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Physical Science

Physical Science is the study of the world in which we live.  It encompasses the following:  
  1. Basics of chemistry, atoms and molecules
  2. Air and the atmosphere
  3. Water and the hydrosphere
  4. Earth and the lithosphere
  5. Weather
  6. Physics of motion, gravity and Newton’s Laws
  7. Electricity and magnetism
  8. Nuclear forces and radioactivity
  9. Waves, sound, and light.  

Studying the physical world in which we live gives the student an appreciation for everyday phenomena, an appetite for understanding math and how it relates to science, and translating this understanding into labs that prove or disprove the principles about this world.  Once the labs are complete, the student can then relate these experiments to real life applications, such as speed and acceleration as they learn to drive over the next year; impact and how forces can create a lot of damage potentially as beginning drivers.  This course presents a lot of learning about this world in which they live as well as testing hypotheses and theories in the lab and make this science course a lot of hands-on fun.


Biology the study of living organisms through analysis of their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behavior, origin, and distribution. The study of Biology provides an understanding of ourselves and an interconnectedness to the environment we live in. Topics covered include the scientific method, research methods, cell structure and function, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Students perform lab exercises, solve case problems through research, and build interactive models to demonstrate the function of microscopic biological structures.


Chemistry is the study of the composition, properties, and reactivity of matter. The study of Chemistry instills practical knowledge, curiosity about the world, and an appetite for understanding scientific achievement and necessity. Students study atoms and molecules, stoichiometry, states of matter, chemical reactions, periodic trends, properties of solutions, and gas laws. Students perform lab exercises, develop their own experiments to solve problems, and construct models to showcase a deep understanding of the structure and function of various scientific concepts.


The physics course engages students in classroom and laboratory activities that involve the processes of science, employing an inquiry approach. These activities involve groups of students working together to solve a problem (e.g., What makes an effective amusement park ride? How can human hearing be protected?, etc.), measure an important value (e.g., acceleration due to gravity, focal length of a lens), or find a relationship among variables (relationship between length of pendulum and the period, relationship between voltage and current, etc.). Some topics (e.g., motion, behavior of light, etc.) lend themselves more easily to extensive laboratory activities, while other topics (e.g., nuclear reactions, Kepler's laws, etc.) are more difficult to include in laboratory activities.  Class time includes laboratory activities, simulations, interactive demonstrations, student classroom presentations, and student creation of interactive models and exhibits.