Physical Science B Syllabus

Mr. McGinity





Welcome back to Physical Science! In the first trimester we looked at the physical aspect of chemistry in this wonderful world. This next trimester will focus on physics and will include an introduction to: forces, motion, work and energy, waves, and the universe. This course will also prepare you for critical thinking, writing and following procedures, solving problems, and asking questions in a science context. It should be a great trimester where we learn and have fun at the same time. I am excited for each and every one of you to be part of this journey of the study of the world!


Textbook: Holt Science Spectrum – A Physical Approach

We will have textbooks available in the classroom that students may use as a reference. Textbooks checked out can be left at home for studying and homework.


Required Materials

  • 3-ring binder or other mode of organization
  • Notebook paper
  • Pens, highlighter, and more than one pencil.  
  • Calculator
  • Bring your unit packet to class EVERY DAY. We will be completing most of our work in the unit packets.


Classroom Expectations

In order for us to work in a safe, productive, and positive environment, students are expected to abide by PRIDE expectations and the student handbook. Students will also follow the expectations set forth for our classroom:

  1. Please be respectful of your teacher, classmates, and yourself. Treat others as you want to be treated.
  2. Be prepared for class and arrive on time.
  3. Listen in class and follow directions as given.
  4. Follow specific safety guidelines for each lab or activity, and conduct yourself in a safe and conscientious manner at all times. If you are responsible for broken equipment, it will have to be replaced at your cost.  
  5. Please use electronic devices only when directed to or during breaks. Talk to me if you have an emergency and need to use your phone. If a cell phone is inappropriately used, I will confiscate it until the end of the day.
  6. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. This includes cheating on quizzes/tests, or turning in written work that contains work that is not your own.  
  7. As always, come to class with an open mind and a positive attitude!

Possible Consequences

If any of the expectations are violated, the following consequences may occur: verbal warning, hallway discussion, loss of privileges, detention, referral (major or minor), phone call home, action plan conference. I will treat all students fairly in order to keep the classroom safe and a positive place for learning.   


Assessment Policies

  1. There will be exams following each of the units that we study. Quizzes will be taken throughout each unit. There are no retakes on exams and quizzes. However, there will be multiple opportunities to show proficiency for each learning target (readings, notes, labs, activities, etc.).  
  2. Labs are extremely difficult to make up because of the setup and amount of class time that it takes to complete them. In order to make up a lab, the makeup must be within one week of the lab and must be made by appointment before school.
  3. Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated. Violators will be given a zero on the assignment.


Absences and Late Work

  1. If you are absent, please check the class website. There will be information located here for what assignments and information we went over in class. You are responsible for checking what you miss and making up the assignments.
  2. If you are absent for an exam or quiz, you will need to take it as soon as possible when you return. Make an appointment with me for before or after school.
  3. Late work will be accepted for two weeks after the due date. If you had an excused absence or if the late work was approved by me, then deadlines may be subject to change.


Physical Science B Topics of Study and Standards


Unit 1: Forces and Motion

            HS-PS2-1: Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.

            HS-PS2-2: Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.


Unit 2: Work and Energy

            HS-PS3-1: Create a computational model to calculate the change in the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known.

HS-PS3-2: Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as a combination of energy associated with the motions of particles (objects) and energy associated with the relative position of particles (objects).

Unit 3: Energy and Waves

            HS-PS4-1: Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves travelling in various media.


Unit 4: The Universe

            HS-ESS1-3: Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life time, produce elements.

            HS-ESS1-1: Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation.


Grading Breakdown                                                                                    Grades Awarded


Summative Assessments               40%                                        A         90 – 100%

·         Quizzes – 10%

·         Tests – 20%                                                                          B         80 – 89 %

·         Final – 10%  

                                                                                                C         70 – 79 %

Laboratories                                      40%                                       

                                                                                                            D         60 – 69%

Unit Packets and Openers             20%                                       

                                                                                                            F          Below 60%



*At the end of the trimester, grades within a 0.5 of the next category will be rounded up. For example, an 89.5% would be an A.                                                                                             














Physical Science B Syllabus Agreement Form


This page needs to be filled out and returned by this FRIDAY. Keep the rest of the syllabus for your information. Your signatures on the bottom of this contract signify that you have read, understand, and agree to comply with the expectations within this syllabus, and that you have reviewed the learning target sheets.  

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