Physical Science -

Physical Science

Length: 36 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 7th – 9th Grades
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How to Use This Course

Through downloadable and online readings, experiments/labs, and hands-on projects, students explore the three main branches of physical science—chemistry, physics, and earth science. Topics such as elements, acids and bases, chemical formulas, force and motion, work and energy, electricity and magnetism, geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and more are explored.

Course Introduction

The purpose of this course is to introduce the upper middle school or early high school student to the three main branches of physical science: chemistry, physics, and earth science. Hands-on activities and labs are included throughout the course. Careers in physical science will be explored, and the final lesson includes a discussion of the Christian’s role in scientific career fields.

Unit 1: Chemistry

  • Week 1: Introduction
  • Week 2: Matter
  • Week 3: States of Matter
  • Week 4: Atoms
  • Week 5: The Periodic Table of Elements
  • Week 6: Elements and Compounds
  • Week 7: Chemical Bonding
  • Week 8: Solutions (Mixtures)
  • Week 9: Acids and Bases
  • Week 10: Salts
  • Week 11: Chemical and Physical Changes
  • Week 12: Writing Chemical Formulas
  • Week 13: Balancing Equations
  • Week 14: Review
  • Week 15: Chemistry and You

Unit 2: Physics

  • Week 16: Introduction to Physics
  • Week 17: Force and Motion
  • Week 18: Work and Energy
  • Week 19: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Week 20: Magnetic Fields
  • Week 21: Sound and Light
  • Week 22: Waves
  • Week 23: Heat and Temperature
  • Week 24: Physics and You

Unit 3: Earth Science

  • Geology
    • Week 25: Introduction to Earth Science
    • Week 26: Earth’s Structure
    • Week 27: Earth’s Wonders
  • Oceanography
    • Week 28: Oceans and Seas
    • Week 29: Movements and the Ocean Floor
    • Week 30: Water as a Resource
  • Meteorology
    • Week 31: Atmospheric Conditions
    • Week 32: Weather and Climate
    • Week 33: Weather and you
  • Astronomy
    • Week 34: The Solar System
    • Week 35: Stars
    • Week 36: Our Place in Space

If this course is taken in full, spending approximately 180 hours completing all assignments (two hours per day for eighteen weeks or one hour per day for thirty-six weeks), it will count for one high school credit.

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