This physical science course provides the student with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of the nature of matter and energy and their interrelationship. It includes consideration of the ways in which energy may be changed, controlled, and converted into useful work. A major concern of this course is the study of the physical laws by means of developing skills, habits of thinking, and attitudes through laboratory inquiry and experimentation in a laboratory setting. Methods of measurement and mathematics are routinely applied and utilized as the indispensable tool of physics. Students are required to do a research paper and/or science project. Topics covered include motion, acceleration, forces, vectors, momentum, work, energy, simple machines, waves, sound, light, and electricity.