Physical Science A&B

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Course Description

Semester A

Semester A explores the structure and properties of matter. Students begin by reviewing the nature of science and the tools and methods that science uses to achieve its goal of constructing explanations for phenomena. They then learn the characteristics of matter and the changes it undergoes. Students also learn about the development of atomic theory over time and how the relationship between periodicity and atomic structure allows one to predict the characteristics of elements based on their location on the periodic table. Finally, students learn the relationship between types of bonds and properties of substances, including how they react to make new substances.

The course assignments are designed to explicitly engage students in applying science and engineering practices (SEPs) to construct an understanding of disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) through the lens of crosscutting concepts (CCs). The discussion assignments focus on enabling students to use their science knowledge to make informed decisions about personal and societal issues.

Semester B

Semester B explores the relationship between matter and energy. Students begin by studying the behavior of objects in motion, including factors affecting their motion. They then learn the characteristics of various forms of energy. Students also learn about waves and their applications in various technologies.

The course assignments are designed to explicitly engage students in applying science and engineering practices (SEPs) to construct an understanding of disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) through the lens of crosscutting concepts (CCs). The discussion assignments focus on enabling students to use their science knowledge to make informed decisions about personal and societal issues.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

8th Grade

Duration

2 Semesters

Prerequisites

Math 7

Science 7

Technology Skills

  • Internet searches for research purposes
  • Navigating online simulations

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • The Nature of Science
  • Performing Scientific Investigations
  • Characteristics of Matter
  • Atomic Structure and Periodicity
  • Chemical Compounds
  • Chemical Reactions

Semester B

Major Concepts:

  • Motion
  • Forces and Motion
  • Energy
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Waves and Sound
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum