Physical Science B Syllabus
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.
- 3-ring binder or other mode of
- Notebook paper
- Pens, highlighter, and more
than one pencil.
- Bring your unit packet to class
EVERY DAY. We will be completing most of our work in the unit packets.
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:
- Please be respectful of your
teacher, classmates, and yourself. Treat others as you want to be treated.
- Be prepared for class and
arrive on time.
- Listen in class and follow
directions as given.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- As always, come to class with
an open mind and a positive attitude!
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.
- 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.).
- 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.
- Plagiarism and cheating will
not be tolerated. Violators will be given a zero on the assignment.
Absences and Late Work
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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
Unit 3: Energy and Waves
Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships
among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves travelling in various
Unit 4: The Universe
HS-ESS1-3: Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over
their life time, produce elements.
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
Summative Assessments 40% A 90 – 100%
Quizzes – 10%
Tests – 20% B 80 – 89 %
Final – 10%
– 79 %
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.
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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