• Physical Science

     

    Physical Science Course Description:

    8th grade Physical Science is a full-year course that investigates the fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry. Physical science is a branch of natural science that studies non-living systems, in contrast to life science. This course focuses on providing students with hands-on activities connecting with real world experiences to create opportunities for individual and group discovery through cooperative experiential learning, internet research, laboratory investigation and projects-based learning.

    Physical Science Course Outline:

     Students should expect to find the curriculum rigorous and engaging as the course will include collaborative work, project-based learning. Throughout this school year, students will learn about: 

    • Force and Motion

      • Newton's Law of Motion
      • Speed and Velocity
      • Acceleration
      • Measuring Speed and Velocity
      • Friction
      • Mass and Weight
      • Gravitational Force
      • Buoyant Forces
    • Kinetic and Potential Energy

      • Forms of Energy
      • Potential Energy in Systems
      • Electromagnetic Forces
      • Magnetic Forces
      • Electric Forces
      • Simple Circuits
      • Electromagnetism
    • Waves

      • Introduction to waves
      • Wave properties
      • Types of Waves
      • Wave Interactions
      • Sound Waves
      • Light Waves
      • Properties of Light Waves
    • Matter

      • Properties of matter
      • Physical Properties
      • Calculating volume or regular/irregular objects
      • Matter of Density
      • Chemical Changes
      • The Motion of Particles
      • Heat, Temperature, and State Changes
      • State of Matter
      • Solid, liquids and Gases
      • Molecular structure
      • Thermal Energy Transfers and conductivity
    • Chemical Reactions

      • Elements
      • Compounds
      • Atoms
      • Periodic table
      • Groups Families
      • Introduction to Atomic Bohr Models
      • Identifying Chemical Reactions
      • Properties changes in chemical reactions
      • Atoms and Molecules in Chemical Reactions
      • Balancing Chemical Equations
      • Introductions to Acid and Bases
      • pH balance