Exploring Creation with Physical Science Companion CD-ROM

Exploring Creation with Physical Science Companion CD-ROM

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Item #: 012907
ISBN: 9781932012828
Grades: 8

Product Description:

Include several videos to illustrate important concepts, like slow-motion sequences of lightning strikes, volcanic eruptions, and footage from outer space. Many example problems are explained by Dr. Wile using an animated white erase board, and technical words are pronounced. System requirements: Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 (not supported for Mac operating systems).

Category Description for Apologia Science:

Apologia Science courses are written from a Biblical worldview with the homeschool in mind. At the elementary level, courses follow a Charlotte Mason-inspired methodology, with lessons organized around narration, notebooking exercises and hands-on activities or projects. Children at different ages can use these together, learning at their own level. Each course is designed to be teacher-student interactive, so teacher involvement is fairly high at this level. At the junior high and high school levels, science courses are more traditional in nature, with the textbook written to the student. Teacher involvement time at this level is much less than at the elementary level. Textbooks contain student reading, lab instructions, "On Your Own" questions and Study Guide questions. A Solutions Manual provides the answers to these and the test questions. Lab kits are available separately for both the elementary and upper-level science courses which include most of the harder to find items you will need.

Category Description for Apologia Junior / Senior High Science:

Written specifically for use in a homeschool environment, these biblically-centered courses by Dr. Jay Wile take a lot of pressure off the parent teaching the course. Each course consists of a high-quality hardcover student text and a paperback solution manual. The student text includes all the student reading, instructions for labs, "On Your Own" exercises, and fifteen to twenty "Study Guide" questions at the end of each chapter. Unlike many upper-level science texts, we have found these to be extremely readable! The text has a conversational tone, and concepts are explained in an easy-to-understand way. Plenty of helpful diagrams and pictures are included which add interest and break up the text. Answers to the "On Your Own" exercises are also included with discussion at the end of each chapter. The labs are designed to be done easily, and most require only household items to complete; unlike high school courses, like Bob Jones which require investing in some lab equipment and chemicals to complete the labs. Where a microscope or dissecting materials are required, a reasonably-priced complete kit of materials is available, for ease in collecting the items.

The Solution Manual contains test questions for each chapter, answers to the test questions and solutions to the "Study Guide" questions. For some courses, a separate Perforated Tests booklet is available; please note that this is only necessary if you want an extra copy of the test questions.

The recently-published Notebooking Journals are a user-friendly companion that provides space for answering On Your Own and Study Guide questions as well as for developing Lab Reports. Study helps include graphic organizers and a Module Summary for each module (fill-in-the-blank). Digging Deeper sections provide opportunity for practical applications and writing activities. For the teacher there are grading rubrics for lab reports and suggested answers for some of the graphic organizers. The History of Science module includes a nicely done timeline. Grading rubrics for the lab reports are provided in the Appendix.

Most of the courses are available on Complete Course CD-ROMs. These 2-disc sets include all of the information found in the print version of the course along with additional multimedia animations, videos, narrations, and pronunciation guides. Tests can be viewed on-screen and printed out, but are not interactive. The teacher has access to password-protected answers which they can use for manual grading. Although the program does not require access to the internet, Internet Explorer is used as the interface.

Companion CD-ROMs are also available for each Apologia textbook. Not to be confused with the CD-ROM Complete Course, these CD-ROMs offer only the multimedia features that cannot be included in a print textbook. Features include videos of experiments, close-ups of a variety of organisms, identification of different components on 3-D models, and pronunciations of words with which students are probably unfamiliar. This one would be our preference, as our family finds it easier to read a book than to read for an extended period on the computer monitor. System requirements for all CD-ROMS: Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10 (not supported for Mac operating systems).

MP3 Audio CDs are also available for most courses. The audio files are in MP3 format, and will require an MP3-compatible CD player to use (these can also be run on most computers). Tests, study guides, and answers are not included - this is simply an audio version of the text.

Apologia now offers updated Video Instruction DVDs for Biology, Chemistry, and Advanced Biology. These have been remade with Sherri Seligson as your host (switching from Rusty Hughes). Sherri is an author and scientist and she energetically takes you to interesting locations, incorporating animated diagrams (over 20 hours of instruction) to help students better understand the concepts being taught. The content is more of a summary of the textual information found in each section of the modules than a narration of the text. Students will either see Sherri Seligson on location or in a lab during the speaking portions or they will see animated illustrations and examples. Sherri takes students through each lab and talks about what needs to be done and the results of the experiments. There are no pdf files with this newer edition of the DVDs just video lessons and tutorials for the experiments in 4-disc sets.

General Science, Physical Science, and Physics are going out of print from the publisher. The stock we have remaining are the Rusty Hughes edition of the DVDs (while they last). The lecture instruction closely follows the text, with lectures broken down by text section. Presented in a slideshow fashion, students will see information or illustrations and hear Mr. Hughes as he explains that concept. At the appropriate time, Mr. Hughes will perform the experiments for each chapter, explain the procedure, work through the experiment, and offer a visual of the expected outcome so that students know how to do the experiment themselves. He also makes it very clear that the demonstrations are not to replace you doing the experiments. Module notes are available in PDF format at the beginning of each module and contain all math problems from the lectures. The student will print them and fill them out as they are discussed in the lecture. A suggestion for planning your lessons for a 10-day period is offered at the beginning of the first module.

To use these DVDs, you must have a DVD drive on your computer (PC or MAC) capable of playing mp4 files; these are not compatible with a DVD player.

This offering from Dr. Jay Wile introduces junior high students to his creation-based science texts. Beginning with basics such as atomic structure and measurement, students learn about air, the atmosphere, water, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, weather, motion, Newton's laws of motion, gravity, magnetism, and electricity. Hands-on experiments use household chemicals and supplies.


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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My friend who has used this before recommended the cd-rom
Wendi G on Sep 4, 2018
I thought she might like to watch the videos.
Rebecca S on Jul 26, 2018
My friend who has used this before recommended the cd-rom
Wendi G on Sep 4, 2018
Textbook required for a homeschooling class.
Susan M on Aug 23, 2018
I thought she might like to watch the videos.
Rebecca S on Jul 26, 2018
to show in Classical Conversations Challenge I Science strand during community day.
Charlene H on Jul 20, 2018
Best curriculum for science and best price
kristina s on Sep 20, 2017
I will use it to supplement my class which is using the textbook.
Courtney P F on Sep 6, 2017
Working through the program
Deanna N on Sep 27, 2016
I haven't actually tried this product yet. But I am hoping that it will add to our science experience.
Cheri B on Sep 13, 2016
Part of the 2016-17 curriculum for me.
Gloria N on Aug 28, 2016
I like having the companion CD-ROM to help with some visuals the books don't have.
Cheryl Z on Aug 22, 2016
This will be a helpful tool for our kids who will be doing this course for the most part independently. I think it will be especially helpful for the math explanations.
User on Aug 17, 2016
I like that the CD-ROM has videos of some of the experiments and extra helpful information.
Jessica P on Jul 2, 2016
Having done the classes without, it is worth getting the companion cd. It is helpful to have the extra explanations, images, and extras these cd's offer. Saves time researching on the internet.
Rebecca L on May 2, 2016
Textbook required for a homeschooling class.
Susan M on Aug 23, 2018
to show in Classical Conversations Challenge I Science strand during community day.
Charlene H on Jul 20, 2018
Will the CD work with Windows 10?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I just gave it a try and it seems to work just fine with Windows 10. I have version 9.0 of the CD (2nd Edition). On the back of the CD, the system requirements verbiage indicates its fully tested for XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (no mention of 10). That said, I clicked on a few of the audio and video links and the material came up correctly. My laptop has Windows 10 Home Version 1803.
What is the difference between this CD and the DVD?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The CD only has little clips of information that correspond to examples in the textbook. The DVD is an actual course being taught by a teacher.
Can anyone tell me the difference between version 8.0 and 9.0 of the Apologia Physical Science Companion CD? We have 8.0 and I'm wondering if we need to upgrade to 9.0 for my son who will be doing this in the fall.
A shopper on May 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Per the publisher: The content on version 8.0 is the same as 9.0. There was only a software change so, if you have 8.0 you DO NOT need to upgrade.
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The ordering process is simple and quick. The customer service was awesome! I would definitely recommend this company again.
July 12, 2019
1 year ago
I can't say enough about this program! It encourages them to think on their own, but has plenty of guidance and clear explanations to help them along. My daughter (not usually a science/math person) now wants to go into teaching with her concentration in SCIENCE! In fact, I sold her last year's Apologia book, and she was upset. She said it would be good to refer back to. So I am planning to "repurchase" last year's book! (No joke!)
February 24, 2016
over 4 years ago
Additional Info has been Helpful
This CD has been a nice addition to my son's science curriculum. It is always good to have more examples of the concepts he is learning.
November 3, 2015
over 4 years ago

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