Physical Science 11

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What is Physical Science

Physical science includes the natural sciences concerned with the study of inanimate natural objects, including physics, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, and related subjects. Physical science is the scientific study of non-living things.


Day 1 – Introduction
Day 2 – Virtual Textbook


2:36 Crash Course Physics Preview

11:51 Physical Science 1.0c – What is Physical Science

1:42 What is Physical Science?



The “Natural Sciences” can be broadly subdivided into “Life Science” (the study of living things) and “Physical Science” (the study of non-living things).

  • Position A: It is more important to study Life Science (biology) than Physical Science (science about non-living things).
  • Position B: It is more important to study Physical Science (science about non-living things) than Life Science (biology).

Instructor Resources

Standard Daily Material
  • Day 1 – Standard material – introduction day
  • Day 2 – Standard material – reading day
  • Day 3 – Standard material – make a presentation
  • Day 4 – Standard material – give a presentation
  • Extra! – Enrichment and remediation options
Other Topic Specific Resources
Instruction Emphasis
  • Science & Engineering Practice: Ask questions and define problems.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Energy and Matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation.

NOTE.1. The downloadable book/chapters available at this link were originally developed by the CK-12 Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. This textbook has been designed to meet California and U.S. standards. The material is not current as CK-12 now has a “no commercial use” license that is incompatible with Wikibooks. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and was adapted from CK-12.