|The General Physical Science course is a text-referenced discussion
class designed with the purpose of producing students that are broadly
literate in science. Traditionally, physical science courses are
categorized into four areas: physics, chemistry, earth sciences, and space
sciences. It is important to understand that the arbitrary divisions
of specialized knowledge are integrated into a basic overview of the physical
laws that govern our universe. Critical knowledge in the sciences
is needed for individuals to make informed decisions regarding land development,
environmental concerns, resource management, safety, urban development,
medical treatment, legal matters and law enforcement, waste disposal, space
exploration, and other issues.
A course in general physical science will provide every student
A study of physical science introduces important principles such as
1. Science is a human endeavor, is a way of asking the right questions, is a way of answering questions about the physical universe, is a way of communicating the regularities in the physical universe, that are often discovered by observation, in the universal language of mathematics, and is a methodology in problem-solving.
2. The nature of scientific understanding which includes ways of knowing; collection, organization, and classification of data or information; discovering laws, models, and theories; the limits of scientific knowledge; and the vocabulary and terminology of science.
3. Integrative concepts which includes form and function; causality and consequence; and dynamic equilibrium.
4. The context of science using historical, cultural, and intellectual aspects using the discipline of physical science; along with the political, social, ethical, and economic dimensions of science illustrated using physical science concepts.
5. Newton’s Laws of Motion and Gravity predict the behavior of objects on Earth and in space and that all observers, regardless of their frame of reference, see the same fundamental laws.
6. The many types of energy are interchangeable and that the total amount of energy in the physical universe is constant although energy is going from a more useful form to a less useful form.
7. Electromagnetic radiation involves waves of energy traveling at the
speed of light and that electricity and magnetism are two different aspects
of a electromagnetic force, one of the four fundamental forces in nature.
The following National Science Education Standards will be addressed:
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