Intro to Regents Physics


Classroom Expectations

My expectations for the year are simple yet far-reaching:

  1. Come prepared to class each and every day.
  2. Give me your best effort each and every day.
  3. Be respectful – to yourself, to your classmates, and to the instructor.
  4. Conduct yourself in a professional manner.

The following classroom rules should also be observed:

  1. Giving less than your best at any time will not be tolerated. If you put the effort in, I will MORE than meet you halfway this year. We will embrace a goal of EVERY STUDENT succeeding in physics at the beginning of the year, and we will achieve that goal by the end of the year through effort, dedication, discipline, and teamwork.
  2. No electronic entertainment devices, non-educational websites, or cell phones are to be used during class time unless authorized as part of the classroom activity and used appropriately. Inappropriate use of technology will result in confiscation of the device and/or loss of computer privileges. If an emergency arises, please seek the instructor’s permission in advance.
  3. No pants are to be worn below the waist line. A belt will be provided to you should you choose not to comply.

Materials needed for this class:

  1. Notebook
  2. Calculator (scientific)
  3. Binder
  4. Pen/Pencil
  5. Enthusiasm and a positive attitude





13 Best Paying College Majors

girl_graduate_waving_md_clr The Huffington Post recently published an article on the 13 best-paying college majors.  Note that 12 of the 13 require a strong physics and science background, and all 13 require strong math skills.  Thanks to Louis Carusone of Eastridge High School for sharing this article and link.  You can find the entire article online at the Huffington Post.  I have summarized their data below:



Median Starting Pay

Mid-Career Median Pay

Petroleum Engineering



Chemical Engineering



Electrical Engineering



Materials Science / Eng



Aerospace Engineering



Computer Engineering






Applied Mathematics



Computer Science



Nuclear Engineering



Biomedical Engineering






Mechanical Engineering



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