Physical science syllabus

350                  Mr. Benjamin Croley                              350     

                                Physical Science 2019-2020




Please read over the following syllabus carefully and provide the requested information.  



Physical Science – Concepts in Action, Wysession, Frank and Yancopoulos.


Course Description

Physical science is the beginning part of the student’s journey for science at the high school level. Physical science is a very fascinating subject that will hopefully spark the natural curiosity of the student and develop a new perspective on how to look at the world in which he/she lives.  The course is designed to show connections between concepts throughout science. The course is inquiry based and will consist of lecture, demonstrations and experiments performed by the students.


Course Goals

The class is aligned with the goals and objectives outlined in the NGSS.  Major areas to be covered during the course include topics in physics, Earth, and space science.


Materials Required

Students are responsible for bringing materials to class EACH DAY.

  • Paper

  • Writing Utensil

  • Three –ring binder



The class covers an extensive amount of material.  In order for the student to be successful, this will require much exposure and practice with the concept being taught.  Due to the limited amount of time allotted in class, there will be approximately three to five homework assignments per week in addition to in-class assignments, tests, quizzes, notebook and final exams.  All assignments are expected to be turned in on due date unless the student is absent to receive credit.


Make-up work policy

If a student has an excused absence, then make-up work will be accepted per school policy.  If the student does not have an excused absence, then no make-up work will be accepted. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any make-up work from the instructor.  This is best accomplished by arriving at my room before the school day schedule begins or after the day ends.  This allows for me time to explain and assist the student with the missed material. I arrive at the school each day by 7:20 and leave approximately 3:30.


Academic dishonesty

Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated in the classroom.  This only takes away from someone else’s hard work and robs a person from a valuable learning experience.   Anyone caught cheating will receive a zero (0%) for the assignment.


Class participation

In order to ensure the student obtains the most from the course, he/she will need to be present and actively involved. The amount and quality of time put forth by student correlates to the grade earned by the student.



Each student should be inside the classroom prepared for daily instruction before the bell rings.  If the student is not, then he/she is considered tardy. The following is the tardy procedure:

  • First tardy = verbal warning

  • Second tardy = parent contact through disciplinary form to be signed

  • Third tardy = write-up disciplinary form sent to the office


Lab safety

Lab safety is a very important issue that must not be taken lightly.  Any unsafe act or horseplay during labs or even the classroom will result in a zero (0%) on the lab assignment and a write-up disciplinary form.



Homework, quizzes, tests, in-class assignments, notebooks, and laboratory assignments will compose the bulk of the student’s grade.  Other assignments such as projects, term papers, and reports will be given throughout the course. Grading scale for course is the same as established by Whitley County High School and grades.


Classroom rules

Classroom rules have been provided to the student, covered in class, and are to be placed in a three-ring binder.  Please look over the classroom rules before signing this document.  


Parents and students:


Please feel free to ask if you have any questions, issues, need assistance with course work, or concerns pertaining to the course.  You may approach the instructor before or after class to talk or arrange a designated time that would be best to address the situation.  


I understand that many careers or schedules are different from that of school.  That is why I try to make myself as available to the parent’s schedule as possible.  I may be reached at Whitley County High School by phone to discuss any questions or concerns that may arise.  If you need to schedule a time to speak with me, please leave a message through the school and I will use the information below to contact you. My planning period is during second period (9:00-10:00).  I am usually at the school by 7:20 a.m. and leave approximately 3:30 p.m. The phone number at Whitley County High School is (606) 549-7025.   Also, I have a web page as an additional resource for the course.  You will be able to access homework and other information from this resource.  The web address is:


I am requesting the information on the next page to establish contact information that will enable communication to occur over the course of the next year to promote the student’s success.   


Please fill out and sign acknowledging that you have read and understand the rules and requirements listed in Mr. Croley’s classroom syllabus. This information will also assist me in contacting you. After filling out information, send back with student for a test grade.


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