Welcome to Indian Springs High School Physical Science
Physical Science is an introductory lab science course that will cover multiple scientific disciplines with an emphasis on Earth Science. Students will be employing techniques such as small group projects, labs, hands on activities, and a variety of note taking strategies to learn the many topics that are covered in this course. Students will explore the basic tenets of Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Earth Science. Taking this course will provide a solid foundation for future science courses at Indian Springs High School.
- Students will be expected to develop a base understanding of Chemistry including use of the periodic table, as well as an understanding of chemical reactions, thermodynamics and acids/bases
- Students will be expected to develop a base understanding of Physics including motion, forces, conservation of energy as well as electric and magnetic phenomena
- Students will be expected to use the scientific method as a problem-solving tool.
- Students will be expected to understand stars’, the universe’s and our solar system’s structure, scale and change over time.
- Students will be expected to understand how plate tectonics shape the patterns of land, sea, and mountains on the Earth’s surface.
- Students will be expected to understand how energy from the sun enters Earth and affects the atmosphere, oceans, weather and climate.
- Students will be expected to learn how elements are stored and moved throughout the Earth.
- Students will be expected to understand how California’s Geology affects its natural resources and hazards.
Quarter 1 – Students will be learning basic Chemistry concepts including the periodic table, chemical reactions, thermodynamics and pH. Students will also begin studying Earth Science concepts.
Quarter 2 – Students will explore the basic tenets of Astronomy and plate tectonics
Quarter 3 – Students will study the energy in the Earth’s system, biogeochemical cycles and California geology
Quarter 4 – After CST review and testing, students will learn basic Physics concepts including motion and forces, conservation of energy and electrical phenomena