## Physical Science

## Welcome to Physical Science!

4/16–In class, we finished Mod 15. We talked about reflection, refraction and mirrors. We went over how to do ray diagrams to find images made from concave and convex mirrors. We drew one case of a lens–double convex lens and talked about how the eye works. We finished class by performing the Law of Reflection lab in their student notebooks. We did not have an hypothesis. Hwk is to follow the agenda AND complete the lab report in the student notebook. Study for the quiz which is over the electomagnetic spectrum, its trends, visible light.

4/2–

3/12–In class–students took Quiz 13A and then we went over some of the notes for 13B. After that, we worked sample nuclear chem problems using alpha and beta decay. Students have a bonus opportunity that is due the day we return from Spring Break. Hwk is to follow the agenda, complete the handout, do (or do not do) the bonus and study for quiz 13B which we will take when we return. I will send out a reminder about what to study on Sunday or Monday after Spring Break.

2/26–we switched 2 days on the agenda. I was sick this last weekend and Monday and did not buy the extra supplies needed for lab. So, in class, students: turned in Mod 12 wkst and took Mod 12 quiz, received Mod 13 review wkst, reviewed how to finish their Balloon Car report and what exactly is due next week, then took notes on mod 13 thru p 324. We did not get to watch the video in class–I got a little too involved telling them all about quantum mechanics and how cool the periodic table really is…

Hwk—read ½ Mod 13, OYO’s, SG’s, work on Wkst 13, Finish Balloon Car Report D, be prepared to turn in projects next week, if we watched the video in class then 2 paragraph summary due in 2 weeks (3/12)

**Balloon Car Final Report Due 3/5: Need to turn in

Handout A—Objective/Purpose, materials, procedure

Handout B2—Distance v Time graph & data table

Handout C–Graph of Velocity and velocity table

Handout D-Conclusion

2/19–In class–we finished Mod 12 and then performed an exploratory lab with magnets. Hwk is to follow the agenda.

2/12–In class–students turned in Mod 11 wkst, Mod 11 quiz and Exp 11.1. We then began taking notes over Mod 12 (we got a little further than p 295). After taking notes, students performed Exp 12.3. We added a second hypothesis and second test to the original lab. Finally, we went over how to generate the Distance v Time data table and graph. Students had time in class to complete the data table and graph.

12/4–In class– we reviewed for the final exam. We went over the total number of problems per section (3 sections–MC, Matching and Problems), went thru each module and students wrote down specific study guide questions to study (indepth not just the basic question and its answer), then worked at least 1 of every type of problem that would be on the exam.

10/30–In class:

- students took Quiz Mod 6
- graded and returned lab books for exp 6.2 & 6.3
- judged Edible Layers of the Earth (Congrats to Emma and Hayden, I think)
- began Dimensional Analysis, handed out Wkst #1 and notes sheet
- I worked multiple examples of problems where students are to convert from one unit to a different unit. Please work with your student every day to make sure he/she understands the content.

- returned Martin Luther quote paragraph
- returned Magnetic Field theory paper with rubric
- students are allowed to redo their paper, incorporating the facts on the rubric and/or redoing their bibliography.
- Reworked paper is due next week, 11/6

- follow the agenda for hwk
- the answers are on the back of the wkst–check your answer after completing each problem so that you do not develop bad habits

- work on sci fair or book report

10/2–Today was a good day! Students turned in their reworked tests and we went over most info from Mod 5. We watched the author of our textbook discuss the age of the earth and the salt in the oceans, dendrochronology and helium in the atmosphere. Great resource for the students–it is so awesome to actually see and hear the scientist that wrote our book discuss information directly related to the info in the book! After we went over the main points of the module, we began to go over Mod 6 info. We covered the 5 layers of the earth and then went more in-depth on crust, mantle and core. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Students are to perform Exp 5.1 at home this week and complete the lab report in the student notebook. This is a great lab but just not feasible in the Tutorial setting with a large class.

9/25-In class–took test, turned in work, watched 2 intro videos on mod 5. Began to fill in the notes sheet I handed out and covered the first few pages of the textbook for Mod 5. Hwk is to follow the agenda.

**I will email students tonight that did not score 85% or higher on the exam. Those students should then re-answer every question on their exam–using their notes and book. Turn in the exam with answers next week. Ms. Kim or I will regrade your test and you will earn 1/2 credit for each corrected answer. You must answer all 40 questions at home, but only those that were missed on the original test will be eligible for partial credit. Example: If you made 30/40, then you missed 10. You should go back and reanswer every test question and turn that in next Tuesday. We will regrade the test–looking specifically at the 10 you missed the first time. If you got those right on the at home redo, then we will add 1/2 point for every corrected answer. So, if you correctly answered those 10 you missed, you will earn 5 points (1/2 x 10) back on your grade. So, your grade will go from 30/40 to 35/40. I will not tell you what you missed–you must look up each test question in your book or in your notes and answer them all.

9/18–In Class–we finished Mod 4, watched an 8 min 49ish second video from about 1958 on water (aligns perfectly with our experiment last week and structure of water), and lastly, students performed Exp 4.5.

8/21–Today was a great day! Reminders: You must turn in your Student Notebook on Tuesday mornings before Tutorial when labs are due. Many of you forgot. I gave you a second chance to take a pic and email/text it to me today for full credit. Only a few of your remembered to send me your lab report. I will accept it next week but will follow the Science Course Policy on late work. Make sure you put due dates in your Planner!!!

8/14–Okay, today was a crazy day! You guys did a great job helping set up and take down the room-thank for your help with this!

**write lab reports for Exp 2.1 and 2.2**–remember! We did everything except the conclusions and purposes. Copy the purpose from the intro of the lab. Then, type your fully-formed conclusion following the format on the notes off the web. Print your conclusions and then place them in your student notebook to be graded next week. The agenda doesn’t mention lab report for Exp 2.2 in hwk or what is to be turned in–this was added since we were able to complete it in class. NO quiz next week.

**Don’t forget–you are to turn in your lab book to Ms Kim in room D210 BEFORE Tutorial begins on Tuesdays ie before 8:30 am!!!!**

**Preclass** information to print and turn in the first day of class:

**Handouts:**

How to Write a Summary for Science Class

Book Report with Media Presentation

Science Fair Timeline Phys Sci-for those wanting to do science fair instead of a 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!