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Course Syllabus:      324 Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Grade:        10                             Instructor:   Mr. Lawrence E. Wineke III

Office:       Room 121                 Office Hours:  Open Door Policy / Upon Request

Course Description:  This course will provide the student with a good foundation in laboratory skills and problem solving necessary for success in the study of chemistry and physics.  This level of study, however, is designed for the student who needs help with developing reading and math problem solving skills.  Study in the first semester will focus on developing measuring skills; and experimenting to accurately describe the physical properties of matter; and using critical thinking to solve problems of energy and motion, heat transfer, behavior of a gas, and others.  In the second semester the topics will be chemistry related:   development of atomic theory; using the periodic table to identify elements and predict chemical behavior; and others.    Specialized mathematical topics related to science will also be presented throughout the course such as: the use of significant digits, scientific notation and using a graph to reach a conclusion about the behavior or priorities of a substance.

Chapter Objectives:  Each chapter will state specific objectives.  Please review them throughout the course of study.

Textbook:  Science Insights, Exploring Matter and Energy.  Scott Foresman - Addison Wesley.

The Wizard's Web Page:   Check this web page constantly for updated information.  This location is a very important line of communication between the teacher, parents and students.

Classroom Rules and Regulations:

1.  Be on time for class.  Bring all books and necessary materials to each class.

2.  Be focused and take good notes.

3.  Respect your fellow students and teacher.

4.  Complete and submit all assignments on time.

5.  No late work will be accepted and a grade of zero will be received.

6. When absent it is the student's responsibility to find out and complete all classwork and homework and submit this work during lecture or seminar upon return to school.

7.  If a student misses school because of an unexcused absence, that student will not receive any credit for assignments, labs or classwork completed during the day or days he missed.

8.  Make up work will be given to the student only if the absence is approved by the school's administration.  This make up work must be completed and turned in with compliance with the instructor's guidelines.

9.  Questions are encouraged during class.  Ask intelligent questions.  Always read and prepare the night before.  Write your question on paper.

Grading Policy:  A minimum final grade of 70 % is required for successful completion of this course.

Each semester is calculated as follows:     20 % = Semester Exam,     80 % = Tests, Homework's, Lab Reports, Research papers, Internet research, Class participation, Video summaries,CD reviews.  This part of the grade will consist of a total number of points accumulated during each semester.

Homework: is given daily, and as long term assignments.   Check the Wizard's Homepage for specific assignments and the due dates for those assignments.

Testing:  The student will be required to take lecture or seminar test.  These testing dates will be announced.  Quizzes may also be given and may not be announced.

Laboratory Experiments:  Labs are required to be completed and turned in typed.  A specific date will be assigned for each lab.   The student will need to purchase an approved lab apron and goggles.  The teacher will give details during seminar.

Calvert Hall Computer Usage:  Read the policy that is located in the school handbook.