Welcome to Exploring Chemistry & Physics Concepts

Course: PSC 1200/Fall 2020/ LE-01 (66249) & LE-02 (70043)

Instructor: Thomas Wysocki Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office: Remote location

Department of Natural Sciences

Chesapeake Hall (Room 100)

Phone Numbers: 301-546- 0897 [ instructors]

301 – 546 -0420 [department]

EMAIL ADDRESS [email protected]

Blackboard Site:

CLASS TIMES: Lecture & Lab: Tuesday-Thursday 5:00PM-7:30PM (room remote)

Office Hours: Tues – Thurs 8:00Am – 9:00AM; Wednesday 9:00AM- 10:30AM; Friday 9:00AM-10:30AM or by appointment.

EMAIL POLICY It is the college’s policy that you may only contact me using your college issued Owl Mail Student Email account.

Course Description: Hands-on activity course for students who plan to

teach pre-school through grade 8. Content is based on topics for the

National Science Education Content Standards Document, the Core

Learning Goals of the Prince George’s County Public Schools, National

Councilfor Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the A.A.T. degree.

Emphasis is on the building process skills and content understanding

using a constructivist-based teaching methodology. Topics include

forces, chemical reactions, phase changes, motion, matter and energy,

sound, electricity, magnetism, and light. The laboratory component

provides students the opportunity to apply concepts learned with

hands-on activities and experiments.

3class/2 lab hours


Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

1 )Interpret scientific concepts with science process skills.

2) Accurately and precisely measure the mass, volume, and length of items using a variety of devices

in both metric and English units.

3) Interpret graphs of various types of motion.

4) Represent the structure of atoms, molecules, chemical bonding, with chemical symbols,

nomenclature, particle diagrams, and molecular structures.

5) Compare the types of matter with regard to general properties and separate mixtures with a

variety of laboratory techniques.

6) Compare the states of matter with regard to general properties, particulate nature, and energetics

related to change of state.

7) Compare the differences in the changes of matter both chemically and physically.

8) Describe pH as it relates to acid/base solutioins

9) Apply the fundamental conepts of motion, simple machines, types of energy, sound, light,

electricity, and magnetism to performance tasks that include “real world” situations.

10) Evaluate the pros and cons of different energy sources.

Credit-Hour Statement: At Prince George’s Community College, for all credit courses, students are expected to spend a minimum of 37.5 hours of combined instructional

time and related coursework time per credit hour. This course is a (4) credit hours. This

course achieves the minimum required hours by requiring 150 hours of instructional

time by requiring 92.5 hours of instructional time and 57.5 hours of student work

outside of the instructional time.

TEXTBOOK: Conceptual Physical Science (5th edition)

by Hewitt, Suchocki, Hewitt

This textbook is recommended but not required


1) A large 3-ring binder Must have access to a computer to print out all handouts from Blackboard

2) Calculator

Outside Class Requirements: If students do not complete remote labs, they must use outside class hours to complete.



A 90 – 100%

B 80 – 89%

C 70 – 79%

D 60 – 69%

F Below 60% Grades are assigned based on the grading policy stated in the syllabus and not the Blackboard grade book. There will be a column labeled present grade that is what your

current grade is in the class.

The NA GRADE may be assigned by the faculty member to any student on the roster who never attends or academically participates in the class during the first three weeks

(or equivalent of 20 percent in short courses)

The FX GRADE may be assigned by the faculty member to any student on the roster who did not officially withdraw from the course but who failed to participate in course

activities through the end of the period. It is used when, in the opinion of the

instructor, completed assignments or course activities or both were insufficient to

make normal evaluation of academic performance possible.

WITHDRAWAL STATEMENT: As the semester continues, I hope to see all of you staying in my course and doing well. However, if you are considering withdrawing from

this course, your withdrawal may result in financial aid and/or academic standing

implications. Therefore, if you are considering withdrawing at any pint, please speak

with me before making a final decision. I may be able to offer to direct you to help.

HOW ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED: All assignments are to be uploaded on Blackboard. There is a folder under course content noting the procedure.

LAB INFORMATION: Completion of all labs are critical to the understanding of this course. They are the basis of the Performance Tasks & the content exams.

COURSE OUTLINE: A detailed course outline is found under COURSE Schedule. It tells what is expected of you for every date in the course. It tells you the content of every

lecture, what to print out prior to class, where information can be found in the resource

textbook, what labs are assigned for that day, dates of exams and quizzes, and

additional practice exercises within the resource textbook.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: student achievement of the stated objectives will be assessed

based on the following activities:


Physics performance Task 15%

Chemistry Performance Task 15% Physics Exam 20%

Chemistry Exam 20 % Final Exam 20%

5 E Lesson Plan 5% Laboratory attendance 5%



October 8 Physics Performance Task 5:30 PM

October 13 Physics Exam 5:30 PM November 24 5 E lesson due 7:30 PM

December 1 Chemistry P. Task 5:30 PM December 3 Chemistry exam 5:30 PM

December 8 or 10 Final Exam 5:30 PM



September 5 - 7 Closed (Labor Day)

September 18 Last day to switch from credit to audit

October 27 Closed (Enrichment Day)

November 13 Last day to withdraw

November 26-29 Closed (Thanksgiving break)

December 8 or 10 Final Exam (tentative)


When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time

remaining at the time of the opening will be held. For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-

10:45 a.m. class will be held. This procedure applies to all credit classes. To sign up for text alerts such

as school closings and delays, log in to myPGCC from or from and click

Owl Alert Notification System on the Bookmarks tab. Owl Alert is the college’s instant messaging and

email notification system.


Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services

Office (LH101A) or call (301) 546-0838 (voice) or (301) 546-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for

services and accommodations. Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately

with their instructor at the beginning of the semester and provide them with a copy of their Student/Faculty

Accommodation Form. Faculty and staff must engage students in an interactive process when determining

necessary and appropriate modifications and/or auxiliary services.


As a member of Prince George’s Community College, I agree to promote a community of scholarship,

civility, accountability and respect. I understand that expressions of hate or bias against a particular group

or towards an individual, threaten the safety of our campus community. Therefore, I pledge to be aware of

my words and actions and how they impact others. I will show respect for myself, respect for others and

respect for the college and its values. I will honor this commitment to promote unity and a culture of

civility both inside and outside the classroom.

Civility is a college-wide commitment and in order to identify PGCC students, students are required to

enter classrooms with their college IDs visible. ALL students must have their IDs visible while AT ANY



Prince George’s Community College faculty are committed to helping create a safe and open learning

environment for all students. Title IX prohibits gender discrimination, including sexual harassment,

domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. If you have experienced any form of gender

discrimination or sexual misconduct, know that help and support are available. The College strongly

encourages all members of the community to take action, seek support and report incidents of sexual

misconduct to the Title IX Office, Director of Compliance, Kent Hall Room 133 (301-546-7011) or with

the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Vice President for Student Affairs, Kent Hall Room 119 (301-546-


Please be aware that under Title IX, faculty are required to disclose information about such misconduct to

the Title IX Office. The purpose of these reporting requirements is for the College to inform you of

options, supports and resources. You will not be forced to file a report with the police.

If you wish to speak to a confidential or limited confidential employee who does not have this reporting

responsibility, you can contact the Violence Prevention Center, Lanham Hall Room 101A (301-546-5281)

or Counseling Services, Lanham Hall Room 101A (301-546-0149).

For more information about reporting options and resources at Prince George’s Community College and

the community, please visit


The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of

students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the

code and other rules and regulations of the college. A student enrolling in the college assumes an

obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational

institution. Refer to the 2019-2020 Student Handbook for a complete explanation of the Code of Conduct,

including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.


The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle. In the

pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share

responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity. To support a community

committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the

principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the

learning process. The complete text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2019-2020 Student

Handbook and posted on the college's website.


• This class is 100% remote. At no point will you have to come to campus. • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) will be used for all meeting times and office

hours (including appointments).

• Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) sessions is mandatory and you should make every effort to attend. I will take attendance at the beginning of each


• All sessions will be recorded and recordings will be posted within 24 hours of the end of the session.

• In addition to our Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions, you will need to do some work in this Blackboard site like read parts of your textbook, watch videos, complete

exercises, and complete the assignments. This work can be done at any time, when it

is convenient for you – just make sure it is completed by the due date.

• If you have a legitimate reason to miss a BBCU session or not complete some work by the specified due date, you need to notify the instructor as soon as possible. You

are responsible for reviewing all missed information: content, handouts, etc. and

completing all missed activities: discussion boards, exercises, etc.


Technical Skills (from:

You don't have to be a computer wizard to have the technical skills necessary to be a successful remote

learner, but you do need:

 To be able to navigate the Internet.

 Basic computer skills, including:

o Can type

o Can use a mouse

o Can save, edit, and open documents

o Able to Cut, Copy, and Paste text

o Able to use email

o Able to attach a file to your email

 Have access to:

o A Pentium class computer with at least 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM with 5

GB free disk space.

o An Internet Service Provider

o Student email address


myPGCC is a student portal that provides quick access to Blackboard, Owl Alert, Owl Link, Owl Mail, PGCC

news, information, student events and more. Access myPGCC at or from Log

in using your Owl Link user ID and password.


Blackboard is a Web-based program that serves as the college's online classroom. You will use

Blackboard to communicate with your instructor, to see your course materials, to submit

assignments and to discuss the course with your classmates.

To log in to your Blackboard course, please follow these steps:

1. Go to the Prince George's Community College Blackboard Web site which is located at NOTE: There is no "www" in the Blackboard address.

• PGCC Students must log in to Blackboard using their Owl Link user ID and password.

• Howard Community College Students will receive instructions for requesting a PGCC Blackboard account from their instructor. Once the

account is requested, the student will receive an email (to their HCC

student email address) from eLearning Services with login information.

2. Type your Owl Link user ID and password into the Blackboard login box. If your login is successful, you will see the PGCC Blackboard Homepage. In the module labeled "My Courses,” you will see the

course(s) in which you are enrolled. Click on the course name to access your Blackboard course.

Need help?

 Visit the eLearning website at

 Other questions? E-mail [email protected]

Until further notice, all services will be delivered remotely

Course Schedule

Physical Science 1200- Fall 2020 Mr. Wysocki 310B

Schedule 301-546-0897)(301-546-0420)

[email protected]

Day Date Activity Topic/Concept Text (pgs)

Tues 8/25 Measurement

measurement button

Intro course, grading, 5 E's

Units, Metric System

Append A

pg 771-772

Thur 8/27 More Measurement

measurement button

conversions, significant figures,

accuracy, precision

Append A

pg 772-775

Tues 9/1 Motion

motion button

graphing button

speed,velocity, acceleration, graphing pg 24-31

pg 42-45

Thur 9/3 simple machines,

work, power

force/work button

force,work, simple machines,

mechanical advantage, power

pg 70-72

pg 77-80

Tues 9/8 potential vs kinetic E

Heat vs Temperature

energy button

Types of Mechanical Energy;potential,

kinetic, heat; heat transfer:conduction

convection, radiation, insulation


Pg 169-174

Thur 9/10 Sound

sound button

Waves, hearing, interference, diffraction,

Doppler Effect

pg 244-248

pg 253-260

Tues 9/15 Speed of sound

sound button

speed of sound, echoes, resonance,

musical instruments

pg 248


Thur 9/17 Light & Color

light button

Light & Color, polarized vs laser light pg271-275

pg 281-292

Tues 9/22 Lenses & Mirrors

light button

Reflection & Refraction Pg 275-280

Thur 9/24 Electrical nature of atoms



atoms & bonding button

Structure of atoms

Why atoms combine- chemical






Tues 9/29 Let's get charged up

electricity button

static electricity Pg 192-200

Thur 10/1 Bright lights/what makes the flow

go/current & circuits

electricity button

current & circuits pg 200-212

pg 230-231

Tues 10/6 Magnets; physics

Magnetism button

magnetism pg 222-226


Thur 10/8 Physics performance task

Tues 10/13 Physics Exam

Thur 10/15 What is matter

matter button

Matter & its properties pg 361-362

Tues 10/20 Sinking & floating



Density vs buoyancy pg123,

pg 126-129


Thur 10/22 Types of matter

types of matter button

Elements, compounds, mixtures pg 365-367

pg 409-411

Thur 10/29 Types of mixtures

types of matter button

Solutions, colloids, suspensions pg 411-413

Tues 11/3 Solubility (solutions)

types of matter button

unsaturated, saturated, supersaturated pg 416-419

Thur 11/5 Separations

Separations button

How is matter separated Pg407 – 408

Tues 11/10 Physical states of matter

Changes in State

States of matter button

changes in state button

Solids, liquids, gases

melting, freezing, boiling, freezing


Pg 178-184

Pg 359-360

Thur 11/12 Changes in Matter

changes in matter


Physical & chemical changes pg 363-364

Tues 11/17 Acids/bases/ household chemicals/

acids/bases/salts button

Acids & Bases/pH pg 465-469

pg 475-480

Thur 11/19 What makes one acid stronger

acids/bases/salts button

Strength of acids & bases/salts/


pg 469-472

Tues 11/24 5 E lesson workshop

Tues 12/1 Chemistry Performance task

Thur 12/3 Chemistry Exam







Final Exam

Important tips for success:

1) Have handouts printed out before class

2) It is imperative that you complete all labs

3) Ask questions on anything you do not understand

4) See me during office hours for help

5) Submit assessments when they are due (it is your responsibility to submit

things successfully.) There is a folder explaining how to submit an


6) All videos within the lab or recommended from the video folder should be

viewed for reinforcement on the topics covered in this class.

7) Strive for perfect attendance.

8) Be punctual

9) Do not leave sessions early

10) Do not get behind