Physical Science


-The mission of Logan View Public Schools is to educate life-long learners in a nurturing, challenging, and disciplined environment.


Course objectives:


By the end of this course you will:

            -Analyze motion with respect to displacement, velocity, and acceleration

-Recognize an object that is not being subjected to a force will continue to move at a constant speed and in a straight line

-Describe how the Newton’s 1st law of motion is evident in a real-world event

-Make predictions based on relationships among net force, mass, and acceleration

-Recognize that all forces occur in equal and opposite pairs

-Illustrate how Newton’s 3rd law of motion is evident in a real-world event

-Describe that a gravitational force is an attraction between masses; the strength of the force is proportional to the masses and weakens rapidly with increasing distance between them

-Describe the electric force as an attractive or repulsive universal force that exists between any two charged particles; the strength of the electric force is proportional to the magnitude of charge and weakens rapidly with increasing distance.

-Describe and investigate energy systems relating to the conservation and interaction of energy and matter

-Describe mechanical wave properties (speed, wavelength, frequency, amplitude) and how waves travel through a medium

-Describe that the energy in waves can be changed into other forms of energy

-Cite evidence light can behave as a wave

-Distinguish between temperature and heat

-Compare and contrast methods of heat transfer and the interaction of heat with matter via conduction, convection, and radiation

-Describe the production of electromagnetic waves as a result of changes in the motion of charges or by a changing magnetic field

-Classify segments of the electromagnetic spectrum based on frequency and wavelength

-Describe how nuclear reactions convert a fraction of the mass of interacting particles into energy, and this amount of energy is much greater than the energy in chemical interactions

-Explain that energy is transferred in many ways

-Interpret the law of conservation of energy to make predictions for the outcome of an event

-Identify that all energy can be considered to be either kinetic, potential, or energy contained by a field, such as electromagnetic waves.

-Explain bonding occurs when atoms transfer of share electrons

-Describe the energy transfer associated with the molecular motion of solids, liquids, and gasses

-Investigate and describe the energy associated with physical and chemical changes

-Recognize the components and relative locations of subatomic particles

-Describe properties of atoms, ions, and isotopes

-Describe the organization of the periodic table of elements with respect to patterns of physical and chemical properties.

-Research and compare theories of the formation of the planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe

-Describe how stars transform matter into energy by nuclear reactions

-Describe how Earth materials move through geochemical cycles

-Describe the theory of plate tectonics

-Evaluate the impact of human activity on Earth’s resources

-Identify internal and external sources of energy in Earth’s systems

-Compare radiation, conduction, and convection as mechanisms of heat transfer in the Earths systems

-Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable energy sourses

-Explain influences on global climate (Earth’s rotation, mountain ranges, oceans…)

-Identify methods of estimating geologic time

-Compare and contrast the early Earth with the planet we live on today


Supplies to make you successful in Physical Science:

            --A THREE INCH binder will help you organize your notes, daily work, quizzes, labs/activities

            -Loose leaf paper for your notes and assignments

            -Pen or pencil; with only blue or black ink

            -A book cover to protect you book from damage

            -A calculator that has scientific notation and log function

-A good attitude, Mr. Kment DOES NOT/WILL NOT tolerate poor attitudes, low motivation, and whining




            -Daily Work-5%

            -Quizzes- 20%

            -Labs/Activities- 35%

            -Test- 25%


The Logan View Jr./Sr. High grading scale is used to determine the letter grade:

A+=99-100     B+=92-93        C+=84-85        D+=76-77       F= below 70

A=96-98          B=89-91          C=81-83          D=73-75

A-=94-95        B-=86-88         C-=78-80         D-=70-72

-Grades can be checked on PowerSchool to see your current average.  Make sure to have missing work handed in ASAP to keep you off the downs list.




Citizenship is graded daily.  This is an all or nothing grade that if you behave well in class and follow the rules, you get your points for the day.  If you are being disruptive during class or don’t meet the citizenship standards on the handout you lose ALL your citizenship points for that day.  SIMPLE AS THAT!


Daily Work:

Daily work would be classified as practice problems, worksheets, homework assignments, etc.  Basically if it is not a quiz, lab, activity or test it will be daily work.  Daily work will be assigned to help you better understand the material gone over in class.  It will help you be more prepared for the activities, labs, quizzes and test. 




Quizzes will be given every once during the unit to check your understanding of the material.  They will be short and to the point.  They may be unannounced, or I may tell you the day before.  The quizzes will tell you what you need to go over and study again, and the quizzes will tell me if I need to reteach a topic.


Labs and Activities:

We will be doing lots of labs and activities.  These are meant for you to further explore the topics we have been going over in class to solidify your understanding.  You will have class time to finish the lab or activity.  If not finished during the class time you can come in before school and finish it up.  Labs and activities are very important for your understanding of the material in this course so take them seriously and explore.


Test will be given at the end of the unit.  A test will cover all the notes, quizzes, labs, and activities we go over.  There will be no surprises on the test. 


Late assignments:

If you do not turn in an assignment at the appropriate time you will get about a 10% deduction for each day the assignment is late.  Also you will be required to come in the following morning BRIGHT and EARLY at 7:30 A.M. to make up the assignment, get it done, or do other homework.  GET YOUR WORK DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



There is a strong correlation for students that are well organized, and students that are successful in class.  Make sure to keep all your class papers in ONLY  your class three ring binder.  Mr. Kment does not tolerate students going to their locker to find missing and not organized work.  The skill of organization is a life skill that will follow you through college, your future career, and you life.  Now is a great time to learn it effectively. 



This year Logan View students have the opportunity to use computers in the classroom.  Computers will NOT be used as a distraction in Biology.  Computers will ONLY be used for educational purposes such as note taking and research.  If computer is not being used for education the student will be asked to put their computer away.  If a problem exists the student will NOT be able to use the computer in science class.



It is obvious when you copy your partners work so DO NOT DO IT.  You learn nothing from cheating besides proving to yourself you have poor morals.  If you cheat your work goes in the garbage and you get a zero.



If you are gone you have two days for every day you miss to turn in your work before it is late.  If you know there is a test or lab coming up and you know you are going to miss it, YOU need to come in and make arrangements to make up the course work. 




If you are stuck on a concept and do not understand, come in and get help.  I will be here early in the morning for students that need help.



EMAIL: jkment@loganview.org