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Estimated Completion Time

2 segments / 32-36 weeks

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This course is designed as an interactive, 21st century course focusing on basic physics and chemistry. Topics include forces and motion, energy through waves, electricity and magnetism, the matter around us, chemical bonding and reactions. This course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of the physical sciences. The utilization of scientific inquiry, web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher order thinking, collaborative projects, real world application through labs and a variety of assessments all aid the student in ultimately demonstrating a vast understanding of the importance of the physical and chemical properties of the world around them; enabling them to apply these properties to their everyday lives.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1

  • Speed, Velocity and Acceleration
  • The Laws of Motion
  • Forces in Action
  • Energy
  • Work and Power
  • Energy Transfer
  • Introduction to waves
  • Mechanical waves
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Reflection and Refraction
  • Electrical Charges
  • Electrical Current
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Magnetism
  • Relationship between Electricity and magnetism
  • Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources

*Collaborative project: Students are required to submit one collaborative project in segment 1. There will be two different options in the segment to choose from.

Segment 2

  • Classifying Matter
  • States of Matter
  • Properties of Matter
  • Atomic Theory
  • Atomic Mass
  • Periodic Table of Elements
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Chemical Formulas
  • Hydrogen hydroxide
  • Solubility and Concentration
  • Acids and Bases
  • Chemical reactions
  • Classifying Chemical Reactions
  • Reaction Rates and Energy
  • Radioactivity
  • Nuclear Reactions
  • Better Living through Chemistry

*Collaborative project: Students are required to submit one collaborative project in segment 2. There will be three different options throughout the segment to choose from.

Credits 1


  • Electricity
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of electricity by describing electrical charges, describing electrical current and circuits, explaining electromagnetism, and comparing energy resources. 
  • Motion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of motion by describing elements of motion, explaining forces and friction, describing momentum, and differentiating forms of energy. Ratings table
  • Waves
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of waves by summarizing the properties of waves, describing characteristics of mechanical waves, and explaining components of electromagnetic waves. 
  • Chemical Properties
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of chemical properties by relating electrons and bonding, explaining chemical formulas, and describing properties of acids and bases.
  • Chemical Reactions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of chemical reactions by describing chemical reaction classification, explaining energy and reaction rates, and describing radioactivity. 
  • Classifying Matter
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of classifying matter by explaining the states of matter, describing properties of matter, and describing the properties of atoms. 



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