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Physics

Grades 10 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Annual Schedule
Dates: 2024-08-15 to 2025-05-15
Cost
Tuition: $400 / Annual
Supplies: $25
Expectations and Homework
Assignments to be handed in include the completion of the review questions and practice problems at the end of each chapter, as well as any lab reports that are required. At the beginning of the year an outline to be used for the reports will be given to the students. I also encourage the students to do the 'on your own' problems in each chapter, but since the answers are given in the book I do not require these to be handed in. I use a grading scale in which 90-100 is an A, 80-89 is a B, 70-79 is a C, 60-69 is a D, and below this is F. In addition to homework described above, there will be a test given on each chapter. Since we meet only 1.5 hrs per week, these tests are given to the student to take home and are to be monitored by a parent and to be handed in the following week. The student's grade is made up 60% from the test, 20% from the homework, and 20% from the lab reports. I expect the students to come to class having read the assigned pages in the book and be prepared to conduct the lab required. I encourage students to ask questions, and I am eager to answer any questions they may have. I expect students to be courteous to one another. I expect that the students will want to learn and will strive to understand the concepts. Above all, I expect the students to have fun while learning.
Prerequisites
Algebra, Chemistry
Class Supplies Needed
Scientific calculator, note paper, pencils, etc.
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About the Course
Physics

This college preparatory course will use the text Exploring Creation with Physics 2nd Edition by Dr. Jay L. Wile, published by Apologia. Physics is often referred to as the fundamental science, because it is the study of the underlying principles of how everything in the universe interacts with everything else. Any phenomenon in nature is controlled by the laws of physics. There will be an emphasis on learning how to solve the various problems encountered in the study of physics using critical thinking. Several labs will be conducted as appropriate to help reinforce the concepts being learned. There are a number of objectives:



  1. To provide an overview of the major conceptual developments in historic and contemporary physics.

  2. To development an understanding of the scientific processes and theories in physics.

  3. To instill a certain appreciation for the science of physics as a quest to know and understand God’s creation.

  4. To develop the ability to think in a critical manner using both concrete and abstract examples from physics.

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About Morris
Morris

Dr. Lewellyn received a BA in Chemistry from the University of Indianapolis and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University. After a three year postdoc at Northwestern University, he has spent 39 years in industrial research at American Cyanamid Company and Cytec Industries. Positions ranged from Research Chemist to Research Fellow with 15 years as a manager of various research groups (1994-2009). This was mostly in the area of developing chemical products used in the processing of ores in the mining industry, along with one year in paper chemicals and about 2 years in water treating. Major areas of expertise include the development of new reagents for the mining industry, process development, and scale up of processes for manufacturing. He is inventor on about 18 patents and has published more than 15 scientific articles.

He and his wife Carol homeschooled their two children through high school, where Dr. Lewellyn taught the science courses. He has been involved in church finance in which he served as a church treasurer for about 15 years. He also served on the board and was treasurer for The Nehemiah Commission (Bridgeport, CT), a local ministry for at-risk children. After retirement, he and his wife recently moved to Jeffersonville to be near their son and his family.

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