Digital Resources for Physical Science

  • Digital Resources for Physical Science

Digital Resources for Physical Science


  • Digital Resources for Novare Physical Science includes all documentation and electronic resources necessary for the administration of this course, whether in a homeschool setting or a coop or classroom. All items are printable and distributable to your student or classroom; only one copy of digital resources are needed per classroom or home. 

    In this downloadable resource, you will find tools for planning the year such as a daily Lesson List and sample semester schedule. Starting about week 2 or 3, the quizzes should be administered weekly. Fall and spring semester exams are included. Weekly Review Guides are another resource to give your students to guide them as they learn to study for a mastery-based course like this one.

    Also included are an answer key, a document of recommendations for teaching the book, and an experiment manual in 2 formats (one double-wide for printing out in a booklet and one single-wide for viewing on a computer screen).

    These resources are suitable for use with any edition of the text. All supplemental materials are here—no other workbooks or manuals are necessary, making this an economical option. Purchasers have access to the Digital Resources for the lifetime of the product.

    If you need to order the charter school version of this text, please visit this page.

  • Physical Science Experiment Parts List (PDF)

    Physical Science Special Parts Kit (PDF)

    Novare Physical Science Experiment Errata (PDF)

    Ping Pong Experiment Video - Youtube video

    Hot Wheels Experiment Video - Youtube video

    Observing Chemical Reactions Video - Youtube video

    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.

  • Included in the Digital Resources:

    • Course Overview - "Recommendations for Teaching the Course" by John D. Mays
    • 27 Weekly Review Guides
    • 29 Quizzes
    • Fall and Spring Semester Exams
    • All Keys and Sample Answers
    • Lesson List
    • Sample Schedule for the year
    • Experiment Manual (2-up for printing out as a booklet)
    • Experiment Manual (1-up for displaying on a computer screen)
    • Useful Links – List of free games and activities on the internet

    Experiments Included

    • Kinetic Energy - determine how the kinetic energy of a matchbox car varies as its mass changes
    • Heat Transfer by Conduction - compare the ability of three materials (copper, aluminum, plastic cord) to conduct heat
    • Electrostatic Forces - observe the effects of static electricity caused by accumulations of electric charge
    • Growing Crystals - grow and observe and describe crystal formations using alum, sodium chloride, and Epsom salt
    • Determining Volume - develop skill at calculating and measuring the volume of a regular solid
    • Determining Density - determine the densities of several different materials and compare these densities to reference density values (aluminum, brass, carbon steel)
    • Heat of Fusion - observe the effects of the heat of fusion of a substance
    • Inertia and Force - use a jig with a spring that launches balls of different masses to observe how equal forces affect objects with different masses
    • Observing Chemical Reactions - identify types of compounds in equations and associate chemical formulas and chemical equations with visual observations of what the compounds and reactions look like (copper sulfate, sodium hydroxide, sodium bicarbonate, hydrochloric acid)
    • Refraction - measure the indices of refraction for acrylic glass and water and compare the experimental values to published reference values
    • Series and Parallel Circuits - observe the behavior of resistor networks connected in series and in parallel
    • Magnetic Field Strength - determine how the strength of the magnetic field around a current-carrying wire varies with the distance from the wire