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: http://pgcconline.blackboard.com
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
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
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
OTHER REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:
1) A large 3-ring binder Must have access to a computer to print out all handouts from Blackboard
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:
ASSESSMENT WEIGHTED PERCENTAGE of GRADE
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%
ASSESSMENT DATES (TENTATIVE):
DATE ASSESSMENT TIME
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)
DELAYED COLLEGE OPENINGS:
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 my.pgcc.edu or from www.pgcc.edu and click
Owl Alert Notification System on the Bookmarks tab. Owl Alert is the college’s instant messaging and
email notification system.
DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES
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.
COMMUNITY IN UNITY CIVILITY PLEDGE
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
COLLEGE SITE, WHETHER THEY ARE ON THE LARGO CAMPUS OR ANY EXTENSION SITE.
TITLE IX: CONFIDENTIALITY AND RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYEE STATEMENT
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 https://www.pgcc.edu/about-pgcc/institutional-information--policies/title-ix/
CODE OF CONDUCT
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.
CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
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.
BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE ULTRA SESSIONS
• 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.
STRUCTURED REMOTE LEARNING REQUIREMENTS
Technical Skills (from: http://www.pgcconline.com/technicalSupport/whatSkillsDoINeed.html)
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 STUDENT PORTAL:
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 my.pgcc.edu or from www.pgcc.edu. 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 http://pgcconline.blackboard.com. 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.
Visit the eLearning website at http://www.pgcconline.com
Other questions? E-mail [email protected]
Until further notice, all services will be delivered remotely
Physical Science 1200- Fall 2020 Mr. Wysocki 310B
Day Date Activity Topic/Concept Text (pgs)
Tues 8/25 Measurement
Intro course, grading, 5 E's
Units, Metric System
Thur 8/27 More Measurement
conversions, significant figures,
Tues 9/1 Motion
speed,velocity, acceleration, graphing pg 24-31
Thur 9/3 simple machines,
force,work, simple machines,
mechanical advantage, power
Tues 9/8 potential vs kinetic E
Heat vs Temperature
Types of Mechanical Energy;potential,
kinetic, heat; heat transfer:conduction
convection, radiation, insulation
Thur 9/10 Sound
Waves, hearing, interference, diffraction,
Tues 9/15 Speed of sound
speed of sound, echoes, resonance,
Thur 9/17 Light & Color
Light & Color, polarized vs laser light pg271-275
Tues 9/22 Lenses & Mirrors
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
static electricity Pg 192-200
Thur 10/1 Bright lights/what makes the flow
go/current & circuits
current & circuits pg 200-212
Tues 10/6 Magnets; physics
magnetism pg 222-226
Thur 10/8 Physics performance task
Tues 10/13 Physics Exam
Thur 10/15 What is matter
Matter & its properties pg 361-362
Tues 10/20 Sinking & floating
Density vs buoyancy pg123,
Thur 10/22 Types of matter
types of matter button
Elements, compounds, mixtures pg 365-367
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
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
Thur 11/12 Changes in Matter
changes in matter
Physical & chemical changes pg 363-364
Tues 11/17 Acids/bases/ household chemicals/
Acids & Bases/pH pg 465-469
Thur 11/19 What makes one acid stronger
Strength of acids & bases/salts/
Tues 11/24 5 E lesson workshop
Tues 12/1 Chemistry Performance task
Thur 12/3 Chemistry 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