Physical Science

Physical Science

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Course Overview

Matter can be defined as anything that takes up space and has mass. Energy can be defined as the ability to cause change in matter. Physical Science is the study of matter and energy. Students in the Acellus Physical Science course study the basic components that matter is made of, as well as different forms of energy that make things move and change. Enlightening, on-screen demonstrations of the concepts being taught bring the science to life and enhance student understanding. Course topics include:
  • Matter
  • Elements
  • Energy
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity, Circuits, and Resistance
  • Waves
  • Sound
  • Electromagnetic Energy
  • Light, Color, and Lenses
  • Force
  • Motion
  • Machines
  • Resources

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Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – Properties of Matter This unit introduces matter and discusses mass, volume, volume by displacement, and the states of matter including solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Other properties covered in this unit are melting, vaporization, freezing, condensation, sublimation, weight, density, and viscosity. The kinetic theory model and the properties of metals are also discussed, as well as acids and bases. Unit 2 – Types of Matter This unit discusses elements, atoms, the nucleus, electrons, atomic numbers, atomic mass, molecules, and compounds. Unit 3 – Changes in Matter This unit discusses physical and chemical changes in matter, including mixtures and solutions, the signs of a chemical change, the law of conservation of mass, and pure versus non-pure substances. Unit 4 – Forms of Energy This unit discusses what energy is, different forms of energy, energy transformations, and the law of conservation of energy. Unit 5 – Heat This unit covers what heat is, as well as conduction, convection, radiation, conductors, insulators, and thermal expansion. Unit 6 – Magnetism This unit discusses what magnetism is, what causes it, and how it affects our lives. Unit 7 – Electricity This unit discusses electricity, the parts of a circuit, series circuits and parallel circuits, as well as high and low resistance. Unit 8 – Waves This unit discusses what waves are, their characterstics, and how they travel, as well as transverse and longitudinal waves. Unit 9 – Sound This unit discusses pitch, loudness, and how sound waves travel. Unit 10 – Electromagnetic Energy This unit covers electromagnetic energy, including high and low electromagnetic energy. Unit 11 – Light This unit discusses color, sources and receiver of light, the law of reflection, transmission and refraction of light, and concave and convex lenses. Unit 12 – Forces This unit discusses force, balanced and unbalanced forces, friction, gravity, buoyancy, centripetal, and inertia. Also discussed are Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation, and orbit, which is a perfect balance. Unit 13 – Motion This unit discusses motion, how it is measured, and Newton's first, second, and third laws of motion. Unit 14 – Work and Machines This unit discusses work, machines, mechanical advantage, efficiency, and how to make work easier. Unit 15 – Alternative Energy Sources This unit discusses resources, as well as fossil fuel, solar, hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen energy.

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