High School

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Olympia, WA 98501
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Physical Science Syllabus

2017-2018 School Year

Mr. Weldon

Email: dweldon@osd.wednet.edu

Room: 405



Physical Science Overview

The objectives of this class are to develop an understanding of basic physical and chemical concepts that are essential to comprehend the mechanics of the universe and how systems interact together. Students will use scientific inquiry and a technological design process to analyze, evaluate and propose solutions to numerous scientific investigations that will guide them in their search for answers about the physical world around them.

Classroom Philosophy

There are two things we are in control of everyday, our attitude and our effort. If students have a great attendance pattern and demonstrate a great attitude and provide great effort, they will be successful in this course.

Physical Science Objectives

  • Apply science to everyday experiences
  • Use science to solve problems
  • Scientifically explore and investigate new ideas and questions
  • Communicate scientific understanding and results of investigations

Physical Science Sequence


1st Semester

  • Scientific Method
  • Measurement and Tools
  • Force, Motion and Energy
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion


Grading Scale

2nd Semester

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Properties of Waves
  • Properties of Matter, Atoms and Compounds
  • The Periodic Table
  • Chemical Reactions



A         100-92%

A-        91-90%

B+        89-87%

B          86-82

B-        81-80%



C+        79-77%

C          76-72%

D+       69-67%

D         66-55%

F          <55%




Grading Scale


40%=Evaluations of Learning (test, quizzes and other designated labs/projects)

40%=Daily Work (daily assignments, homework, lab reports)

20%=Notebook (organization, bell work/reflections)




Students will be required to keep and organize a binder and notebook. The binder will include dividers and organize class information, assignments, labs, quizzes and test. The notebook will include daily bell activities and notes. I will help with the set up and organization of the binder and notebook. It will then be the student’s responsibility to maintain a neat and organized binder and notebook. Students will be graded on the organization and content within their binders and notebooks on a regular basis.


Late Work


I will accept late work, but there will be a 10% maximum grade reduction for each day late. There is also a cap at 50%, therefore all work, no matter how late can be submitted for up to 50%.


If you are absent, it is your responsibility to communicate with me to receive assignments(s). Assignments become late after your “clock” starts one returning to class. Example: You are absent Monday, you receive assignments Tuesday (you can email to receive assignments sooner), the assignment would be due Wednesday.


Extra Help


I am available 30 minutes before school and during Bear Time for extra help. If you are struggling, please come spend some time with me so I can get you on the right track.


Classroom Expectations

  1. Be on time
  2. Put away ALL electronic devises on your way into class
  3. Demonstrate a high level of maturity
  4. Respect yourself and others
  5. Bottled water only. No food, soda, sports drinks, etc.



  1. Physical, Earth, and Space Science Textbook
  2. 1” 3 ring binder
  3. composition book or spiral notebook
  4. package of dividers (will need 5 dividers)
  5. calculator (scientific calculator suggested)
  6. additional materials may be required at a later point in the year



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