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Physical Science Syllabus

Physical Science Syllabus


Mr. Greg Moss

              Room Number 231

            Email:  gmoss@polk.k12.ga.us


                  Twitter: @gmossrhs

                (770) 684-5432


Course Description:

The Physical Science curriculum is designed to continue student investigations of the physical sciences that began in grades K-8 and provide students the necessary skills to have a richer knowledge base in physical science.  This course is designed as a survey course of chemistry and physics.  This curriculum includes the more abstract concepts such as the conceptualization of the structure of atoms, motion and forces, and the conservation of energy and matter, the action/reaction principle, and wave behavior.  Students investigate physical science concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry.  The physical science standards can be found at www.georgiastandards.org.

Textbook:  Prentice Hall Physical Science, Concepts in Action.  2009

Course Requirements:

All students are required to participate in small group activities, laboratory activities, and in-class activities/discussions.  Students are required to take notes in class and keep these notes and other work organized in a manner of their choosing. 

Topics to be covered:

  • Lab Safety and Measurement
  • Introduction to Physical Science
  • Atoms and Periodic Table of Elements
  • Nature of Matter
  • Radioactivity
  • Classifications of Matter
  • Properties of Solutions
  • Properties of Acids and Bases
  • Energy and Energy Transformations
  • Motion (Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration)
  • Forces
  • Work, Power, and Simple Machines
  • Properties of Waves including Sound and Light
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity

Required Materials:  

A charged and operational iPad, blue/black pen, pencil, paper, and an organizer for notes and papers.

Grading Policy:

            Semester 1

            Tests/Projects      60%

            Daily Work*          40%


            Semester 2

            Tests/Projects       60%

            Daily Work*/Labs   20%

            Final Exam            20%

Daily Work includes Classwork, Homework, Quizzes, Writing Assignments, and Labs.

Exam Exemption:

To be exempt from the Final Exam, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • An average of 85 or higher in the class
  • No more than 5 absences (Excused or Unexcused)
  • No more than 3 unexcused tardies

Make-up Policy:

Students whose absences are excused shall be permitted to make up work missed within two weeks.  It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the teacher for making up work.  Additional time may be granted by the administration for completion of makeup work taking into consideration the number of absences and the extenuating circumstance of the absences.  Students who are absent for unexcused reasons will not be permitted to make up work.   For each grading period, makeup work must be completed no later than two weeks after progress reports are issued.  Students may not make up work outside of the grading period window once the time has passed.

Late Assignment Policy:

Students are expected to turn all completed assignments in at the time scheduled by the teacher.  No late classwork assignments will be accepted.  Late homework or projects will be accepted after the due date resulting in a 10 point reduction per day.  If the student is absent (excused absence) on the day that an assignment is due, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the teacher either verbally or by email of the absence.  The assignment will be due upon the student’s return to class.

Retest Policy:

Retesting:  All departments in both high schools have retesting opportunities for students.

          a.  Any student who is not satisfied with his or her effort on a summative assessment may retake the assessment.

          b.  Students who FAIL a summative assessment will be assigned to directed studies or remediation and retest prior                to the administration of the next unit assessment.

                         c.   Parent permission for a retest is not required.

                         d.  Only one make up will be allowed for each summative assessment.

          e.  A student retaking a summative assessment will receive the higher of the two grades.

                         f.   Students can receive up to a 100 on a retest.

          g.  Retesting must occur within two (2) weeks after the failed test, unless extenuating circumstances arise (illness,                  death in family, family emergency, McKinney-Vento, ect.)

                         h.  This retest policy does not include final exams or benchmark assessments.

Extra Credit Policy:

Bonus questions are often included on all tests.  Opportunities for extra credit may be given to the whole class during the course of the school year at the teacher’s discretion. No individual extra credit will be given.

Class Policies/Rules:

All policies of the Polk School District Board of Education and student handbook will be enforced.

Important Dates:

           Progress Reports and Report Cards:   Sept. 15th, Oct. 20th, Nov. 3rd, Dec. 1st, Jan. 12th, Jan. 26th, Feb. 16th, March 21st,                                                                          April 13th, May 3rd


I will be using Remind along with my Online Classroom, Twitter, and iTunesU to help keep students and parents informed of the happenings and important dates in Physical Science.  Remind is a free service that is available for both mobile devices and email accounts.  If you would like to sign up for notifications concerning the Physical Science class, follow the below directions:

  • Mobile devices
    • Text @phsc231 to 81010
  • Email
    • Send an email to phsc231@mail.remind.com .  You can leave the subject line blank.

To navigate to my website, go to www.polk.k12.ga.us .  At the top of the page, hover over “Schools”, scroll down and click on “Rockmart High School”.  When redirected to the RHS website, click on “Teacher Websites” at the bottom of the menu on the left hand side of the page.  Scroll down the page to the “M’s” and click on “Moss, Greg”.


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Physical Science Syllabus 2016-2017

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