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Physical Science

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Research Process & Concepts in Physics.
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Teacher -- Mr. Patrick Merrick Room -- 120
Textbook -- Physical Science-Glencoe Length -- 1 credit

This course provides the learner with the opportunity to gain more knowledge on the very structure of nature itself. As this knowledge is gained, the learner will increase their appreciation of the structure and behavior of the world around them. Once this appreciation is instilled, the learner will be better equipped to evaluate the mass of science sound bites that are constantly being thrown at them in the name of public policy or advertising.
Physical Science is broken down into two sections, chemistry and physics. In the chemistry section we will discuss the micro-atomic world and how properties change when different atoms combine. In the physics section we will apply the basic laws of nature to understand the motion of objects around us. Not only is this information useful in everyday life, but it also impresses friends and dates to no end. Trust me.

1. To introduce the student to the nature of the physical world.
2. To allow the student to understand and use the scientific method in solving all problems
3. To show the student that an understanding of science is necessary in everyday life and all people can understand science.
4. The learner will be secure and mature enough to suggest and follow through with any other ideas in areas of physical science that is of interest.

1. attendance and participation -- Because of school policy , students are required to attend class. Because of the teacher, students are required to participate in class. A/P will be graded each day by the following means: Attendance means being in your seat with the appropriate materials and staying in class all period. Participation means having your work completed and paying attention, in other words attitude. (smiles and waves are good bonuses)

2. Assignments and Projects -- This class will try and evolve into a project and discussion orientated class. (This means the more you talk the less I do.) Each section will contain a project of some degree that will measure your mastery of the material. Assignment and projects will have time lines and due dates to follow for full credit.

3. Tests and quizzes-- they will be there; good luck?!

4. Grading -- all assignments and tests are graded on a point basis. Points are totaled at the end of each quarter to determine final grades. Grades are calculated on the following percentages:
91 - 100 % = A
82 - 90 = B
73- 81 = C
64- 72 = D


1. books  when books are given out, go over them carefully, note these are not new books, so take care of them. I will expect them back in the same condition. The only reason for you to have a book is to use / read it. Make sure you take advantage of the resource, because I will expect you to read all assignments.

2. labs  I will try to have one lab a week (usually on Thursdays). These labs serve a twofold purpose, first they allow you to move around in the classroom and enjoy hands-on science. Second they are a great way to understand the concept. They are not a day off! Lab reports will be due on each lab and the quality of the answers will be judged.

3. needs  You will need a notebook, writing utensil (no red or pink ), a calculator, and a folder for handouts, labs, etc. These things plus your book should be brought everyday. If you need to borrow, there will be a fine assessed.

4. Homework - is do on the date assigned. It is worth full points if handed in when asked for. It is worth 75% of possible if handed in before the next time we meet. It is worth 50% on the third day, and 0% after that. You will be expected to have everything necessary with you. You will not be allowed to go to your locker during class. I give out assignments because I feel that the information covered is valuable. Therefore, if you have 2 or more missing grades you will receive a failing grade for that quarter.

5. No hats or food is allowed in class unless a special situation arises.

6. The goal of this class is also to reinforce effort and responsibility. To this end, each assignment turned in on time and at a minimum level has the ability to be corrected. These corrections will be graded and returned. It is my hope that we will keep working on the assignment until the concept is mastered. Finally, most assignments will be handed back for your corrections. If an assignment is a learning tool, then the first time the assignment is turned in should not be the last time you look at it.

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