This high school level physical science class gives students a solid foundation for other high school sciences.
The two priorities of this course are to prepare the student to successfully complete a future high school Chemistry and Physics course, and to expand the student’s appreciation for the amazing complexity and wonder of our physical world. We will be learning the inquiry process by asking questions that stimulate students to think critically and to formulate their own questions.
In the first semester, we will be learning the fundamentals of chemistry, “the central science.” Observing, classifying, using numbers, plotting graphs, measuring, inferring, predicting, formulating models, interpreting data, hypothesizing, and experimenting will all help students to build knowledge and communicate what they have learned. We will be supporting our inquiry with hands-on labs, virtual labs, and a creative project. The experiments can be completed at home (adult supervision is advised) using simple household materials and some specialized equipment. A complete list of materials will be provided before classes start.
In the second semester, we will be learning the basics of physics, “the fundamental science.” We will begin our study of physics with the study of motion and forces and then learn about energy, electricity, and magnetism. Physics is a quantitative science, so we will be learning to do simple calculations all along the way. During the semester, we will perform several labs and one project. The experiments can be completed at home (adult supervision is advised) using simple household materials and some specialized equipment. A complete list of materials will be provided before classes start.
Each week begins with class, then students are provided with a pre-recorded video and textbook and web-based reading assignments. Students then take electronic homework assignments on each lesson in the textbook to check their understanding of the material that they have studied. The live class time is used to answer questions, preview new concepts, observe demonstrations, and reinforce concepts learned during the week, with lots of student interaction on the microphone.
Attendance is encouraged, but not required as the live class is recorded and posted for student availability for about a month afterward. There is one creative project and several labs during each semester. Occasional worksheets are assigned for students to do by hand, scan, and submit, and a comprehensive test is given for every 2-3 textbook chapters.
Who should enroll?
Students should be in grades 9 or 10. Advanced 8th graders are welcome as well.
Prerequisite: Pre-algebra or equivalent 8th grade math.
- Scientific calculator
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will be graded on the following: homework, labs, and exams (which are a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions). These items are done on the course website. In addition, any class handouts should be completed, scanned, and uploaded. All student work will be graded and returned within one week of submission.
Grades are perpetually available for students and parents to view. Student and parent conferences will be available mid-semesters. Parents may contact me throughout the course via the Canvas website.
View a sample live class in this video.
Linsey P. –
This course introduces chemistry and physics in an interesting and engaging way- leading one into the sciences and leaving them thirsting for more knowledge. Alongside the book, there are in depth lectures, labs, data analises, lectures and extra resources provided for a maximized learning experience. The structure of the lesson plan each week proved different than I’m used to, but all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this course.
Gina (verified owner) –
My son took Introduction to Chemistry and Physics with Mrs. Habacivch and loved it. I appreciate that she was responsive and thorough when answering my son’s questions. Her class is very well organized and she incorporates interesting and informative videos in her lessons. My son enjoyed the live lessons as well; Mrs. Habacivch kept the class engaged with active participation. This was my son’s favorite class.
Lisa Janenda (verified owner) –
My daughter has loved her Intro to Chemistry and Physics class with Mrs. Habacivch this year! The class is extremely well organized and challenging, going into more depth than I would have expected from a regular Physical Science class. Mrs. Habacivch is responsive, helpful and very knowledgeable. She does a great job getting the students to contribute during the live meetings – which can be difficult in an online format – but makes for a much more interesting and engaging class. The labs are informative, fun and very manageable, adding to the overall value of the class. In addition to communicating regularly with my daughter when she has questions, Mrs. Habacivch also checks in with parents and has taken time to answer all my questions thoroughly. I feel like my daughter has gotten excellent preparation for future Chemistry and Physics classes.