2 INTRODUCTIONThis Physical Science Course is designed to give students a basic knowledge of physics, chemistry, and physical science laboratory skills. Students will engage in note taking, problem solving, laboratory work, guided activities, computer applications, and engineering projects. The goal is to prepare the student with a solid foundation for future studies in the physical sciences.
3 GRADINGThe quarter average is calculated on the following percentages: J Tests - 50 % J Quizzes - 20 % J Labs and Projects - 20 % J Classwork, Homework,and Participation - 10%
4 GRADINGThe semester average is calculated with the following percentages: First Quarter - 40% Second Quarter - 40 % Semester Exam - 20%
5 GRADING The Randolph grading scale will be used for determining grades. A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ 69 D D- 65 F Below 65
6 TEST DAYSTest days are Wednesdays and Fridays for the first semester. Second semester test days are Monday and Wednesdays.
7 TEST BONUS POINTSStudents may receive two extra points on a test by correcting the test and getting a parental signature on the test. In order to earn these points, tests must be returned within two days of when the graded tests were returned. Test corrections are to be on a separate sheet of paper.
8 MAKE UP TESTSStudents who miss scheduled tests may be required to take the make-up test for that unit. Make up tests may consist of 10 to 12 essay questions.
9 PLEDGED WORKThe Pledge I pledge that I have neither given nor received help.All tests and quizzes are considered pledged work in this class.
12 PLEDGED WORKHomework, class work, and labs may or may not be considered pledged work.
13 PLEDGED WORKStudents may work together on some homework and classroom assignments as long as the work is not "divide and conquer" or simply copying. Students must always give credit to those who have helped. This information is to be listed at the end of the assignment.
14 PLEDGED WORKStudents should not discuss a test or quiz in any manner until the graded test/quiz has been returned. This includes describing the test as hard or easy.
15 PLEDGED WORKCheating and plagiarism are not tolerated. Students must be careful to give credit when it is due.
16 MATERIALS NEEDEDStudents will need an inexpensive scientific calculator, pens or pencils, lined paper, and a memory stick. All items must be labeled with the student's name.
17 MATERIALS NEEDEDStudents will be using the text: Science Spectrum: A Physical Approach. Each student will be issued a copy and should take that copy home until the end of the year. A classroom set may be used at school. Students can also access the text online.
18 CLASS EXPECTATIONS1. Students are expected to bring to class a notebook and pens or pencils. Scientific calculators and laptops should be brought when needed.
19 CLASS EXPECTATIONS2. Students are expected to do their best and ask questions when necessary.
20 CLASS EXPECTATIONS3. Students are to treat each other with respect.
21 CLASS EXPECTATIONS4. Students are required to follow all safety rules and regulations. Violation of these rules will result in strict disciplinary action.
22 CLASS EXPECTATIONS5. For safety reasons, this room and the lab are no backpack rooms.
23 CLASS EXPECTATIONS6. Students are to download and save all files before they leave school. Students are not to rely on home internet to retrieve files.
25 CLASS EXPECTATIONS7. Students are responsible for getting work done when absent. Many of the assignments are listed on the Internet. Be sure to check there first when a class is missed.
26 CLASS EXPECTATIONS8. Students take good care of all equipment and facilities.
27 CLASS EXPECTATIONS9. Students are to check the side board upon entering the classroom for the Bell Work Assignment. Students are to begin this assignment as soon as they enter the classroom.
28 CLASS EXPECTATIONS10. Homework assignments, classroom agenda, and supplies needed for the class are posted daily on the side board.
29 CLASS EXPECTATIONS11. Do not print the syllabus. It is kept current and will reflect any changes made during class.
30 CLASS EXPECTATIONS12. For more information concerning school policies, see the Student Handbook.
31 NETBOOK INFORMATION1. Students should always think about where they leave their laptops. Laptops left in the hallway or outside can be easily taken. Laptops should either be kept with the student or in a designated area such as the laptop cart.
32 NETBOOK INFORMATIONNo food or drink around netbooks. Do NOT take the netbook to Café Randolph or eat food while using it.
33 NETBOOK INFORMATION2. All laptops are to be left on the Drake campus. Laptops are to be stored in the laptop cart before leaving school.
34 NETBOOK INFORMATION3. To improve your laptop performance, students must defragment and run disk clean up frequently. Students should also run SpyBot and AdAware.
37 NETBOOK INFORMATION4. Do NOT overload your laptop with extra files. Students will need to download files for school and need room on the hard drive for class information.
38 NETBOOK INFORMATION5. If your laptop should need repair, fill out a tech request. If you cannot use your laptop to fill out the request, ask another student or one of your teachers to fill it out. Do not take your laptop to Mr. Leonard until he requests it.
40 NETBOOK INFORMATION Jason - take netbook to Mrs. Brown Sara - pick up netbook
41 NETBOOK INFORMATION6. Students should not assume that they can simply leave their laptops in a classroom. They must have permission from the teacher before leaving laptops.
42 NETBOOK INFORMATION7. Netbooks that are left unattended in the hallways will be confiscated and given to Mrs. Robb. Students must meet with Mrs. Robb in order to get netbooks back.
43 NETBOOK INFORMATION8. Students should in no way change passwords or use another person's laptop, unless permission has been granted by the owner of the laptop.
44 NETBOOK INFORMATION9. Do not store your netbook in your locker, set books on top of the netbook, leave it on a slanted surface, etc. Remember, all of your notes for a test or your papers may be contained in the netbook. Take care of it.