1st Semester Plan

During the first semester every student in this physics class has to submit 26 items to their blog. The breakdown for these items is as follows:

  • 10 Problem Sets. We will start these the week of Sept 14th and have one to two per week. You will only need to get 10 signed off.
  • 10 Writing Pieces. Each writing piece is a short blog post that should be a few paragraphs in length. Five of these written posts can come in the form of video reflections. For a video reflection, you should watch one of the approved physics videos and answer the following questions: 1) What was the science the video taught (summarize the main scientific ideas the video explores)? 2) Why is it significant? 3) What questions does this raise for you and why does that matter? The other five writing pieces should come from texts and seminars. When you’re given an approved text, you will be given a prompt to write about.
  • 3 Mini Projects. You will be required to do some acting practice (of which the Hindu plays are 1/2), sewing (we will work on sewing pajamas later in the semester, and painting in preparation for the Toga Night play. You will be allowed to replace one of these mini-projects with a pre-approved project you propose.
  • 3 Major Projects. Everyone will be part of a team that takes and frames an object in outer space. Everyone will build and test a rocket engine. Everyone will have to perform oat Toga Night.

All of these pieces of work will have a blog post requirement. Your letter grade will drop by 1/2 (B to B- for example) if you are missing any written pieces or problem sets. Your letter grade will drop by a full grade if you are missing a mini project. Your letter grade will drop two full grades if you are missing a major project.

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