Favorite Experiments for Physics and Physical Science

Favorite Experiments for Physics and Physical Science

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Item #: 012595
ISBN: 9780988322806
Grades: 9-12

Product Description:

Looking for an upper-level lab guide for physical science and physics that is affordable to implement, engaging to students, and affordable? Check out this great resource from the author of the well-respected, Novare Science curriculum. Offering thorough experiment explanations for 11 experiments and 65+ classroom demonstrations, parents and teachers will feel prepared to guide students into good experimental science. Divided into physical science and upper-level physics, Physical Science includes demonstrations covering motion including Newton’s Law, Variation and Proportion, Energy, Heat and Gases, Waves, Sound and Light, Electricity, Magnetism, introductory Chemical Reactions and six student experiments. Upper-level physics demonstrations encompass projectile motion, torque, inertia, pressure and density, pressure and hydraulics, Bernoulli’s equation and pressure, pressure and phase transitions thermodynamics, circuits, waves and light, and light polarization. There are also 5 student experiments. Lab report instruction and guidance is included. Compatible with nearly any high school level physical science or physics curriculum. The experiments included in this resource guide are also included in the author’s Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry and Introductory Physics. ~Deanne

Publisher Description:

A new collection of experiments and demonstrations to bring fresh vigor and real science learning into your classroom. Included are complete descriptions of eleven separate student experiments to accompany Novare texts and over 50 demonstrations in physics and introductory chemistry.

Frustrated with a "magic show" mentality in your lab experiments? Everyone agrees that experiments are necessary. But if they are going to be worth the time, they must be carefully designed to educate students in principles of lab procedures, measurement, observation, recording, and analysis.

Favorite Experiments accomplishes this by starting each experiment with clear learning objectives followed by an explanation of the experiment and why we are doing it. The materials list includes source information (such as Flinn Scientific or the local hardware store) with part or model numbers where applicable.

Wherever possible, we strive to keep costs down. Ordinary household items can often serve just fine in an experiment (remember, the great pioneer scientists always designed their own experiments). But a student must also learn to use and understand real laboratory equipment; we don't want them arriving at their college labs having never handled a beaker or worn safety equipment. Our experiments strive to create a real science lab environment at a minimum of cost.

Chapters go on to a list of pre-lab discussion questions and talking points, notes for student preparation, and student instructions for conducting the experiment. Instructions include useful guidelines such as avoiding pitfalls, taking accurate measurements, and incorporating everyone in the group to help with some aspect of the experiment. Where safety concerns exist, this book gives clear instructions and prescribes standard lab safety procedures and equipment.

Then after the experiment, students need to experience real-world science by thinking about clean-up and disposal procedures (you can't just pour chemical waste down the sink) and analysis of data.

Favorite Experiments contains all the information needed for the experiments in Novare textbooks Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry, Introductory Physics, and Physics: Modeling Nature. Also included are more than 50 demonstrations that can be performed by an instructor. The basic student instructions are included in each textbook or can be photocopied and distributed.

Category Description for Novare Introductory Physics:

Intended for ninth grade, the Novare Series takes a 'Physics First' approach to science education. Introductory Physics is for any student who is performing at grade level and should have already taken Algebra 1 or be taking it concurrently. Physics in ninth grade better prepares students for the content they will encounter in biology and chemistry.

Novare employs a mastery approach to learning science - students should learn, master, and retain, what they learn. This approach covers fewer topics and covers them more deeply. This text also integrates learning by combining skills in the areas of science, math, science history, and English language usage. This text is written from a Biblical worldview and seeks to help students see God in the world. If teaching this at the ninth-grade level, the author suggests that you can omit chapters 8 and 13 and still have a complete course of study. There isn't a lot of written homework; rather, students should focus on memorizing and reviewing in keeping with the mastery approach.

Although the text is now 3rd edition, it is still compatible with the 2nd edition Solutions Manual and Complete Solutions resources. As in the other Novare science texts, there is a section written to the student in preparation for doing the course. Each chapter, then, includes objectives, information broken down into smaller digestible pieces, examples and illustrations, and wraps up with a chapter exercise. Green "Do You Know" boxes tell some interesting historical fact concerning the topic. Answers to computational questions are included with each exercise. The back of the text includes a glossary, reference data, chapter equations and objectives list, experiments with guidelines for keeping a journal, scientists to know, and accurate measurements. Chapters include nature of scientific knowledge, motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, energy, momentum, atoms/matter/substances, heat and temperature, pressure and buoyancy, waves/sound/light, introduction to electricity, DC circuits, fields and magnetism, and geometric optics.

Five (out of six) of the experiments from the Experiments for Introductory Physics are found at the back of the student text. You can do just those five and still have very in-depth labs with lab reports. The experiment information found in the back of the student text is in addition to what is found in the Experiments for Introductory Physics book, so you will need both books.

Experiments for Introductory Physics and ASPC (Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry, for gifted students and available from the publisher) includes only six experiments. It is the author's feeling that fewer in-depth experiments with lab reports will deepen comprehension. His goal was to develop experiments that are academically solid, inexpensive, and interesting. Some of the materials needed may be more difficult to obtain, so the author has a resource on page 96 of this book that lists materials that will work at home and where they can be purchased. Each lab includes learning objectives, materials required, experimental purpose, overview, pre-lab discussion questions, how to score lab reports, student instructions, and illustrations. 

The Resource CD that was previously available is now only available as a downloadable Digital Resource. These downloadable files include a course overview with suggestions for pacing, assessments, grading, and more. There are 28 quizzes and two semester exams with answer keys for the computational sections and sample answers for the verbal questions, weekly review guides, and suggested daily schedule.

The Solutions Manual includes detailed solutions for all computational problems found in the Student Text. These not only tell you the correct answer, but how to get them.

Intended for teachers and parents (not students) Complete Solutions and Answers includes complete written out answers to all text questions, quizzes, and exams (Fall and Spring Final Exams). Each question or problem is states, then a complete, worked-out solutions is given. These are the answer keys found on the digital download item, from the back of the book, both verbal and calculation, plus the content of the solutions manual. This is an optional product. 168 pgs, pb.

This is a very good course that promotes thinking skills in the realm of physics and prepares students for the rest of their high school science and college level sciences. ~ Donna

Category Description for Novare Science Courses:

Novare (no-VAH-ray) is Latin, meaning to renew or begin again. The authors feel that science education in our country needs to be renewed using research, scientific evidence and forward-thinking strategies while keeping God at the helm. Students are taught to see God in creation, while learning current scientific theories that support an old-earth creation. Using a mastery approach, students learn fewer topics in more depth than typical courses. Memorization and review are key with minimal written work. Science, math, science history, and English language usage are integrated. Several Novare courses are used by Memoria Press for their academic rigor and are a good choice for students who need challenging science courses and college prep. Each course offers a recommended downloadable Digital Resource that includes assessments and course planning resources that are helpful for homeschool families, co-ops and classrooms. Resources are reproducible for classroom use. Self-created lab journals and reports are suggested to prepare students for high school and college science material. Also available is a helpful Student Lab Report Handbook for more instruction. See each individual course for content and available supports.


Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.

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Is this resource included in the "Digital Resources for Physics and Physical Science?"
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BEST ANSWER: It’s not included. The Digital Resources only include quizzes, exams, schedule, and list of things needed for experiments.
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