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Chemistry & Physics

Chemistry: A Study of Matter

Semester 1

Chemistry is the study of matter, its composition and the changes it undergoes. During this semester, you will be introduced to the scientific method used to study matter and will be given the mathematical tools you will need for the remainder of the course. You will learn how matter is classified according to its properties and composition. You will study the atom and trace the development of the atomic theory and the periodic table of elements. In the unit on bonding, you will learn how elements form compounds, and in the final unit, you will learn to name and write formulas for compounds and to write equations representing chemical reactions.

Semester 2

This semester begins with the introduction of the mole. This important concept will be used during the remainder of the year as the basis for many calculations involving chemical reactions, solutions, and gases. In the units on thermochemistry and chemical kinetics, you will learn how energy is absorbed and given off during chemical reactions and how energy, and factors affect the rates of reactions. The study of reaction rates will lead you into the study of chemical equilibrium. In this semester, you will also study electrochemistry, from batteries to electroplating. And you will learn about acids, bases and salts. Unit 15 is a brief study of the atomic nucleus, which your teacher may introduce at any time during the year.

Physics Fundamentals

Semester 1

Semester 1 of physics is the study of mechanics, which involves motion and its causes. After reviewing the mathematical skills needed for this study, you will be introduced to vectors, learning how to express quantities including direction and how to deal with vectors in calculations. Next, you will study linear motion and will learn to solve problems involving both uniform and accelerated motion, including the motion of falling objects. In the unit on Newton's Laws of Motion, you will study the causes of motion and will be introduced to motion in two dimensions. Then you will learn about different kinds of forces, from friction to gravitational and centripetal forces. Next, you will be introduced to momentum and energy and will learn how both are conserved. Finally, you will study rotational motion, solving problems involving torque.

Semester 2

This semester is a continuation of the study of energy, introduced to you in the first semester as mechanical energy. In this semester, you will study other forms of energy, including electric energy, magnetism, sound, and light. You will learn how mechanical and electromagnetic waves transport energy. Topics of special interest will include electric circuits, electromagnets, acoustics, color, mirrors, and lenses.


In addition to watching the videos in this site, Georgia teachers and students can stream Chemistry: A Study of Matter and Physics Fundamentals from GPB Education Streaming by plugging in the search term 'GPB Classroom' and select an episode to stream live or download.

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Chemistry & Physics consists of two series teaching high school college preparatory chemistry and physics. Chemistry: A Study of Matter and Physics Fundamentals provides instructional content delivered through thirty-minute episodes and integrated classroom materials. Episodes provide content while giving cues for the classroom teacher to pause the program and interact with students, engaging them in discussions, problem-solving, and laboratory activities.

For each unit, daily lesson plans are given to help teachers prepare for and pace the lessons. Classroom materials, including note-taking guides to accompany the episodes, worksheets, classroom activities, quizzes, and tests are available in electronic format. For security reasons, only student materials are provided on this site. Teachers should call GPB Education at 1.888.501.8960 or email with questions or to request teacher materials.


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