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Physical Science [Competency Based] (2nd semester)

Physical Science [Competency Based] (2nd semester)

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Course Description

Physical Science is an interactive and engaging course that covers the sciences of chemistry and physics. The course begins with a unit on the nature of science and a review of measurement and its importance. The course proceeds with the study of chemical principles, exposing students to topics such as the properties of matter, the structure of the atom, the formation of bonds, and the properties of solutions. The course then moves to the science of physics, describing the topics of motion, force, work, and energy. Students apply their knowledge of these topics through problems, explanations, graphs, and virtual lab activities.

Course Breakdown

  • Frames of reference
  • Distance and displacement
  • Speed and velocity
  • Types of acceleration
  • Forces and their effects on motion
  • Projectiles
  • Newton's Three Laws of Motion
  • Momentum, impulse, and collision
  • Electromagnetic forces
  • Newton's Laws of Universal Gravitation
  • Force, work, and power
  • Machines and their advantages
  • Kinetic and potential energy
  • Levers Energy conservation
  • Thermal energy
  • Conduction, convection, and radiation
  • Thermal insulation
  • Laws of thermodynamics
  • Heat engines
  • Wave types and motion
  • Light, color, and electromagnetic spectrum
  • Telescopes and microscopes
  • Electric forces, fields, and charges
  • Circuits
  • Magnetic forces and charges
  • Magnetic fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Home electricity and alternate energy sources

Course Goals

  1. Describe how frames of reference are used to measure motion.
  2. Demonstrate how to measure speed, including measuring it by utilizing the slope of an object.
  3. Learn about reaction rates and the factors that affect reaction rates.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Newton's Three Laws of Motion.
  5. Analyze how energy is conserved in conversions between kinetic energy and potential energy.
  6. Describe ways to conserve energy resources.
  7. Describe conduction, convection, and radiation and identify which of these is occurring in a given situation.
  8. Learn how to apply the law of energy and laws of thermodynamics.
  9. Identify factors that affect the amount of refraction, diffraction, or interference.
  10. Describe the properties of sound waves and explain how sound is produced and reproduced.
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