- About the author
Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry (ASPC) is an ideal first science course designed for 9th grade accelerated or "honors" students. These are students who love science, are strong in math, and aspire to a technical career or college program. Freshmen who have completed Algebra I (for example, in 8th grade) are typically best suited to this book. The math is Algebra I level, but exercises are intentionally a little more challenging.
ASPC includes a full physics course, similar to Introductory Physics, but completes the physics by late-February to move into chemistry. In the spirit of "drawing students upward into the adult world of science," the 6 lab experiments for this book emphasize procedures and skills used in real science labs. Scientific notation, metric prefixes, unit conversions, keeping a lab journal, and the writing of lab reports are essential skills that students will thoroughly learn in this text. After completing this text, students will be prepared to go on to Chemistry for Accelerated Students.
- Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry (ASPC), 2nd Edition ASPC surpasses other physical science texts by providing a unified, in-depth scope, teaching students to use correct terminology, to communicate in succinct technical writing, and drawing infrequently overlooked worldview matters: understanding accurately what a theory is (and what it is not), the cycle of scientific enterprise, the research community and the history of science. What is knowledge? What kind of information does science give us? What does it mean that human beings can observe and understand the world? What does it mean that mathematics is able to model the natural world?
- Digital Resources for Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry These documents to help the teacher conduct class include a course overview, quizzes, semester exams, computational answer keys, and more.
- Solutions Manual for Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry This useful supplement is designed for students, homeschoolers, and teachers who would like help with working out the problems and calculations in ASPC.
- Experiments for Introductory Physics and Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry This volume contains the complete teacher’s instructions for conducting the lab experiments for Introductory Physics and Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry (ASPC). The 6 experiments are designed to teach proper laboratory skills and methods, illustrate concepts in physics, and stimulate students with interesting scientific activity. Each chapter typically includes Learning Objectives, Materials List, Experimental Purpose, Scientific Overview, Pre-Lab Discussion Points, Student Instructions, any Safety Concerns, and discussion of the use of any special apparatus.
Optional Resources Available for Purchase
You may wish to purchase the following optional resources to further supplement this course:
- The Student Lab Report Handbook, 2nd Edition
- From Wonder to Mastery: A Transformative Model for Science Education
- Favorite Experiments in Physics and Physical Science
If you need to order the charter school version of this program, please visit this page.
The Copernican Revolution - PowerPoint Presentation
Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry Errata (PDF)
Lab Equipment Bundle from Home Science Tools
John D. Mays
After receiving his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, John D. Mays worked for 14 years as an electrical engineering and engineering manager in the areas of electrical, control, and telecommunications systems. Drawn toward the field of education, John acquired an MEd in Secondary Education from the University of Houston in 1989, and subsequently completed 36 hours of graduate study in Physics at Texas A&M. Shortly after joining the faculty at Regents School of Austin in 1999, John began work on an MLA at St. Edward's University, which he completed in 2003. John served as Math-Science Department Chair at Regents School for nine years and as Director of the Laser Optics Lab for 10 years. He founded Novare Science & Math in 2009 and is the author of numerous science texts and teacher resources. He now works full time as Director of Science Curriculum for Classical Academic Press.
Grade Level: Grades 9
Course Length: Yearlong
SKU: ACCEL STU PHYS & CHEM BUNDLE
- Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry, 2nd Edition
- Digital Resources for Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry
- Solutions Manual for Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry
- Experiments for Introductory Physics and Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry