Instructor: McNamara, B.

    Westerly Public School
    ...A place where learning has no limits and academic excellence is measured one child at a time.

    This physical science course is intended to provide an understanding of physical science processes and concepts. Because the topics are treated in both a qualitative and quantitative manner, adequate skills in mathematical manipulations and concepts are needed. Course content includes studies waves, sound, light, force and motion, and introductory concepts in Earth and Space Science.

    Contact Information:  bmcnamara@westerly.k12.ri.us
    Class Syllabus:  See file below
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  • Rube Goldberg Daily Reflection

    Google page for Reflection

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  • Rube Goldberg Daily Reflection

    Rube Goldberg Daily Reflection

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  • Chapter 15 Energy

    In this Chapter students will be able to.., Describe the relationship between work and energy. Relate kinetic energy to mass and speed and calculate these quantities. Analyze how potential energy is related to an object's position and give examples of gravitational and elastic potential energy. Solve equations that relate an object's gravitational potential energy to its mass and height. Give examples of the major forms of energy and explain how each is produced. Describe conversions of energy from one form to another. State and apply the law of conservation of energy. Analyze how energy is conserved in conversions between kinetic energy and potential energy and solve equations that equate initial energy to final energy. Describe the relationship between energy and mass and calculate how much energy is equivalent to a given mass. Classify energy resources as renewable or nonrenewable. Evaluate benefits and drawbacks of different energy sources. Describe ways to conserve energy…

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  • Exam Review Packet


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  • Exam

    Exam covers chapters 1, 11, 12.1, 12.2, & 12.3 Bring a #2 pencil, your review packet and an index card with any information you would like to use on the exam.  

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  • Egg Drop Daily Reflection

    Google form for daily reflection

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  • Chapter 12 Force and Motion

    In this chapter students will: Describe examples of force and identify appropriate SI units used. Explain how the motion of an object is affected when balanced and unbalanced forces act on it. Compare and contrast the four kinds of friction. Describe how Earth's gravity and air resistance affect falling objects. Describe the path of a projectile and identify the forces that produce projectile motion. Describe Newton's first law of motion and its relation to inertia. Describe Newton's second law of motion and use it to calculate acceleration, force, and mass values. Relate the mass of an object to its weight. Explain how action and reaction forces are related according to Newton's  third law of motion. Calculate the momentum of an object and describe what happens when momentum is conserved during a collision. Identify the forms of electromagnetic force that can both attract and repel. Identify and describe the universal forces action within the nucleus. Define Newton's law of universal gravitation and describe the factors affecting gravitational force. Describe centripetal force and the type of motion its…

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  • Chapter 11

      This chapter is Motion and will consist of the following: Review measurements and units. Review math skills. Review graphing of scientific data. Identify frames of reference and describe how they are used to measure motion. Identify appropriate SI units for measuring distances and speed Distinguish between distance and displacement. Calculate displacement using vector addition. Calculate speed and acceleration. Compare and contrast average speed and instantaneous speed. Interpret distance-time graphs and speed-time graphs Describe how velocities combine. Describe instantaneous…

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  • Chapter 1

    Students will be working on chapter 1 for the next few weeks.  After completing this chapter they will be able to, Explain how science and technology are related. List the major branches of science and how they overlap. Describe the main ideas of physical science. Describe steps in the scientific method. Compare and contrast facts, scientific theories, and scientific laws. Explain the importance of models in science. Explain the importance of safety in science. Perform calculations involving scientific notation and conversion factors. Identify the metric and SI units used in science and convert between common metric prefixes. Compare and contrast accuracy and precision. Relate the Celsius, Kelvin, and Fahrenheit temperature scales. Organize and analyze data using tables and graphs. Identify the relationship between a manipulated variable and a responding variable. Explain the importance of communicating data. Discuss the process of peer…

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  • Welcome Physical Science

    All students are expected to have a 3-ring binder for taking notes and keeping handouts. Students will be given several handouts at the start of this semester and throughout the school year.  Each student will be receiving a handout on classroom policies and safety.  This should be read, signed by a parent or guardian and returned to me no later than Monday 9/12. For the next 2 weeks we will be discussing science skills, what is science, conducting scientific experiments, measurements, the metric system, and how to write up a lab…

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