Exploring Creation w/ Physical Science SET

Exploring Creation w/ Physical Science SET


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Item #: PSCSET
Grades: 8

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This course 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. 2nd Edition.

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 as of summer 2020, most textbooks have switched from hardcover to paperback. 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 Student 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.

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 also offers Video Instruction for Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology and Advanced Biology. Currently some are in DVD format and some have transitioned to USB flash drive. 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.

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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recommended by tutor
Dusty L on Sep 9, 2020
This is part of the Classical Conversations Challenge I curriculum.
Wendy L on Aug 23, 2020
recommended by tutor
Dusty L on Sep 9, 2020
It comes as a set.
Shannon G on Aug 31, 2020
This is part of the Classical Conversations Challenge I curriculum.
Wendy L on Aug 23, 2020
For use in Classical Conversations Challenge-1 class
Colleen W on Aug 19, 2020
Used it previously, great textbook, excellent educational material
Shannon S on Aug 11, 2020
Teacher is using 2nd ed and not many are still carrying.
Michelle K on Aug 7, 2020
Veronica J on Aug 5, 2020
CC Challenge 1
Cheryl L on Jul 15, 2020
We chose this book because we are part of a science co-op and this is the book we are using.
Peggy C on Sep 14, 2019
Science from a Christian perspective. Important
Kathleen M on Sep 1, 2019
required for co-op class
Rebekah B on Aug 22, 2019
It is a requirement for my daughter's class this year.
Aubrey F on Aug 13, 2019
Part of classical conversations
Jennifer P on Aug 10, 2019
for a co-op class
Jenna P on Aug 8, 2019
CC Challenge I
Collin J on Aug 2, 2019
it was highly recommended
Jennifer A on Jul 29, 2019
For Classical Conversations Challenge I
User on Jul 9, 2019
Classical Conversations Challenge 1 curriculum
Kelley B on Jun 27, 2019
This is the required text for Classical Conversations Challenge 1 program. However, I highly recommend these science texts regardless. They are thorough and offer Biblical perspective.
Emily P on May 14, 2019
easy to understand text
Joni C on Mar 24, 2019
Logos Online School uses it for their amazing Private, Classical, Christian program.<br />We love Logos!
Tina S on Nov 3, 2018
I like the fact that it is christian based!
Briana L on Oct 6, 2018
Son needs for science class.
Gabby R on Sep 6, 2018
Part of our homeschool curriculum in our cooperative. Excellent supporting materials.
Cynthia H on Sep 5, 2018
My high school son is having trouble with the ABeka Physical Science, so we are looking for a physical science book that he can understand.
Laura C on Aug 29, 2018
I looked at it at my cousins house and it looked good, then my son started reading it and I had to drag him away from it when it was time to go. He loves science and it looks challenging enough for him, and user friendly for me!
Carrie R on Aug 24, 2018
I used the General Science set. I loved the organization and the experiments were fun!
Martina C on Aug 24, 2018
Good reviews, best price!
Courtney B on Aug 20, 2018
Janete L on Aug 16, 2018
Using for 9th grade science
Tyrza C on Aug 16, 2018
Tried and true
Lisa M on Aug 14, 2018
Next subject for my children.
Chris P on Aug 11, 2018
Looking for a solid 8th grade science program that will prepare them for high school.
Jennifer K on Aug 8, 2018
Curriculum for homeschool student. You have the best price!
Charissa M on Aug 4, 2018
required classical conversations curriculum
Libby C on Jul 31, 2018
Classical Conversations Challenge 1 program.
Joan F on Jul 17, 2018
Required for CC Challenge 1 and cheaper here
Heather J on Jul 16, 2018
Required for homeschool co-op (One Day Academy)
Rachel H on Jul 16, 2018
Using this in Classical Conversations Challenge I
Anne H on Jun 30, 2018
Classical Conversations
Emily F on Jun 12, 2018
Homeschooling text and best price.
Susan O on May 18, 2018
required in the Challenge 1 program at Classical Conversations
gabriele b on May 11, 2018
This is curriculum that our Co-Op will be using this next year for science.
Jana O on May 4, 2018
WE use it for our 9thgrade co-op class
Jamie H on Apr 18, 2018
Janine K on Mar 6, 2018
For a Co-op class
Beth T on Jan 3, 2018
What an amazing book- the best science book we have used in our home school journey so far!
User on Dec 9, 2017
It is what we are studying for 9th grade science through Classical Conversations
Angela on Nov 16, 2017
My daughter absolutely loves this science curriculum.
Francina V on Nov 9, 2017
This is what we needed for the best price.
Melissa S on Sep 28, 2017
It comes as a set.
Shannon G on Aug 31, 2020
For use in Classical Conversations Challenge-1 class
Colleen W on Aug 19, 2020
Does it count like a high school credit if done for 9th grade?
A shopper on Feb 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we used it for 9th grade science. If you are just concerned about counting differences for your student's transcript, then yes, you can consider it a science for 9th grade. If however, your student is college- bound, then you need to check the requirements of the college(s) that they are interested in, as some will not accept Physical Science as a high school level course. Also check to see how many total science courses they require - if they only require 2 or 3, then just make sure your student studies the courses they will accept (generally Biology, Chemistry, and Physics).
Do the tests come in this set?
David P on Aug 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This set comes with the Textbook, the Solutions Manual, and a thin perforated pamphlet of the module tests (the quarterly tests are not included in the pamphlet). The tests are also in the Solutions Manual, but the perforated pamphlet is designed to allow your student to have the test without you giving them the solution manual or having to make a copy. I found that there wasn't enough room for my student to write answers on the tests anyway, so we didn't really use the pamphlet.
Has a lot changed since the old edition? I have a copy of the 1st edition but would need the notebook and audio ... just wondering if it'd be best to get the new text as well.
carrie k on Oct 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I used the first edition with my oldest son who is now 25 and out of college for two years. I can't tell you specific differences, but with my youngest son I purchased the second edition because science is an area where things change pretty quickly. Theories are disproven and new theories introduced and I wanted him to have the most current information (me too).
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Rated 5 out of 5
Apologia is a great curriculum
Can't go wrong with Apologia! Very good curriculum!
October 8, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
So far so good
I have only had it a few months. It is definitely self teaching ( What I was looking for and needed). My 8th grade daughter loves it and is doing it all without me. I did need to buy a couple items for her experiments (only because I didn't have them on hand). She is also including her younger sisters when she does the experiments and they are enjoying learning "big sister's science" (even though they have their own).
April 8, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Apologia Physical science set
I really like Apologia in general but this is nice because it has summaries for each module also. One thing I don't like though about the solutions manual is how the tests are in a separate booklet. I would have preferred for the booklet to still be inside of the solutions manual.
December 22, 2017
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The best
These are the best science books. Very easy to follow! Interesting for my 8th grader
December 2, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome Book
Well, this is the first time using a non-traditional book. Going into High School next year. Hoping can use Apologia again.

I reviewed the book, tests and solutions.
Work is schedule is already set up for student/parent.
Stress free
Student reads, does a lab, logs, reads again. [ Luv this

My child likes the book
easy to read and follow.
Labs are set up so child can do them [Of course with
adult supervision].
September 2, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
We love Apoligia. The experiments are simple to follow and provides specific instructions. My daughter is learning vocabulary science terms. Apologia is also a faith based curriculum which is an added bonus to our home school experience.
August 28, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We LOVE LOVE LOVE Apologia science! I have tried many curriculums with my kids--Ace Abeka BJU--but I find that Apologia is the easiest to understand because of the conversational/lecture style writing of the text It's not as graphic intensive or colorful as the others but if your child learns well by reading it is excellent science! We are using the Physical Science this year having already used General and Biology and it is simply fascinating and enlightening science! I think the biggest difference is that Apologia is written FOR homeschoolers as opposed to the other curriculums simply being available TO homeschoolers I read ahead in my son's book every day and I am also learning so much The only thing that I am not a fan of are the labs included in the book It would be nice to have a separate lab workbook that would make labs and writeups easier to get done but all in all the science is absolutely solid college prep and highly interesting We are definitely continuing on with Apologia through Chemistry Physics and Marine Biology
February 29, 2012

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