Physical Science Comprehensive Curriculum

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Unit 1: Introduction to Inquiry:  Observation, Measurements, and Experimental Design
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Chevron Materials Correlated to Unit

triple beam balances and Ohaus digital balances

meter sticks and rulers

density sample sets

graduated cylinders

beakers 

thermometers

Pasco sensors with GLXs motion sensors and temperature sensors

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Activities Adapted to Chevron Materials

Safety & Skill Carousel
(You can introduce the GLX with the temperature & motion sensors in this lab.)

Flame of a Candle (Adapted from Activity 2)

Making Measurements
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider

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 Unit 2: Nature of Matter
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Chevron Materials Correlated to Unit

triple beam balances

Ohaus 400g digital balances

meter sticks

density sample sets

graduated cylinders

beakers

hot plates/magnetic stirrers

thermometers

rulers

GLXs with temperature sensors

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Activities Adapted to Chevron Materials

Exploring Temperature
includes multiple activities involving phases changes, etc.

Rates of Dissolving
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider

Changes of Matter:  Physical or Chemical
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider

Chemical vs. Physical Changes
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider

It's All Just A Phase
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider


Use temperature sensors in place of thermometers in CC activities!

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 Unit 3: Atomic Structure
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Chevron Materials Correlated to Unit

10 design your own molecular kits

10 student molecular sets

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A Cool Periodic Table
Submitted by Mike Dartez

It's Elementary - March Madness
(an activity from Flinn Scientific; submitted by Amy Noel)

Use the laptop and LCD projector to show students Rutherford's experiments and other simulations.

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 Unit 4:  Chemical Reactions
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Chevron Materials Correlated to Unit

triple beam or digital balances

10 tripod base support stand,  rings, right angle clamps, beaker tongs, thermometer clamps

pipets, safety pipetting balls

glass medicine droppers

chem. plates

test tubes

250 mL Erlenmeyer Flasks

12 funnels

25 mL graduated cylinders, 100 mL graduated cylinders

safety goggles

hot plates with magnetic stirrers 

safety alcohol burners

water dispenser jug

electric extensions, surge suppressors

GLXs with temperature and pH sensors 

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Activities Adapted to Chevron Materials

Exploring Temperature
includes multiple activities including endothermic vs. exothermic reactions, etc.

Law of Conservation of Matter & the CO2 Balloon

Law of Conservation of Mass & Energy
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider

Acid, Base, or Neutral
(Determining pH)
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider

Acid, Base, or Neutral
(Prepare a pH Color Scale)

submitted by Chelsey Schexnider


Neutralizing Acids

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 Unit 5: Matter, Forces, and Motion
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Chevron Materials Correlated to Unit

meter sticks

beam balances or digital balances

hanging mass set

GLX with force sensors and motion sensors with guards, photogates with digital adaptors, dynamic tracks with carts and and accessories

for demonstrations:  3-axis acceleration altimeter with wireless blue tooth air link, 3 axis force platform with handle sets

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Activities Adapted to Chevron Materials

Match Graph

Graphing Motion
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider

Speed Challenge
link submitted by Trula Stoute
(can be adapted to use with GLX)

Newton's Laws of Motion
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider

Newton's Second Law

Newton's Third Law

Mass, Force, & Surface Roughness
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider
 

Remember, anytime directions call for a spring scale, you can use the GLX & the force sensor in its place!

Use the GLX as a stopwatch!

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 Unit 6:  Energy, Work, and Power
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Chevron Materials Correlated to Unit

meter sticks

beam balances or digital balances

GLX s with force sensors and motion sensors with guards, photogates with digital adaptors, dynamic tracks with carts and accessories

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Modeling PE & KE with Roller Coasters
submitted by Chelsey Schexnider

Use the GLX as a stopwatch!

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Unit 7:  Light and Sound
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Chevron Materials Correlated to Unit

meter sticks

mirrors

beakers

laser pointer

magnifying glasses

GLX s with built in sound sensors and generators, light sensors, sound level sensors

tuning fork set and tuning fork octave set

optic kits to use with dynamic tracks

prisms,  diffraction grating glasses

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Activities Adapted to Chevron Materials

Sound Wave Properties

Sound in a Vacuum Simulation
Submitted by Mike Dartez

Sound Demo. Link

The Doppler Effect and Sonic Booms
Link submitted by Patrice Mire

Inverse Square Law

Mirrors and Lenses Simulation
Submitted by Mike Dartez

Electromagnetic Spectrum Web Quest

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 Unit 8:  Electricity and Magnetism
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Chevron Materials Correlated to Unit

snap circuits with associated parts

GLX voltmeter and voltage/current sensors

alnico bar magnets, compass boards, small compasses

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Activities Adapted to Chevron Materials

Cells & Batteries
(a tutorial link contributed by Nick Willis)

Voltage In A Series Circuit

Ohm's Law

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 Unit 9:  Integration of Physical Science and Earth Science Principles
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Chevron Materials Correlated to Unit

goose neck lamps

ring stands with clamps

protractors

GLXs with temperature sensors

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Insulation & The Seasons

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