Integrated Physics and Chemistry Syllabus

  Pioneer High School    

 Instructor:  Mr. Anthony Phillips   Office Hrs. 7:00 – 7:30

                      Room Number: B204   Phone: 271-1600 ext. 4058

Tutorial Hours: Monday thru Friday Mornings 7:30 – 7:50



I. Course Description:

In Integrated Physics and Chemistry, students conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigation, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. This course integrates the disciplines of physics and chemistry in the following topics: force, motion, energy, and matter.

Science, as defined by the National Academy of Sciences, is the "use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated through this process." This vast body of changing and increasing knowledge is described by physical, mathematical, and conceptual models. Students should know that some questions are outside the realm of science because they deal with phenomena that are not scientifically testable.


II. Text:

          McGraw Hill, Integrated Physics + Chemistry 2015


III. Materials Required Daily: (The student will keep and bring these items daily)

  1. Pens (Blue, Black, and Red)
  2. Hi-liter (Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue)
  3. One subject Journal (replaced as it becomes full)
  4. Color Pencils and or markers
  5. Glue sticks
  6. Scissors


IV. Course Content Skills and Standards

A. Science Skills

Students will:

  • Use science process skills in laboratory or field investigations, including observation, classification, communication, metric measurement, prediction, inference and, collecting and analyzing data
  • Use traditional reference materials to explore background and historical information regarding a scientific concept
  • Learn and use, on a regular basis, standard safety practices for laboratory or field investigations
  • Identify the significance of accurate, precise, and subjective/objective measurements, use of reliable tools, safety measure, and career training in environmental monitoring
  • Work in collaborative groups to complete course work as well as individual assignments.





B. Course Content

Unit 1: Motion and Force

Unit 2: Energy

Unit 3: Waves

Unit 4: Matter

Unit 5: Reactions

Unit 6: Applications of Chemistry


V. Classroom Format, Requirements, and Evaluation:

This course uses a variety of classroom methods, including interactive lectures, class discussions, group presentations, collaborative group work, individual work, labs, field studies, student written and oral projects, and active student participation. Students are expected to participate in, and complete all aspects of required work to the best of their ability.  Student achievement will be evaluated in a holistic manner, taking into account all aspects performance.

          Tests and quizzes will be given regularly throughout each semester, with a comprehensive final exam at the conclusion of the semester.


VI. Grading System:

Student grades will be aligned with the district recommendations.


-Major Assignments…60%

-Minor Assignments…40%


Grades will be weighted as follows:


Tests                               Major

Projects                           Major


Presentations                   Minor

Quizzes                           Minor

Labs & Research               Minor

Class work, Homework &

Class Participation             Minor


Final Exam                       20% of Semester Grade



VII. Re-Testing

            Students will be given the opportunity to re-test on a major grade in the event that they are absent and or have a failing test grade. Absent students will be allowed three days to inform me when they can come in to re-test. According to district policy, making up an exam because of an excused absence will be allowed the full grade to be awarded.

In the event that a student fails an exam, they will have three days to come in for tutoring and set up an appointment to re-test. According to district policy, making up an exam because of a failing grade will automatically lose 30pts. So the highest possible grade cannot be over a 70.




VII. Student Success:

          I am very interested in the success of every student.  If you are having trouble with a particular assignment or concept, do not hesitate to seek help from me.  I am available for extra help during tutorial hours, and also before and after school by appointment.  Students and parents are encouraged to also use email in order to contact me at


VIII. Policies & Procedures:



In order to succeed in this class a student MUST be present. After returning from an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to ask the instructor for missed assignments before or after class. 


Make-up work will not be addressed during class.


You will have three days upon the return from an absence to complete and turn in missed assignments. In the case of multiple days missed you will have additional days to complete the assignments as well.





Tardy students will not be admitted into the classroom without an excuse from the attendance or the discipline office.  A student is considered tardy if they are not inside of the classroom when the tardy bell rings.  Loitering in the hallway or at the classroom door until the bell rings is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.



 It is the student’s responsibility to turn in all assignments, notes, and class work that is assigned to them.  Work turned in after the due date will be graded for reduced credit. In order to receive reduced credit, students must come to tutorial, or make an appointment to do so.  Make-up work will NOT be addressed during class.



Do your own work.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated. While it is expected that students will discuss homework and classwork assignments, a student should never submit another person’s work or ideas as their own.  Quizzes, tests, and exams are always individual assignments and are never collaborative. 


If a student is observed copying answers from another students completed work or attempts to submit another’s work or ideas as their own, then a grade of “0” will be assigned. To remove the “0,” the assignment must be completed, from the start, in tutorial under the teacher’s supervision and a grade no higher than 70% can be earned.




The following items are strictly forbidden from the classroom.  If they are observed during class time, they will be confiscated from the student, and kept until the end of the day. 

  • Food
  • Drinks other than water
  • Any item deemed to interfere with instruction

Chronic use of these forbidden items in the classroom will result in further disciplinary measures.


Please Refer to the Sharyland ISD School Board Policy Regarding Confiscation of and Return of Electronic Devices




It is necessary for all students to present themselves in a mature and appropriate manner that creates the best learning environment for everybody.  Students must maintain respect for themselves, other students, the instructor, and our community at all times.  Inappropriate behavior will result in the involvement of the student’s parent/ guardian and the school administration to aid in both correction and disciplinary action.





Classroom Behavior Rules/Discipline Plan

Mr. Phillips, Integrated Physics and Chemistry


Each student shall:

1.         Be prepared for class when the bell stops ringing.  This means have the materials needed for class, stop talking, and be ready to begin the day’s work. 

2.         Respect each class member’s right to learn and the teacher’s right to teach.

3.         Respect others’ person and property.  (Keep hands to self, don’t copy, don’t cheat, don’t steal, and don’t play with objects in class).

4.         Listen to what others are saying.  Class discussion is an important part of this class.  Do not ridicule or criticize another class member.

5.         Make an honest attempt to cooperate and participate in all activities. 

6.         Follow any given instructions when they are given.

7.         Never use offensive or objectionable language.

8.         Do not abuse a substitute teacher.


Use common sense in class.  Show respect for all members of the class.  If you are not sure if something is allowed, ask.  Use the appropriate behavior at the appropriate time.


Negative Consequences

When you choose not to follow these rules, to talk excessively at inappropriate times, or to not put forth a positive effort in class, one or more of the following will happen:

1.         A warning.  Warnings may be verbal, non-verbal, or written. 

2.         Set aside from class and not allowed to participate or sent to the office.

4.         Phone call home.

5.         Conference with parents/guardians, counselors, and/or administration.

  1. Office Referral


Severe disruptions will result in a student being removed from the class and sent to the assistant principal with a recommendation that a student be strongly disciplined.  Each discipline situation is unique.  Consequences may change depending on the situation.


Positive Consequences

The above guidelines are minimum requirements to maintain a learning atmosphere in this classroom.  The following will happen when the above guidelines are met and exceeded:

1.         Increased time to go over and explain concepts.

2.         More material will be covered.

3.         We will take advantage of fun and unique learning experiences.



Life does not reward people for performing minimal requirements.  Life may reward one who goes beyond what is expected, and this class is no different.











Other Classroom Rules and Expectations:


1.         You can be excused from class to go to the bathroom or nurse. You must use a pass, and when you return you must hand the pass back to the teacher.

2.         If you are not in my class when the bell stops ringing, you will be counted tardy. (Running in from the hall during the bell is counted as tardy). You will need a tardy slip to enter the class.

3.         Students are responsible for obtaining missed assignments during absences.  Students who are absent from Mr. Phillips’s class, but not truant, will have the number of days absent plus three additional days to make up missed work.  Arrangements can be made with Mr. Phillips if more time is needed.

4.         If a student is truant from class or is assigned an out-of-school suspension, the student can make up work for half credit through arrangements made by the student at his or her initiative.  Students must make arrangements within three days of the truancy.  If the student fails to complete the work according to the arrangements made, he or she will receive zeros on the missed assignments and tests.

5.         If you choose to be a part of an organized truancy (i.e., a “skip day”), you will receive a zero for any assignments, projects, quizzes, or tests that are conducted the day of the absence.  Teachers are not responsible for repeating any information or reviewing any material that is covered the day of the absence.  The only exception will be if you have an excused absence.

6.         Students that are caught cheating in Mr. Phillips’s class will be given a zero for the assignment and may be disciplined further.  Any communication during a quiz or test is considered cheating.

7.         Students that are in Mr. Phillips’s class during announcements are not allowed to talk while the announcements are being read.  Students that talk during announcements will be disciplined.

8.         Students who do not come prepared for class may use one of their three excuses to obtain the appropriate materials.  After the three excuses are used up, students will receive discipline consequences for not being prepared for class. (Refer to Syllabus)

9.         Students who enter or leave Mr. Phillips’s class during instructional time must inform the teacher. (During labs I may not see or hear you enter and won’t know to count you present)




Mr. Phillips reserves the right to revise the discipline plan if it is not providing a positive learning atmosphere.