Physical Science

The world in which we live is complex and wonderful!  This Physical Science course is designed to pique the natural curiosity of middle school students and lead them through the processes of investigation and discovery.  The course will introduce students to the principles of Chemistry and Physics.  The material will be highly conceptual, and not math intensive, although basic math is a component of physical science.

This course will involve two 45-minute sessions of live teaching each week.  Included in these live classes will be occasional demonstrations to illustrate concepts.  Students will be assigned reading, homework questions, and hands-on activities to complete independently between classes.

Weekly homework consists of reading from the text, review questions and some instructional videos.  Many weeks also include a lab or related activity.  The average homework load is approximately 2 hours per week.

This course is organized as follows:

Fall Semester Physical Science – Introduction to Chemistry
Investigation and Scientific Method
Properties of Matter
Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
Structure of Atoms
Chemical Interactions

Spring Semester Physical Science – Introduction to Physics

Forces and Motion
 Work and Simple Machines
 Energy and Energy Resources
 Heat and Heat Technology
Electricity and Electromagnetism

The following is a list of lab supplies required for each semester.  This list is not complete and may vary somewhat from year to year.  A complete list of supplies and purchasing information will be available upon registration.

    Fall Semester:

    Safety goggles
    Graduated cylinder (100 mL)
    Graduated cylinder (10 mL)
    600 mL beaker
    2-250 mL beakers
    4 large test tubes
    Laboratory thermometer
    Digital balance (0.01 g precision)
    Fine steel wool





    Spring Semester:

    *Safety goggles
    *Graduated cylinder (100 mL) 
    *Laboratory thermometer
    Spring scale
    2 Ring magnets
    Bar magnet
    Iron filings
    3-1.5 V light bulbs
    3 bulb holders
    Knife switch
    Insulated copper wire
    Magnet wire (20 gauge)
    Digital multimeter

    *these items carry over from fall semester

    Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

    “REGISTER” buttons for 2018-2019 will become active on 7 February 2018.


    Prerequisites: Students should have completed Basic Math, or be concurrently enrolled in Basic Math  or a conceptually equivalent math program
    Instructor: Lee Ann Shaffer, B.S.
    leeannshaffer.clrc@gmail.com
    Age Level: 11 - 14 years
    Grade Level: 6 - 8
    Minimum Enrollment: 8
    Maximum Enrollment: 15
    Tuition per Semester--
         Class with Labs:
     $300
         Class with NO labs: $280
    Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!
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    Class Meets: 
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 - 8:45 AM Pacific
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    Click Here to see the 2021-22 Class Schedule

    Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

    “REGISTER” buttons for 2018-2019 will become active on 7 February 2018.


    Prerequisites: Students should have completed Basic Math, or be concurrently enrolled in Basic Math  or a conceptually equivalent math program
    Instructor:
    Lee Ann Shaffer, B.S.
    leeannshaffer.clrc@gmail.com
    Age Level:
    11 - 14 years
    Grade Level:
    6 - 8
    Minimum Enrollment:
    8
    Maximum Enrollment:
    15
    Tuition per Semester--
         Class with Labs: 
    $300
         Class with NO labs:
    $280
    Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!
    --
    Class Meets:
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:45 AM Pacific
    --
    Click Here to see the 2021-22 Class Schedule

    Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

    Problems Registering?    Click here    for help

    Lee Ann Shaffer, B.S.

    Lee Ann Shaffer received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University in 1982.  She spent five years working for General Motors, where she was involved in the fabrication of microchips for automotive sound systems and developing and performing tests for electrical automotive components.  She then took a permanent hiatus from her career to stay at home with her children.

    Lee Ann and her husband of 38 years, Jerry (also an electrical engineer) have four grown sons, whom they homeschooled from kindergarten through high school.  In addition to teaching her own boys, she also taught science classes for homeschooled students, and conducted many chemistry labs for groups of students around her dining room table!

    Lee Ann taught at Heritage Classical Academy in Hudson, Ohio for seven years.  There she taught middle school and high school math, science, and formal logic.  It was during her years at Heritage that Lee Ann discovered her love for classroom teaching.

    Outside of the classroom, Lee Ann enjoys reading, experimenting with new recipes, gardening, spending time with her three grandchildren, visiting her sons and their families (which takes her from coast to coast), and taking long walks with her husband.   They currently live in West Farmington, Ohio with their chickens and their cat, Annie.

     

    Textbooks

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    Lab materials and other necessary supplies are published on the course page in our Learning Management System.  Students have access to this supply list upon registration.