General Science A

NCS 153

YC Academy’s General Science A course provides an exploration of the basic concepts of physical science, including the foundations of science, matter, atoms, physical chemistry, motion, energy, waves, sound, and electromagnetic radiation. The course also features a lab component, in which students learn about lab safety, the application of the scientific method, with an emphasis on technology, data collection, and analysis.

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Course Outline

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Outcomes/Objectives

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Module #1

The World of Science

  • Lesson 1: What is Science?
  • Lesson 2: Physical Science
  • Lesson 3: Science in Action: Scientific Investigations
  • Lesson 4: Essential Skills for Physical Science
  • Lesson 5: Technology in Physical Science

Module #3

Atoms and the Periodic Table

  • Lesson 1: Atoms and their Composition
  • Lesson 2: The Periodic Table
  • Lesson 3: Classes and Groups of Elements
  • Lesson 4: Chemical Bonds
  • Lesson 5: Ionic Bonds
  • Lesson 6: Covalent Bonds
  • Lesson 7: Metallic Bonds

Module #5

The Chemistry of Carbon and Solutions

  • Lesson 1: Properties of Carbon
  • Lesson 2: Hydrocarbons
  • Lesson 3: Carbon In Living Things
  • Lesson 4: Biochemical Reactions
  • Lesson 5: Chemistry of Solutions
  • Lesson 6: Solubility and Concentration
  • Lesson 7: Acids and Bases

Module #7

Forces

  • Lesson 1: What is Force?
  • Lesson 2: Friction
  • Lesson 3: Gravity
  • Lesson 4: Elastic Force
  • Lesson 5: Fluid Forces
  • Lesson 6: Buoyancy of Fluids

Module #9

Nuclear Energy and Thermal Energy

  • Lesson 1: Radioactivity
  • Lesson 2: Radioactive Decay
  • Lesson 3: Nuclear Energy
  • Lesson 4: Introduction to Thermal Energy
  • Lesson 5: Transfer of Thermal Energy
  • Lesson 6: Using Thermal Energy

Module #11

Electromagnetic Radiation

  • Lesson 1: Electromagnetic Waves
  • Lesson 2: Characteristics of Electromagnetic Waves
  • Lesson 3: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Lesson 4: Visible Light
  • Lesson 5: Geometric Optics

Module #2

Matter

  • Lesson 1: Matter and its States
  • Lesson 2: Types of Matter
  • Lesson 3: Changes in Matter
  • Lesson 4: States of Matter
  • Lesson 5: Gases
  • Lesson 6: Changes of State

Module #4

Chemical Reactions

  • Lesson 1: Chemical Reactions
  • Lesson 2: Writing and Balancing Chemical Equations
  • Lesson 3: Types of Chemical Reactions
  • Lesson 4: The Energy of Chemical Reactions

Module #6

Motion

  • Lesson 1: Distance and Direction
  • Lesson 2: Speed and Velocity
  • Lesson 3: Acceleration
  • Lesson 4: Newton’s First Law of Motion
  • Lesson 5: Newton’s Second Law of Motion
  • Lesson 6: Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Module #8

Work, Machines, and Energy

  • Lesson 1: Work
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Machines
  • Lesson 3: Simple and Compound Machines
  • Lesson 4: Introduction to Energy
  • Lesson 5: Forms of Energy
  • Lesson 6: Energy Resources

Module #10

Waves and Sound

  • Lesson 1: Properties of Waves
  • Lesson 2: Measuring Waves
  • Lesson 3: Wave Interactions and Interference
  • Lesson 4: Properties of Sound
  • Lesson 5: Hearing Sound

Module #12

Electromagnetism

  • Lesson 1: Electric Charge
  • Lesson 2: Electric Current
  • Lesson 3: Electronics
  • Lesson 4: Magnetism
  • Lesson 5: Electromagnetism

Identify and practice lab safety including proper use of lab tools. 

Execute the steps of an experiment, evaluate and explain the findings.

Evaluate and explain the structure and properties of matter including identifying the function and role of atoms, the periodic table, and nuclear energy as it relates to matter. 

Evaluate and explain chemical reactions including how these reactions relate to energy and matter.

Evaluate and explain forces and interactions as they relate to objects and systems of objects.

Evaluate and explain energy including the relationship between energy and force, chemical processes, conservation, and transfer.

Evaluate and explain waves and electromagnetic radiation as they relate to the history of scientific discovery and current technologies.

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

The World of Science

  • Lesson 1: What is Science?
  • Lesson 2: Physical Science
  • Lesson 3: Science in Action: Scientific Investigations
  • Lesson 4: Essential Skills for Physical Science
  • Lesson 5: Technology in Physical Science

Module #3

Atoms and the Periodic Table

  • Lesson 1: Atoms and their Composition
  • Lesson 2: The Periodic Table
  • Lesson 3: Classes and Groups of Elements
  • Lesson 4: Chemical Bonds
  • Lesson 5: Ionic Bonds
  • Lesson 6: Covalent Bonds
  • Lesson 7: Metallic Bonds

Module #5

The Chemistry of Carbon and Solutions

  • Lesson 1: Properties of Carbon
  • Lesson 2: Hydrocarbons
  • Lesson 3: Carbon In Living Things
  • Lesson 4: Biochemical Reactions
  • Lesson 5: Chemistry of Solutions
  • Lesson 6: Solubility and Concentration
  • Lesson 7: Acids and Bases

Module #7

Forces

  • Lesson 1: What is Force?
  • Lesson 2: Friction
  • Lesson 3: Gravity
  • Lesson 4: Elastic Force
  • Lesson 5: Fluid Forces
  • Lesson 6: Buoyancy of Fluids

Module #9

Nuclear Energy and Thermal Energy

  • Lesson 1: Radioactivity
  • Lesson 2: Radioactive Decay
  • Lesson 3: Nuclear Energy
  • Lesson 4: Introduction to Thermal Energy
  • Lesson 5: Transfer of Thermal Energy
  • Lesson 6: Using Thermal Energy

Module #11

Electromagnetic Radiation

  • Lesson 1: Electromagnetic Waves
  • Lesson 2: Characteristics of Electromagnetic Waves
  • Lesson 3: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Lesson 4: Visible Light
  • Lesson 5: Geometric Optics

Module #2

Matter

  • Lesson 1: Matter and its States
  • Lesson 2: Types of Matter
  • Lesson 3: Changes in Matter
  • Lesson 4: States of Matter
  • Lesson 5: Gases
  • Lesson 6: Changes of State

Module #4

Chemical Reactions

  • Lesson 1: Chemical Reactions
  • Lesson 2: Writing and Balancing Chemical Equations
  • Lesson 3: Types of Chemical Reactions
  • Lesson 4: The Energy of Chemical Reactions

Module #6

Motion

  • Lesson 1: Distance and Direction
  • Lesson 2: Speed and Velocity
  • Lesson 3: Acceleration
  • Lesson 4: Newton’s First Law of Motion
  • Lesson 5: Newton’s Second Law of Motion
  • Lesson 6: Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Module #8

Work, Machines, and Energy

  • Lesson 1: Work
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Machines
  • Lesson 3: Simple and Compound Machines
  • Lesson 4: Introduction to Energy
  • Lesson 5: Forms of Energy
  • Lesson 6: Energy Resources

Module #10

Waves and Sound

  • Lesson 1: Properties of Waves
  • Lesson 2: Measuring Waves
  • Lesson 3: Wave Interactions and Interference
  • Lesson 4: Properties of Sound
  • Lesson 5: Hearing Sound

Module #12

Electromagnetism

  • Lesson 1: Electric Charge
  • Lesson 2: Electric Current
  • Lesson 3: Electronics
  • Lesson 4: Magnetism
  • Lesson 5: Electromagnetism

Outcomes/Objectives

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Identify and practice lab safety including proper use of lab tools. 

Execute the steps of an experiment, evaluate and explain the findings.

Evaluate and explain the structure and properties of matter including identifying the function and role of atoms, the periodic table, and nuclear energy as it relates to matter. 

Evaluate and explain chemical reactions including how these reactions relate to energy and matter.

Evaluate and explain forces and interactions as they relate to objects and systems of objects.

Evaluate and explain energy including the relationship between energy and force, chemical processes, conservation, and transfer.

Evaluate and explain waves and electromagnetic radiation as they relate to the history of scientific discovery and current technologies.

Outcomes/Objectives

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Identify and practice lab safety including proper use of lab tools. 

Execute the steps of an experiment, evaluate and explain the findings.

Evaluate and explain the structure and properties of matter including identifying the function and role of atoms, the periodic table, and nuclear energy as it relates to matter. 

Evaluate and explain chemical reactions including how these reactions relate to energy and matter.

Evaluate and explain forces and interactions as they relate to objects and systems of objects.

Evaluate and explain energy including the relationship between energy and force, chemical processes, conservation, and transfer.

Evaluate and explain waves and electromagnetic radiation as they relate to the history of scientific discovery and current technologies.

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

The World of Science

  • Lesson 1: What is Science?
  • Lesson 2: Physical Science
  • Lesson 3: Science in Action: Scientific Investigations
  • Lesson 4: Essential Skills for Physical Science
  • Lesson 5: Technology in Physical Science

Module #2

Matter

  • Lesson 1: Matter and its States
  • Lesson 2: Types of Matter
  • Lesson 3: Changes in Matter
  • Lesson 4: States of Matter
  • Lesson 5: Gases
  • Lesson 6: Changes of State

Module #3

Atoms and the Periodic Table

  • Lesson 1: Atoms and their Composition
  • Lesson 2: The Periodic Table
  • Lesson 3: Classes and Groups of Elements
  • Lesson 4: Chemical Bonds
  • Lesson 5: Ionic Bonds
  • Lesson 6: Covalent Bonds
  • Lesson 7: Metallic Bonds

Module #4

Chemical Reactions

  • Lesson 1: Chemical Reactions
  • Lesson 2: Writing and Balancing Chemical Equations
  • Lesson 3: Types of Chemical Reactions
  • Lesson 4: The Energy of Chemical Reactions

Module #5

The Chemistry of Carbon and Solutions

  • Lesson 1: Properties of Carbon
  • Lesson 2: Hydrocarbons
  • Lesson 3: Carbon In Living Things
  • Lesson 4: Biochemical Reactions
  • Lesson 5: Chemistry of Solutions
  • Lesson 6: Solubility and Concentration
  • Lesson 7: Acids and Bases

Module #6

Motion

  • Lesson 1: Distance and Direction
  • Lesson 2: Speed and Velocity
  • Lesson 3: Acceleration
  • Lesson 4: Newton’s First Law of Motion
  • Lesson 5: Newton’s Second Law of Motion
  • Lesson 6: Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Module #7

Forces

  • Lesson 1: What is Force?
  • Lesson 2: Friction
  • Lesson 3: Gravity
  • Lesson 4: Elastic Force
  • Lesson 5: Fluid Forces
  • Lesson 6: Buoyancy of Fluids

Module #8

Work, Machines, and Energy

  • Lesson 1: Work
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Machines
  • Lesson 3: Simple and Compound Machines
  • Lesson 4: Introduction to Energy
  • Lesson 5: Forms of Energy
  • Lesson 6: Energy Resources

Module #9

Nuclear Energy and Thermal Energy

  • Lesson 1: Radioactivity
  • Lesson 2: Radioactive Decay
  • Lesson 3: Nuclear Energy
  • Lesson 4: Introduction to Thermal Energy
  • Lesson 5: Transfer of Thermal Energy
  • Lesson 6: Using Thermal Energy

Module #10

Waves and Sound

  • Lesson 1: Properties of Waves
  • Lesson 2: Measuring Waves
  • Lesson 3: Wave Interactions and Interference
  • Lesson 4: Properties of Sound
  • Lesson 5: Hearing Sound

Module #11

Electromagnetic Radiation

  • Lesson 1: Electromagnetic Waves
  • Lesson 2: Characteristics of Electromagnetic Waves
  • Lesson 3: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Lesson 4: Visible Light
  • Lesson 5: Geometric Optics

Module #12

Electromagnetism

  • Lesson 1: Electric Charge
  • Lesson 2: Electric Current
  • Lesson 3: Electronics
  • Lesson 4: Magnetism
  • Lesson 5: Electromagnetism

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