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Physical Science Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Physical Science Part 2 is designed to introduce two areas of study - chemistry and physics. The second section of this course entails a concentration on physics. Students will investigate topics involving motion, forces, energy, waves, and electricity. Introduction to Algebra and/or Pre-Algebra is a suggested prerequisite for this course.
It is recommended that students successfully complete Physical Science Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Compare distance and displacement.
  • Contrast speed and velocity.
  • Examine acceleration.
  • Explore forces and Newton's laws.
  • Analyze force and pressure in fluids.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Contrast work and power.
  • Analyze simple machines.
  • Examine energy conversion.
  • Compare energy resources.
  • Explore thermal energy properties.
  • Investigate methods of heat transfer.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine the properties and behavior of mechanical waves.
  • Investigate the mechanism of sound and hearing.
  • Analyze types of electromagnetic waves.
  • Compare and contrast wave types.
  • Observe the behavior of light and color.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore properties of mirrors and lenses.
  • Examine the properties of optical instruments.
  • Explore the eye and vision.
  • Investigate electric charge and static electricity.
  • Practice using Ohm’s law and identify electric currents.
  • Interpret magnetics and magnetic fields.
  • Investigate electrical energy generation and transmission.

Course Materials

  • Physical Science: Concepts in Action (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved