Nick Hartel

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Learning and Credit Options: Virtual Scholars

School Year:


Course number: 1703OR1

Course title: Foundations of Physics and Chemistry I

Subject: Science

Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Course Description:

Foundations of Physics and Chemistry is a lab-oriented, rigorous science class designed to develop students understanding of fundamental scientific knowledge and the ability to think like scientists. Topics studied will include science skills, properties of matter, states of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, motion, forces and motion, work, power and machines, energy, thermal energy and heat, mechanical waves and sound, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Prerequisites: None

Priority Standards and Final Proficiencies:

This course is a standards-based course. All students will be exposed to CCSS or Oregon state 9, 10, 11, 12 standards--below are the standards that mastery must be shown in order to earn credit.

H.1P.1 Explain how atomic structure is related to the properties of elements and their position in the Periodic Table. Explain how the composition of the nucleus is related to isotopes and radioactivity.
H.1P.2 Describe how different types and strengths of bonds affect the physical and chemical properties of compounds.
H.2P.1 Explain how chemical reactions result from the making and breaking of bonds in a process that absorbs or releases energy. Explain how the rate of a chemical reaction is affected by temperature, pressure, and concentration.
H.3S.4 Identify examples from the history of science that illustrate modification of scientific knowledge in light of challenges to prevailing explanations.

Schedule of Units Covered:

Unit One:

Scientific Method
Matter and Measurements
Energy and Temperature
Unit Conversions
Accuracy and Precision

Unit Two:

States of Matter
Classifying Matter
Properties of Matter
Atomic Theory
Properties of Atoms
The Periodic Table
Periodic Table Lab Activity

Unit Three

Electrons and Bonding
Ionic and Covalent Bonds
Chemical Formulas
Hydrogen Hydroxide
Acids and Bases
Lab Time: Acid and Base Indicators

Unit Four

Chemical Reactions
Classifying Chemical Reactions
Chemical Reactions and Energy
Reaction Rates and Temperature Laboratory
Impact of Biotechnology

Academic Vocabulary

Atomic bonding principles, atomic mass, atomic nucleus, atomic number, atomic weight, catalyst, chemical bond, chemical reaction rate, conductor, convection, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic spectrum, electromagnetic wave, electron, element, endothermic, energy, erosion, exothermic, F=ma, fault, fission, friction, fusion, geology, global warming, gravitational force, gravitational potential energy, gravity, greenhouse effect, group, half-life, halogens, heterogeneous mixture, homogeneous mixture, hypothesis, inertia, interference, ion, ionic bond, isotopes, kinetic energy, law of conservation of energy, law of conservation of mass, lever, liquid, longitudinal wave, machine, magnetic pole, malleability, manipulated variable, mass, mechanical advantage, medium, melting point, metals, metalloids, model, molecule, momentum, net force, neutron, Isaac Newton, noble gases, nonmetals, nonrenewable energy source, observation, orbital, parallax, period, periodic motion, pH, phase change, physical change, physical property, physics, pitch, polar, potential energy, power, precipitate, precision, pressure, products , radiation, reactant, reaction rate, resistance, resonance, rotation, salinity, slope, solid, solute, solvent, solution, sound wave, speed, subduction, sublimation, valence electron, vaporization, velocity, volume, wavelength, weight, work

District-Adopted Materials

Supplemental Resources

As needed

Differentiation/Accessibility Strategies and Support (TAG, ELL,SpEd, other):

Accommodations based on IEP and 504 will be adhered to with guidance from case manager. Case manager approval is required for a student to take a VS course.


Instruction and assessments are created and delivered with a mind to multiple learning styles; it is with active cognition that teachers build material for students who learn in many different ways.

Career-Related Learning Experiences


Essential Skills and Required Work Samples:

Being a standards-based course, work will need to be scored at “Successful” or higher in order to earn credit.

Assessment/Evaluation/Grading Policy

Students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, students must follow their course calendar and make progress in the course every week. Students are required to complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to:

  • Make regular progress (follow course calendar)
  • Maintain regular contact with teachers

When teachers, students, and families work together, students are successful.


This course is a standards-based course.

Course lessons and assessments are targeted to a specific set of CCSS/Oregon state standards. Students will be expected to score at the “Successful” level or higher in order to be marked proficient in each assessment. Students are expected to complete all assessments in the course.


If a student scores “Work In Progress” on an assessment, they will be able to revise and resubmit it for re-scoring.

Final grades in Virtual Scholars are determined using the VS Proficiency Matrix.

Behavioral Expectations:

PLAGIARISM is strictly monitored.


From the PPS Student Acceptable Use Guide:

Students will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the student.

Students will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, the student should follow the expressed requirements. If the student is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner.


Students will adhere to the regulations outlined in the PPS Student Acceptable Usage guide

Safety Issues and Requirements