Project Grading Rubric (How I plan to grade the project)

The following is a rubric (grading system) that I plan to use to grade the projects.

1. Show evidence of regular project progress. (50 pts.)
  • Everyone will maintain a record of their daily progress.  Most will be an electronic record in Moodle.  Some projects will have people use a spiral notebook because a physical notebook will work better.  (Group projects typically have just one blog).
  • You start each new day's work as a new entry with the day and date written at the top.
  • These will be checked periodically and graded on evidence of daily effort (that you're consistently working toward your goal).  To receive full credit, you should keep up with the schedule in your project description.
  • You should have a post every school day unless you and Mr. Falk have agreed to something else and you have it in writing.  If you are absent and should be excused for a post that day, make sure to write what happened in your next day's post.
2. Familiarize yourself with a new area of physics. (55 pts.)
Early on you will have to just spend time learning about your topic. By the end of two weeks I will collect your lab notebooks and check to see how you're doing. Make sure you're following the daily guidelines and making progress.
Many students will be very unhappy with the initial grade because they have a lot more to learn in the upcoming weeks. Those students will have the opportunity to keep earning points as they keep learning.

3. Mathematical model (30 pts.)
Most of the projects will involve some sort of math. Do your write up clearly and following the format we've used on this year.
For the projects where this doesn't apply, these points will be given for other major aspects of the project or dropped.

4. Ask & answer a new question about your project. (40 pts.)
About a week into your project (by the end of the second week for sure) I'd like you to turn in a piece of paper to my green folder with your proposed question that relates to your project.  I realize it may be difficult to come up with a question that no one has ever thought of before so that's not necessary; but, I am looking for some original thought that you will try to discover an answer to during the course of your experiment.  Sample questions may include things like: 1. What happens if I have two pinholes in my camera instead of one? or 2. By how many degrees do the stars shift (relative to the Earth) each night and can I correlate this with the movement of the Earth? 
Once it's approved, work to answer your question before the end of the project.  When completed, turn in a physical copy of your answer including how you discovered the answer.  If your answer is found by research rather then experiment, you must include your references for full credit.

5. Create a final product for your project. (55 pts.)
This should be a final thing that, by looking at, people will be able to see the work you've put into this project for the last five weeks. For the people reading books, this would be a final paper. For the pinhole cameras, it would be your collection of photos. For the audio lab, it would be the speakers you built.

Things completed after the project end date will receive a 20% per day reduction in grade.  Also, if you haven't cleaned up your materials and your work area, you will receive a significant grade reduction. 
Your project will account for about 50% of your grade for this trimester. PLEASE DON'T BLOW IT OFF - doing so will slaughter your final grade.