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Physical Science Honors

Subject: Science

Course Description:

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:

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.

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, INVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, peer review, projects, research papers, essays, oral assessments, and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 2003310
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Prerequisits:
None

Estimated Completion:
2 segments / 32-36 weeks