Physical Science is designed for high school students needing an entry-level science course covering basic concepts found in chemistry and physics. Topics included in this study are:
- motion and forces
- work and energy
- electricity and magnetism
The course seeks to help students expand their knowledge and skills so that they may achieve the following goals:
- Gain an understanding of foundational concepts in physics and chemistry.
- Make careful observations of the surrounding environment.
- Analyze problems and solutions scientifically.
- Integrate science knowledge with real world situations at local, regional, national, and international levels.
- Appreciate the impact of science discovery on everyday life.
Throughout the course, students will have opportunities to observe simulations, investigate ideas, and solve problems–both on screen and away from the computer. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain the differences between elements, compounds, and mixtures.
- Explain and use the periodic table.
- Predict how different elements will react.
- Describe acid-base reactions and redox reactions.
- Use scalars and vectors to visualize and calculate concepts of motion.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how energy is transferred and changed from one form to another.
- Know the relationship between magnetism and electricity.