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Course SummaryThis Physical Science Curriculum Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize and teach physical science. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.
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You can use this physical science course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of physical science, from atomic structure and stoichiometry to plate tectonics and coastal hazards. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific physical science course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like magnetic force or mechanical weathering. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on the life cycle of black holes includes key terms like singularity and event horizon.
As you work on your physical science lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like thermal physics if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity, or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like electric potential and the nature of light.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from matter's physical and chemical properties to shoreline stabilization, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on the periodic table or magnetism? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about volcanic hazards, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on the universe, you can point your students to the transcripts on the Big Bang theory, galaxy formation, star types, and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from methods for calculating speed and velocity to key facts, like temperature units and conversion factors.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on minerals and rocks? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are some of the mechanisms of heat transfer?
Below is a sketch of the physical science curriculum modeled on a 33-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Understanding Matter||Properties and states of matter, kinetic molecular theory, phase changes, Avogadro's number, endothermic and exothermic chemical reactions|
|Week 2||Understanding Gases||Dalton's law of partial pressures, the Boltzmann distribution, the ideal gas law, the Van der Waals equation|
|Week 3||Understanding the Atom & Atomic Structure||Early atomic theory, the law of conservation of mass, the four quantum numbers|
|Week 4||The Periodic Table||Atomic and ionic radii, electronegativity, ionization energy, boiling point trends|
|Week 5||Understanding Chemical Bonding||Lewis structures of atoms, hydrogen bonding, types of ionic compounds, properties of covalent compounds, molecular orbital theory|
|Week 6||Understanding Solutions||Solubility and the rate of dissolution, molarity and molality concentration, colligative properties, Raoult's law|
|Week 7||Stoichiometry||Mole-to-mole ratios, mass-to-mass stoichiometric calculations, limiting and excess reactants, reaction yield and percent yield, hydrates|
|Week 8||Acids, Bases, and Chemical Reactions||Decomposition and synthesis reactions, the pH scale, precipitation and redox reactions, electrode half cell reactions, combustion reactions|
|Week 9||Atomic and Nuclear Physics||The photoelectric effect, Planck's constant, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, radioactive decay, mass-energy conversion, disintegration energy|
|Week 10||Understanding Motion||Speed and velocity, acceleration, uniform circular motion, projectile motion|
|Week 11||Force, Motion, and Newton's Laws||Inertia and mass, types of force, Newton's laws of motion, air resistance and free fall, action-reaction force pairs, buoyancy, linear momentum|
|Week 12||Work, Energy, Power, and Thermodynamics||Kinetic and potential energy, the work-energy theorem, the laws of thermodynamics, basic mechanics, specific heat, types of energy|
|Week 13||Waves and Sound in Physical Science||Wave parameters, factors affecting the speed of sound, sound wave pitch and volume, regions in the electromagnetic spectrum|
|Week 14||Light in Physical Science||The nature of light, wave-particle duality, the Doppler effect, reflection and refraction, constructive and destructive interference|
|Week 15||Electricity||Electric charge, Coulomb's law, electric current and resistance, voltage sources, Ohm's law, electric circuit types|
|Week 16||Thermal Physics||Temperature units, phase changes, mechanisms of heat transfer, thermal expansion, calorimetry|
|Week 17||Magnetism||Magnetic poles and dipoles, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, transformers|
|Week 18||Intro to Organic Chemistry||Functional groups of organic molecules, monomers and polymers, protein structure and function, aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons|
|Week 19||The Universe||The Big Bang theory, galaxy and star formation, stages in a star's life cycle, theories on the formation of the Earth and moon, planets in the solar system|
|Week 20||Atmospheric Science||Forces shaping the Earth's surface, regional climate, causes of global warming, the nitrogen and carbon cycles|
|Week 21||Geologic Time||The geologic time scale, theories of catastrophism and uniformitarianism, relative dating, radiometric dating, fossil preservation|
|Week 22||The Internal Structure of the Earth||Interactions between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere; properties of the Earth's crust, mantle, and core|
|Week 23||Plate Tectonics||Pangaea, evidence supporting continental drift and plate tectonic theories, plate boundaries, sea floor spreading and polar reversal|
|Week 24||Minerals and Rocks||Chemical classifications and properties of minerals, mineral shapes, stages in the rock cycle|
|Week 25||Igneous Rock||Origins of magma, Bowen's reaction series, classifications of igneous rock|
|Week 26||Sedimentary Rock||Types of sediment, detrital and chemical sedentary rocks, the lithification of sediments|
|Week 27||Metamorphic Rock||Classifications of metamorphic rock, factors influencing metamorphism, contact and regional metamorphism|
|Week 28||Volcanoes||Types of volcanoes, volcanic gases, pyroclastic materials, volcanic landforms and hazards|
|Week 29||Earthquakes||Earthquake causes, aftershocks and foreshocks, seismic activity, the Richter scale|
|Week 30||Weathering and Erosion||Rates of mechanical and chemical weathering, soil types, erosion, causes of mass wasting|
|Week 31||Water Balance||Precipitation, condensation, and evaporation; uses of solar power; runoff and filtration|
|Week 32||Groundwater||Groundwater movement, spring formation, types of wells, the formation of caverns and sinkholes|
|Week 33||Coastal Hazards||Causes of tsunamis, effects of coastal erosion and deposition, hard stabilization, beach nourishment and relocation|
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