Thorp High School - Mrs. Steinbach

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Welcome to Physical Science I, a.k.a. Applied Chemistry!

COURSE DESCRIPTION

PHYSICAL SCIENCE I
Grade Level
: 10-12
Prerequisite: none
Length: one semester

Physical Science I is designed to explore physical science in an active, inquiry, project-based fashion.  Physical Science I has a chemistry emphasis.  Related earth and space science concepts will also be covered.  This course is lab intensive and you will be expected to maintain an accurate log of you scientific studies.  In order to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and practices you learned during our labs and activities, we will be tackling three real-life, meaningful, and fun challenges.  They include designing, creating, and presenting:

  1. a table, card, or computer game related to Mendeleev’s periodic table of elements,
  2. a toy that uses various chemical and/or gas principles, and
  3. an entertaining and informative chemistry science show to third-grade students.
Introductory principles covered in this course will include elements and their properties, parts of the atom, line spectra and electron “jumps,” ionization energy and orbitals, the octet rule and bonding, nuclear forces, electronegativity, intermolecular forces, Boyle’s Law, Charles’s Law, reaction types, Ideal Gas Law, Kinetic Molecular Theory, properties of polymers and plastics, solutions, characteristics of chemical change, chemical names and formulas, chemical equations, conservation of energy, reaction rates, and acid-base chemistry.

NECESSARY SUPPLIES

  • composition notebook
  • scientific calculator

WHAT'S NEXT?

You may choose to take Physical Science I in place of Chemistry.  After completing Physical Science I, you may choose to take Physical Science II and Physical Science III, or you may chose to take Physics.  Physical Science II will have a physics emphasis, specifically forces, motion, and energy.  Physical Science III will have a physics and earth and space science emphasis, specifically astronomy.

PHYSICAL
SCIENCE
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Course
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FAQ in
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Units:

Fun with the Periodic Table

Ideal Toy

Cool Chemistry Show

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Questions?
Email Mrs. Steinbach
tsteinbach@thorp.k12.wi.us