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 Discover! Physical Science Volume 1: The Basics

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Learn the basic concepts of physical and chemical science. Time, space, position, distance, co-ordinate systems; matter and atomic theory (atoms, molecules, elements, compounds, solids, liquids and gases); energy (conservation, potential and kinetic, heat, work, machine); waves and vibrations (wave motion, reflection, refraction, interference, amplitude, wavelength, frequency); force and motion (speed and velocity, gravity, Newton’s laws). Discover! Physical and Chemical Science features 130 screens of text and graphic illustrations, a dozen interactive exercises, two dozen video clips, a half-hour video documentary -- Aircraft and Spacecraft. An exciting look at the practical uses of Physical and Chemical Sciences in NASA's air and Space Program. An exploration of how new materials technology development is revolutionizing the world of science and technology.

Discover! Science Library

ScienceSchoolHouse’s new Discover! Science Library for grades 6-8 and 9-12, has the following features and components:

  1. Interactive multimedia tutorials: Each unit includes up to 200 screens with text and pictures/illustrations plus interactive exercises and lots of video clips.
  2. All core text is fully narrated (with an on/off option). All vocabulary checked for age appropriateness. Built to pedagogically correct standards with appendices for advanced research.
  3. One 30-minute, high-resolution, digital video associated with each unit, with content indexing and one-click navigation.
  4. Quizzes for the students and Test Banks for teachers.
  5. Teacher’s Guides and state and national curriculum correlations on our website.

System Requirements

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 10+, Safari 4+, Opera 9+

In this Unit:

Quizzes and Test Banks

Manual

Interactive Exercises

  • 1-2 History of Science
  • 1-13 Gravity and Mass - The Cavendish Experiment
  • 2-7 Changes of State
  • 2-10 Atomic Theory
  • 2-11 The Periodic Table
  • 2-16 Bonding Roundabout
  • 2-20 Mass, Weight, Volume and Density
  • 3-1 Distance
  • 3-13 Coriolis Effect
  • 3-2 Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • 4-1 Characteristics of All Waves
  • 4-3 Wave Characteristics

Movies and Animations

  • 1-2 Satellite Launch
  • 1-3 The Speed of Light and Time
  • 1-10 Scatterplots
  • 1-12 Area and Volume
  • 2-1 Feather in the Wind
  • 2-5 Water Molecules
  • 2-6 Cool Gas!
  • 2-9 Atoms
  • 2-10 Atomic Particles
  • 2-15 Electric Circuits
  • 2-16 Chemical Reaction
  • 2-18 Energy: E=Mc2
  • 3-2 Friction
  • 3-3 Model Universe
  • 3-4 Running Speed
  • 3-5 Speed and Velocity
  • 3-9 Force
  • 3-10 Newton’s Laws
  • 3-13 Velocity
  • 3-21 Earth’s Magnetic Field
  • 3-23 Solar Radiation
  • 4-3 Wave Motion
  • 4-6 Infrared Light
  • 4-8 Soundwaves
  • 4-9 Outgoing and Reflected Solar Radiation
  • 4-13 Photons
  • 5-1 Energy Use
  • 5-6 Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • 5-10 Solar Power
  • 5-12 Machines... Force and Distance

Interactive Multimedia Tutorial Tables of Contents

Chapter 1: Basic Concepts

  • 1-1 Basic Concepts
  • 1-2 Events
  • 1-3 Time
  • 1-4 Space
  • 1-5 Position
  • 1-6 Distance
  • 1-7 Direction
  • 1-8 Co-ordinate Systems in General
  • 1-9 Co-ordinate Systems in One Dimension
  • 1-10 Co-ordinate Systems in 2 Dimensions
  • 1-11 Co-ordinate Systems in 3 Dimensions
  • 1-12 Length, Area and Volume
  • 1-13 Mass and Weight
  • 1-14 Density
  • 1-15 Pressure
  • 1-16 Standard Temperature and Pressure: STP

Chapter 2: Atomic Theory: Matter and Energy

  • 2-1 Models
  • 2-2 Introduction to Matter and Energy
  • 2-3 Solid, Liquid or Gas
  • 2-4 Solid has a Definite Form
  • 2-5 Liquid Will Fill the Container
  • 2-6 Gas Will Expand
  • 2-7 Solid, Liquid and Gas
  • 2-8 Atoms and Molecules; Elements and Compounds
  • 2-9 Atoms and Elements
  • 2-10 Atomic Structure and Science Models
  • 2-11 Element Means Number of Protons
  • 2-12 Strong Nuclear Forces
  • 2-13 Isotopes Mean Number of Neutrons
  • 2-14 Ions Mean the Difference Between Number of Electrons and the Number of Protons
  • 2-15 Electrons and Electricity
  • 2-16 Molecules and Compounds
  • 2-17 Mixtures and Solutions
  • 2-18 Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
  • 2-19 Conservation of Matter and Energy
  • 2-20 Mass, Weight and Gravity
  • 2-21 Physical Properties
  • 2-22 Chemical Properties
  • 2-23 Chemical Properties from its Electronic Structure

Chapter 3: Force and Motion: Newton’s Laws

  • 3-1 Distance and Time
  • 3-2 Friction
  • 3-3 Models in Science
  • 3-4 Speed and Velocity
  • 3-5 Average and Instantaneous Speed and Velocity
  • 3-6 Relativity and Adding Velocities
  • 3-7 Earth Moving Relative to the Sun
  • 3-8 Acceleration
  • 3-9 Force and Cause: Newton’s Laws
  • 3-10 Newton’s First Law
  • 3-11 Newton’s Second Law
  • 3-12 Newton’s Third Law
  • 3-13 Motion in Curves
  • 3-14 Harmonic Motion
  • 3-15 Mass, Weight and Universal Gravity
  • 3-16 Units of Mass and Weight
  • 3-17 Why the Units are Important: Mass and Weight
  • 3-18 Momentum and Inertia
  • 3-19 Momentum Calculation
  • 3-20 The Four Forces of Nature
  • 3-21 Fields
  • 3-22 Gravity Force
  • 3-23 Electromagnetic Force
  • 3-24 Strong Nuclear Forces
  • 3-25 Weak Nuclear Force
  • 3-26 Particles and Wave Energy

Chapter 4: Waves and Vibrations

  • 4-1 Waves as Energy and Matter
  • 4-2 Reflection of Waves
  • 4-3 Liquids Move Up and Down, Waves Move Outwards
  • 4-4 3-Dimensional Waves
  • 4-5 Water and Sound: Waves in a Medium
  • 4-6 Light is Waves, but also Particles, and are Not in a Medium
  • 4-7 Velocity, Amplitude, Wavelength and Frequency
  • 4-8 Vibrations and Waves
  • 4-9 Reflection
  • 4-10 Refraction
  • 4-11 Wave Heights Add: Interference
  • 4-12 Diffraction
  • 4-13 Light Comes From Electrons

Chapter 5: Energy

  • 5-1 Introduction to Energy: the Great Chain of Energy
  • 5-2 Conservation of Mass-energy
  • 5-3 Models of the Big, Models of the Small, Models of Energy
  • 5-4 Closed Systems
  • 5-5 Conservation of Energy, Conservation of Mass
  • 5-6 Energy Force Fields: Potential Energy
  • 5-7 More Force Fields: Inverse Square with Distance, Direct with Source
  • 5-8 Energy of Motion
  • 5-9 Changing Energy from Kinetic to Heat
  • 5-10 Heat Energy and Temperature
  • 5-11 Work
  • 5-12 Machines

Chapter 6: Basic Electricity Concepts

  • 6-1 Static Electricity
  • 6-2 Charging Objects
  • 6-3 Electric Current
  • 6-4 AC/DC Overview
  • 6-5 Series Circuits
  • 6-6 Parallel Circuits and Series-Parallel Circuits
  • 6-7 Ohm's Law
  • 6-8 Measuring Voltage, Resistance and Current
  • 6-9 Watts and Power
  • 6-10 Time and Energy
  • 6-11 Efficiency
  • 6-12 Wind Power
  • 6-13 Hydroelectric Power
  • 6-14 Nuclear Power
  • 6-15 Coal Power
  • 6-16 Solar Power
  • 6-17 Natural Gas and Petroleum (Gasoline)
  • 6-18 Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • 6-19 Biomass Power

Note: Appendices A, B and C are common to all Discover! CDs.

Appendix A: Scientific Method

  • A.1 The Need to Know
  • A.2 What Makes Science Different?
  • A.3 Induction
  • A.4 The Scientific Method
  • A.5 Hypothesis and Deduction
  • A.6 Experiments and Observation
  • A.7 Acceptance of Hypotheses
  • A.8 Theories and Laws
  • A.9 The Cycle of Scientific Inquiry
  • A.10 Scientists Build Models
  • A.11 Scientific Theories and Revolutions
  • A.12 Scientists Doing Science
  • A.13 Open Communication
  • A.14 Ethical Responsibilities
  • A.15 Role of Technology
  • A.16 Science and Society

Appendix B: Measurement Systems and SI Units

  • B.1 The Need for Common Units
  • B.2 Some Old Units of Measurement
  • B.3 Problems with Different Measurement Systems
  • B.4 The SI (Metric) System
  • B.5 Basic Units of SI
  • B.6 Derived Units
  • B.7 More Derived Units
  • B.8 Decimal Multipliers
  • B.9 SI Prefixes
  • B.10 Scientific Notation
  • B.11 Large and Small Numbers
  • B.12 Exact and Approximate Numbers
  • B.13 Precision Measurements
  • B.14 Significant Figures
  • B.15 Scientific Notation and Precision
  • B.16 Accuracy and Precision
  • B.17 Dangers of Many Digits
  • B.18 Working with Scientific Notation

Appendix C: Careers in Science

  • C.1 Careers in Science
  • C.2 Careers in Geology
  • C.3 Careers in Oceanography
  • C.4 Careers in Atmospheric Science
  • C.5 Careers in Astronomy
  • C.6 Geological Field Safety

xMedia Movie

Aircraft and Spacecraft (27 minutes)

An exciting look at the practical uses of physical and chemical sciences in NASA's air and space programs. An exploration of how new materials technology development is revolutionizing the world of science and technology.

  • 00:00:00 Titan
  • 00:00:31 The Building Blocks of Life - Nitrogen and Carbon
  • 00:00:47 Mission to Saturn and Titan
  • 00:01:44 Titan has an Atmosphere
  • 00:02:33 The Atmosphere of Titan Explained
  • 00:03:47 Organic Rain - Like Earth's Origin
  • 00:04:03 Life on Titan
  • 00:05:17 Collecting Data on Titan and Future Explorations
  • 00:06:38 Next Generation Exploration
  • 00:08:08 Summary of Possibilities of Titan Life
  • 00:11:23 Density and Specific Gravity
  • 00:11:51 Aerobraking
  • 00:12:16 Breaking Free of Gravity
  • 00:13:11 Deceleration
  • 00:13:35 Aerocapture
  • 00:16:07 Other Techniques to Slow Vehicles Down
  • 00:18:25 Magellan Mission - First Aerobraking
  • 00:19:14 Revolutionary Materials
  • 00:19:52 Protective Clothing and Kevlar
  • 00:20:32 History of Materials
  • 00:21:35 Polymer Molecules
  • 00:22:31 Space is a Hostile Environment
  • 00:23:23 Space Station Protection
  • 00:23:32 Carbon Nanotubes
  • 00:24:07 Self Healing Materials
  • 00:24:54 Credits
  • 00:26:33 End

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