Physical Science for Middle Schoolers

Term Spring 2021
Code PSC31
Ages 11-14
Instructor Dr. David Purvis
Price $475

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This course will cover the science of physics and the principles that govern the physical world. Students will learn about the laws of motion and how they relate to velocity, acceleration, and the principles of work and energy. Topics covered will include the relationship between energy and matter, as well as the nature of forces within the atom. In addition, students will learn about the relationship between magnetism and electricity and how these forces are applied in our society. Experiments in gravity, thrust, and friction will give students experience in simple experimental physics and will offer interesting results for them to observe. Other course topics include the differences between light waves and sound waves and the nature of electromagnetic radiation. Along the way, students will be exposed to the scientific method, the metric system, STEM projects, and inquiry-based science. The live classes will include interesting demonstrations.

Live Classes: Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from January 14th to May 13th

Assignments: Students will be expected to complete activities, readings, or experiments.

Student Support: The instructor is available by email.

Feedback/Assessment: Feedback will be provided on assignments.

Materials/Supplies: Students will need a notebook for assignments, observations, and experiment results. They will also need to purchase spring scales, a thermometer, and diffraction gratings, as well as a few certain easily-obtainable materials. Additionally, students will need to purchase a printable middle secondary physics workbook packet from www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Dr-Daves-Science.

Prerequisites: None

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