Lezlie Haynes

Welcome to Physical Science!

10/13   In class–we started module 5 by learning about chemical formulas and names.  Students learned to write and name ionic compounds and write and name covalent molecules.  They have two handouts that they can use on quizzes and tests and two Target sheets for note taking (the answers to the Target notes are on the front page of Phys Sci GC).    I handed out their wkst, too.  Hwk is to follow the agenda, answer the OYO’s and study guide questions in the book and complete the worksheet.

Quiz is Friday. It becomes available at 8 am Friday and will not be accepted after 8 pm Friday.  Any quiz turned in after 8 pm will receive a 0 grade and the parent will need to grade and record that quiz score.

10/6    In class–we reviewed some of last weeks material (types of bonds) and then finished the module by talking about the wonder of water.  There is a video in the PPT that students need to watch and take notes over.  After the short lecture, we spent the rest of the time on Exp 4.3.

Hwk–follow the agenda.  Exp 4.3 lab report is due next Tuesday (observation pages and fully-formed conclusion).  No quiz in class next Tuesday.  Students will take it at home on Friday, 10/16, between 8 am and 8 pm.  If they forget or miss the time/day, there is no make up.  If a student would like to take it after class next week, that is fine.

9/29  In class–we reviewed for the quiz, took quiz mod 3 and then started module 4.  We worked on balancing equations and we talked about the types of bonds formed between atoms.  Students also turned in their atom models.

Hwk is to follow the agenda.  The plan is to hang the atoms up in class next week.

9/22–In Class–today was fun day (for me).  We reviewed the structure of atoms and the major people involved in developing atomic theory.  Then, we discussed Bohr’s model of the atom and Quantum Mechanics.  We spent time going over the 4 quantum numbers.  Our book only goes over the first Quantum number, n, and the third quantum number, m.  Students should know:

Principal Quantum #, n, which is the main energy level (corresponds to the rows on the periodic table)
Orbital Quantum #, m, which is the orientation of the sublevels (s,p,d,f)
     (Remember, sublevels-the 2nd quantum number–are the shapes. S is sphere, p is dumbbells etc)
Maximum number of electrons in an energy level (2n^2)
Maximum number of orbitals in an energy level:
1st level, 1 sublevel (s), 1 orientation = 1 orbital
2nd level, 2 sublevels (s,p), 1 orientation and 3 orientations = 4 total orbitals
3rd level, 3 sublevels (s,p,d), 1 orientation + 3 orientations + 5 orientations = 9 orbitals
4th level, 4 sublevels (s,p,d,f), 1 orientation + 3 orientations + 5 orientations + 7 orientations = 16 orbitals
Then we talked about the periodic table–who is the ‘father’ of the table, how it is organized, valence electrons, octet.
Lastly, we went over the at-home lab–to create a model of an atom.  The handout states to bring the materials to build it next week.  WE ARE NOT BUILDING IT IN CLASS.  BRING THE COMPLETED MODEL TO CLASS NEXT WEEK.
Hwk–follow the agenda.  Complete the two worksheets and the lab.  Bring both worksheets to class next week so we can go over them.  Upload the ones to be turned in via GC.
9/15–In Class–students the quiz for module 2 then we started module 3.  The ppt followed the agenda.  We worked most of the study guide problems related the the lesson and worked thru several of the problems from the worksheet.  Students should know:
what is atomic number, when are protons and electrons the same, what is mass number, be able to find the mass #, proton #, neutron #, electron #, symbol and element given info, who discovered the proton (and nucleus), electron and neutron, who is father of periodic table, who coined the term atom and is credited with the beginning of atomic theory, who developed plum pudding model, planetary model?
Hwk–follow the agenda.  Those wanting to do sci fair instead of the biography should have their ideas turned  into me this week.
9/8–In class–we finished the notes for the module then performed exp 2.3.  Hwk is to follow the agenda, study for the quiz and complete the lab report.
In Class–we covered more of Module 2, went over the virtual lab and went thru how to analyze data tables, charts and graphs.  Hwk is to follow the agenda plus go back over the ACT handout and apply what we learned in class today.  You may need to unblock the flash player to do the virtual lab.  If you have problems, let me know.
In Class–students started off with a quiz over module 1.  Then, we went over about half of module 2 (see the PPT I emailed earlier), performed exp 2.1 and watched a couple of video segments on the fifth type of phase of matter–Bose-Einstein Condensate. Hwk is to follow the agenda.  Students will NOT upload the ACT practice work–they should attempt to analyze the charts, tables and graphs by answering the 3 questions (see one of the PPT’s from last week).  Have them try to answer the questions–most will struggle with this.  I am really only focused on can they analyze the graphs and recognize trends.  Students WILL upload the lab before next week’s class.
In Class–we had a great day!  We discussed data collection and analysis.  We went over what makes a good data table and the types of graphs.  We also looked at the relationship between the independent and dependent variable on a graph.  Finally, we discussed the metric system–units and prefixes.  After lecture, students performed part 1 of Exp 1.2.  Hwk is to follow the agenda.  Upload the lab pages (see Google Classroom instructions) by midnight of next Monday.  Also study for quiz 1 next week in class.
In Class–we reviewed scientific method, talked through some practice examples, learned differences between subjective and objective, accuracy and precision, independent and dependent variables, control and experimental variables.  We went over their Book Project (or science fair if they choose) and how to write a conclusion.  Hwk is to follow the agenda.  Don’t forget to join our Google classroom and upload your student profile and signature pages for lab safety and course policy.
Secondary Class Schedule 20-21
Academic Calendar 20-21
Physical Science 20-21

Preclass information to print, sign and turn in the first day of class (I only need the signature pages turned in):

2020 Lab Safety Form

STUDENT PROFILE  (Student should fill this out, NOT THE PARENT)

Science Courses policy

Handouts: Print and place in binder notes section.

Physical Science Fall Agenda 2020

How to Write a Lab Report

How to Write a Summary for Science Class

Book Report with Media Presentation

“This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. Thus, we generally recommend it as an 8th grade course. However, your student can also use it for their 9th grade course work. The text discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, chemistry, and astrophysics. There are many hands-on experiments to do, and they all use household chemicals and supplies. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science.” Apologia Website

Students should bring all supplies to every class. This includes the student text, workbook, notebook and pencils. Students are required to keep an organized notebook consisting of notes, worksheets, tests/quizzes, and experiments.

In general, each module will take two weeks to cover. Class usually begins with a quiz over the previous week’s assignment. After the quiz, new material is introduced and explained. As time permits, experiments are performed to further the students understanding of concepts or to introduce new ideas. For many of the modules, additional assignments are sent home to further understanding of important concepts in the chapter.  Progress reports will be sent via email at the end of each six weeks and will include all in-class work (extra worksheets, quizzes, labs, projects).

Physical science at FAITH requires two projects to be completed during the course of the year. The first is either a science fair project or a multi-media project centered on a Christian scientist and will be due in January. The second is a multi-media engineering project which will be due in February/March. Information about the first project is given the first two weeks of school. Information about the second project is given second semester after Module’s 9 & 10 have been taught.

I look at physical science as the bridge between middle school work and high school work. With this in mind, I use this course to prepare students for the rigorous coursework assigned in a high school biology class. Students should be prepared to study daily—not just read or answer questions, but study in-depth. This class will require more time and effort than any previous science class. Students should be studying for weekly quizzes, large unit tests, and comprehensive final exams.

I look forward to meeting new students in the fall, too!

If you have any questions, please email the instructor at lezlie@43llc.com.