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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments / 32-36 weeks

Overview

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

Competencies

  • Motion 1
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of motion, force and energy by using data to differentiate among the various forms of energy, demonstrating an understanding of how energy is transformed from one form to another, and describing the relationship between work and power.
  • Motion 2
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion by explaining and applying each of Newton’s Laws to real-life situations.
  • Waves
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of mechanical and electromagnetic waves by explaining the properties of waves, analyzing wave characteristics including change based on location or motion of an object, and researching the practical applications of various types of electromagnetic waves.
  • Electricity
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of electricity by analyzing and explaining the behavior of various types of circuits and electromagnetics and designing circuits for various purposes.
  • Matter
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connection between the atomic structure and elements by analyzing patterns found in the periodic table and investigating the characteristics of various elements.
  • Chemical Properties
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of chemical compounds by analyzing the chemical properties of various acids and bases through experiments and/or interactive activities.
  • Nuclear Reactions and Radioactivity
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of nuclear reactions and radioactivity by researching natural sources of radioactivity and investigating the process by which nuclear energy is used as a resource.
  • Chemical Reactions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of chemical reactions by classifying types of reactions, describing the energy change that occurs during a reaction, and determining how variables such as temperature affect the rate of reactions.

Pre-Requisites

None

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