Exploring Creation with Physical Science 3rd Edition Set

Exploring Creation with Physical Science 3rd Edition 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 Kitwill be available soon. 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 supports include the recommended Student Notebook, which 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. The Audio MP3 CD will be available Summer 2020.

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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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 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
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
Needed for Challenge 1 through Classical Conversations
Rachel E on Aug 13, 2020
In stock!
JoLynn T on Aug 12, 2020
Good price!!!<br />thank you,<br />Blessing!!!!
Paula S on Aug 12, 2020
Best price. And it was available!!! Other companies had to back order.
JoLynn T on Aug 11, 2020
Classical conversations
Holly E on Aug 10, 2020
Required materials for Classical Conversations - Challenge I (9th grade) curriculum.
Kate C on Aug 10, 2020
Wanting to meet the high standards of keeping my child equipped but doing so with a curriculum that is easy to facilitate & is written from a perspective of faith.
Shannon V on Aug 10, 2020
lower price
Dara C on Aug 4, 2020
I felt this would best prepare my son for high school science.
Brandi M on Aug 3, 2020
Used in Classical Conversations
Lisa H on Aug 1, 2020
Requirement for Classical Conversations curriculum.
Amalie C on Jul 31, 2020
I needed only the student notebook, but I have the 2nd edition. Nowhere could I find what I needed. I decided to upgrade to 3rd edition, and your site had what I needed at an affordable price. Thank you!
Rena R on Jul 30, 2020
I am picking this up for my teaching my class. Buying the student notebook book a year ahead for my student who will be using it later. Reviews of the student notebook has been great from online sources and one of my friends who bought a copy.
Olajumoke K on Jul 29, 2020
Classical Conversations Challenge 1 course requirement
Jill W on Jul 27, 2020
The Godly perspective, along with the great conversational style, allows for a greater understanding of the truth God has provided for us to explore through His creation - the learning of true science.
Ernest C on Jul 27, 2020
Great price and just what I needed!
kelly h on Jul 24, 2020
Required for the Classical Conversations Challenge 1 class my child is in. I chose to purchase the student notebook in an effort to make it more user friendly for my student hopefully.
Kira C on Jul 24, 2020
8th grade science
Candace D on Jul 23, 2020
I like that is God centered. I love that it is written to the student in a casual way, and the way the notebook is set up helps my kids take more ownership of their learning and become more independent.
Aurora Z on Jul 22, 2020
Child led program with the student notebook to teach good note taking skills.
Martha K on Jul 22, 2020
I have taught physical science using the 2nd edition of this textbook for 6 years. I love it and am excited to check out the new edition!
Janet P on Jul 21, 2020
It is required for the Challenge I Research strand.
Rebecca B on Jul 21, 2020
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
best prices and availability for homeschooling year starting on week away.
Efren V on Sep 7, 2021
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 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
7 months 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
10 months 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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