Physical Sciences

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to explore the basic concepts of physical science. Students will be introduced to the foundations of science, including skills, assumptions, and the role of technology in science. Then, students will learn about matter, atoms, and the periodic table. Students will dive into the chemical side of physical science with an introduction to chemical reactions and the chemistry of carbon and solutions. They will explore motion, forces, work, machines, and energy as well as nuclear energy and thermal energy. Lastly, students will get an introduction to waves, sound, and electromagnetic radiation. The course provides extensive examples and practice for students to explain and apply concepts. This course does not include a laboratory component.

* Must take with PHY 1111 to meet lab requirements.

Course Information

The student will evaluate and explain the structure and properties of matter including identifying the function and role of atoms, the periodic table, and nuclear energy as it relates to matter.

Bloom’s level 5

The student will evaluate and explain chemical reactions including how these reactions relate to energy and matter.

Bloom’s level 5

The student will evaluate and explain forces and interactions as they relate to objects and systems of objects.

Bloom’s level 5

The student will evaluate and explain energy including the relationship between energy and force, chemical processes, conservation, and transfer.

Bloom’s level 5

The student will evaluate and explain waves and electromagnetic radiation as they relate to the history of scientific discovery and current technologies.

Bloom’s level 5

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.

4 Year Regional Public University #1
4 Year Private University
2 Year Public College*
4 Year Regional Public College #2*
 Lesson   Quizzes
68 Variable Variable N/A N/A
3 10 Homework Assignments

10 Homework Assignments

Class Preparation

1 Presentation

Variable Homework and Reading Assignments Variable Homework Assignments
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12 6 3 3 2
2 Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam
N/A N/A 6 Class Projects 1 Class Project 1 Presentation

* Lab included

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.

Purchasing Options


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Courses on Demand

This option is perfect for homeschooling parents and students as well as independent learners. A single license grants a student access to a single course — offered by a TEL Partner Institution utilizing TEL Curriculum. Start learning today!