Science is an imaginative adventure of the mind seeking truth in a world of mystery.
Sir Cyril Herman Hinshelwood


Physical Science

INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Stallings
PREP TIME: 6th hour 1:03-1:46
H.S. PHONE: 217-466-1175

ELECTIVE: Two semesters, five days per week

PREREWUISITES: 10TH Grade level course

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introductory Lab Science course

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To foster a genuine student interest in science by creating an
 atmosphere in which all students of varying backgrounds can achieve success
 while having fun and learning about laboratory sciences.

    Unit 1 Introduction to Chemistry
    Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5
      a.       Describe the scientific method and the steps involved
      b.      Use and convert metric units of mass, volume, and length
      c.       Reinforcement of proper safety in the science laboratory
      d.      Describe the general properties of matter
      e.       Explain and give examples of physical properties and physical changes
      f.        Explain and give examples of chemical properties and chemical changes
      g.       Classify matter as elements, compounds, solutions, or mixtures
      h.       Explain the development and design of the periodic table
      i.         Compare the properties of different families of elements and account for these properties
      j.        Design Lab #1 Element Brochure

Unit 2 Astronomy
Chapters 19 and 20
      a.       Describe the difference between the inner and the outer planets
      b.      Describe the Copernican revolution
      c.       Explain current models for the formation of the solar system
      d.      Explain current theories for the formation of the moon
      e.       Describe major structures in the universe, including stars and galaxies
      f.        Explain how scientists study stars
      g.       Overview of the accomplishments of astronomers
      h.       Explain the life cycle of a star
      i.         Compare how different galaxies evolve
      j.        Discuss theories of the universe’s origins and future
      k.      Design Lab #2 Constellation Presentations
      l.         Clash of the Titans Compare/Contrast Paper

  Unit 3 Earth Science
  Chapters 21 and 22
      a.       Discuss the composition of the Earth’s interior
      b.      Discuss the theory of plate tectonics
      c.       Describe the causes and classification of earthquakes and volcanoes
      d.      Mineral identification using classification keys
      e.       Rock identification using classification keys
      f.        Compare the properties of different kinds of rocks
      g.       Explain the rock cycle and how different rocks form
      h.       Discuss the characteristics of each layer of Earth’s atmosphere
      i.         Describe ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and global warming
      j.        Explain the movement of water through the water cycle
      k.      Explain air pressure, the cause of winds, and global wind patterns
      l.         Discuss weather maps, fronts, severe weather conditions, and local and global climate
      m.     Design Lab #3 Prehistoric Climate
      n.       APA Paper on a topic of your interest

  Unit 4 Newtonian Physics
  Chapters 11-13
      a.       Define and calculate formulas of speed, velocity, and acceleration
      b.      State Newton’s laws of motion and explain each using examples
      c.       State and apply Archimedes’ principle and Bernoulli’s principle
      d.      State the law of conservation of energy
      e.       Explain work and power, and identify various simple/complex machines
      f.       Discuss Rube Goldberg and how he used simple machines