Physics, Chemistry and Engineering  2022-2023

Rory Bannerman

E-Mail: [email protected]

Phone: x1114
Please call during my conference period.

Conference: 2nd and 6th Period (9:35 - 11:05)

Room: 114

I’m available after school for tutoring if your student needs extra help. Please let me know in advance.

Chemistry Course Description

This is an inquiry-based course which emphasizes the theoretical foundations of chemistry and the development of skills in acquiring, understanding, manipulating, and communicating scientific data.
First 9-week Cycle: 
Lab Safety, Measurement and the Scientific Method, Classification of Matter, Introduction to Chemical Formulas and Moles, Atomic Structure, Nuclear Chemistry.
Second 9-week Cycle:
Electron Configuration, Periodic Table and Trends, Ionic / Metallic / Covalent Bonding.
Third 9-week Cycle:
Molecular Geometry, Polar/Nonpolar Molecules, Naming Compounds, Chemical Reactions.
Fourth 9-week Cycle: 
Moles and Stoichiometry, Gas Laws, Thermochemistry, Solutions, Acids / Bases / Salts.

Physics Course Description

This is an inquiry-based course which emphasizes the theoretical foundations of physics and the development of skills in acquiring, understanding, manipulating, and communicating scientific data.
First 9-week Cycle:
Measurement and the Scientific Method, 1D Kinematics and Newton’s Laws.
Second 9-week Cycle:
2D Kinematics, Universal Gravitation, Energy, and Conservation of Energy.
Third 9-week Cycle:
Momentum, Conservation of Momentum, Thermodynamics, and Waves.
Fourth 9-week Cycle:
Electromagnetic Fields and Forces, Electricity, and Atomic, Nuclear and Quantum Physics

Introduction to Engineering Design Course Description

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school engineering course in the PLTW Engineering Program. In IED, students explore the engineering design process, using engineering tools and applying a common approach to the solution of engineering problems. The course utilizes an activity-project-problem-based approach. Students progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to plan, document, communicate, and develop other professional skills. 
First 9-week Cycle:
Design and Problem Solving
Second 9-week Cycle:
Assembly Design
Third 9-week Cycle:
Thoughtful Product Design
Fourth 9-week Cycle:
Making Things Move

Class Expectations    

Be Ready to Learn: Come to class with a positive attitude and an inquiring mind.

Be Respectful: We will treat each other in a kind, respectful, and polite manner.

Be Prepared: Bring all assigned work and supplies.

Be Prompt: Be in your proper seats when the bell rings.

Be Responsible: Follow instructions. Always act in a safe, sensible and helpful manner.  

Students will be expected to comply with classroom procedures, the Bellville High School Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct. This includes Cell Phones and Tablets“All devices must remain off and put away unless being used within a lesson during class time”.

Consequences for Inappropriate conduct:           

  1st offense:     Verbal Warning and documentation of infraction             

  2nd offense:    Conference with Student, documentation, and parent communication

  3rd offense:     Detention

  4th offense:     Sent to administration for disciplinary action 

At each level, students will be given the opportunity to correct their behavior and return to their learning.       



1.  60% -- Major (Tests, Major Labs, Notebooks, & Projects)

2.  30% -- Minor (Minor Labs and Quizzes)

3.  10% -- Daily (Warm-Ups, Exit Tickets, and Homework)

100% -- Total
No one grade will be worth more than 25% of the nine week cycle grade.

If an assignment is not turned in on the due date, a missing grade "M" will be entered in the gradebook immediately. This counts as a zero. The missing grade can be replaced if the assignment is turned in. There will be a 15 point penalty for assignments that are one calendar day late, and a 30 point penalty for two calendar days. Assignments later than two days will not be accepted.

If the student receives a failing grade on a Major assignment, the student may retake the assignment for a maximum grade of 70%. This must be done within two calendar days of receiving the failing grade. Students must schedule a time with me during Flex or after school.



Bring your notebook/binder to class every day.

Notebooks will be checked frequently. Quick checks will focus on a particular assignment and will be a daily grade. In addition, notebooks will be collected and graded once during each nine weeks. Collections will be announced several days beforehand. All parts of the notebook will be considered for grading purposes. These grades will be counted as a major grade.

It is the student’s responsibility to complete any missed assignments or tests. All assignments and notes will be available in our Google Classroom.
Missed tests must be taken during Flex or after school, within the next three calendar days. 
Missed assignments must be turned in within one week of returning to school. All other work must be completed and put into the binder within one week of returning.

Individual Tutorials:  
Help is available to students before or after school. Please notify me ahead of time.

Google Classroom and Remind: 
These apps are great ways for teachers and students to communicate and collaborate electronically.
All notes and assignments are available in Google Classroom. Classroom helps students to stay organized and to keep track of their assignments and deadlines.
Remind allows students to contact me directly if needed.
Students will be given instructions on how to join these groups using their cell phones or tablets.


•3” Three-Ring Binder           


•Pens, pencils, eraser, color pencils, ruler

•Other items may be requested later in the year.