M/J Physical Science
M/J Physical Science introduces students to the basic skills that scientists use when making scientific investigations. It will build a base for the student to conduct scientific inquiry, which scaffolds up from sixth to eighth grade. This course covers the concepts of force and motion, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, and chemistry.
Upon building the foundation for scientific inquiry, students will use those skills to investigate the realm of physical science. The students will show their understanding through projects and experiments to demonstrate how different properties of matter are displayed.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
- Identify how scientific investigations are done in different fields of science.
- Explain the steps of the scientific method.
- Compare and contrast scientific theory and law.
- Identify careers in science and the diverse background of scientists.
- Understand how the force of gravity affects objects.
- Distinguish between potential and kinetic energy.
- Explain how energy is transferred between objects.
- Identify the properties of light.
- Demonstrate a phase change through the addition or removal of heat.
- Explain that energy arrives as radiation from the sun making up the EM spectrum.
- Distinguish between science and pseudoscience.
- Explore the scientific theory of atoms.
Differentiate between physical and chemical changes.