Credit Recovery - Physical Science A

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides students with instruction in the nature of science, including scientific processes, the scientific method, and scientific inquiry. It covers safety in the lab and the field, principles for conducting experiments, and the need for scientific communication. The course then covers the atomic nature of matter, classification of the elements, the periodic table, acids, and bases. Next, students are introduced to energy. They learn what energy is and the various forms of energy. They explore energy transformations and specifically discuss the production of electricity. The course discusses energy in motion, with emphasis on defining work, power, velocity, acceleration, forces, and gravity. Students learn about Newton’s laws of motion and simple machines and have the opportunity to design their own machine using the basic principles of physics. Finally, the course discusses the composition and structure of the universe, the life cycles of stars, and space exploration.


After completing the course, students will be able to:




REQUIRED MATERIALS: Physical Science Materials List (Click to download)



  1. What is Science?
  2. Scientific Process
  3. The Scientific Method
  4. Characteristics of Science
  5. Laws and Principles
  1. Experimental and Technological Design
  2. Safety
  3. Performing an Experiment
  4. Drawing Conclusions
  5. Communicate Findings
  6. Evaluating and Redesigning
  1. Atomic Nature of Matter
  2. Classification of Elements
  3. Patterns and the Periodic Table
  4. Compounds and Bonds
  5. Acids and Bases
  6. Solutions and Mixtures
  1. What is Energy?
  2. Identifying Matter
  3. Properties of Matter (Mass, State)
  4. Changes in Matter (Change of State, Gas Laws)
  5. Energy Conservation
  6. Transformation of energy
  1. Motion and Speed
  2. Velocity and Acceleration
  3. Mass v Weight
  4. Types of Forces
  5. Newton’s Laws
  6. Gravity
  7. Fluids