Abeka 9th grade physical science course
Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:43 PM
Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:37 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:00 AM
1. Excellent introduction into chemistry and physics.
2. Rigorous tests and quizzes mostly require regurgitation of facts rather than application of material learned.
3. DD scores very high on Iowa Test every year in science. I have to give A Beka credit for that.
4. Gorgeous text with beautiful photos and diagrams.
5. Difficult text because of amount of material covered, not because of poor explanations. Lots of review questions along the way help.
6. Either buy the lab DVD or get ready to spend a couple of grand. The lab is designed for those who already have a well stocked lab. For example hot plates, projectors, a van de Graaf generator, and other specialty equipment is needed. Also, chemicals are easily obtainable, but not the kind lying around the house. There is a kit from home science tools, but it does not have all the specialty equipment required. Less than half of the experiments could be done with that kit. Having said this, all the experiments could be modified to home use if one spends some time researching other experiments which demonstrate the same concepts. Since most of the experiments are of the demonstration type, one should not feel guilty by just watching the DVD. We do have a substantial lab in our home, and I can tell you the labs are excellent. They are extreme enough to cement the concepts. DD has had some great fun performing these.
7. Again, everything I have said may not apply to the new edition.