Physical Science

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My son will be studying the book Exploring Creation With Physical Science in the 2014-15 school year.  This is where I will post resources for these subjects.

For 8th grade science we used the book Exploring Creation With Physical Science by Dr. Jay L. Wile, published by Apologia Educational Ministries. Exploring Creation With Physical Science is very readable, it pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down for awhile. Dr. Wile’s writing style is conversational and friendly.

Ideally (but not necessarily) your child should have completed a pre-algebra course before starting this program. Officially, Dr. Wile recommends that the student should have finished 7th grade math before starting this course. Your student will need to be able to understand the math equations in Apologia’s Physical Science.

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RESOURCES

COURSE OUTLINE FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCE

http://donnayoung.org/apologia/physical-sci-schedule.htm – course schedule

Module 1

  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Experiment 1.1: Atoms and Molecules
  • Measurement and Units
  • The Metric System
  • Manipulating Units
  • Converting Between Units
  • Converting Between Systems
  • Experiment 1.2: Cubits and Fingers
  • Concentration
  • Experiment 1.3: Concentration

Module 2: Air

  • The Air and Humidity
  • Experiment 2.1: Evaporation and Temperature
  • The Composition of Air
  • Experiment 2.2: Oxygen and Fire
  • Carbon Dioxide in the Air
  • Experiment 2.3: Carbon Dioxide and the Greenhouse Effect
  • Global Warming
  • Parts Per Million
  • Ozone
  • Air Pollution

Module 3: The Atmosphere

  • Atmospheric Pressure
  • Experiment 3.1: Atmospheric Pressure
  • The Layers of Earth’s Atmosphere
  • The Homosphere
  • What Is Temperature?
  • Experiment 3.2: Seeing the Effect of Changing Temperature
  • The Temperature Gradient in the Homosphere
  • The “Hole” in the Ozone Layer
  • The Heterosphere

Module 4: The Wonder of Water

  • The Composition of Water
  • Experiment 4.1: The Chemical Composition of Water
  • Chemical Formulas
  • Water’s Polarity
  • Experiment 4.2: Water’s Polarity
  • Water as a Solvent
  • Experiment 4.3: Solvents and Solutes
  • Hydrogen Bonding in Water
  • Experiment 4.4: Comparing Solid Water to Solid Butter
  • Water’s Cohesion
  • Experiment 4.5: Water’s Cohesion
  • Experiment 4.6: The Forces Between Molecules
  • Hard Water and Soft Water

Module 5: The Hydrosphere

  • The Parts of the Hydrosphere and the Hydrologic Cycle
  • Experiment 5.1:Evaporation, Condensation, and Precipitation
  • The Ocean
  • Glaciers and Icebergs
  • Experiment 5.2: Ice and Salt
  • Groundwater and Soil Moisture
  • Surface Water
  • Atmospheric Moisture
  • Experiment 5.3: Cloud Formation
  • Water Pollution

Module 6: Earth and the Lithosphere

  • The Crust
  • The Mantle
  • Experiment 6.1: How Sound Travels Through Different Substances
  • Experiment 6.2: A Simulation of Plastic Rock
  • The Earth’s Core
  • Experiment 6.3: Making an Electromagnet
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Experiment 6.4: A Model of Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes
  • Mountains and Volcanoes

Module 7: Factors That Affect Earth’s Weather

  • Factors That Influence Weather
  • Clouds
  • Experiment 7.1: A Long-Term Weather Experiment
  • Earth’s Thermal Energy
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Uneven Thermal Energy Distribution
  • Air Masses

Module 8: Weather and Its Prediction

  • Precipitation
  • Thunderstorms
  • Experiment 8.1: Making Your Own Lightning
  • Tornadoes and Hurricanes
  • Weather Maps and Weather Prediction Interpreting the Results of Experiment 7.1 and Making
  • Your Own Weather
  • Predictions
  • Experiment 8.2: Turning Experiment 7.1 into a Weather Prediction Tool

Module 9: An Introduction to the Physics of Motion

  • Mechanics: The Study of Motion, Forces, and Energy
  • Speed: How Quickly Motion Occurs
  • Velocity: Speed and Direction
  • Experiment 9.1: The Importance of Direction
  • Acceleration: The Rate of Change in Velocity
  • The Acceleration Due to Gravity
  • Experiment 9.2: The Acceleration Due to Gravity is Independent of the Object Falling
  • Experiment 9.3: Measuring Height With a Stopwatch

Module 10: Newton’s Laws

  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Newton’s First Law of Motion
  • Experiment 10.1: Two Experiments Demonstrating Newton’s First Law
  • Experiment 10.2: An Experiment to See How Well You Understand Newton’s First Law
  • Friction
  • Experiment 10.3: Friction
  • Newton’s Second Law of Motion
  • Static and Kinetic Friction
  • Newton’s Third Law of Motion
  • Experiment 10.4: Newton’s Third Law

Module 11: Forces in Creation – Part 1

  • The Four Fundamental
  • Forces of Creation
  • The Gravitational Force
  • Force and Circular Motion
  • Experiment 11.1: Force and Circular Motion
  • A Fictional Force
  • The Gravitational Force at Work in Our Solar System
  • Comets
  • Hey, What About Pluto?
  • What Causes the
  • Gravitational Force?
  • Experiment 11.2: The “Bent Space and Time” Theory of Gravity
  • Experiment 11.3: The Graviton Theory of Gravity
  • A Brief History of Our View of the Solar System

Module 12: Forces in Creation – Part 2

  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • The Electromagnetic Force
  • Experiment 12.1: Electrical Attraction and Repulsion
  • Photons and the Electromagnetic Force
  • How Objects Become Electrically Charged
  • Experiment 12.2: Making and Using an Electroscope
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Resistance
  • Experiment 12.3: Current and Resistance
  • Switches and Circuits
  • Series and Parallel Circuits
  • Magnetism
  • Permanent Magnets

Module 13: The Forces in Creation – Part 3

  • The Structure of the Atom
  • The Periodic Table of the Elements
  • The Strong Force
  • Radioactivity
  • The Dangers of Radioactivity
  • The Rate of Radioactive Decay
  • Radioactive Dating

Module 14: Waves and Sound

  • Waves
  • Sound Waves
  • Experiment 14.1: The Medium Through Which Sound Waves Travel
  • The Speed of Sound
  • Experiment 14.2: The Speed of Sound
  • The Speed of Sound in Other Substances
  • Sound Wavelength and Frequency
  • Experiment 14.3: Wavelength and Sound
  • The Doppler Effect
  • Experiment 14.4: The Doppler Effect
  • The Volume of Sound
  • Experiment 14.5: The Amplitude of a Sound Wave
  • Uses of Sound Waves

Module 15: Light

  • The Dual Nature of Light
  • Wavelength and Frequency of Light
  • Experiment 15.1: Seeing Different Wavelengths of Light
  • Reflection
  • Experiment 15.2: The Law of Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Experiment 15.3: Refraction of Light
  • Experiment 15.4: The “Magical” Quarter
  • Lenses
  • The Human Eye
  • How We Perceive Color
  • Experiment 15.5: How
  • Eye Detects Color
  • Adding and Subtracting Colors

Module 16: An Introduction to Astrophysics

  • The Sun
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Classifying the Stars in the Universe
  • Variable Stars
  • Measuring the Distance to Stars
  • Galaxies
  • An Expanding Universe
  • Experiment 16.1: An Expanding Universe

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