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Physical Science Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Physical Science will introduce two areas of study - chemistry and physics. In Part 1 of this course, students will study chemistry. Throughout their studies, students will investigate topics surrounding matter, atomic structure, bonds, chemical reactions, and the periodic table. 
It is recommended that students successfully complete Introduction to Algebra and/or Pre-Algebra or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe physical properties and chemical properties.
  • Detail phases of matter according to the Kinetic Molecular Theory.
  • Predict the behavior of gases through the use of Boyle’s law.
  • Review the behavior of gases using Charles’ law.
  • Calculate the behavior of gases using Boyle’s, Charles’, and the combined gas laws.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain that atoms are composed of smaller sub-atomic structures whose properties are measureable.
  • Analyze the repeating pattern of the chemical properties by using the repeating patterns of atomic structure within the periodic table.
  • Describe the formation of compounds and their resulting properties using bonding theories (ionic and covalent).

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Classify and describe various types of chemical reactions by applying the laws of conservation of mass and energy.
  • Characterize and identify important classes of compounds (acids, bases).
  • Define solubility and describe factors affecting ability.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Understand that carbon can form several types of compounds.
  • Explain the predictability of nuclear decay to estimate the age of materials that contain radioactive isotopes.
  • Describe in equation form nuclear reactions.

Course Materials

  • Physical Science: Concepts in Action (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved