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Introduction to Physics & Chemistry

Introduction to Physics & Chemistry (IPC) is a course that studies the fundamental principles of physical science which are so important for the in depth approach to the high school sciences of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Although the main emphasis in this course is on Chemistry and Physics, the same scientific thought processes and especially many of the Chemistry concepts, are applied and used fully in the high school Biology course as well. Any student wishing to pursue the Kolbe Academy Core or Honors high school science courses is encouraged to complete this course in order to put in place the math, analysis, and process skills necessary for success in those courses.

Course Description

This course is typically done in 8th or 9th grade and includes the following topics: science skills; properties of matter; states of matter; atomic structure; the periodic table; chemical bonds; chemical reactions; solutions, acids, and bases; carbon chemistry; nuclear chemistry; motion; forces and motion; forces in fluids; work, power, and machines; energy; thermal energy and heat; mechanical waves and sound; the electromagnetic spectrum and light; optics; electricity; magnetism. 

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, participate in class, and complete periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their instructor. All requirements are assigned and graded by the instructor.

Course Texts
  • Physical Science: Concepts in Action

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Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number

WCS-08PHSC-1

WCS-08PHSC-2

WCS-08PHSC-3

Instructor

Mrs. Aiello

Mrs. Aiello

Dr. Trasancos

Grades (Typical)

8 - 12 (8th, 9th) 

Live Class Meets

2x per week

1 hr., 5 min. each time

Days

Monday & Wednesday

Tuesday & Thursday

Tuesday & Thursday

Class Period

2

2

4

Time

9:00 - 10:05 AM (Pacific)

12:00 - 1:05 PM (Eastern)

9:00 - 10:05 AM (Pacific)

12:00 - 1:05 PM (Eastern)

12:00 - 1:05 PM (Pacific)

3:00 - 4:05 PM (Eastern)

Tuition

$719

Credits (Type)

10 (Science)

Transcript Designation

OK

Co-requisites

Algebra I

Companion Courses

Algebra 1