Physical Science II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHYS-1417-001 Physical Science II


Course Description

Science course designed for non-science majors with focus on elementary education science instruction methods and content. Primary emphasis will be fundamental concepts of physics, such as force and motion, sound, waves, momentum and heat. May also include integration with chemistry, geology and astronomy.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 3 lab)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Conceptual Physical Science, 6th Ed, by Hewitt; ISBN 0134060490

Conceptual Academy Online (check with bookstore)


note-taking supplies

pens and/or pencils

good eraser

calculator (a graphing calculator is NOT necessary)

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Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to:

  1. be respectful to others
  2. attend class
  3. participate in discussions
  4. complete assignments
  5. study for tests

Cell phones may not be used as calculators during tests. If you have a calculator please bring it on test days as there are a limited number of calculators available.

Students are expected to work toward accomplishing their academic goals honestly without cheating or plagiarizing. Scholastic dishonesty can have serious consequences. Please refer to Amarillo College's policies on Scholastic Dishonesty for more information on what scholastic dishonesty is and the consequences it can bring.

Grading Criteria

This class consists of a lecture (3hrs) and a lab (1 hr). The lecture meets Tue and Thu from 5:30-6:45 pm and the lab meets Tue at 7:00 pm until you are finished.

Grades will be based on percentage of points earned as follows:

A 89.5 to 100
B 79.5 to 89.49
C 69.5 to 79.49
D 59.5 to 69.49
F below 59.49

Grades will be determined using the following percentages:

  • PRACTICE TESTS (1 per chapter; online, 1 dropped) -- 20%
  • LABS (in lab; 1 dropped) -- 25%
  • CONCEPTUAL ACADEMY (online) -- 15%
  • ATTENDANCE (lecture only) -- 5%
  • MIDTERM & FINAL (in class) -- 35%

Practice Tests will be on Blackboard and each can be taken two times. The average of the two grades will be added to the gradebook. One low Practice Test will be dropped.

Labs will be completed during lab time and turned in at the end of the lab. You will have one low lab grade dropped.

Conceptual Academy is an online student help center with videos and review questions. Your goal is to earn 100 points from each chapter studied this semester for 600 points overall. You earn 2 points for each question answered correctly PRIOR to the due time and 1 point for each question answered correctly AFTER the due time. Your CA grade will be the percentage of 600 points that you earn. Sign up instructions will be posted on Blackboard and discussed in class.

Attendance will be taken each day class is held. The Blackboard system counts "present" as 100, "tardy" as 80, and "absent" as 0. You will be counted "tardy" if more than 15 minutes late. If you have a verified illness or emergency and cannot attend class you will be excused from attendance. Email your instructor as soon as you can.


Lecture attendance will be taken and will count towards 5% of the total grade. Exceptions will be made for verifiable illness or emergencies.

Lab attendance is required. One low lab grade will be dropped.

PLEASE visit with the instructor if you know you will be absent from a lab. In SOME cases there may be a way to make up the lab online.


The course reading schedule will be posted on Blackboard and announced in class as well. Assigned reading is expected to be completed PRIOR to class the day the reading is due.

Exam Schedule

  • Midterm Exam - Chapters 1-4 -- Thursday March 10, 2022 5:30-6:45 pm
  • Comprehensive Final Exam - Chapters 1-4, 8, 10, 11 -- Tuesday May 10, 2022 5:30-7:30 pm

Conceptual Academy will be used for review and practice of concepts. Conceptual Academy assignment due dates are listed on Conceptual Academy online and will be posted on Blackboard as well.

There will be one Practice Test per chapter. You may use your notes and textbook on these assignments. You may take each Practice Test 2 times. The average of the two scores will be your grade for the Practice Test. One Practice Test will be dropped.


  • Week 1-2 -- Chapters 1, 2
  • Week 3-5 -- Chapter 3
  • Week 6-7 -- Chapter 4
  • Week 8 -- Review and Midterm Exam
  • Week 10-12 -- Chapter 8
  • Week 13-14 -- Chapter 10
  • Week 14-15 -- Chapter 11
  • Week 16 -- Final Exam

Please note: Calendars are subject to change depending on weather, illness, and other unforeseen circumstances. In the case of any changes to the calendar students will be notified in class, via email, and through announcements on Blackboard.

It is recommended, but not required, that all students sign up for Mrs. Fincher's REMIND course in order to receive text messages about class. Sign up instructions will be posted in Blackboard and discussed in class.

Additional Information

Please email Mrs. Fincher through the Blackboard email link if you need help or want to schedule a tutorial.

Syllabus Created on:

01/17/22 9:59 PM

Last Edited on:

01/17/22 10:44 PM