Physical Science Syllabus


Physical Science


Nine Week


First Quarter







93202.Inq.1 Trace the historical development of a scientific principle

or theory.

93202.Inq.2 Conduct scientific investigations that include testable

questions, verifiable hypotheses, and appropriate variables to explore

new phenomena or verify the experimental results of others.

93202.Inq.3 Select appropriate tools and technology to collect precise

and accurate quantitative and qualitative data.

93202.Inq.4 Determine if data supports or contradicts a hypothesis or


93202.Inq.5 Compare or combine experimental evidence from two or

more investigations.

93202.Inq.6 Recognize, analyze, and evaluate alternative explanations

for the same set of observations.

93202.Inq.7 Analyze experimental results and identify possible

sources of experimental error.

93202.Inq.8 Formulate and revise scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence. 93202.Inq.9 Evaluate the accuracy and precision of data.

93202.Inq.10 Explore how bias can affect conclusions and identify conclusions that are affected by bias.

93202.T/E.1 Select appropriate tools to conduct a scientific inquiry.

93202.T/E.2 Apply the engineering design process to construct a

prototype that meets developmentally appropriate specifications.

93202.T/E.3 Explore how the unintended consequences of new

technologies can impact human and non-human communities.

93202.T/E.4 Present research on current engineering technologies that contribute to improvements in our daily lives.

93202.T/E.5 Design a series of multi-view drawings that can be used by other students to construct an adaptive design and test its effectiveness.

93202.T/E.6 Evaluate the overall benefit to cost ratio of a new technology.

93202.Math.1 Use a variety of notations appropriately (e.g.

exponential, functional, square root).

93202.Math.2 Select and apply an appropriate method (e.g., mental

mathematics, paper and pencil, or technology) for computing with real

numbers, and evaluate the reasonableness of results.

93202.Math.3 Apply and interpret rates of change from graphical and

numerical data.

93202.Math.4 Analyze graphs to describe the behavior of functions.

93202.Math.5 Interpret results of algebraic procedures.

93202.Math.6 Model real-world phenomena using functions and


93202.Math.7 Articulate and apply algebraic properties in symbolic


93202.Math.8 Apply geometric properties, formulas, and relationships

to solve real-world problems.

93202.Math.9 Make decisions about units, scales, and measurement

tools that are appropriate for problem situations involving


93202.Math.10 Collect, represent, and describe linear and nonlinear

data sets developed from the real world.

93202.Math.11 Make predictions from a linear data set using a line of

best fit.

93202.Math.12 1nterpret a data set using appropriate measures of

central tendency.

93202.Math.13 Choose, construct, and analyze appropriate graphical

representations for a data set.

93202.Math.14 Use concepts of length, area, and volume to estimate

and solve real-world problems.

93202.1.1 Distinguish among solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas.

93202.1.2 Describe and illustrate the physical differences among

solids, liquids, and gases in terms of their mass, volume, density, shape,

and particle arrangement.

93202.1.3 Use appropriate units to measure or calculate the mass and

volume of substances.

93202.1.4 Calculate the density of substances or objects.

93202.1.5 Construct and interpret a density column.

93202.1.6 Identify substances as homogeneous or heterogeneous


93202.1.7 Construct an experiment to separate the components of a


93202.1.8 List the three major subatomic particles and distinguish

among their location, charges, and relative masses.

93202.1.9 Distinguish between atomic number and atomic mass.

93202.1.10 Define an isotope and describe the use of common


93202.1.11 Identify the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in

an atom of an isotope based on its atomic number and atomic mass.

93202.1.12 Know the chemical symbols for the common elements.

93202.1.13 Use the periodic table to determine the number of protons,

neutrons, and electrons in an isotope of an element.

93202.1.14 Use the periodic table to identify the characteristics and

properties of metals, non-metals, and metalloids.

93202.1.15 Label a periodic table with oxidation numbers of main

group elements, identify elements likely to form ions and use

information to construct formulas for compounds.

93202.1.16 Classify a substance as an element or compound based on

its chemical formula or symbol.

93202.1.17 Explain ionic and covalent bonding based on the oxidation

numbers of the elements in a compound.

93202.1.18 Investigate physical and chemical changes in a laboratory


93202.1.19 Balance simple chemical equations, identifying the

reactants, products, and proper coefficients.

93202.1.20 Predict the products of common chemical reactions.

93202.1.21 Use models to represent chemical reactions as synthesis, decomposition, single-replacement, and double-replacement.

93202.1.22 Describe synthesis, decomposition, single-replacement, and double-replacement reactions using equations.

93202.1.23 Describe how chemical symbols and balanced chemical equations illustrate the Law of Conservation of Mass/Energy.

93202.1.24 Observe and measure temperature changes to distinguish between endothermic and exothermic reactions.

93202.1.25 Conduct, analyze, and communicate the results of an experiment that demonstrates the relationship between pressure and volume of a gas.

93202.1.26 Conduct, analyze, and communicate the results of an experiment that demonstrates the relationship between temperature and volume of a gas.

93202.1.27 Apply indicators and instruments to classify a material as acidic, basic, or neutral. 93202.1.28 Conduct research on issues associated with acid rain.

93202.1.29 Construct the chemical formula of a compound using the periodic table.












The Students Will Be Able To

--Properly calculate significant figures, scientific notation, & metric measurements

--identify and explain the various subatomic particles with their properties.

--explain the different types of bonds that form between metals & nonmetals

--identify the differences between metals, nonmetals, & metalloids.

--explain the differences in concentration in heterogeneous & homogenous solution

--ientify various phases of matter.







-Scientific Exploration/Method

-scientific notation

-significant figures

-metric measurement

-mixtures & solutions


-states of matter



Major Assignment/s







--measurement lab

-matter lab





Instructional Materials


-textbook, powerpoint presentations, measurement apparati

Field Trip/s