2017-2018 Integrated Physics & Chemistry syllabus
Course Description: This course introduces the fundamental concepts of scientific inquiry and serves as an introduction to future courses like physics and chemistry while gaining a mastery in the basics of each discipline.
Course Objectives: Topics that will be covered include the structure of matter, chemical reactions, forces, motion, the interactions between energy and matter, energy, and electricity.
Be Prompt – be in class ready to learn when the bell rings (tardies will be reported)
Be Prepared – bring necessary supplies, have them out and ready
Be Productive – participate and try your best, study and do your OWN work
Be Positive – just because it is hard, long and/or confusing doesn’t mean you have to whine about it
Be Polite – respect yourself, others, the teacher and the school
1. Daily Work will be counted as 40% of your grade – may include worksheets, in class activities, participation, homework, quizzes, etc.
2. Major work will be counted as 60% of your grade – such as tests, projects, labs. If there is anything else that will be considered as major work an announcement will be made the day the assignment is given.
3. Late work policy - For assignments not already graded by the teacher and returned to students: a deduction of 10 points per day until the work is remitted to the teacher. For assignments already graded by the teacher and returned to the students there will be a deduction of 30 points for one day late and a deduction of 10 points each day thereafter until the work is remitted to the teacher. Late work will not be accepted for grading purposes after the completion of a unit or the current six weeks. A system will be in place on each assignment to help keep track of late work.
Every day students will need to bring:
1. Some sort of writing utensil (which I refer to as a “wu”) I am not picky on what a student uses as long as they have something. If a particular type of utensil will be required for tests/etc. it will be specified.
2. Something to write notes in/on. Some students prefer composition notebooks, some prefer spirals while others like using notebook paper. I do not care as long as they are taking notes somewhere.
3. Students should have a binder to store handouts and worksheets in that are passed out. I do not have a specific size requirement when it comes to binders, but would recommend either one large enough to hold work from each semester, or one large enough to hold a year’s worth the work. No binder checks will be done, but it is important to hang on to all notes, assignments, labs, etc. for the semester and/or year as it will serve as a good review tool for midterm and spring finals. Dividers are handy but not required.
In order to keep supply costs down, I am asking students to bring the supplies listed below. These things will be kept in the class and used by all classes. This eliminates students having to pack around extra supplies and also allows for the teacher to spend money on materials and equipment for the classroom and not on refilling supplies.
2nd Period – 1 box of tissues
3rd Period – glue (either glue stick or liquid glue)
7th Period – 1 pack of highlighters or markers
There are things that happen in the classroom that will be dealt with by the teacher in terms of warnings, private discussions about behavior, contacting parents, etc.; however, the following behaviors will result in disciplinary referral.
1. Phones – phones will be off and out of sight. Phones will be taken up by teacher if seen and turned in to the office. A student who fails to comply with turning his/her phone over to the teacher will receive a referral to the office.
2. Food or drink in the classroom (besides water). Students will not be warned. This is a lab/classroom not a restaurant!
3. The use of foul language
5. Destruction of property
1. Textbooks: We will have a class set of IPC books. It may be necessary for a student to check out a book via the library in order to finish an assignment due to needing extra time or due to absences. If the book is lost or damaged fines/fees will be placed on the student’s account.
2. Workbooks: I also have an additional reading essential book that goes along with the textbook that is good for students to use and are basically the same information “in a nutshell.” I only have a limited amount but if you think your student would benefit from having one of these let me know and I will send one home.
3. Remind 101: The Remind 101 program is a group text service to students and parents that will provide reminders about certain assignments/test/etc. throughout the year. This program allows the teacher to send out a massive text message or email to 50 kids and parents all at once without anyone being able to text back or see any other numbers. Mrs. Bradley will use this to remind about upcoming quizzes, exams, homework, etc. Instructions are included with the syllabus.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or I can be reached during my conference period 8th period.
Sarah Mercer Bradley