This physical science course addresses overarching ideas of two branches of science,
chemistry and physics, in accordance to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which
emphasize critical thinking and engineering practices. Upon completing the class, students will
have foundational scientific knowledge of various topics from matter to energy that encourages
application of science to real-life contexts. Instruction in this class includes hands-on activities,
experiments, inquiry labs, texts, videos, and teacher guidance.
In the first semester (unit 1-6), students will focus on understanding matter through
characteristics of their subatomic particles, periodic trends and chemical reactions. Students will
obtain the knowledge necessary to perform simple lab techniques such as measuring, filtering
and diluting and practice communicating their thoughts using the scientific methods including
hypothesis, observation, analysis, research and conclusion. Students will incorporate graphs
and tables to represent their quantitative and qualitative data and use these evidences to
support their claims.
In the second semester (unit 7-10), students will be exposed to scientific theories and laws that
can predict, manipulate and explain macroscopic interactions. Students will understand
Newton’s laws that govern motion, energy transfers on earth through waves, electricity and
magnetism and their work on the system. Students will learn about theories behind various
technologies such as cell phone and computers and provide suggestions on how to make them
better based on the knowledge gained throughout this class.
This course designed to encourage students’ curiosity and motivate them to be innovative, and
critical thinkers ready to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 (Recommended)
Corequisites: Algebra 1 (Required)
Teacher: Brooke Coulter
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