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Physical Science

Physical Science

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Why Physical Science?

  • Physical science is often referred to as the foundational science because all branches of natural science such as astronomy, geology, and biology are constrained by laws of physics. 

  • Physical science covers the topics of forces, machines, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, chemistry, sound and light. 


Exploration Education’s courses focus on taking the scientific principles taught, and apply them by experimenting with real-life projects.  So for example, when the advanced students are learning about thermodynamics, they first learn about heat, heat exchange, and heat engines. Then they go on to apply these principles by experimenting with their fully functional steamboat.


Exploration Education’s courses allow the students to not only learn and apply what they have learned, but they use real-life projects to do so. We have found it is much easier for students to solidify what they are learning if they can put it into a familiar context. So when the students are learning about gears, pulleys, and pully ratios, work and spreading work out over time, they are using an electric race car to experiment with.


There is no specific expiration date. If you want to use the course now, and with another student in three years — no problem.

You will receive everything at once including all the project materials, books. teacher’s manual and online access. This is not a subscription.

Homeschoolers love our curriculum, and so do Co-ops and schools. Co-ops use our programs with great success each year. They range in size from five students to thirty. Our courses are easily implemented and are able to seamlessly flow into a group or co-op setting. 

For more information on using Exploration Education in a school or Co-op setting, please click Here

Yes. Our courses correlate with all of the National Science Standards for the grades listed. For more information please click here.

Yes this is a full year of science. 

  • The Elementary course has one lesson/week for 36 weeks.
  • The Standard Physical Science has three lessons/week for 36 weeks.
  • The Advanced Physical Science has five lessons/week for 36 weeks.

For the Standard and Advanced courses, each lesson is about 45 to 50 minutes long.

The Elementary lessons are 35 to 40 minutes long. 

You sure can. Here are the specifics:

  • Length of course: 36 weeks/one school year — five lessons each week — 50 minutes/lesson
  • Hours: 150 Instructional hours — 40 of which are lab hours 
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Target grades: 7th – 10th 
  • Credit: Full year credit (if using for high school)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This general physical science course uses a hands-on approach allowing students to explore the foundational principles of physical science. Using the text and lab activities, students study forces, machines, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, density and buoyancy. Students will also study general chemistry concepts including the structure of matter, the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions, mixtures and compounds and the chemistry of food and living systems. In addition, students will learn the fundamental physics concepts of the earth and solar system, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. Throughout this course, students discover the relationship between science and daily life. The students will gain a solid understanding of the scientific method and learn to write thorough and accurate lab write-ups. 

Yes. The Elementary course parallels the older courses so the younger student will be learning similar topics (of course fewer and simplified) as the older students.

For an in depth list, please click one of the following links to view the Table of Contents for the course you are interested in.

Yes. If you already have purchased the complete course, then we offer  Supplies Only versions of our science curriculum for a sibling. These include everything except the online access and teacher’s manual. Visit our online store to choose this option.

The Standard version has 36 chapters, 108 lessons, 108 experiments and 7 projects
The Advanced versionhas 36 chapters180 lessons144 experiments and 10 projects
The Advanced version builds on the foundation of the Standard version, expanding it by adding 72 lessons and 3 additional projects.

No, you can just purchase the advanced version for the 8th grader, and either a standard version logbook or standard supplies (which includes the logbook) for the 5th grader. Each week both students will do the first three lessons of the chapter together, and then your 8th grader will complete the additional two lessons for that week.

Yes. Although our curriculum is both appealing and challenging for the academic student, each lesson is presented in such a clear and concise manner, that any student will find they can enjoy and succeed in science.

We have had many Dyslexic and Autistic children use our courses with great success!

Every lesson is followed by an experiment that typically uses a student-built project. For example, in the Standard version, they will build an electric race car in chapter one, and then they will use that car in most of the experiments in that section. They will use the car to experiment with topics such as inertia, velocity, centripetal force, pulleys, pulley ratios, etc.

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