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Physical Science

Physical Science Course Description

Physical Science is the study of matter and energy.  The course is divided into two major scientific areas, Chemistry and Physics.  Chemistry will cover a general introduction to atomic structure, the periodic table of elements, properties of elements and compounds, and chemical reactions.  Physics will cover a general introduction to the study of motion, forces, energy, machines, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism.  Equally important, you will leave this class with the ability to think critically and effectively as well as have a better understanding for and appreciation of matter and energy.




Unit 1 Learning Goals

  • Measurement:  Students will perform calculations involving scientific notations and conversion factors, identify metric and SI units and convert between common metric prefixes, compare and contrast accuracy and precision, and relate C, K, and F temperature scales.
  • Laboratory Introduction:  Students will identify the name and use of equipment commonly used in a chemistry laboratory.
  • Scientific Method:  Students will describe the steps of the scientific method and explain the importance of models and safety in science.
  • Scientific Data:  Students will organize and analyze data using tables and graphs and explain the importance of communicating data.