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Physical Science Syllabus



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Physical Science:
Course Description:
Physical science is a high school level course, which satisfies the Ohio Core
science graduation
requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.603. This section of Ohio
law requires a three-unit course with inquiry-based laboratory experience
that engages students in asking valid scientific questions and gathering and
analyzing information. Physical science introduces students to key concepts
and theories that provide a foundation for further study in other sciences and
advanced science disciplines. Physical science comprises the systematic
study of the physical world as it relates to fundamental concepts about
matter, energy and motion. A unified understanding of phenomena in
physical, living, Earth and space systems is the culmination of all previously
learned concepts related to chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science,
along with historical perspective and mathematical reasoning.
Outline of Topics to be Covered
1st 9 weeks
Motion, Acceleration, and Forces
Describing Motion
Motion and Forces
The Laws of Motion
The First Two Laws of Motion
The Third Law of Motion
The Nature of Energy
Conservation of Energy
The Earth-Moon-Sun System
Earth in Space
Time and Seasons
Earths Moon
The Solar System
Planet Motion
The Inner Planets

The Outer Planets

Life in the Solar System
2nd 9 weeks
Heat and States of Matter
Temperature and Thermal Energy
States of Matter
Transferring Thermal Energy
Using Thermal Energy
The Nature of Waves
Wave Properties
The Behavior of Waves
Electric Charge
Electric Current
Electrical Energy
Electricity and Magnetism
Producing Electric Current
3rd 9 weeks
Classification of Matter
Composition of Matter
Properties of Matter
Properties of Atoms and the Periodic Table
Structure of the Atom
Masses of Atoms
The Periodic Table
Chemical Bonds
Stability in Bonding
Types of Bonds
Writing Formulas and Naming Compounds
Chemical Reactions
Chemical Changes
Chemical Equations
Classifying Chemical Reactions
Reaction Rates and Energy
4th 9 weeks
Nuclear Changes
Nuclear Decay
Detecting Radioactivity
Nuclear Reactions
Stars and Galaxies

Observing the Universe

Evolution of Stars
Galaxies and the Milky Way
The following link will take you to the state website for course standards:
Students will have a nine weeks exam at the end of each grading period.
Syllabus is subject to change.

Rules and Procedures:

1. Respect yourself and your classmates:
Each class is its own community and with that comes responsibility. To
make things go easily respect those around you by providing them with
an environment that is good for learning and they will do the same for
you. Respect yourself and others by raising your hand to talk or ask a
question. Finally respect yourself and others enough to do your own work.
Do not copy work.
2. Come Prepared for Class:
Items that a student is to bring to class on a daily basis include: your
textbook, a folder for work sheets, notebook, a pen or pencil, your
planning calendar, and a scientific calculator. A 3ring binder, with tab
dividers, to stay organized is highly recommended.
3. See Rule 2:
To reiterate how important it is, always come prepared for class. With not
being prepared, you are taking away from the learning of your
4. Warm-Ups:
Be ready and in your seats when the bell rings each day and start working
on the warm-up question that will be on the board each day.
5. Homework:
Homework is due at the beginning of each class as soon as you
walk in the door. All work that is turned in throughout the class period or
after class is considered late and will follow what is laid out in the Late
Work section. Homework is a large portion of the class and is crucial to
help you learn and master the material.
6. Late Work:
Each assignment that is turned in late may be docked up to 10% of what
the assignment is worth.
7. Labs:
Students must pass the Lab Safety Test with a score of 80% or better in
order to participate in labs. Students will have up to three (3) attempts to
pass the test. Students who participate in labs will follow all safety

precautions and rules of the lab or they may be removed from all future
labs. It is up to the teachers discretion to decide if students are able to do
the labs in an appropriate and safe manner. Labs are not required by the
school and are a fun way to put in to practice what is being learned in the

8. Absences:
If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to come to the
teacher before or after class to figure out what work/assignments you
have missed or still need to turn in. During class is not an appropriate
time to try to figure out what assignments you have missed.
9. Make-Up Work:
Students will be allowed one day for every day that they miss to turn in
missing or late assignments from the time that they spent out of school. If
a student misses a lab, they will either have to make up the lab before or
after school. After the amount of days that a student was absent has
passed, students will no longer be able to turn in those assignments for
full credit and will be counted as late.
Exit & Return to Class:
Students are expected to come prepared for each class. Students are also
expected to have used the bathroom during passing time. There may be
times you forget items or really need to use the bathroom. Leaving the
classroom will not become an issue. If it does, hall passes will not be given
for the individual that is constantly not prepared. One student is allowed
out at a time.
Cell Phones:
Students are not to have cell phones out during class.

I __________________________________ (Students Name) have read and agree to

abide and follow all of the rules and procedures for Mr. Listons classroom.
Students Signature
Date _______________________