• My name is Malcolm Smith.  I am certified to teach both Math and Physics in Missouri, Texas, Kentucky and Illinois.
    I have a BSME degree from the University of Texas at Arlington (1990) and a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri (2007)  I am also a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
     
    I started teaching in the late1990's and I've taught High School, Community College, Vocational Education and classes filled with Engineers.  I taught Math at Rock Bridge in the early 2000's and a year of AP Physics B before realizing that a Bachelors Degree in teaching doesn't pay well for the hours put in.  I left to get a Masters Degree and worked at the Callaway Nuclear Plant for seven years as a Safety Analysis/Reactor Engineer.  I came back to teach Physics at Rock Bridge in the Fall of 2014.
     
    I've taught the following classes over the years:
     
    Regular and Honors Geometry
    Circuit Analysis 1 & 2
    Electric Motors and Transformers
    Algebra 1
    Consumer Math 
    Algebra 2
    Integrated Math 2 
    Calculus AB
    Freshman Physics and AP Physics B
    AP Physics 1 and 2 
    The Crane Technical Paper #410 - The Flow of Fluids through Valves, Fittings and Pipes.
    Engineer and Intern Training at Callaway Plant
     
    For the 2019-20 school year, I'll be teaching Freshman Physics, AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 at Rock Bridge. I'm looking forward to a year of discovery and challenge as we explore the math and science of Physics in my classes.  AP Physics C made for the first time at RBHS and will be taught by Dr. Karen King.  I am looking forward to working with her this year. 
     
    Freshman Physics First does not have an assigned textbook for the course.  If you would like to acquire a textbook for the class, I would recommend the following: Schaum's Outline of Beginning Physics 11th Edition : ISBN-10: 978-0-07-175487-3
     
    AP Physics 1 and 2 will be using the Openstax AP Edition of College Physics
     
    Ref: http:\\Openstaxcollege.org  http://openstaxcollege.org.  A free copy of the book can be downloaded from the website at anytime.  Electronic editions for iPads can be acquired on line for devices and phones. We also have some College Physics textbooks available for those students that still remember how to use them.  They cover the same material in the same sequence and are very readable.  The Openstax book can also be purchased on Amazon (ISBN#978-1938168932)
     
    Reading and homework are important factors Science Classes. I will be asking students to keep an organized three ring binder notebook for reference in preparation for tests and quizzes.   I will  be having AP Physics 1 and 2  students do manual technical drawings and graphs to prep for the AP Physics 1 and 2 exams in the Spring.  I will need them to acquire a simple drawing kit consisting of a ruler, protractor, compass and eraser.  This kit can be acquired inexpensively on Amazon (Ref: Student Geometry Drawing Kit)

    You can assume that homework will be assigned most class periods. We encourage all of our students to do the work the day it is assigned. Then if extra help is needed, they have an extra day to seek assistance before their class meets again. You can help by encouraging this process also. Both the Math and Science Department have tutoring available ALL day long in the Student Success Center in Room 334 and Math Tutoring downstairs in the Math Division all day long. (Room 123)

    The AP courses will use a Scientific Calculator extensively. We recommend at a minimum a TI-30X Scientific Calculator. My recommendation is to go ahead and get either a TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Graphing Calculator. These calculators are usually available for checkout from the RBHS Media Center. (Keyword: usually) If you already have a different brand of graphing calculator, it is acceptable, but not what I will be teaching with. These calculators are not cheap ($88) but are a VERY worthwhile investment. We will be using it almost every day in class and it will make completing homework a lot easier.  We will be downloading a TI-84 App at school to use on the laptops. (ie: Wabbitmu)

    I would like to a minute to discuss priorities in my AP Physics class. These courses are not easy and both move into progressively more difficult material throughout the year. I personally feel that ACADEMICS ALWAYS HAVE FIRST PRIORITY over everything else, especially extracurricular activities. Since many of my students will most likely be involved in extracurricular activities at some point in the year, they must learn how to manage their time effectively. It is critical that they set their priorities early and understand the scope and challenges of these courses. Extracurricular activities may impact their grade significantly if they fail to do this. I will be working with the various coaches and parents to insure each student's success. Please make sure that if there is ANY possibility that your student may miss class due to school extracurricular activities, that they communicate it with me to insure no important material is missed. (ie: e-mail me! Not text me...e-mail me.  I do not, have not and will not ever own a smart phone so e-mail me please.)) Your help in this effort will really be appreciated.

    So you'll know, the old AP Physics B course (ie: College Physics) was chopped into two parts and turned into two separate one year classes approximately five years ago. The result is AP Physics 1 (Semester 1 College Physics) and AP Physics 2 (Semester 2 College Physics).  Not only was the course re-designed, but the AP Physics 1 & 2 tests were also re-designed.  It is now an concept based course.   Information on the AP Physics 1 and 2 exams is available at the Collegeboard website:  http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/2262.html

    I will be positing assignments and class notes on Schoology this year.  We will also be doing on-line assessments on Schoology along with hand written exams in class.
     
    All of my students will be keeping track of his or her own grade throughout the quarter on e-school.  Parents can also check grades daily using Home Access on the RBHS Website.   I typically grade on weekends and upload those grades on Sunday nights.  Students should ALWAYS know how they are doing. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me at school. My e-mail address is  MalSmith@CPSK12.Org and my phone is 573-214-3100  Room 242  If any of my students make an A on a test or quiz, I will typically call the house and let them know. (I'm learning though that Robocalls are making this effort very challenging now that everyone is trained NOT to answer the phone no matter who calls.) 
     
    I look forward to meeting you at our PTSA Back-to-School Night. (8-28-19)  So you'll know, I do frequent my students athletic events and other various extra-curricular presentations after school.  I look forward to seeing you there.
     
    It's going to be a busy and great, great year.
     
    Malcolm Smith
    RBHS Science
    Physics Division