Course Description: Physical Science covers mostly an introduction to chemistry and physics. The course is designed to give the necessary background and preparation for studying chemistry and physics at the high school level. The relevance of chemistry and physics to everyday life is emphasized so that students see the connection between lessons learned and what they actually experience. The course will engage students through structured laboratory activities, lecture discussion, and cooperative learning. The course also promotes inquiry, reading comprehension, data collection, organization, analysis of data and the use of technology. These skills are relevant to critical thinking. Physical Science is an integrated 13 course that covers topics in Physics and Chemistry. Physics topics include basic concepts in forms and transformations of energy, force, mass, and motion of objects, sound, light, gravity, electricity, and magnetism as forces. Chemistry topics deals with the study of matter, its physical and chemical structure, classification of elements, reaction changes, and the laws governing these changes. Topics included are basic concepts in measurement, elements and the periodic table, changes that matter undergoes, bonding, chemical reactions, acids, bases, and solutions, and carbon chemistry.
Instructor: Christina Fredette, (804)839-2844, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition: $495 per year, payable $55 per month
Lab/Copy fee: $145 (includes all equipment and copies) – Due at back to school night
Text: Physical Science (Glencoe Science) by Charles William McLaughlin, Marilyn Thompson, and Dinah Zike. ISBN: 978-0-0786-0051-7 (text available to buy or rent on Amazon)
Accessories: Casio fx-115ES Scientific Calculator (available on Amazon) or other comparable scientific calculator, 2 1⁄2 – 3-inch-wide three ring binder for class notes, one college ruled marble composition book for lab reports.
Class minimum: 4 students