Physical Science A (1st Semester)

Course Description:

This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied. Computer-based exercises enhance and consolidate the understanding of basic physical principles and applications.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Physical Science A (1st Semester)
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Physical Science
Course Provider : Davison Community Schools
Content Provided By : Davison Community Schools
Online Instructor Provided By : Davison Community Schools
Standards Addressed : CCSS
Academic Terms : Semester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Life and Physical Sciences
Course Identifier : Physical Science
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 2

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Phone : 810-591-0672

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Additional Course Information:

I can:
– Generate new questions that can be investigated in the laboratory or field.
– Evaluate the uncertainties or validity of scientific conclusions using an understanding of sources of measurement error
– Understand the challenges of controlling variables, accuracy of data analysis, logic of argument, logic of experimental design, and/or the dependence on underlying assumptions.
– Conduct scientific investigations using appropriate tools and techniques (e.g., selecting an instrument that measures the desired quantity length, volume, weight, time interval, temperature with the appropriate level of precision).
– Identify patterns in data and relate them to theoretical models.
– Describe a reason for a given conclusion using evidence from an investigation.
– Critique whether or not specific questions can be answered through scientific investigations.
– Identify and critique arguments about personal or societal issues based on scientific evidence.
– Develop an understanding of a scientific concept by accessing information from multiple sources.
– Evaluate the scientific accuracy and significance of the information.
– Evaluate scientific explanations in a peer review process or discussion format.
– Evaluate the future career and occupational prospects of science fields.

– Calculate the average speed of an object using the change of position and elapsed time.
– Represent the velocities for linear and circular motion using motion diagrams.
– Create line graphs using measured values of position and elapsed time.
– Describe and analyze the motion that a position-time graph represents, given the graph.
– Describe and classify various motions in a plane as one dimensional, two dimensional, circular, or periodic.
– Distinguish between rotation and revolution and describe and contrast the two speeds of an object like the Earth.
– Distinguish between the variables of distance, displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration.
– Use the change of speed and elapsed time to calculate the average acceleration for linear motion.
– Describe and analyze the motion that a velocity-time graph represents, given the graph.
– State that uniform circular motion involves acceleration without a change in speed.
– Identify the force(s) acting between objects in “direct contact” or at a distance.
– Identify the magnitude and direction of everyday forces.
– Calculate the net force acting on an object.
– Identify the action and reaction force from examples of forces in everyday situations.
– Predict the change in motion of an object acted on by several forces.
– Identify forces acting on objects moving with constant velocity.
– Solve problems involving force, mass, and acceleration in linear motion.
– Identify the force(s) acting on objects moving with uniform circular motion.
– Apply conservation of momentum to solve simple collision problems.
– Explain earth-moon interactions (orbital motion) in terms of forces.
– Predict how the gravitational force between objects changes when the distance between them changes.

– Account for and represent energy into and out of systems using energy transfer diagrams.
– Explain instances of energy transfer by waves and objects in everyday activities
– Explain why work has a more precise scientific meaning than the meaning of work in everyday language.
– Calculate the amount of work done on an object that is moved from one position to another.
– Using the formula for work, derive a formula for change in potential energy of an object lifted a distance h.
– Account for and represent energy transfer and transformation in complex processes.
– Name devices that transform specific types of energy into other types – Explain how energy is conserved in common systems
– Explain why all the stored energy in gasoline does not transform to mechanical energy of a vehicle.
– Identify the form of energy in given situations
– Describe the transformation between potential and kinetic energy in simple mechanical systems – Explain why all mechanical systems require an external energy source to maintain their motion.
– Rank the amount of kinetic energy from highest to lowest of everyday examples of moving objects.
– Calculate the changes in kinetic and potential energy in simple mechanical systems using the formulas for kinetic energy and potential energy.
– Calculate the impact speed of an object dropped from a specific height or the maximum height reached by an object, given the initial vertical velocity.

– Describe how heat is conducted in a solid.
– Describe melting on a molecular level.
– Describe the energy transformations when electrical energy is produced and transferred to homes and businesses.
– Identify common household devices that transform electrical energy to other forms of energy, and describe the type of energy transformation.
– Given diagrams of many different possible connections of electric circuit elements, identify complete circuits, open circuits, and short circuits and explain the reasons for the classification.
– Discriminate between voltage, resistance, and current as they apply to an electric circuit.
-Account for and represent energy into and out of systems using energy transfer diagrams.
– Explain instances of energy transfer by waves and objects in everyday activities.
– Describe specific mechanical waves.
– Identify everyday examples of transverse and compression (longitudinal) waves.
– Compare and contrast transverse and compression (longitudinal) waves in terms of wavelength, amplitude, and frequency.
– Demonstrate that frequency and wavelength of a wave are inversely proportional in a given medium.
– Identify everyday examples of energy transfer by waves and their sources.
– Explain why an object (e.g., fishing bobber) does not move forward as a wave passes under it.
– Provide evidence to support the claim that sound is energy transferred by a wave, not energy transferred by particles.
– Explain how waves propagate from vibrating sources and why the intensity decreases with the square of the distance from a point source.
– Explain why everyone in a classroom can hear one person speaking, but why an amplification system is often used in the rear of a large concert auditorium.
– Describe how two wave pulses propagated from opposite ends of a demonstration spring interact as they meet.
– List and analyze everyday examples that demonstrate the interference characteristics of waves.
Identify the different regions on the electromagnetic spectrum and compare them in terms of wavelength, frequency, and energy.
– Explain why radio waves can travel through space, but sound waves cannot.
– Explain why there is a delay between the time we send a radio message to astronauts on the moon and when they receive it.
– Explain why we see a distant event before we hear it.
– Draw ray diagrams to indicate how light reflects off objects or refracts into transparent media.
– Predict the path of reflected light from flat, curved, or rough surfaces.
– Identify the principle involved when you see a transparent object .
– Explain how various materials reflect, absorb, or transmit light in different ways.
– Explain why the image of the Sun appears reddish at sunrise and sunset.
– Describe evidence that supports the dual wave – particle nature of light.

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards

Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Fully Met
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Partially Met How to teach students the skills necessary for success in an online class are be planned.
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Partially Met Not sure of all the internationally standards that are needed to be met.
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met To the best of my knowledge.
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Fully Met
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met
Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Partially Met Additional Details needed
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met Resources are avaliable outside the online course.
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met Feedback to students on all assignments are given. Hard copies avaliable outside the online course.

Review Conducted By : Davison Community Schools
Date of Review : 10/24/2014

Unit 1 – The Nature of Physical Science
Unit 2 – Motion
Unit 3 – Forces
Unit 4/5 – Energy & Work
Unit 6 – Thermal Energy
Unit 7 – Electricity
Unit 10/11 – Waves & Sound
Unit 12, 13, & 14 – Electromagnetic Waves, Light, Mirrors, & Lenses

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 08/19/2019 09/09/2019 08/19/2019 01/17/2020 30 $300.0000 0.0000
Semester 01/21/2020 02/10/2020 01/21/2020 06/18/2020 32 $300.0000 0.0000
Semester 09/01/2020 10/01/2020 09/08/2020 01/29/2021 32 $300.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Courses must be dropped by the drop date for the course. Students dropping the course after the drop date will be charged the full fee for the course. Course must be completed by the course end date. Semester 08/19/2019 09/09/2019
Courses must be dropped by the drop date for the course. Students dropping the course after the drop date will be charged the full fee for the course. Course must be completed by the course end date. Semester 01/21/2020 02/10/2020
Courses must be dropped by the drop date for the course. Students dropping the course after the drop date will be charged the full fee for the course. Course must be completed by the course end date. Semester 09/01/2020 10/01/2020

This course is designed as a semester course/18 weeks. Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Instructors are expected to contact students and provide feedback multiple times per unit.

School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
17-18 4 3 75.0% Smith, Blake
18-19 0 0 0.0%

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