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Mrs. Darcy Soard » Physical Science

Physical Science

Welcome to Physical Science!  I'm excited to have you here.  Physical Science is an introductory science class that encompasses learning segments from chemistry, physics and even biology.  
I hope to share my love of science and help you learn "how things work" in this class.

Physical Science Syllabus


Darcy Soard




Office Hours

M-F 9-9:30

Other time by arrangement

Course Overview

Physical Science is an introductory high school science class that investigates the fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry with an inquiry-based laboratory experience.  Concepts in Physical Science include Force and Motion, Structure and Properties of Matter, Interactions of Matter and Energy.

Physical Science lays the fundamental groundwork for future advanced science classes at Rockwood High School.

Publication Name, Glencoe Physical Science by Charles William Mclaughlin, 2017 ISBN:978-0-07-677458-6

Publication Name, Glencoe Physical Science, Science Notebook by Douglas Fisher ISBN:978-0-07-896279-0

Required Materials:

·        1” – 2” 3-Ring binder with dividers (paper & some dividers available in classroom)

·        Composition Notebook (some available in classroom)

·        Writing instruments (pen/pencil/highlighters)

·        School issued Chromebook with earbuds or headphones

Requested Materials (THANK YOU):

·        $5 Lab Fee for purchase of additional materials throughout the year

·        Please look at my Amazon Wish List for additional items:

·        (paper towels, cleaning/baby wipes, batteries)

Grading Policy

All assignments carry equal weight and will be assigned a point value.  Roane County Standard grade scale:    

  93-100 = A,  85-92 = B,  75-84 = C,  70-74 = D,  F= 69 or below

·        Students receiving a grade of 69 or below may re-take tests at the teacher’s discretion and must take them within one week of test.

·        Students will be given 2 days to plan to complete missing tests, quizzes and labs with the teacher. I do not chase after students for this.

·        Late assignments will be subject to a loss of points BUT will always be accepted.

Points will be deducted for any assignment that does not contain the students name, date and class period in the upper right corner of the page.


Parents and students are encouraged to monitor their grades using the Parent VUE and Student VUE applications.  Individual logins will be provided by the front office.


Google Classroom & Canvas

·        All materials and assignments will be posted on Google Classroom and/or Canvas including copies of class lectures and PowerPoints.

·        Students will need to check their Google Classroom and/or Canvas accounts daily for materials and assignments.

·        I strongly suggest student use Google Classroom and/or Canvas as a tool to help study for tests and quizzes and to complete missing class notes.

Classroom Information

·        Students are expected to be seated and ready to work when the tardy bell rings.  Unexcused tardy equals detention. Three (3) tardies equal 1 absence. Students must have an admit slip from the office or a teacher to avoid an unexcused tardy

·        Students will be treated with respect and will be expected to treat the teacher with respect as well

·        No electronic devices will be allowed to be used in class

·        Plagiarism is not tolerated and will result in a zero for any assignment. This includes copying from another student!

·        The teacher dismisses the class, not the bell

·        Use the time between classes to go to your locker and use the restroom.  Do not ask to be excused when you walk into the classroom.

Course Schedule

Approximate Week(s)


TN Science Standards

Week 1

Class Expectations & Intro to Physical Science


Week 2

Scientific Method/Measurements/Notation


Week 3

Matter and Definitions


Week 4

State of Matter and Changes


Week 5



Week 6

Atomic Structure, Isotopes & Ions


Week 7

Periodic Table/Intro to Mid-Term Project


Week 8

Ionic & Covalent Compounds


Week 9

Review/Mid Term Projects Due


Week 10

Catch Up/Mid-Term Exam


Week 11

Chemical Reactions


Week 12

Nuclear Chemistry


Week 13



Week 14



Week 15



Week 16

Forces and Motion


Week 17

Nuclear Chemistry


Week 18

Review/Catch Up


Week 19

Final Project Due/Final Exam



My daily schedule:
1st Period: Planning
2nd Period: Ecology
3rd Period: Intro to Agri-Science
5th Period: Ecology
6th Period: Ecology
Mon-Fri: 9-9:30am
Other hours by prior arrangement