Prerequisites: None

Length: Two semesters

Physical Science


Physical Science offers a focused curriculum designed around the understanding of critical physical science concepts, including the nature and structure of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the mastery of critical scientific skills.

Course topics include an introduction to kinematics, including gravity and two-dimensional motion; force; momentum; waves; electricity; atoms; the periodic table of elements; molecular bonding; chemical reactivity; gases; and an introduction to nuclear energy. Teacher-scored labs encourage students to apply the scientific method.

The content is based on the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) standards and is aligned with state standards.

Semesters 1 and 2: Optional

  • This course includes the option of either hands-on or dry lab activities. No materials are required for dry lab activities. Hands-on labs require specified materials. For a list of hands-on lab materials, go to In the upper-right corner, under Quick Links, select Course Materials.