• Mr. Ben Martindell
     Physics and Astronomy
    For the Fall Semester: 
    1: Physics
    2: Planning!
    3: Physics
    4: Astronomy
    For the Spring Semester:
    1: Physics
    2: Astronomy
    3: Planning!
    4: Astronomy
    Physics Syllabus:

    Advanced Physics Syllabus


    Mr. Martindell

    email: martindell.ba@augusta.k12.va.us

    Class site: https://www.augusta.k12.va.us/Domain/2495

    Course Description:

    • Physics is a laboratory-based course in which the student studies the behavior of nature at its most fundamental level. Emphasis in Physics is on understanding the basic principles from which mathematical equations are derived, and using those equations to solve a wide variety of problems. Students will gain a conceptual understanding of physics by applying those principles and the corresponding equations to real situations and in a laboratory setting. This class aims to help students transition into higher education or the workforce by focusing on problem solving and critical thinking. Students will study Mechanics (vectors, motion, forces, energy, etc.), Gravitation, States of Matter, Electricity and Magnetism, Circuits, Wave Theory, Light, and Modern Physics.


    • Algebra I

    • Geometry

    • Algebra II (optional)


    Grades will be done via percents. They will exist as such:

    • 50% Major Assignments (Tests, Quizzes, etc)

      40% Minor Assignments (Homework, bellwork, etc)

      10% Participation (Labs, participation, etc)

      • There will be homework (or class work) most days of the week, and labs a couple times a week. A quiz will be given at the end of most weeks. There will be at least one test every 6 weeks, and an occasional project throughout the semester may be assigned.
      • Current Events: Physics is a field filled with lots of exciting new things happening all the time! We cannot possibly cover every aspect of physics here in the classroom, so during every 6 week period, you will be assigned to do a current event. You must seek out an article on something new (or "current") in physics and create a reflective response on it. A full rubric will be handed out which goes into further depth. For the Fall semester, they will be due on September 18th, October 29th, and December 9th. You can always turn in any current events early.


    General Class and Lab Procedures:

    • Treat, yourself, others, and property with respect by your actions and language.

    • Be on time and in your seat with required materials ready to learn by the tardy bell.

    • Listen carefully when the teacher is talking; do NOT talk while the teacher is talking..

    • Stay in your seat while instruction is being given.

    • Ask lots of questions! This is a challenging field, and I do so enjoy answering questions.

    • You don't have to like physics, but have a positive attitude! It helps all situations :]

    Late work policy and make up work policy:

    • I accept late work, but I take off  10 points for each class day it's late.

    • If you miss a class a neighbor will be assigned to keep track of what you miss. If you know you're going to miss a class, the makeup work is YOUR responsibility, so you should talk to me about it as soon as you can. Also work would then be due the day before you plan to miss. If you do not talk to me about it, you will just be penalized.


    • Scientific Calculator at least (or any that can do Trig functions) recommended: Graphing Calculator.

    • Three ring binder to store notes and papers received.

    • Notebook or paper to take notes on, to use as scratch, and work on practices.

    • Pencils + Erasers.

    Extra Help:

    • If you need any extra help, come talk to me! I'm quite open to arranging a time to help with any questions, comments, or concerns. Just make sure to give me a heads up that you'd like to meet with me.

    • I can be available in the mornings by appointment, but it’s not guaranteed. Definitely prearrange that with me, either in person, or by email!

    • On my page in the Fort Defiance school website, you will be able to find the answers to the review packets for tests. I highly recommend looking over those before each test! They will be updated to current packets the night before the test.

    Cell Phone Policy:

    • There are to be NO CELLPHONES used in class whatsoever, unless I specifically allow you to. The most common allowances are when they are used as an additional timer in labs, but otherwise they are to not even be seen.

    • If I even see a cell phone, I will take it, there are no exceptions.

    • Anyone that wishes to use the bathroom must first give me their cell phone, and then sign out on the sign-out sheet by the door. You may receive your cell phone back afterwards. If you do not have a cell phone to give me, then you do NOT get to use the bathroom during class. Feel free to use the bathroom before or after class.