Physical Science

Course Description:

This course is designed as an interactive, biblically integrated introduction to basic physics and chemistry. Topics include forces and motion, energy waves, electricity and magnetism, classifications of matter, and chemical bonding and reactions. Attention is also devoted to the integration of science and theology, a critique of scientific naturalism, and theological reflection on a smorgasbord of scientific topics—including environmentalism, biotechnology, chemical formulas, and Newton’s laws of motion.

Accordingly, this course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of the physical sciences. Students use scientific inquiry and higher-order problem solving as they explore these topics through interactive simulations and virtual and hands-on experiences. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. Collaborative projects and real-world assessments aid the student in demonstrating an understanding of the importance of the physical and chemical properties of God’s good creation.

Recommended Prerequisites:

Grade Level:
9th-12th Grade recommended

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • Honors track available

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Biblical Integration Information:

  1. Creation: The doctrine of creation is nothing less than a boon to scientific investigation. Not only does it insist on the orderly and intelligible nature of the universe; it also maintains the distinction between Creator and creation; the creation of human beings in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27); and the human mandate to subdue the earth on God’s behalf (Genesis 1:28). The last of these, the so-called cultural mandate, implies creation care, discovery, and the development of the potential that God has built into creation.
  2. Fall: Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden results in human sinfulness, judgment, and death (e.g., Genesis 3:14—4:16; Romans 5:12–21). Like any other human phenomena, then, scientific investigation reflects our fallenness in a variety of ways—from the so-called noetic effects of the fall to needless and willful rejection of God in the name of science.
  3. Redemption: Thankfully, God is in the business of redeeming science—the study of the universe that he himself created! And he has been in this business for millennia. In fact, as many historians have pointed out, modern science was very much born out of a theistic and indeed Christian milieu. Many of the “greats” throughout the history of science, including Copernicus, Pascal, and Newton, were not only Christians; they were also inspired by biblical teachings such as the doctrine of divine providence and the lordship of Christ. Some of these scientists also found in science evidence for biblical faith. Viewed from a theological perspective, then, it should not be surprising that there are many ways in which science can help us know God better. For example, the simple yet beautiful patterns we find in chemical formulas reflect nothing less than God’s order, goodness, and wisdom in creation (cf. Psalm 104:24). Likewise, the history of scientific discovery, in which theories are developed relatively slowly and step by step, gives us occasion to reflect on the value of humility (cf. Philippians 2:3–11) and the kindness and wisdom of God (cf. Psalm 8:3–4, 9).

Required Course Materials:
Scientific calculator