TAMISCAL HIGH SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE AGREEMENT

STUDENT _______________________________ COURSE 3558: PHYSICS 8

I. Student Learning Outcomes
All Tamiscal courses share the purpose of helping the student read, write, speak, and solve problems effectively. All courses within the Science department work toward developing the student’s ability to formulate and answer questions about scientific concepts; to apply these concepts to problem-solving situations; to use technology including the graphics calculator and lab equipment for investigations and for illustrating results; to continue to develop mathematical skills; to expand logical and insightful thinking; and to continually improve research skills.
For this course, students will demonstrate proficiencies in the following activities.

II. Activities
Upon the completion of this course, the students will have mastered 1) wave motion 2) nature of light
3) reflection and refraction 4) mirrors, lenses, and optical instruments 5) interference and diffraction
6) electricity and the nature of matter 7) natural unit of electricity 8) Coulomb’s Law and electric fields
9) electrical circuits 10) series and parallel circuits.
The laboratory portion of the course will meet once each week where the students perform laboratory experiments that correspond to weekly assignments.
With successful completion of the two semesters of Physics 7 and Physics 8 with a C- or higher, the student will have completed the second year of lab science for the University of California entrance requirement.

III. Resources
In addition to the textbook, students are expected to utilize lab equipment, Tamiscal Homepage links, the internet, Electric Library, District and County libraries, CDs, Videos, and relevant media. Students will need to have access to a graphing calculator.

IV. Assessments
Assignments for this course will include preparation for meeting District Outcome Assessments. For the purposes of evaluation and grading during the course, the following methods may be used: weekly assignments; projects; laboratory work; written reports; presentations; participation; quizzes and exams. Students will be informed of the grading criteria at the beginning of each semester.

Students enrolled in this course will participate in all required District Assessments.

V. Duration
The agreement is effective until the end of the current semester.

VI. Progress Monitoring
Progress will be monitored at weekly meetings; therefore, attendance is required. Missed appointments, tests, and assignments will result in partial course credits and may result in required attendance to Supervised Independent Study (SIS).
Grades and credits will be reported at the quarter and at the end of the semester.
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I accept the terms of this agreement

Student __________________________ Date Started _________________

Staff ____________________________ Date Completed ______________

Other ___________________________ Credits Attempted_____________

Parent __________________________ Credits Earned ______Grade____