermodynamics

    What happens when objects are heated, cooled, or change state

    Electricity & Magnetism

    House wiring and the role of magnets in everyday life.

    Astrophysics

    Studying the characteristics of different objects in space and studying how they move.

     

     

    PROCEDURES:

     

    Individual work includes daily effort, homework assignments, reflections, lab reports, and formal assessments (quizzes/tests).

     

    Cooperative work will encompass a large amount of the work in this class. All labs and majority of classwork will be competed in groups or with a partner. Each student will be held accountable for their individual contributions though as lab reports are expected to be written up in equal parts by each group member. For cooperative classwork, we will work on whiteboards often and each individual student is expected to make contributions in their own colored marker.

    COURSE GOALS

    1. To prepare students as best as possible for their lives after this class. Through engaging in and reinforcing scientific practices like asking questions, interpreting data, arguing from evidence, and evaluating information students will be able to generalize these skills to their future education and careers.
    2. To enable students to learn about the patterns and beauties of the natural and engineered world. As students progress through the year they will gain an understanding of concepts such as forces & motion, energy conservation, and information technologies, just to name a few, in order to gain an appreciation for STEM fields.

     

    REQUIREMENTS

     

    1. Binder
    2. EXPO marker(s) (your color of choice!)
    3. Textbook: Physical, Earth and Space Science: An Integrated Approach (Hsu, Tom)
    4. Google Classroom Access: Many assignments and announcements will be made on Google Classroom. It is your responsibility to CHECK DAILY and submit any assignments on the website by the DUE DATE.

    GRADING

     

    Daily Effort (behavior 1 & 2 below) = 1 point             Lab Reports = 25 points

    Weekly Reflections = 3 points                                    Tests = 40 points

    Homework = 5 - 10 points                                          Projects = Will vary depending on

    Classwork = 10 points                                                requirements.

    Quiz = 10 - 20 points

    [Each marking period will be approximately 300 total points. Each MP counts towards 25% of your grade.]

    Make certain that all assignments, reports, and evaluations are completed on time. Late work will only be accepted (with a grade penalty) at the teacher’s discretion.

    LATE WORK WHICH IS ACCEPTED WILL HAVE TO BE COMPLETED IN THE INSTRUCTOR’S PRESENCE.

    *Please note that certain assignments will not be accepted late for any reason.*

    Students who miss a class for any reason will be responsible for making up all work in a timely manner. Work submitted after the given grace period will be counted as a late assignment. Students who are absent during an assessment (test/quiz) will take an alternate.

    IF YOU WILL BE ABSENT FOR MORE THAN ONE DAY, YOU MUST E-MAIL MR. ISLAMBOULI IN ORDER TO SET UP A TIMELINE FOR MISSED WORK.

     

    In this classroom, there are THREE BEHAVIORS expected of you in this order of importance.

    1. Be respectful to everyone (instructor, peers, etc.).
    2. Be committed to working hard for the ENTIRE CLASS PERIOD.
    3. Have an enjoyable time (HAVE FUN!)

     

    ACADEMIC DISHONESTY/REGULATIONS

    Students are expected to do their own work. Copying of any kind will result in a zero. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

    All RMHS regulations are in effect in this class. Technological devices are not permitted for use under any case, unless the instructor EXPLICITLY deems a time that they are relevant for use in a classroom activity/assignment.