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Chemistry and Physics Textbook


Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is part of Apologia’s award-winning Young Explorer Series and a curriculum specifically designed for elementary students. Your student will appreciate the fascinating (and fun!) world of science in a whole new way as they study the basic building blocks of creation, atoms and molecules, simple chemicals, the laws of motion, and energy in its many forms. 

Recommended Course Grade Level: K-6th

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Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is part of the award-winning Young Explorer Series. 

From the laws of motion to electricity and magnetism to the very building blocks of creation, this course is a God-honoring study about some of the most impactful scientific principles that are at work all around us. As your student works through this course, their scientific curiosity and confidence will explode as they engage with the vivid graphics, thought-provoking lessons, and hands-on experiments that will bring theory to life.

Curriculum Overview

We believe that your child’s education is at their best when their learning begins with curiosity. That’s why this course was designed for elementary students with no prerequisite. We use the practical concepts and things in their world to help them to learn and experience that science isn’t just a class–it’s a means for them to discover their world! 

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics course is written in a conversational tone, and takes complex and abstract concepts and makes them approachable for curious young minds. As your student engages with the lessons, projects, and experiments, they will better understand the fascinating world of chemistry and physics, and the Master Designer who created it all. 

Throughout this course, they’ll study and explore the basic building blocks of creation, atoms and molecules, simple chemicals, the laws of motion, energy in its many forms, as well as concepts of electricity and magnetism. Your student will get to put their learning to work as they have fun making a bouncy ball, developing a smoke bomb, building a solar oven, constructing a working periscope, fashioning a miniature motor, and creating a lava lamp! 

This course covers the following lessons:

  • Matter and the properties of matter (including density, mass, volume, luster, hardness, smell, and more)
  • Solids
  • Liquids
  • Gases
  • Atoms
  • Electrons
  • Periodic Table of Elements
  • Compound Chemistry: crystals, plastic
  • Acids and Bases
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Mixtures
  • Motion and Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
  • Friction, Gravity, Acceleration, and Force
  • Types and Forms of Energy: Kinetic, Potential, Chemical, Nuclear, Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Geothermal, and more
  • Sound Energy
  • Light – Sources and Properties
  • Thermal Energy
  • Electricity: Electrons, Static Electricity
  • Types of Circuits,
  • Magnetism

Lesson Plans and Materials

There are 14 lessons in this one-year chemistry and physics course.  Detailed lesson plans as well as a suggested daily schedule are included in the student notebooking journal (sold separately). This will set you and your student up for success as they work through the course, while also providing flexibility to meet the needs of your student and your family.

Packed with vivid photos and a variety of hands-on activities and experiments that bring chemistry and physics to life, the student textbook and provides engaging hands-on activities to help solidify the concepts learned. The hard-cover textbook and notebooking journals (sold separately) are recommended for your student to make the most of this course. 

All of the activities and experiments use easy-to-obtain household items and truly make the lessons come alive!

Hands-on Activities and Experiments

Some of the activities and experiments your student will complete in this course include making a lava lamp, creating a Periodic Table of Elements out of cookies (yum!), growing crystals, filtering water, creating a soundproof box, making a periscope, building a flashlight and a solar oven, and many more!

All activities and projects in this course use easy-to-find household items and truly make the lessons fun!

Meet the Author

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Dinah J.

Highly recommended!

My nine year old son would listen to the entire book straight through if I let him. We really appreciate the author's expressive and personable reading and her sense of humor. The frequent reference to our Creator and His amazing design is expressed naturally and eloquently. This series of (audio and printed) books by Jeannie Fulbright are a perfect fit for our family.

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Tammi L.

Science Books and Audio download

I absolutely love your science books; this is year two using Apologia. We had Zoology and now using Chemistry and Physics. I couldn't be more pleased with the content and illustrations. We love the audio that we purchased so we can listen and read along.


Very well written and explained

This book is amazing, interesting, fun and very well written. My two boys grades 5 and 7, are very engaged in every lesson. They enjoy every page. The experiments are fun and I just love how well science is explained. So easy to understand. I wish I had this textbook when I was in school, because I would have gone far with science thanks to the book. Science was not my friend before, but now I love it so much. I’m exited for my kids to succeed in their studies, and what makes me happy is that they love this subject now. This was our first year with Apologia, and we are gonna buy more for the following years.

Amanda B.
United States United States

Better for older children

We love this series and have been using it for years. The Chemistry and Physics volume is written at a higher level than other books in the series. I find it is a better fit for 5th-7th grade. The content is solid and accessible. The labs are engaging and reinforce the concepts. It prepares the students well for the middle school science courses.

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 8.75 × 0.8 in







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