Teacher: Fred Kral, Ph.D.

Email me: fkral
Call school: 415-339-9336
Get info: http://teach.kralsite.com

Course Description

Physics is the branch of science concerned with the study of the physical world: energy, matter, forces, motion, phenomena, and the relationships between them. The topics of this introductory laboratory course are mechanics, waves, electromagnetism, light, the physics of the 20th century, and contemporary physics. Students use the scientific method, conceptual reasoning, mathematical modeling, hands-on experimentation in the laboratory, computer simulation, and investigation of objects of daily life. Scientific ideas and problem-solving approaches are communicated using graphical, numerical, algebraic, verbal, diagrammatic, and physical approaches. In the data analysis component of the lab projects, students learn statistical methods that help scientists make inferences and evaluate experimental results. Students who qualify for this Honors course are enrolled in Pre-Calculus or Calculus and are self-starters who want to know more about the physical world and are excited about sharpening their abstract reasoning and analytical problem solving skills.

Required text and supplemental materials

Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs):

1. Self-reliant learners. 2. Self-directed individuals. 3. Critical and creative thinkers. 4. Effective communicators. 5. Responsible members of society. Each of the components of this course prepare students to obtain these results.



    Major ESLRs
Homework: timely completion of homework assignments. Assessed formally and informally. 2 points per homework 1, 2
Quizzes and Tests: written and graphical solutions of problems. 100 points per test, 50 points per quiz 3, 4
End-Semester Assessments: Final examination or project. 20% of course grade 3, 4
In-Class work: positive energy and interest level during in-class work including discussion, working on experiments, and practice during class. Assessed informally. 75 points per quarter 1, 3, 4, 5
Commitment to learning: Taking on what is challenging to you, getting help, communicating with the teacher, engaging with the material, and documenting work in the notebook. Assessed informally. up to 100 points per semester 1, 2
Projects, Presentations, and Labs: quality and correctness of written and graphical results, and quality of delivery. 5 to 100 points depending on scope 3, 4, 5

Safety policy: only use equipment when and as instructed

Late work policy and tardy policy

The teacher enters grades once per week on Fridays. Students get credit for late or partial work up to that weekly deadline. Students who are tardy to class or leave the classroom for an extended time during class receive a maximum of 60% of the day's in-class work credit.

Cell phone and device policy

Devices are not allowed in class, except by explicit permission to do class work. If you need a calculator, please go borrow a classroom calculator or ask the teacher as soon as possible.

Class computer use policy

Personal and school computers shall be used for this subject only. The Marin School supports the responsible use of technology on our campus. See the Parent and Student Handbook.

Collaboration policy

I encourage study groups. You may work with others (not just students) unless instructed otherwise as long as all of you contribute. It is wise to put the name of each contributing student on an assignment to avoid issues with plagiarism.


Come visit or email! – Fred