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  • Course Code
    SC.SC019/SC020
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Physical Science is the study of the fundamental principles of chemistry and physics. Physical Science is a course that provides a foundation of the fundamental concepts in basic chemistry and physics. Emphasis will be placed on the study of matter and energy to explore real-world phenomena.
    • Engage in science and engineering practices
    • Utilize basic algebra to reinforce concepts of chemistry and physics
    • Build upon existing scientific reasoning skills to prepare students for future science courses









    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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Unit Description
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PSCI01 Properties of Matter
Students are expected to differentiate between chemical and physical change. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the kinetic theory and of the properties of substances.
PSCI02Atomic Structure & The Periodic Table
Students are expected to develop an understanding of the sub-structure of atoms and provide explanations of the properties of substances. Students are able to use the periodic table as a tool to explain and predict the properties of elements.

PSCI03Bonding & Nomenclature
Students will use the periodic table to investigate the properties of elements and how different bonds are formed to create compounds.
PSCI04Chemical reactions and Rates
The performance expectations in the topic Chemical Reactions help students formulate an answer to the questions: "How do substances combine or change (react) to make new substances? How does one characterize and explain these reactions and make predictions about them?" Chemical reactions, including rates of reactions and energy changes, can be understood by students at this level in terms of the collisions of molecules and the rearrangements of atoms.

PSCI05Nuclear Chemistry
Students are expected to explain the processes that take place in the nucleus of an atom, including the forces holding nuclei together and nuclear reactions and decay. 

PSCI06 Forces and Motion
Students will analyze and describe the motion of various objects in terms of position, velocity, and acceleration. Students will apply Newton’s Laws to predict why objects move.

PSCI07 Energy
This unit will explore the many different types of energy and how energy transfers.
PSCI08Electricity and Magnetism
The study of electromagnetic force between electrically charged particles and electromagnetic fields.
PSCI09 Waves
The study of energy transfer, mechanical waves, electromagnetic waves, and wave interactions.