Physical science family and friends, I welcome you again to the next week of distance learning.  As some of you may know, I am fascinated with space exploration and the idea that one day, the human race will be advanced enough to colonize Mars.  Last weekend Space X with the cooperation of NASA launched the next generation of human occupied rockets to the space station.  I watched a live stream of the launch and the docking process on NASA TV. 

Final Exam Announcement:

On June 8th I will release the final exam on illuminate.  You will have until June 15th to complete the exam.  The exam will not be timed; however, you will need to have it done by 11:59pm on June 15th.

I have adjusted the weight of the final exam.  The final exam is now worth 10% of your grade, to compensate, the classwork category and the lab category have been increased by 5% each.  The online grade book has been adjusted to reflect this change.

 If you are curious about what you need to get on your final to earn a specific grade, this link will help you to figure it out.


This week we are going to be preparing for the final exam.  The final exam, as you know is a comprehensive exam, it will contain content from all units which were covered in the second semester.  The questions asked on the final exam will be short answer/ essay type questions.  You will need to use critical thinking skills and apply what you learned to analyze laboratory data or to solve a problem. These questions are similar to the conclusion questions that were posed to you during laboratory activities in class.


Why use critical thinking skills:

Critical thinking can be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking.  Basically, critical thinking requires you to use your ability to reason.  You need to not only understand the information, but also the links between the ideas.  In this age of information, the ability to evaluate new, complex concepts is an essential skill of an educated individual and someone employers will value.  Critical thinkers bring unique and creative solutions and help businesses to remain competitive.  Whether you are in an entry level position or you are the boss, critical thinking gives you the power to make positive contributions. 

My wife is a tax accountant at a large accounting firm, I asked her how she uses critical thinking skills in her job.  She says, even though there are guidelines she is required to follow by law, she interprets reported numbers and financial statements to identify trends and exercise good judgement to advise clients.

Criteria for success:

We will be completing two review documents which will provide you additional practice using critical thinking skills.  The types of questions on these documents will be similar to the questions you will be asked to answer on the final exam.  You will know you are successful this week when you practice like you play.  What I mean is you put forth the same effort towards these questions as you would for the final exam.   Use this link

to view the final exam rubric.  Utilize this document to measure your success this week.  Also, turn in your assignments on time so I can provide timely and detailed feedback. 

Schedule for this week 

6/1 & 6/2 Newton’s Law final exam review(Due Tuesday)

6/3 & 6/4 Fluid Forces review for final exam(Due Thursday)

6/5 study on your own: this document is a list of all the vocabulary words we learned about during the second semester.



Mr. Petrosky


Physical Science

Course Description

Physical Science is a 2 semester course, which involves the exploration of matter and energy as they relate to Chemistry, Physics, and Earth & Space Sciences. The first semester covers an overview of Chemistry including the following topics: Atomic Structure, Organization of the Periodic Table, States of Matter, Chemical Bonds, Chemical Reactions, and Solutions. The second semester covers fundamental Physics concepts including the following topics: Forces, Motion, Work, Power, Simple Machines, Energy, Waves, Sound, Light, Electricity, and Magnetism.Students are taught these concepts through science skills, laboratory skills, technical writing, and inquiry-based learning. The material is introduced through a variety of modalities including note-taking, hands-on activities, labs, and projects.


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