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									                       Dominican International School


GRADE LEVEL: 9                                               1 YEAR, 1 CREDIT
                                                             SY: 2010– 2011
TEACHER: Victoria Santiago                            email:

Course Description
Physical Science is a combined course of Physics and Chemistry. This course develops a
basic understanding in Physics and Chemistry. The concepts and skills developed are
essential for basic literacy and further science study. The course includes learning
scientific facts, principles, and concepts and terms that will help students understand and
interpret natural and scientific phenomenon. Study of Physics begins with the study
of Motion, then Forces, Energy, Electricity and Magnetism. Study of Chemistry discusses
about the Matter, Properties of Atoms and Chemical Bonds and Chemical Reactions.
Students who successfully complete this course will attain the strong basis in Physics and
Chemistry for their higher studies.

Teaching Strategies

Topics are presented in a clear and effective manner. Power point presentations and
resources from the internet also will be used to enhance teaching. Problem solving is a
part of teaching Physical Science. Students are encouraged to take part in discussions and
they are always motivated to ask questions to clarify their doubts. Students are advised to
take down class notes which help them to learn and understand better and have them by
their side when they learn the topic at home. Every student is expected to leave the class
with proper understanding of the concepts and ideas.

Activities and discussions will be given to students to help them discover science
concepts through inquiry and to apply the knowledge they’ve constructed to their own

Students learn better and more effectively if they are able to see with their eyes, feel with
their hands and conceive ideas in their mind. Lab activities are emphasized to help
students in their learning.

Projects will be given and the students may be asked to do them individually or in
Student Activities

Students are encouraged to take part in discussions and other group activities. They will
help their peers through cooperative learning.

They will present their projects at the end of every quarter. They will do lab activities for
every topic to reinforce learning.

They will decorate their bulletin board with the posters and charts related to the current


Students will be assessed with Quizzes after every section.

Pop Quizzes will be conducted occasionally.

They will be given chapter test after the completion of every chapter.

Quarter exam will be conducted at the end of each quarter.

Projects, Lab Activities, Homework, Seatwork and Portfolios will also be assessed.

Primary Textbook : Glencoe Science Physical Science ( McGraw – Hill, New
York )



4 – ring binder folder with 100 pockets or more
Notebook for class notes
Pen/pencil; liquid white/eraser; ruler.

♦ Be punctual in attendance.

♦ No food or drink is allowed inside the classroom.

♦ Only bottles with lids are allowed to be on your table

♦ Your table should be neat and clean always.

♦ Throw your garbage into the allocated garbage bins.

♦ Push your chairs back when you leave the classroom.

♦ Take the necessary materials with you when you come to the class.
  You won’t be allowed to go back to your class to get your things once the lesson

♦ Speak in English always.

♦ A record will be maintained to check on this. If you speak 5 times in any
  language other than English, 1% of your quarter grade will be deducted.
  This record will be checked at the end of every quarter and your grades will
  be deducted accordingly.


 All science assignments must be turned in on the day they are due. Assignments should
  be on teacher’s table before 8:00 a.m. If not, that will be considered as late work.

Late homework will be graded by taking proportional deductions. If the
 homework is late for a day, 10% of the score will be deducted. If it is late for 2
 days, 40% of the score will be deducted. If it is late for more than 2 days, they will be
 asked to attend Project I.

 Students who are absent with good reasons will be allowed to make up the missing
  work without any deductions.

 Copying is strictly prohibited. In case of copying, both students will be given zero.
  Discipline action will be taken against them.
Course Planner

The following tables represent the topics covered in this course.


Standard 1: Understands Motion and Speed
Knows the difference between distance and displacement.
Knows the difference between speed and velocity.
Knows how to solve problems that involve constant speed and average speed.
Knows to interpret motion graphs
Knows how acceleration, time and velocity are related
Knows how to calculate the acceleration of an object.
Knows how positive and negative acceleration affect motion
Knows that when forces are balanced, no acceleration occurs; thus an object continues
to move at a constant speed or stays at rest(Newton’s first law).
Knows the kinematic equations for uniformly accelerated motion
Knows what inertia is and how it is related to Newton’s first law of motion
Standard 2: Understands Forces
 Knows how force, mass and acceleration are related(Newton’s second law).
 Knows how to apply Newton’s second law(F=ma) to solve one dimensional motion
 problems that involve constant forces.
.Knows the three different types of friction
 Knows the effects of air resistance on falling objects.
 Knows to describe gravitational force
 Knows why objects that are thrown and shot will follow a curved path
 Knows circular motion requires the application of a constant force directed towards the
 center of the circle.
Knows that when one object exerts a force on a second object, the second object
always exerts a force of equal magnitude and in opposite direction (Newton’s third law)
Knows how to calculate momentum as the product mv
Knows how momentum is conserved.
Standard 3: Understands different types of energy and its conservation.
Knows different ways that energy can be stored.
Knows the meaning of work and how work and energy are related
Knows to calculate work and power.
Knows the difference between kinetic and potential energy.
Knows how to calculate kinetic energy by using the formula E = ½ mv2.
Knows how to calculate changes in gravitational potential energy near Earth by using
the formula ( change in potential energy)= mgh (h is the change in the elevation).
Knows how energy is conserved when changing from one form to another
Knows to apply the law of conservation of energy to familiar situations.
Knows how to solve problems involving conservation of energy in simple systems ,
such as falling objects.

    Week                                        Topic
     1            Chapter 2 : Motion and Speed
(09/08 - 13/08)   Section 1: Describing Motion
                  Motion and Position
                  Graphing Motion
                  Plotting a Distance – Time Graph
                  Motion of Earth’s Crust and Moving Continents

      2           Chapter 2, Section 1 Quiz
(16/08 – 20/08)   Section 2 : Acceleration
                  Positive and Negative acceleration
                  Calculating Acceleration
                  Visualizing Acceleration
                  Kinematic Equations for uniformly accelerated motion.
                  Motion of a bowling ball – Lab

      3           Chapter 2, Section 2 Quiz
(23/08 – 27/08)   Section 3: Motion and Forces
                  Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
                  Inertia and Mass
                  Newton’s First Law of Motion
                  Chapter 3 : Forces
                  Section1: Newton’s Second Law
                  Force and acceleration
                  Newton’s Second Law

      4           Chapter 2 Test
(30/08 – 03/09)   Air Resistance and Terminal Velocity
                  Measuring the Effects of Air Resistance – Lab
                  Section 2 : Gravity
                  The law of Gravitation
                  Gravitational Acceleration
                  Weight and Mass

      5           Chapter 3, Section 1 Quiz
(06/09 – 10/09)   Projectile Motion
                  Centripetal Force
                  Section 3 : The Third Law of Motion
                  Newton’s Third Law
                  The momentum of colliding objects-Lab Activity
      6           Chapter 3, Section 2 Quiz
(13/09 – 17/09)   Chapter 4 : Energy
                  Section 1: The Nature of Energy
                  Different Forms of Energy
                  Kinetic and Potential Energy
                  Bouncing Balls - Lab

      7           Chapter 3 Test
(20/09 – 24/09)   Section 2: Conservation of Energy
                  Changing Forms of Energy
                  Conversions Between Kinetic and Potential Energy
                  The law of Conservation of Energy
                  Conservation of Energy in Simple Systems-Problem Solving
                  The Human Body – Balancing the Energy Equation
                  The Energy of a pendulum - Lab

      8           Chapter 4 Test
(27/09 – 01/10)   Chapter 5 : Work and Machines
                  Section 1 ; Work
                  Meaning of Work
                  Work and Energy
                  Calculating Work and Power
                  Chapter review

      9           Review
(04/10 – 08/10)   First Quarter Examination

Standard 4: Understands the sources and properties of energy.
Knows the difference between heat and temperature
Knows heat flow and work are two forms of energy transfer between systems
Knows the internal energy of an object includes the energy of random motion of the
object’s atoms and molecules, often referred to as thermal energy.
Knows the meaning of specific heat and how to calculate it.
Knows to compare and contrast thermal energy transfer by conduction, convection
and radiation.
Knows to compare and contrast conductors and insulators.
Knows to explain how insulator affects the transfer of energy.
Standard 5: Understands static and current electricity
Knows the properties of static electricity
Knows to recognize the presence of charge in an electroscope
Knows how electric current is different from static electricity
Knows how a dry cell provides a source of voltage difference
Knows the relationship among voltage difference, resistance and current . (Ohm’s Law).
Knows how to solve problems involving Ohm’s law
Knows the difference between series and parallel circuits
Knows the function of circuit breakers and fuses.
Knows to calculate the power in resistive circuit element by using the formula,
Power = VI = I 2 R.
Standard 6: Understands the relationship between electricity and
Knows the properties of temporary and permanent magnets.
Knows how a magnet exerts a force on an object.
Knows why some materials are magnetic and others are not
Knows the magnetic behavior using magnetic domains.
Knows the relationship between electric current and magnetism
Knows how electromagnets are constructed
Knows how an electric motor operates.
Knows how a generator produces an electric current
Knows the difference between alternating current and direct current.
Knows how a transformer can change the voltage of an alternating current.

    Week                                          Topic
(11/10 – 15/10)   Chapter 6 : Thermal Energy

                  Section 1 : Temperature and Heat
                  Thermal Energy
                  Specific Heat
                  Section 2 : Transferring Thermal Energy
                  Conduction, Convection, and Radiation

      11          Chapter 6, Section 1 Quiz
(18/10 – 22/10)   Controlling Heat Flow
                  Lab Activity
                  Section 3: Using Heat
                  Heating Systems
                  Solar Heating

      12          Chapter 6, Section 2 Quiz
(25/10 – 29/10)   Using Heat to Do Work
                  Heat Movers
                  Chapter 7 : Electricity

                  Section 1 : Electric Charge
                  Static Electricity
                  Conductors and Insulators
                  Transferring Electric Charge

      13          Chapter 6 Test
(01/11 – 5/11)    Detecting Electric Charge

                  Section 2 : Electric Current
                  Charge on the move
                  Control the Flow
                  Lab Activity
(8/11 – 12/11)    Chapter 7, Section 1 Quiz

                  Section 3 : Electrical Energy
                  Electric Circuits
                  Household Circuits
                  Electrical Power
(15/11 – 19/11)   Chapter 7, Section 2 Quiz
                  Chapter 9: Magnetism and Its Uses
                  Section 1: Magnetism
                  Magnets-Properties of temporary and permanent magnets
                  Magnetic Materials

      16          Chapter 7 Test
(22/11 – 26/11)   Section 2: Electricity and Magnetism
                  Electric Current and Magnetism
                  Electric Motors

      17          Chapter 8, Section 1 Quiz
(29/11 – 03/12)   Section 3: Producing Electric Current
                  From Mechanical to Electrical Energy
                  Direct and Alternating Currents
                  Lab Activity

      18          Chapter 8, Section 2 Quiz
(06/12 – 10/12)   Transformers
                  Group Activity
                  Chapter Review

      19          Quarter Exam Review
(13/12 – 17/12)   Second Quarter Examination

Standard 7: Understands the characteristics of waves.
Knows that waves carry energy but not matter
Knows how to identify transverse and compressional waves in mechanical media, such as
springs and ropes, and on the earth ( seismic waves)
Knows how to solve problems involving wavelength, frequency and wave speed.
Knows sound is a compress ional wave whose speed depends on the properties of the
medium in which it propagates.
Knows how a wave’s amplitude is related to the wave’s energy.
Knows how to identify the characteristic properties of waves: reflection, refraction,
diffraction, Interference, Doppler effect and Polarization
Standard 8: Understands the behavior and importance of mirrors and
Knows how an image is formed in three types of mirrors.
Knows the difference between real and virtual images
Knows the uses of plane, concave and convex mirrors.
Knows the shapes of convex and concave lenses.
Knows how convex and concave lenses refract light to form images.
Knows how lenses are used to correct vision.
Knows to compare reflecting and refracting telescopes
Knows to explain why a telescope in space would be useful
Knows to describe how a microscope uses lenses to magnify small objects
Knows to explain how a camera creates an image
Standard 9 : Understands Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions.
Knows to describe the structure of an atom and its nucleus.
Knows to explain what radio activity is.
Knows the properties f radio active and stable nuclei
Knows to compare and contrast alpha, beta, and gamma radiation
Knows to calculate half life of a radio active material.
Knows to describe how radio activity can be detected
Knows to explain how a Geiger counter can measure nuclear radiation.
Knows to explain nuclear fission and it can begin a chain reaction
Knows to discuss how nuclear fusion occurs in the Sun
Knows the uses of nuclear reactions in medicine.

    Week                                      Topic
      20          Chapter 11 : Waves
(03/01 – 07/01)   Section 1 : The Nature of Waves
                  What is a Wave?
                  Waves and Energy
                  Mechanical Waves
                  Section 2 ; Wave Properties
                  The Parts of a Wave
                  Wavelength, Frequency, Wave Speed
                  Virtual Lab
                  Amplitude and Energy

      21          Chapter 11, Section 1 & 2 Quiz
(10/01 – 14/01)
                  Section 3 : The Behavior of Waves
                  Doppler Effect
                  Standing Waves

      22          Chapter 11 Test
(17/01 – 21/01)   Chapter 15: Mirrors and Lenses
                  How do you use light to see?
                  Seeing with Plane Mirrors
                  Concave Mirrors
                  Convex Mirrors

      23          Chapter 15, Section 1 Quiz
(24/01 – 28/01)   Section 2 : Lenses
                  What is a lens?
                  Convex Lenses
                  Concave Lenses
                  Lenses and Eyesight
                  Vision Problems
                  Lab Activity

      24          Chapter 15, Section 2 Quiz
(07/02 – 11/02)   Section 3: Optical Instruments
                  Chapter Review
      25          Chapter 15 Test
(14/02 – 18/02)   Chapter 9 :Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions

                  Section 1 : Radioactivity
                  The Nucleus
                  The Strong Force
                  Discovery of Radioactivity
                  Mini Lab : Modeling the Strong Force
                  Section 2: Nuclear Decay
                  Nuclear Radiation
                  Alpha and Beta Particles
                  Gamma Rays

      26          Chapter 9, Section 1 Quiz
(21/02 – 25/02)   Activity : Modeling Transmutation
                  Radioactive Half- Life
                  Radioactive Dating – Carbon Dating and Uranium Dating
                  Section 3 : Detecting Radioactivity
                  Radiation Detectors
                  Measuring Radiation
                  Background Radiation

      27          Chapter 9, Section 2 Quiz
(28/02 – 04/03)   Section 4 : Nuclear Reactions
                  Nuclear Fission
                  Nuclear Fusion
                  Using Nuclear Reactions in Medicine
                  Chapter Review

      28          Quarter Exam Review
(07/03 – 11/03)   Third Quarter Examination

Standard 10: Understands the nature of matter.
Knows to describe how a compound differ from its compound elements
Knows to explain what a chemical formula represents
Knows why chemical bonding occurs
Knows atoms combine to form molecules by sharing electrons to form covalent or
metallic bonds or by exchanging electrons to form ionic bonds
Knows chemical bonds between atoms in molecules such as H2, CH4, NH3, H2CCH2, N2
and Cl2.
Knows to distinguish between a non polar covalent bond and a polar covalent bond
Knows to explain how to determine oxidation numbers.
Knows to write formulas and names for ionic and covalent compounds.
Standard 11: Understands interactions and conservation of matter.
Knows to identify the reactants and products in a chemical reaction.
Knows to determine how a chemical reaction satisfies the law of conservation of mass
Knows how to calculate the masses of reactants and products in a chemical reaction from
the mass of one of the reactants or products and the relevant atomic masses
Knows how to describe chemical reactions by writing balanced equations
Knows to identify the four general types of chemical reactions.
Knows to identify the source of energy changes in chemical reactions.
Knows to compare and contrast exergonic and endergonic reactions.
Knows to examine the effects of catalysts and inhibitors on the speed of chemical
Standard 12: Understands the properties and uses of acids and bases.
Knows the observable properties of acids and bases.
Knows acids are hydrogen –ion- donating and bases are hydrogen-ion- accepting
Knows strong acids and bases fully dissociate and weak acids and bases partially
Knows how to use pH scale to characterize acid and base solutions
Knows to identify neutralization reaction.
Knows the definitions of solute and solvent
Knows how to describe the dissolving process at the molecular level by using the concept
of molecular motion.
Knows temperature, pressure , and surface area affect the dissolving process.

      29          Chapter 19: Chemical Bonds
(14/03 – 18/03)   Section 1: Stability in Bonding
                  Combined Elements
                  Atomic Stability
                  Lab Activity

      30          Section 2: Types of Bonds
(21/03 – 25/03)   Gain or Loss of Electrons
                  The Ionic Bond
                  Sharing Electrons
                  Unequal Sharing
                  Polar or Non polar

      31          Chapter 19, Section 1 & 2 Quiz
(28/03 – 01/04)   Section 3: Writing Formulas and Naming Compounds
                  Symbols and Shorthand
                  Binary Ionic Compounds
                  Compounds with Complex Ions
                  Naming Binary Covalent Compounds

      32          Chapter 19 Test
(04/04 – 08/04)   Chapter 24: Chemical Reactions
                  Section 1: Chemical Changes
                  Describing Chemical Reactions
                  Conservation of Mass
                  Lavoisier’s Contribution
                  Writing Equations
                  Unit Managers

      33          Chapter 24, Section 1 Quiz
(11/04 – 15/04)   Section 2: Chemical Equations
                  Balanced Equations
                  Section 3: Classifying Chemical Reactions
                  Types of Reactions
                  Section 4: Chemical Reactions and Energy
                  Chemical Reactions- Energy Exchanges
                  More Energy Out
                  More Energy In

      34          Chapter 24, Section 2 Quiz
(25/04 – 29/04)   Catalyst and Inhibitors
                  Chapter 25: Acids, Bases, and Salts
                  Section 1: Acids and Bases
                  Properties of Acids
                  Common Acids
      35          Chapter 24 Test
(02/05 – 06/05)   Properties of Bases
                  Common Bases
                  Solutions of Acids and Bases
                  Section 2: Strength of Acids and Bases
                  Strong and Weak Acids and Bases
                  Lab Activity

      36          Chapter 25, Section 1 Quiz
(09/05 – 13/05)   pH of a Solution
                  Section 3: Salts
                  Chapter 23: Solutions
                  Section1: How Solutions Form
                  What is a Solution?
                  Solutes and Solvents
                  Rate of Dissolving
(16/05 – 20/05)   Fourth Quarter Examination

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