Exploring Creation with Physical Science 3rd Edition Advantage Set

Exploring Creation with Physical Science 3rd Edition Advantage Set


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Grades: 8

Completely revised, this new edition of Exploring Creation with Physical Science offers a greater focus on chemistry and physics compared to the previous editions. Maintaining a Creation focused, rigorous approach to the sciences, the updated content changes are a more natural progression of Apologia’s upper level scope and sequence that began with the General Science, 3rd edition. A careful introduction to the scientific process, methods, and measurement/data collection are covered in the first module, followed by a focus on chemistry (4 modules) and physics (6 modules). Additional chapters cover earth science (2 modules), and chemistry and physics in the life sciences. Physical Science Research concludes the course, showing students what is involved in research from brainstorming to making a presentation. A total of 15 modules are included, and will take 2 or more weeks to complete. Students should plan on spending one hour per day on science. Like the previous courses, the text is written to the student and most students will be able to complete the readings and most activities independently. Labs are integral, with 29 formal experiments and 47 “Explore More” activities included. Hands-on experiments use household supplies. Safety glasses are required. For your convenience, a Nature’s Workshop Plus Lab Kitis available. Students will learn how to create both informal and formal lab reports in this course. Completion of all lab activities are expected, and students will document all labs through either the informal or formal report. One formal lab report is completed per module. Not compatible with the previous edition.

There are 2 required components. First is the softcover Student Text which includes all student reading, experiments, "On Your Own" exercises (with answers and discussion later in the chapter), and Study Guide questions at the end of each chapter. The second book, Solutions and Tests, contains the chapter test booklet, answers to the test questions and solutions to the "Study Guide" questions. Tests are not reproducible. Test booklets can be purchased separately.

Optional but recommended, the Student Notebook, provides a suggested daily schedule, a place to record study notes, lab charts and tables and space to answer the “On Your Own” and Study Guide questions. Not reproducible. Also available, the optional Audio MP3 CD provides an audio reading of the textual information and "On Your Own" questions.

This 8th grade science course has transitioned to a new 3rd edition in 2020 and the 2nd edition course is now out of print with limited inventory. The two editions have a different scope and sequence are not compatible.

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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My 13yo liked the previous course (General Science 3rd edition) and asked to continue with the same author and format.
Julie D on Aug 25, 2023
required textbook for high school physics class at homeschool co-op.
Yan J on Aug 16, 2023
My 13yo liked the previous course (General Science 3rd edition) and asked to continue with the same author and format.
Julie D on Aug 25, 2023
My son is taking this course.
Bethany I on Aug 22, 2023
required textbook for high school physics class at homeschool co-op.
Yan J on Aug 16, 2023
Value priced
Ethel B on Aug 15, 2023
required for our class at Logos
Marci B on Jul 31, 2023
Recommended curriculum. I'm told that the included Student notebook helps a great deal in allowing the student to manage his time well.
Kelly F on Jul 22, 2023
very rigorous-helped my homeschool kids transfer to a Christian high school science class with confidence!
KATIE B on Jun 21, 2023
We love Apolgia Science and the prices and shipping are very affordable through Rainbow Resource!
Ashley T on May 23, 2023
I was looking for a curriculum that was rigorous and was close to the public school peer learning.
Katy P on Apr 12, 2023
The Physical Science 3rd edition coincides with the General Science 3rd edition.
Laura L on Nov 2, 2022
Christian world view, creation centered, conversational style and the lab kit is a must. easy to follow plans, flexible schedule, the lab kit will save you money and time in the long run.
Pamela O on Aug 29, 2022
My daughter did the course before this one and really liked it. They give you everything you need to have for the experiments and it all points to the Creator.
Beth L on Aug 15, 2022
Needed for homeschooling class and best price!
Jennifer W on Aug 3, 2022
Required curriculum for our homeschool coop
Nedra B on Aug 3, 2022
We have used the 2nd edition in the past, but our co-op plans to utilize the newer 3rd edition this year.
Heather B on Aug 2, 2022
Classical Conversations
Lori P on Aug 1, 2022
excellent curriculum
Natalie J on Aug 1, 2022
For a Classical Conversations Challenge class.
Jacqueline F on Aug 1, 2022
For my 8th grade homeschooler this year.
Lauren M on Jul 29, 2022
Classical Conversations
Erin C on Jul 22, 2022
Very thorough course, and we had a good experience with last year's science of the same series. Beware though, that the time it requires, even for my self motivated and dutiful daughter, is pretty heavy. I began decreasing the number of experiments if she had already done them in the recent past. But overall, I can have faith that this course covers everything and then some.
Mallory D on Jul 14, 2022
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christy b on May 25, 2022
I have a really science-minded child who is excited to tackle physics but doesn't have enough math yet. We're starting here instead.
Kristine R on Mar 14, 2022
I chose this item because of word of mouth and after researching the different curriculum I believe it would be the best fit for our family.
Cheryl L on Jan 28, 2022
I love that this is through the eyes of Creation, not what they are trying to push in our public school systems.
Amy D on Sep 28, 2021
best prices and availability for homeschooling year starting on week away.
Efren V on Sep 7, 2021
The students are 8th--9th grade: this material is designed for both grades. It sets them up to be ready for deeper lab sciences in the coming years.
User on Aug 12, 2021
We use this in our Classical Conversations Community at the Challenge 1 level. The notebook corrosponds to the questions in the textbook saving the child time writing all the questions out.
Zachary A on Aug 2, 2021
best price - hands down!
Christina O on Jul 31, 2021
Like their curriculum.
Tara J on Jul 29, 2021
Used with the Classical Conversations Challenge I program.
Geri C on Jul 27, 2021
science credit, good price
Richard J on Jul 20, 2021
My son needed this for homeschool co-op
Daniel K on Jul 16, 2021
9th grade science
Jennifer M on Jul 9, 2021
such a cost saver! Thank you for putting together this bundle & having such reasonable prices
Kris C on Jul 3, 2021
We use this text with Classical Conversations. I purchased this set because it includes all of the regular books plus the student notebook. I have found these to be helpful for my children, especially if they struggle to stay organized.
Jessica M on Jul 2, 2021
Great curriculum. The set up encourages the student to take personal responsibility for their work.
Christina V on Jun 25, 2021
Great hands-on science curriculum and student friendly.
Janica J on May 7, 2021
3 of my kids used the 2nd ed. of this book, as well as the 2nd ed. of General Science. My youngest needed a different approach when she started General Science, and we used the new 3rd ed. of that this last year. It was fantastic, especially with the thumb drive with recorded teaching sessions and experiments with Sherry Seligson. I was not aware that there was a 3rd ed. of PHYSICAL SCIENCE, and was thrilled to learn today that it is available! I am relieved.
Heather S on Apr 27, 2021
8th grade homeschool science
User on Mar 13, 2021
I am going to use this curriculum with my 8th grade student
Megan L on Sep 25, 2020
Homeschool CO-OP required updated version
Emily A on Sep 22, 2020
Used general science. We did not like it but there is not really many other options for self study kind that is based on creationism.
Sanae W on Sep 10, 2020
We were going to use 2nd edition this year, but the Student Notebooks are out of print, which we have found we need to help the class run smoothly. After doing some research, it sounds like the 3rd edition has some great changes & additions... looking forward to trying it! Even though we are bummed we already own the 2nd edition and are having to buy the 3rd edition, as always, Rainbow Resource has proved to be the cheapest, most reliable & easiest to purchase from! THANKS, RRC!
Lexie H on Sep 9, 2020
home schooling
Karen T on Sep 7, 2020
I had to choose the 3rd edition and I had to replace my two 2nd edition texts just because I could not obtain a 2nd edition student notebook anymore.
Karyn H on Aug 31, 2020
I will be using this set for my 9th grader's homeschool science course.
Shannon Ford on Aug 30, 2020
Couldn't find the 2nd Edition stuff, so we are switching to the 3rd. The Notebook is organized in such a way as to better prepare students for self-paced learning and note taking in the upper level sciences that follow. We are very excited to try it out!
Delia D on Aug 20, 2020
Requirement for Classical Conversations
Yvonne M on Aug 20, 2020
part of pre designed classical conversations curriculum.
Richard S C on Aug 14, 2020
My son is taking this course.
Bethany I on Aug 22, 2023
Value priced
Ethel B on Aug 15, 2023
Are there video lessons available similar to the thumb drive video lessons for General Science?
A shopper on May 19, 2023
BEST ANSWER: No, there are currently no video lessons for this course.
The 2nd edition required 7th grade math as a prerequisite. Does the 3rd edition have the same math prereq?
A shopper on May 10, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure what qualifies as seventh grade math since my kids take Algebra I in sixth grade but their public school counterparts take it in seventh or eighth. This curriculum is definitely math heavy. I would say a student who understands scientific notation and unit conversions would be okay. They break each computation down step by step and really hammer in the process so I think an average student would do fine.
What is included in this set?
Angela B on May 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This set includes the new 3rd edition textbook (paperback), the 3rd edition spiral bound student notebook (a consumable student resource), and the 3rd edition solutions and tests packet, which come in two paper bound booklets cellophane wrapped together in one packet.
What’s in this set?
A shopper on May 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This set includes the Text (softcover) and the Solutions/Tests Manual.
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Rated 2 out of 5
A little too independent
Science is one of those core subjects that I feel needs to be more of a hands on approach with the parent. While my 8th grader can work independtly, science is to important a subject to be this independent. I need to be able to check his work as to whether or not he is truly learning the key facts. The on your own and note taking are great but, when he has the answers written out for him to check on his own and then I find on the testing material he is lost without the book. So I don't feel he is actually learning it. No thinking is required. This may not be the case with every child, but this set for us is NOT working for the way my child learns. I am finding he has never struggled with science before and has a good grasp on it. I am just saying if looking at this curriculum be aware that it is almost completely independent of parent involvement and your child could be really lost before you realize it, and just regurgitating fact and not learning it.
October 4, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5
We love it!
Yes it’s soft back and that’s not a fave but as far an content this curriculum is amazing. I think it’s the perfect science for an 8th grader before entering the high school years.
November 13, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
A little too much for completely independent learning.
I have used Apologia Exploring Creation Series for years with my kids and I really do think it’s well written and solid if maybe a little intense. This year my kids are going into 8th grade so I purchased EC with Physical Science because I really liked how EC with General Science taught my kids how to become independent learners and because Physical Science is what comes next sequentially. We haven’t started yet, but I just took some time to read through the textbook. I have to admit that I am a little daunted. There are several modules that are very information- and math- dense. I don’t believe that my children have come so far as to be able to work through them independently. I will have to teach them in order to make sure they truly are grasping the complicated content. I don’t mind that much really, but it really is counter to what my expectations had been. But again, we haven’t yet started. If I am proved wrong I will update this review.
July 25, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Happy we chose to spend the money on the new edition
The content of the 3rd edition is the best I’ve seen yet in the middle school Exploring Creation series. Of note are the lab report writing prompts included in the notebook which we have found to be extremely helpful. So far, the test questions seem to be better written as well.
November 17, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Apologia Physical Science
I am happy with this purchase. The student notebook does a great job in leading them what needs to be done. I like that they take notes in their notebook and the notebook also contains the lab reports. The notebook really sets them up for success.
August 22, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very Pleased
This is very easy to use and well laid out. I appreciate that it has each day's work already listed -- saves me a great deal of scheduling time!
August 20, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very pleased
Love it. My son got right to his work. It’s very readable. Love the schedule in the front of the text to help student manage their weekly work load.
August 7, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Change in Textbook Quality
It is very disappointing that Apologia went from a Hardcover textbook to a paperback textbook. Don't they know that kids can easily bend covers? As homeschool families, we need books that can last from kid to kid and stay in good condition. Sad to see the quality go down, but not the price.
August 3, 2020
over 3 years ago

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