Thorp High School - Mrs. Steinbach

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Welcome to Physical Science II!

COURSE DESCRIPTION

PHYSICAL SCIENCE II
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Physical Science I or Chemistry
Length: one semester

Physical Science II is designed to explore physical science in an active, inquiry, project-based fashion.  Physical Science II has a physics 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 numerous real-life, meaningful, and fun challenges.  Our four major challenges will include designing, creating, and presenting:

  1. a safety system that will protect an egg in a collision to our class,
  2. a roller coaster to fourth-grade students (SCI.PS3.A.4: Moving objects contain energy. The faster the object moves, the more energy it has.),
  3. a mechanical and solar powered mini-home to kindergarten students (SCI.PS3.D.K Sunlight warms Earth’s surface.), and
  4. design, build, and analyze a musical instrument to our class.
Introductory principles covered in this course will include Newton’s laws, energy and work, momentum, gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy, spring potential energy, forces acting during acceleration, force and energy, sound and waves, laws of thermodynamics, energy consumption, electricity and magnetism, and current.

NECESSARY SUPPLIES

  • composition notebook
  • scientific calculator

WHAT'S NEXT?

After completing Physical Science II, you should choose to take Physical Science III. Physical Science III will have a physics and earth and space science emphasis, specifically astronomy.

PHYSICAL
SCIENCE
II

Course
Description

Syllabus

Assignment
Board

Units:

Safety

Thrills and
Chills

Electricity for Everyone

Let Us
Entertain You

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