Are the activity sheets in Integrated Physics and Chemistry ‘open book,’ and do we need to do the quizzes and tests?
We are just starting Heart of Dakota‘s Hearts for Him Through High School World Geography. I am a bit confused about the Integrated Physics and Chemistry materials. Can you help? I guess I have 2 questions! First, are the “activity sheets” found in the IPC activities books that are to be completed after the lesson’s reading supposed to be “open book”? The instructions say read the material through once, then read the material again while answering the activity questions. So that seems to imply “open book”, but I wanted to be sure. Second, do we need to do the quizzes and tests? It doesn’t say anything about them, nor do I see them mentioned in the detailed grading suggestions, but I wanted to be sure. Many thanks!
“Ms. Please Help Me with Integrated Physics and Chemistry”
Dear “Ms. Please Help Me with Integrated Physics and Chemistry,”
Great questions! As far as the activity books go, the students are definitely meant to refer back to their reading as they complete the follow-up questions.
We do not include the tests or quizzes simply due to the very rigorous schedule we use to complete the materials in a single year. Tiner’s Integrated Physics and Chemistry course contains 12 chapters, with 742 pages of physics and chemistry related-topics. There are 180 individual readings in the course, each taking up 4-5 pages. The content coverage is very solid, as you can imagine with this many pages of text! We use all 12 chapters of the text, which results in 1-2 readings a day on most days. We also use all of the accompanying activity books as a follow-up to the readings.
A Note on Awarding Credits for Integrated Physics and Chemistry
The publisher mentions that two credits could be awarded for the Integrated Physics and Chemistry coursework, with one credit for intro to physics and another credit for intro to chemistry. After having each of our own oldest three sons do all 12 chapters of the IPC course during their freshman year, we feel with the time it took to complete the course that awarding only 1 credit is more in alignment with typical high school standards. However, it is one very full credit!
A Note on the Labwork That Has Been Added to Integrated Physics and Chemistry
Since Tiner’s text does not include labwork, in order to include labs, we added the MicroPhySci Kit from Quality Science Labs. This makes the Integrated Physics and Chemistry course a lab science. The kit includes 36 labs and a complete lab manual for recording results. Each lab lasts approximately 45 min – 1 hour and does include science/mathematical formulas and calculations. With the addition of the 36 labs, decisions had to made as far as what to forego in order to complete the course in a year. If you feel strongly about giving the tests or quizzes, you may certainly add those back in! We have found the course to be more than enough as written in the World Geography guide!
We pray your student enjoys the IPC course as much as our sons have! We have had 3 of our boys go through it now at different times, and all have thoroughly enjoyed the course!
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