Physical Science Content Standards

Since this class is equivalent in content to a 9th Grade Physical Science class, the following Content Standards represent the High School standard.

SC12.2.1.a-k Students will investigate and describe matter in terms of its structure, composition and conservation.

SC12.2.2.a-g Students will investigate and describe the nature of field forces and their interactions with matter.

SC12.2.3.a-k Students will describe and investigate energy systems relating to the conservation and interaction of energy and matter.

SC12.4.1.a-c Students will investigate and describe the known universe.

SC12.4.2.b Students will investigate the relationships among Earth’s structure, systems, and processes.

SC12.4.3.a-c Students will investigate and describe the relationships among the sources of energy and their effects on Earth’s systems.

SC12.1.1.a-l Students will design and conduct investigations that lead to the use of logic and evidence in the formulation of scientific explanations and models.

SC12.1.2.a-d Students will apply the nature of scientific knowledge to their own investigations and in the evaluation of scientific explanations.

SC12.1.3.a-h Students will solve a complex design problem.

About Physical Science

Physical Science is an inquiry-based course designed to expose students to selected concepts in chemistry, physics, earth, and space science. Topics include matter, energy, forces and motion, Earth in space, and Earth structures and processes. This course provides a foundation for other science courses.

This Physical Science class is equivalent to a 9th Grade Physical Science class.  The topics covered are the same.  This does not count as High School Science Credit.  You will still have to take the required number of Science Credits in High School.


Physical Science Textbook

1st Semester Topics

  • Procedures, safety, scientific method
  • Matter and Energy
    • States and energy transfer of matter
    • Placement and variation of subatomic particles
    • Periodic table
    • Bonding and chemical reactions
    • Rate of reactions
    • Endothermic and exothermic reactions
  • Force and Motion
    • Velocity
    • Newton’s 1st Law
    • Forces change motion
    • Forces work in pairs
    • Law of Gravitation relationships
    • Coulomb’s Law relationships

2nd Semester Topics

  • Energy
    • Energy Transfer
    • Parts of waves
    • Electromagnetic spectrum
    • Temperature and heat (conduction, convection, and radiation)
  • Earth and Space Systems
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Internal and External heat sources
    • Conduction, convection, and radiation in Earth’s heat transfer
    • Renewable and nonrenewable energy
    • Big Bang Theory
    • Solar System
    • Life cycle of a star