• INTEGRATED PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY (IPC)

  • Course Fees for LISD Students

    Course fee if taken outside the school day: 

    Chemistry - Semester A Credit - $150.00

    Chemistry - Semester B Credit - $150.00

    * Total fee for the one-credit course = $300.00

     

    Course fee if taken within the school day:

    Chemistry - Semester A Credit - $0.0

    Chemistry - Semester B Credit - $0.00

     

    Teacher: VLA Teacher


  • Course Prerequisites

    You must be in grades 10 -12 and have one unit of high school Biology.

    Course Description

    Integrated Physics and Chemistry explores the nature of force, motion, energy, and matter. Course topics include kinematics, force, momentum, waves, atoms, the periodic table, molecular bonding, chemical reactivity, electricity, and nuclear energy.

    The course provides students with opportunities to learn and practice scientific skills within the context of relevant scientific questions. Scientific inquiry skills are embedded in the direct instruction, through which students learn to ask scientific questions, deconstruct claims, form and test hypotheses, and use logic and evidence to draw conclusions about the concepts. Lab activities reinforce skills related to writing, communication, and critical thinking, in addition to helping students develop a deeper understanding of the nature of science. Throughout this course, students are given an opportunity to understand how physics and chemistry concepts are applied in technology and engineering.

    The content is specifically aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Integrated Physics and Chemistry Standards and Benchmarks.

    Required Assignments, Exams, and Projects

    Your grades for this course will come from online quizzes, kitchen labs, practices, journals, discussions, and online tests. You will complete practices, studies, labs and discussions that will help you to develop a greater understanding of skills and knowledge that you will need to prepare for the unit assessments. You will complete a computer-graded exam and a teacher-graded exam in a proctored setting for each semester.

    Interactivity

    You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students and your teacher using online resources like Google Classroom and online discussion boards. These tools allow you to build community in the online classroom and share learning and experiences that enable all students to be productive 21st century learners.

    Grading Guidelines

    This course is delivered using the Apex Learning Management System that uses a running point grading system. Your grades will include quizzes, journals, practices, forums, live class sessions, computer-graded tests, teacher-graded tests, and projects.

    Semester grades will be based on your completed quality of work grade prior to taking your semester exams. Exam averages will be based on a combined average of a computer-graded exam (50%) and a teacher-graded exam (50%).

    The final semester average is based upon LISD grading guidelines and will consist of the semester grade (85%) and the exam average (15%). By Lewisville ISD grading guidelines, you must pass the final exam and have a course grade of at least 70% to pass the course. All semester exams are proctored.

    Late Work Guidelines:

    All work within a module is due by the module end date (see pacing guide for specific dates).

    • VLA follows the district’s Late Work guidelines. A ZERO will be entered as a PLACEHOLDER for work not completed by the due date. The zero will be changed once the work has been submitted.
    • Work submitted the first day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 70;
    • Work submitted the second day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 60; and
    • Work submitted the third day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 50.
    • Module Close: Modules will lock down 72 hours after the end date. You may not submit work for credit after the module has closed. Any zeros remaining when the module closes will remain as zeros in the grade book.

    Reteach/Reassess/Regrade:

    If you earn a grade below a 70 on a major grade, the teacher will reteach, then reassess. In order to receive reassessment options, you must turn in major grade assignments within a module by the module end date. After the reteach/reassess, the higher of the two grades will be assigned, with the maximum possible score of 70.

    Required Resources

    You will need a scientific calculator for this course. You will also need to have access to Google Classroom (included in your LISD Google Apps for Education). You will receive a list of required kitchen lab resources at the start of the course. All kitchen labs will be accessed and submitted through Google Classroom.

    Technical Requirements

    • Technical System Requirements: PC or MAC preferred
    • Minimum Bandwidth Required: 128K
    • Video Player: Quicktime; VLC Player
    • Plug-ins:  Java 10 or higher; Adobe Reader 6 or higher
    • Student must be able to download files: Yes
    • Software needed to complete this course: Zoom Launcher (free download)
    • Pop-Up blocker:  Off
    • Caching:  Off
    • Browser compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 7 or higher preferred; Google Chrome 11 or higher; Internet Explorer 8 or higher.

    Services for Students with Special Needs

    For students with an IEP/504 Plan, we provide accommodations listed to meet the student’s needs. Many accommodations are built into our courses (extended time on assignments, flexible exam setting). Accommodations that are not already built into the course may still be met through individualizing the presentation, providing guided notes, live teaching/tutorial sessions, phone contact, and one-on-one conversations.