Physical Science Session 1: Physics
There is NO prerequiste for this class, however we will be working with lots of word problems , so completion of prealgebra is recommended. In lieu of that, a firm understanding of manipulation of variables and how to cancel units is required.
If you enroll in Series 1, you are guaranteed space in the remaining physical science classes as long as you enroll before the deadline for each class.
It is not required, but it is highly recommended that you take these classes in order.
Other classes in the series include:
Physical Science: Chemistry
Physical Science: Earth Science and Astronomy
This is the perfect full year science course for middle schoolers before they delve into high school sciences! This 31 week physical science course will give students a solid foundation in physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy. With this basic knowledge, students will then be able to enter upper level science courses in these subjects with a serious advantage of already having the basics down, therefore being able to spend more time expanding their knowledge at a higher academic level. This will not be a “fluff” class, or an “overview”- it is an academically rigorous science class.
No live classes- view lessons on YOUR schedule. In general, expect 1.5-2.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time). For classes with two levels, the material is the same for both- the depth of the assignments differs. Younger students should usually be placed in Level 1. Older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2. Each lesson consists of a fully narrated PowerPoint presentation with images and videos to enhance the topics. Students will have access to our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson, printing worksheets, taking quizzes, viewing/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, and viewing grades/feedback. Read more details about class format.
Week 1: How to “Science”
Week 2: The Science of Motion
Week 3: The “Force” Is With You
Week 4: Work, Machines, and Energy
Week 5: Heat Energy
Week 6: Everything Electricity
Week 7: Opposites Attract! Magnetism
Week 8: Extracting Energy- Environmental Sources
Week 9: The Ups and Downs of Wave Energy
Week 10: Sound Waves
Week 11: Electromagnetic Waves
Week 12: Shining a Light on….Light
Week 13: Reflecting on Mirrors and Lenses
All labs are OPTIONAL and not required to complete the work.
These materials will allow students to follow along with the in-lesson labs.
Students who do not have materials can simply follow along with me in the video.
Week 5 Lab Materials
-Clear plastic bin
-Red & Blue Food Coloring
-Eyedropper or Pipette
-6 Styrofoam cups, or similar small, insulated containers (if you can’t get Styrofoam or insulated cups, you can try using regular ones)
-A blue ice cube (make it by freezing water with food coloring in an ice cube tray)
Week 6 Lab Materials
LAB 2, 3, and 4
We’re going to be making circuits. You can buy the parts separately. I will be using this kit from Amazon. You’ll need all of the components in this kit- 2 D battery holders, 2 D batteries, wire or alligator clips, 2 bulb holders, and at least 2 bulbs. switch is optional. Also, we’ll be testing insulators and conductors, so have a nail, aluminum foil, cardboard, glass, and a piece of plastic.
Week 7 Lab Materials
LABS 1 & 2
2 Bar Magnets
2 Ring Magnets
Assorted Pieces of different types of metals (I’ll have iron, aluminum, zinc, and copper)
Everything but the string can be found in THIS KIT
1 AA Battery
Uninsulated Copper Wire, about 1.5 feet ( 1/2 m)
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- Schedule Sep 5 - Dec 19
- Activities Science
- Lessons 13
- Suggested Ages 11-15 One Level
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