Physical Science 2nd Edition Student Textbook


This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. Thus, we generally recommend it as an 8th-grade course, but students can use it for their 9th-grade coursework. The text discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.


Overview of Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition Textbook


If all we ever offer our students is a textbook version of science, they will never get to “own” a discovery that they make during an experiment. Our world is not a world of chaos, and once students begin to see that they can observe a phenomenon, ask questions, and set up a methodical test to answer questions, science will no longer be a class but rather a means to discover their world.

This middle school physical science course is specifically designed to be the second course taken during junior high. It is created to give middle school students an understanding of the basic world that surrounds them each day of their lives and the forces in creation so that they can appreciate the real-world relevance of scientific inquiry and the beauty of creation. We believe that students’ educations should prepare them for life, not just an academic year.

Our award-winning, homeschool, junior high physical science course covers:

  • Measurement and Units so that students can convert between units in the scientific study
  • The EarthAtmosphereHydrosphere, and Lithosphere so that students can appreciate the wonder of our blue planet
  • The weather, so that students can understand the factors that affect the Earth’s weather and how the weather is predicted
  • An Introduction to Physics to understand the mechanics of motion, forces, and energy
  • Newton’s Laws and the Forces in Creation to understand friction, static and kinetic energy, gravity, electromagnetic forces, and electrical circuits
  • Solar SystemStars, and Galaxies to introduce the wonders of our universe
  • An Introduction to Chemistry for a basic introduction to atoms and molecule


Throughout their academic school year, your students will conduct controlled experiments where they observe a problem, ask a question, formulate a testable hypothesis, and then conduct the experiment and analyze the data to see if their results support their hypothesis. It involves quantitative data that require measurements. The lab portion of Apologia guides students through this process.

A typical week requires studying science for about 1 hour a day for 5 days. During this time, students read an assigned portion of their textbook, stopping throughout each section to answer “On Your Own” questions to test their comprehension before moving forward. Students self-check their answers against the detailed answers provided at the end of each module.

Laboratory exercises are conducted throughout each module so that students have a hands-on lab component in their scientific study. These have been designed to easily work in the homeschool environment.

At the end of each of 16 modules which take about 2 weeks each to complete, there are Study Guides to help students review their materials before taking their exams. Detailed answers to these questions are provided in the Solutions and Test Manual.

Please note, this is the student textbook only. You will need the Solutions and Test Manual to complete this course.

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Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 8.75 × 1.4 in

Jay Wile


Middle School

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Physical Science

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