9th Grade Science


Course description: Science is the systematic study of the universe. In this class we will discuss and discover information to answer three big questions: What is science? Why do things move? What are things made of? The course will include a review of measurement and the metric system and a study of physics and chemistry concepts. Throughout the course, participation in group activities, discussion and lab work will be important, and emphasis will be on aspects of science that relate to everyday life.

Colorado Science Standard and Extended Evidence Outcome accomplishments expected of students:

Physical Science—Students know and understand common properties, forms and changes in matter and energy.

  •  Observe, explain, and predict natural phenomena governed by Newton's laws of motion, acknowledging the limitations of their application to very small or very fast objects
  • Apply an understanding of atomic and molecular structure to explain the properties of matter, and predict outcomes of chemical and nuclear reactions
  • Apply an understanding that energy exists in various forms, and its transformation and conservation occur in processes that are predictable and measurable

Class Rules:

1. Treat everyone and their property with respect.
2. Participate appropriately in class.
3. Use all equipment properly.  No electronic devices EXCEPT in lab!

Instructional and grading methods to be used:

1. Textbook reading assignments-usually, but not always, reading assignments have associated problem sets or worksheets.  Assignment for this week can be found at the  9th Grade Homework page.   Worksheets and problems are due on the day indicated, and will not be accepted more than one (1) day past the due date. If the student is absent, it is the student's responsibility to obtain any assignments that may have been made.

2. Notebook-each student must have a notebook, which should be brought to class every day. A three-ring binder is best (because worksheets may be kept in it), but spiral is OK. The notebook will be collected occasionally, and a grade will be assigned based on completeness. It is the student's responsibility to get the notes from a person who was in class if he or she is absent. Class Powerpoint presentations will be posted on the teacher's web site for review, but participation during presentations and good note-taking skills are essential for success in this class.

3. Laboratories-laboratories are a mandatory part of this class. Laboratory reports are required for all labs. If a student is absent during a lab, he or she must make special arrangements to come in before or after school to make up the lab. Students are required to return a lab safety contract before they can participate in labs.   Students will receive a grade of zero (0) for each lab missed because the safety contract is not turned in.

4. Class participation-each student is awarded 5 points per day for participation in group activities, discussions and class work. These points may be lost by disruptive behavior. Try to be in class, and be on your best behavior, so that all of us can learn. Tardiness is a disruption of class, will result in the loss of class points, and will have consequences that follow the BHS handbook policies.

5. Examinations-students should expect to take a test or quiz over every chapter. Byers High School grading system applies.

6. Semester examination-the semester exam in this class is cumulative in content, and makes up 10% of the semester grade. Each quarter grade also contributes to the semester grade.

You can always find out information about this class, a copy of the syllabus, and helpful links and other things at my web site: http://www.ergreenman.com .