2024-2025 School Year

Physical Science CP GVL

Course Description

This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. We generally recommend it as an 8th-grade course, but students can use it for their 9th-grade coursework. The text discusses atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonds, reactions and energy, motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and Earth’s structure, weathering, and atmosphere. Students are given daily reading assignments and take all tests at home. The class time consists of lectures and lab experiments. Students also will be taught to write a scientific lab report to document the experiments done in class.

Summer work, due first day of co-op: Assemble your 3-ringed binder with 6 tabs for the first 6 Modules of the book

To be successful in this class:

Students must complete the weekly reading assignments, chapter questions, lab reports, and classroom discussions. Homework will require 3-5 hours per week.

Grades: 9th Grade, 8th Grade

Fees: $425 plus $20 lab fee


Students should be taking, or have already taken, Algebra I. Students should be able to type and use a computer to complete lab write-ups and papers.

Course Credit: 1 science elective

Required Materials


  • Exploring Creation with Physical Science Textbook (3rd Edition) Vicki Dincher, Apologia
  • Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physical Science

Other materials:  

  • 3 ring 1 ½ “ binder
  • 5 tabbed dividers
  • Notebook  paper
  • Calculator
  • Colored pencils
  • Composition book

Meet LaPaula Williams

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Teaching Experience: Public Middle School , Charleston SC, 4 1/2 years -Math and Science teacher, Public Elementary School, Goose Creek, SC- 1st grade at-risk- 2 years, 3rd grade- 2 years, Science to elementary and middle school students for the past 8 years, Homeschooled three of my children through High School and homeschooling my last child presently.

UHC courses taught:

  • Physical Science

Began teaching at UHC in 2021