Step 4 - Science 7 - Physics & Astronomy

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Step 4 - Science 7 - Physics & Astronomy

  • Develops literacy, vocabulary!
  • Secular LAB science!
  • A thorough study of Physics!
  • A thorough study of Astronomy!
  • Hands-on activities make science relevant to the student!
  • Develops critical thinking skills!
  • Develops study in a self-determined manner!
  • Lesson plans are complete and ready to use!  Start now!

My daughter has friends who are public schooled and home schooled. All her friends made positive comments on her (Steps) course.  One of her public schooled friends asks every visit to see what is new in the science notebook.  She says my daughter “gets to learn so much more” than she ever learns. K.O., Homeschool Mom
Science for Step 4 students, ages 11-adult. 

From the workings of the atom and sub-atomic particles, to the vastness of the universe we live in, the detailed, college-level and intensive view of the awesome material universe, what it is, and how it works. 

Making use of Steps remarkable learning tools, the discoveries of histories greatest scientists are made easy to understand, from the Greeks to Einstein and beyond, for young students eager to know! 

What is time? What is space? How do they interrelate? What is motion, and what are it's scientific "laws"? How do scientists use their hard-won understanding to help mankind to a better life? Asked and answered!

The first part of this self-contained (no textbooks required, though there are films the student must secure) course unveils the great and exciting mysteries of physics, preparing the student for the great adventure of part two - astronomy! What are planets, solar systems, galaxies? How do they come to be, from a strictly scientific viewpoint? How are scientists researching the unthinkable vastness of the universe we live in? Break out your telescope, and join the profound hands-on adventure into the the world of Astronomy!

Here are the rules of the physical universe per modern science, no more, no less. This is what the student learns in Step 4 Science 7. What is gravity? What are energy, force, and mass? How does everything work?

A thorough, secular view of the history of physics, teaching the student scientific laws which are in operation in the physical universe through fun and creative (and simple) exercises...with virtually no math. Einstein is thoroughly explained. A breakdown of quantum mechanics, quarks, and some of the newest theories gives the student an opportunity to understand much that is currently "cutting edge". Also, there are many documentaries covered (not included in the materials for the course), each carefully broken down for words and concepts, and with many, many exercises, on the history of space exploration, and what science is currently doing to understand the universe. 

About a semester of study, a massive course with 60 lesson plans, anywhere from 80-105 hours of work depending on the student.  Tests and answer guides included.

This course can be done as a stand alone course, but would work best done in sequence with our other Step 4 Science courses.

Subjects covered include:

  • What is Physics?
  • The history of Physics.
  • How the Greeks figured things out.
  • Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler and their accomplishments.
  • Newton and the laws of motion.
  • The Laws of Thermodynamics.
  • Electricity and Magnetism.
  • Radiation and Cosmic Rays.
  • Modern Physics
  • Einstein and his discoveries.
  • Quantum Physics.
  • String Theory.
  • Our Solar System, Galaxy, and the Universe
  • Astronomy
  • Our moon and how it interacts with Earth.
  • The Space Program
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering.
  • SETI
  • Many more related subjects.
    Required materials:
        A working Telescope

       Films (Most have links provided within the course):
           Einstein Revealed
           95 Worlds and Counting
           Hyperspace I-VI
           If We Had No Moon
           Mars, Dead or Alive

Just wanted to say thanks once again! My DS14 has gone from 'hating' school science to now being fascinated and actually considering aiming for a career in zoology eventually! For a kid who had no goals at all as far as further education he's now excited when he talks about working with animals in the future. Your science curriculum has shown him that science doesn't need to be boring and dry. We now have big long discussions about all kinds of scientific theories and chemical reactions. A.R., Homeschool Mom
I really learned a lot on this course. I also had fun on it. I especially started winning at this course toward the end where I learned more about science than I ever could have in public school. This is a great course and I can't wait to start the next one! C.G., Student, Age 12
Before I didn't really like doing science, so I was falling behind. Now I love science and it is so much fun. I get a lot done and I will be one of the first to finish! This curriculum is so awesome, you get so much more out of it than you would with anything else.   J.C., 15 year-old student

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