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Physical Science

August 19, 2020


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2020-2021 Syllabus

Montrose R-14 School

Mr. Foster





Physical Science is a basic science course designed for students who are freshmen  The course covers such topics as the properties of matter, chemical formulas and equations, properties of solutions, acid/base uses, energy transformations, and wave characteristics.




By the end of the course, the students will be able to do the following:


  1. Use scientific methods to solve science problems and become familiar with the use of the SI system of measurement.


  1. Understand how energy is transferred from one system to another, and how to measure that energy.


  1. Create models of the structure of the atom, and, using the periodic table, and be able to predict the properties of elements.


  1. Analyze the types of chemical reactions, and be able to write equations to describe them.


  1. Recognize different types of solutions.


  1. Understand how nuclear energy is created and how it is used.


  1. Gain an understanding of energy such as light, sound, electricity, and magnetism.




The text used for this course is Holt Physical Science.  Students will be responsible for the care of the text, and will be obligated to pay the replacement cost if the book is lost or stolen.




  Students will receive grades for homework assignments, their science notebook in which all papers are to be kept, lab work, and tests.  Tests, of course, will be worth more points than most assignments.


Accurate spelling, grammar, and neatness will be expected on all assignments, and will affect the grade on that assignment.  Although students may occasionally work together on a project, no cheating will be allowed on individual assignments.




Classroom rules include:

  • Treat everyone with respect and courtesy.
  • Come to class prepared with appropriate materials and a good attitude.
  • Do not do anything that will interfere with the learning process for anyone including you.
  • Turn in your work on time, neatly done and complete.
  • Follow instructions, and do not make up your own.
  • Cell phone use is not allowed in class.


Students are expected to avoid the necessity of leaving the classroom to go to the restroom or locker during class time.  Students will enter the classroom quietly, be ready to work immediately and remain seated until dismissed.  No food or drink will be allowed in the classroom.   


Since this is a science class, there will be additional rules in regard to safety issues during labs.  Students who break these rules will most likely lose the privilege of participating in future lab activities.



 I have read the Physical Science Syllabus and I understand that I will follow the rules and make the most of my time in Physical Science class.




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