Section: Schools, Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

In this rigorous physical science course, students master the fundamental concepts of physics and introductory concepts in chemistry, including computational and analytical skills. As students explore questions like -why does a cello and a trumpet have their own unique sound? how can one predict an object’s continued motion, change in motion or stability? or how do substances combine or change to make new substances? – students gain an appreciation for the patterns and laws God has woven into the fabric of His creation that have a bearing on their everyday lives. The course is mastery-oriented and integrates history, mathematics, and technical communication skills reinforced through biweekly quizzes. Hands-on lab experiences performed at home and computer simulations are used to further develop the concepts in the course as well as to teach the principles and skill of writing a formal lab report.

The concepts taught here serve as an excellent foundation for further study in the disciplines of chemistry and biology. This course is sufficient preparation for college level studies in the area of introductory physics and is intended for accelerated ninth grade students who have already completed Algebra I and are motivated toward honors-level study in science and mathematics.

Topics include: the nature of scientific knowledge, the scientific method, Newton’s laws of motion, energy, heat and temperature; waves, sound and light; electricity and DC circuits; fields and magnetism; physical and chemical properties; models of the atom, chemical bonding, and chemical reactions.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1

Homework Habits: Students typically spend 3-5 hours a week on reading assignments, homework questions and alternating weekly review or cumulative quizzes.

Suggested Grade Level: 9–12

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