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Student Selected Topic

This topic, and the following topic, are set aside for students to pursue one or more areas of interest – to “dive deep” into a physics, chemistry, or earth science topic. Alternatively, the instructor may identify the need to present one or more of the general science techniques, a 21st Century skill, or a selection of science activities available through this site. Lab techniques, a hands-on lab, focus on “math-chops” – or another area may deserve attention.


Day 1 – Introduction
Day 2 – Virtual Textbook
Resources Documents and Links

Each student, or small team may select from the following topics to re-examine.. 


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Physical science is the study of non-living things. (This is in contrast to Life Science which is the study of living things). Physical science has several “sub-divisions” or separate subject areas that are described in Physical Science topic 11 on this web site. The big groups of physical science might be described as (1) chemistry (2) physics and (3) planetary science. So far this year, this course has covered an introduction to chemistry and an introduction to physics.

  • Position A: The topics associated with chemistry are much more interesting and relevant to our day-to-day lives than the physics topics.
  • Position B: The topics associated with physics are much more interesting and relevant to our day-to-day lives than the chemistry topics.

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 Reference Material