Intro to Physics & Chemistry, grades 4-5, 5-6

Course Description: Intro to Physics and Chemistry

The physical sciences describe nature in the entirety of its breadth, from point-like elementary particles, to nuclear reactions, to unbreakable cryptography, to novel electronic materials, to intelligent drug discovery, to boundary-pushing skyscrapers, to interplanetary travel, to the limits of the boundless cosmos itself. These lines of thought provoke curiosity, enthusiasm, and creativity.

Students engage in an age-appropriate, accelerated introduction to physics and chemistry, which includes:

·      classical mechanics

·      thermodynamics

·      electromagnetics

·      wave mechanics

·      atomic theory

·      chemical bonding and reactions

·      organic chemistry

This early introduction to fundamental physics and chemistry concepts provides intuitive foundations for rigorous and robust mathematical, logical, and philosophical reasoning. It also offers a solid underpinning for the natural sciences (including the life sciences). For example, learning about atoms and molecules is helpful for understanding molecular biology.

Students learn by interacting with multimedia materials; hands-on physics learning lab equipment; a wide range of sensors, a spectrometer; and engineering resources, including Arduino integration and automation, and a 3D printer.

The Ti2 team engages area research institutions and industries to help students understand how people are investigating the science behind and developing innovative solutions to topics covered in this course. Learning opportunities may include specialists from or field trips to one or more of the following over the course of the academic year: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, lab tours at MIT, Harvard, Tufts, or Brandeis, as well as area museums or scientific archives.

Learning entry points may include the use of storytelling, fiction and non-fiction literature and art.

Course Description: Intro to Physics and Chemistry

The physical sciences describe nature in the entirety of its breadth, from point-like elementary particles, to nuclear reactions, to unbreakable cryptography, to novel electronic materials, to intelligent drug discovery, to boundary-pushing skyscrapers, to interplanetary travel, to the limits of the boundless cosmos itself. These lines of thought provoke curiosity, enthusiasm, and creativity.

Students engage in an age-appropriate, accelerated introduction to physics and chemistry, which includes:

  • classical mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • electromagnetics
  • wave mechanics
  • atomic theory
  • chemical bonding and reactions

This early introduction to fundamental physics and chemistry concepts provides intuitive foundations for rigorous and robust mathematical, logical, and philosophical reasoning. It also offers a solid underpinning for the natural sciences (including the life sciences). For example, learning about atoms and molecules is helpful for understanding molecular biology.

Students learn by interacting with multimedia materials; hands-on physics learning lab equipment; a wide range of sensors, a spectrometer; and engineering resources, including Arduino integration and automation, and a 3D printer.

The Ti2 team engages area research institutions and industries to help students understand how people are investigating the science behind and developing innovative solutions to topics covered in this course. Learning opportunities may include specialists from or field trips to one or more of the following over the course of the academic year: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, lab tours at MIT, Harvard, Tufts, or Brandeis, as well as area museums or scientific archives.

Learning entry points may include the use of storytelling, fiction and non-fiction literature and art.