Intro to Physics & Chemistry - Kolbe Academy

Intro to Physics & Chemistry

Introduction to Physics & Chemistry (IPC) is a course that studies the fundamental principles of physical science which are so important for the in depth approach to the high school sciences of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  Although the main emphasis in this course is on Chemistry and Physics, the same scientific thought processes and especially many of the Chemistry concepts, are applied and used fully in the high school Biology course as well.  Any student wishing to pursue the Kolbe Academy Core or Honors high school science courses is encouraged to complete this course in order to put in place the math, analysis, and process skills necessary for success in those courses

This course covers a breadth of material recommended both for eighth grade students interested in beginning honors science coursework in high school and for typical ninth grade science coursework.

Topics covered:

  • Intro to properties of matter
  • States of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Periodic table
  • Chemical bonds
  • Chemical reactions
  • Solutions
  • Acids & bases
  • Forces & motion
  • Forces in a fluid
  • Work
  • Power & machines
  • Energy
  • Thermal energy & heat
  • Mechanical waves & sound
  • Electromagnetic spectrum & light
  • Optics
  • Electricity & magnetism

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams, and quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • Physical Science: Concepts in Action, Wysession, Frank, and Yancopoulos  (Textbook available in Kolbe Bookstore is gently used.)

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Optional Materials

Digital copies are provided in the Parent Group of the Self-Paced course.  Physical copies are available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.

  • Physical Science Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Physical Science Answer Key, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Lab Report Writing Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar.
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 1: Quiz 1 Week 4: Quiz 6
Week 4: Quiz 2 Week 6: Exam 4
Week 7: Quiz 3 Week 10: Quiz 7
Week 8: Exam 1 Week 12: Exam 5
Week 10: Quiz 4 Week 14: Quiz 8
Week 15: Exam 2 Week 18: Exam 6
Week 17: Quiz 5  
Week 18: Exam 3  


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

 8 – 12 (8th, 9th)


Dr. Trasancos

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

 10 (Science)

Transcript Designation



Algebra I

Self-Paced Companion Course

Algebra 1

Online Companion Courses

Algebra 1

Course Plan Sample

Introduction to Physics & Chemistry

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.