Science is a process for gaining knowledge and understanding of the natural world. We place emphasis on concept understanding and analysis, discovering the natural world around us and how things work. The course is designed to continue the investigation of the physical sciences begun in earlier grades. We will build a rich knowledge base to provide a foundation for the continued study of science. Our investigations will be approached in a qualitative and quantitative manner in keeping with the developing math skills of the students. The curriculum will integrate the following topics from both chemistry and physics:
• Structure of atoms
• Structure and properties of matter
• Motions and forces
• Conservation of energy, matter and charge
Inquiry is the central theme in physical science. It is an integral part of the learning experience and will be used in both traditional class problems and laboratory work. The essence of the inquiry process is to ask questions that stimulate students to think critically and to formulate their own questions. Observing, classifying, using numbers, plotting graphs, measuring, inferring, predicting, formulating models, interpreting data, hypothesizing, and experimenting all help students to build knowledge and communicate what they have learned. Approximately eight hands-on or virtual experiments will supplement our study of the physical sciences. These experiments can be completed at home (adult supervision is advised) and most use simple household materials. A complete list of materials will be provided before classes start.
The two priorities of this course is to prepare the student to successfully complete future high school science courses and to expand the student’s appreciation for the amazing complexity and wonder of our physical world
The qualified student will spend about 5 hours per week on this class. Assignments include weekly pre-recorded videos and questions, daily reading in the textbook and electronic homework questions, occasional worksheets, labs and tests every few chapters. The pre-recorded video lectures covering weekly concepts covered will be available on the course website for students to view at their convenience. Optional enrichment readings and videos are available and would add to this time commitment.
Live discussion classes will be held on Zoom weekly as review, practice and homework help at the time listed above. All live discussions classes will be recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience. Course design and most pre-recorded lectures have been provided by Vicki Dincher, author and teacher.
Who should enroll?
Students should be in 8th or 9th grade (advanced 7th grades will be considered.) 8th grade math is a prerequisite (some pre-algebra is helpful but not required)
- 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 homework, labs and exams which will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions done on the course website and handouts to be completed, scanned, and uploaded. All student work will be graded and returned within one week of submission. Student should ask questions in class or contact me with questions outside of class via the Canvas website.
Grades are always available for students and parents to view. Parent teacher conferences will be available in October and February. Parents may contact me at other times also via the Canvas website.