Exploring Creation w/ Physics SET 2nd Edition

Exploring Creation w/ Physics SET 2nd Edition


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Grades: 11-12

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Physics:

Judging by the number of Saxon Physics books we sell in a year, physics must not be a very popular course among homeschoolers. But this book could change that. Just as in Dr. Wile's other science books, he does a wonderful job of explaining complex ideas in simple, understandable terms, using common household items for experiments instead of expensive lab equipment, and discussing science from a creationist standpoint. The course comes in two parts. The "mass"ive part is the student text, which also includes "On Your Own" questions with accompanying solutions and discussions, lab exercises, end-of-chapter review questions and practice problems. Color drawings help to illustrate points on all the concepts covered, which include Measurement and Units, Motion in One Dimension, Two-Dimension Motion, Newton's Laws, Circular Motion, Work and Energy, Momentum, Periodic Motion, Waves and Optics, Electrostatics, Electrodynamics, Electrical Circuits, and Magnetism. The second part is Solutions and Tests, which includes answers to review questions, answers to practice problems, chapter tests, and test answers. This manual does include the perforated tests listed separately below. Each of the 16 chapters, or modules, is designed to take about two weeks if done daily for 45 to 60 minutes per day. Since physics involves some higher-level math, Algebra I, geometry and basic trigonometry are prerequisites for this course. The author also suggests taking other science courses, like biology and chemistry, before this course. This book was revised in 2004, and the new edition features many useful updates. Module 1 is no longer a review of chemistry, so if a student has not already taken chemistry, he will be directed to an online version of the first module of the chemistry course. This way, students can learn the basic skills needed for the physics course even if they have not taken chemistry. More topics have been added to this edition, as well as extra practice problems; cumulative tests for those who wish to assign quarterly, semester, or final exams; ten more experiments; as well as a directory of online resources for students who have the time and desire to access advanced subject matter. What do students think of the course? One wrote, "On my very first test in college physics, I got the highest score in the class. My professor said that I must have had an excellent high school physics course. He was right!"

Even though the module tests are found in the solutions and test manual (so that the parent/teacher always has a copy of them), a second set of tests is provided in a perforated booklet. This allows the student to be given the tests without using those in the solutions and test manual.

Category Description for Apologia Junior / Senior High Science:

Written specifically for use in a homeschool environment, these biblically-centered courses take a lot of pressure off the parent teaching the course. The main component of each course is the textbook. Please note that most textbooks have switched from hardcover to softcover format. 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.

TheStudent Notebooks are a user-friendly companion that provides space for answering the 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.

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 also offers Video Instruction for Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology and Advanced Biology. These have transitioned to USB flash drive format. Sherri Seligson, author and scientist, is your host and 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.

System requirements for USB drives: USB port (PC or Mac), media player capable of playing mp4 files, and an internet browser. DVD requirements: DVD drive on your computer (PC or MAC) capable of playing mp4 files; these are not compatible with a DVD player.

We now offer SuperSets and Advantage Sets which include multiple items. Advantage Sets include the text, solutions manual (with a copy of the test), notebooking journal, and the MP3 Audiobook CD. SuperSets include everything in the Advantage Set (text, solutions manual with tests, otebooking journal and MP3 CD) plus the Video Instruction USB Flash Drive.

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.


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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Creation based curriculum
Danielle G on Aug 11, 2023
Required for my daughter's home school education
Rachel B on May 25, 2023
Creation based curriculum
Danielle G on Aug 11, 2023
Taking Veritas live course, got a lotta kiddos, so saving $17 matters to me - thank you, RR, for your great prices!
Jonelle S on Jul 4, 2023
Required for my daughter's home school education
Rachel B on May 25, 2023
My son is completing Physics for his senior year science credit
Tiffany R on May 3, 2023
Comfortable price. Easy to understand. Covers everything you need for high school. You need the kit for labs. The whole science curriculum including the kit is affordable. In my opinion it is good for Chistian and secular families. It does not contradict Christianity. It is just physics. I think for what I check secular or neutral families can also use it.
Jim G on Dec 14, 2022
I chose this set for my son's pre-recorded online class with Berean Builders.
Michelle I on Aug 31, 2022
Anything from Jay Wile has a solid reputation. My son took Wile's Biology course in 11th grade, and within 1 month after completing the course, took the College Board's CLEP exam and gained 3 credits of college-level biology.
VINCE K on Jul 22, 2022
I need them
dulce m on Jul 8, 2022
LOGOS Online
Scott H on Jul 3, 2022
great set, can't find my other one after moving so I'm buying it again for the next go around with homeschool kid #2 and #3
Heather Joy C on Sep 21, 2020
Janelle Q on Sep 9, 2020
This is the curricula our co op will use this year
Paula B on Aug 28, 2020
I have enjoyed all of Dr. Wile's books that we have used in the past.
Carolyn T on Aug 12, 2020
Challenge 4, Classical Conversations
Annaliesa C on Aug 5, 2020
Required text for a class
Laura F on Aug 4, 2020
This is recommended by My Father's World. We've always been pleased with their recommendations.
User on Jul 11, 2020
Great price!
Migdalia G on Jun 22, 2020
I homeschool, and really like the reviews on readability of this text!
Elita P on May 9, 2020
Need for my son's class
User on Jul 27, 2019
for homeschool physics friendliness
Kimberly A on Jul 26, 2019
highly recommended
cherese B on Sep 11, 2018
Rainbow Resource Center has great prices, great delivery time.
Rebecca U on Aug 30, 2018
Required text
John N on Aug 22, 2018
great intro to Physics
Suzanne G on Aug 7, 2018
The homeschool group we are part of uses this text for Physics.
kathryn s on Aug 6, 2018
After thoroughly researching various high school physics curricula, my student and I chose this one because it checked off many of our requirements such as ease of use, integrated experiments, clear explanations, and price.
User on Aug 2, 2018
Having answer keys is handy
Joan S on Jul 31, 2018
My son is taking a home school enrichment class that uses this curriculum. Great Value! Best price I found even compared to Amazon!
Elsa B on Jul 27, 2018
For my high school juniors science
Gwen G on Jun 14, 2018
We plan to use this before digging into the Saxon physics- plus the saxon doesn't have labs so this will be a first pass of Physics for my homeschool students, then as seniors, they will go through the saxon physics. This is the same author as the Earth Science Book, and we loved that book- feel Wile, is a good scientist and good author of science books.
User on May 16, 2018
Liked the author.
Angela O on Mar 13, 2018
To fulfill a high school science credit.
Kristi B on Feb 19, 2018
My daughter absolutely loves this science curriculum.
Francina V on Nov 9, 2017
I am currently teaching physics at the Mt Carmel Christian High School and wanted to supplement my teaching materials.
Herbert W on Oct 28, 2017
Amy R on Sep 8, 2017
I chose this book because I love physics and I want to learn more about it.
Craig W on Sep 5, 2017
I love their curriculum have used it for my 4 children for over 6 years they just love it.
Christie R on Sep 3, 2017
required for course
Karen A on Sep 1, 2017
Great curriculum and best price.
DEVON D on Aug 24, 2017
Best curriculum ever!
Diana I on Aug 17, 2017
Thorough and organized curriculum
Justine M on Aug 17, 2017
Enjoyed using it with my older children
Laurie N on Aug 16, 2017
Our family has been using the Exploring Creation sets for all our Jr. High and high school courses and we are pleased with the content, the rigorous requirements and the sensitivity to teaching Creation Science. Very well done curriculum.
Kris J on Aug 15, 2017
best price, free shipping
Julie D on Aug 10, 2017
It's a great curriculum with a Christian perspective. And Rainbow has the best price.<br /><br />thank you!
Betty S on Aug 10, 2017
loved Jay Wile's Exploring Creation with Biology
Debbie G on Jul 9, 2017
It's a good physics course - used with our other kids
Andy S on May 25, 2017
Heard great reviews and I am hoping my 12th grader will be able to work through this independently.
Darcy G on May 23, 2017
Love how Jay Wile explains things.
Unnati S on Feb 20, 2017
We started the year using Harcourt Physics and with no teacher expertise to draw on in this subject, my student was struggling. We have always had success with Jay Wile science books in the past and are hoping he will save our sanity with Physics!
Jill R on Sep 20, 2016
Taking Veritas live course, got a lotta kiddos, so saving $17 matters to me - thank you, RR, for your great prices!
Jonelle S on Jul 4, 2023
My son is completing Physics for his senior year science credit
Tiffany R on May 3, 2023
Does this set come with the USB port?
Celia on Aug 9, 2022
BEST ANSWER: No. When I ordered this set, I received the Textbook, solutions manuel, and a tests booklet. That is all.
Is there a math prerequisite?
Allyson on Dec 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: While sometimes you will see listed that Algebra II is a prerequsite or required corequisite, it truly is NOT needed. The student must have completed high school Chemistry and be proficient in working with equations that involve cancelling/converting units (Algebra I material). In addition the student must have covered relevant Geometry topics (sine/cosine/tangent, right triangles, Pythagorean theorem, etc.)
Does the test Manuel come with this set?
A shopper on May 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This set includes the textbook plus a set of tests and a "solutions" manual which is the answer key.
Is this the 2nd edition?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes, it is the 2nd edition which is used by the Apologia Academy
Trying to find out what grade level this would land in for prerequisites for college/university. My daughter is wanting to take a bachelors in nursing and needs physics 30 in an Alberta school. I googled the equivalent for in ON (Where we live) And it would be Physics (SPH4U or SPH4C), or OAC Physics. Would this physics course meet those requirements?
A shopper on Feb 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am not familiar with the Canadian Physics courses you cite nor with Canadian requirements. This course would be considered standard, college-prep Physics (as opposed to Honors Physics or AP - Advanced Placement Physics). We always suggest that you contact the college/university you are considering for further information on what they will accept.
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Rated 5 out of 5
I love it!!
This is the best science high school curriculum my kid used. It comes with the kit experiments. The review and test. It has concepts very clear. It is rigorous but my kid did not have any problems with it. So far my kid likes it!! We are planning in using the next one which is physics advance.
January 15, 2023
9 months ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Very wordy text, not that great for physics
The subject of physics lends itself to diagrams for instruction, but unfortunately this textbook is very wordy. For a homeschooler with no teacher, it's better than nothing. However, the sheer volume of text explanations of physics concepts takes what should be straight-forward topics and makes them more complicated than they need to be. The author's biology text take a similar approach, but that works well for biology (which by its nature has a lot of words).
For my kids with this textbook, I have them ignore a lot of the writeup and focus on doing the problems, referring to the text only when needed to undertsand a topic.
October 5, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Our family loves Apologia.
June 20, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great physics curriculum
My high school daughter has successfully used several of Dr. Jay L. Wile's textbooks before (good for independent study) and continues to enjoy his conversational tone. Difficult material but extensive, detailed information is discussed thoroughly, and each module of instruction contains both in-chapter and end-of-chapter problems and a final review. Also, the labs are in this book and are "homeschool friendly." The solutions manual provides an answer key with explanations.
November 16, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
consistent quality
As with other Apologia Science courses, Exploring Creation with Physics is user-friendly, solid material. With simple, understandable experiments, helpful practice problems, and clear explanations of the solutions, my 11th grader is able to grasp the concepts and have success in learning this difficult subject.
February 5, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great curriculum!
This curriculum was perfect for my daughter. It explains difficult concepts in an easy to understand format. I love the way the course is set up with on your own questions, practice problems, extra practice problems, and tests.
November 28, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Apologia Physics
This is a very comprehensive physics curriculum. It will prepare the kids well for college physics. I have used with all my kids the science Apologia courses from elementary science to high school biology, chemistry and anatomy. I love how the course is designed, the experiments and the work in general. My kids have learned so much from their science curriculum. Apologia does a great job with their science courses. I highly recommended for anyone looking for a strong science curriculum!
August 11, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Exploring Creation with Physics
My daughter HATES math. Physics is big on math! We first tried Saxon Physics to go along with our homeschool group and she was in tears. I finally decided to switch to Exp. Creation w/Physics because she has loved the Exp. Creation Biology & Chemistry in the past. It has made all the difference. It's a very good book & she still needs to do the math in it, but it's not overwhelming in the math department.
February 3, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My son has completed Apologia Biology and is now doing Apologia Chemistry He cannot wait to do his course each week (he�s in a virtual co-op) I like how Apologia has ways to learn for different learning styles You can use the text on its own listen on Mp3 files use the Windows Explorer-driven CD-rom text get supplemental videos and of course the labs have hands-on learningThe labs are easily done at home with some material sets you can purchase from Apologia or elsewhere They are top-notch high school labs which teach the proper ways to do lab reportsApologia�s content is both broad and deep If you want to teach from a creation perspective these of course are geared for that But the texts also explain the evolutionary side of things so that when your child takes standardized tests they will know and understand the evolutionary science questions�even without believing they are the truth
July 31, 2012

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