View Full Version : Eighth grade physics.

07-01-2014, 12:33 PM
I'm looking or something that has lots of hands on and will really cover the subject in-depth. Since he will be high school next year I am trying to get him used to working more. He wants to start taking classes at the community college in tenth so we want to make sure he is getting enough info.


07-01-2014, 12:39 PM
Does he want to be ready for college level physics in two years? In that case he'd need a high school level course. The Life of Fred physics book is mostly math. There's a book called Conceptual Physics which is often recommended.

07-01-2014, 12:49 PM
I've heard that the level 2 of the Mr. Q physics is really good for middle school and more in depth than you would expect based on the other products, but I have zero experience with it myself.

07-01-2014, 02:04 PM
Level 2 of physics mr Q? I can only find one level. I was planning to use this for my third grader.

07-01-2014, 02:26 PM
Oops, I think I mixed it up and it's chemistry that he has a second level of that I had heard was better than the elementary books. Sorry.

07-02-2014, 08:05 PM
You could try this: Georgia Public Broadcasting Chemistry & Physics (http://www.gpb.org/chemistry-physics). DS is doing the Chemistry curriculum. Each is intended for an academic year, but we're doing at least two days' work in one, so he can finish it all by Christmas (he wants to finish all Sophomore work in one semester and come Jnr/Snr work as well...good luck LOL). The Physics curriculum looks to have everything at high school level.

For the key, which is vital, it only costs $30.00 for the CD-ROM that has all the material found on the website as well as all answers, plus lesson plans, breakdown of what part of usual high school requirements this is all covering, etc.


07-02-2014, 09:22 PM
Hewitt Conceptual Physical Science. It is thorough and meaty. I have all the components although older/2ed (IG, Student Practice Book, and textbook).

07-03-2014, 01:12 AM
I agree, Conceptual Physics is a great book for middle school. We were using Science Fusion this past year but my 14 year old found it insulting so I gave him the Conceptual Physics book to read instead. I used to teach intro physics college courses so I have a variety of physics textbooks lying around. This is definitely one of the best for getting the concepts without having to tackle the more serious math. There's a Conceptual Chemistry as well and that author had a bunch of videos to go along with his book, not sure if there's something like that for the physics text.

If you have an iPad there is an app called Video Physics - you can use it to take a movie of a hot wheels car on a ramp, or a ball being dropped and then mark the location of the object on each frame of the movie. It then calculates the speed of the object for you! Just remember to put a ruler in the background of your movie so it has a reference - you have to put points on the ruler and tell the program that its a foot or a meter, whatever. We measured the acceleration due to gravity with this app and got pretty good results.
It makes pretty crummy graphs but you can buy the DataAnalysis App by the same people to make the graphs better.

07-03-2014, 07:02 AM
I also recommend Hewitt's Conceptual Physics. I also suggest using The Physics Classroom (The Physics Classroom (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/)) to supplement. There are a TON of great resources there.

07-03-2014, 07:56 AM
Does Hewitt's Conceptual Physics include labs? What components would I need? Is a teacher manual necessary?

How about this? Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics | eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Prentice-Hall-Conceptual-Physics-/291182349897?pt=US_Texbook_Education&hash=item43cbd20e49)

07-05-2014, 01:31 AM
I'v never seen the lab manual before but that looks like a good deal, except for the shipping. I pieced together a lot of the labs we did this past year because the Science Fusion ones were kind of lame for physics and I love physics so I improvised a bit. But I would think that lab manual would give you a good place to start.

07-05-2014, 07:43 AM
If you decide to go with the Conceptual Physics lab book, here is a link that lists all the equipment by lab:

Lab Activities: 4th Edition (http://www.arborsci.com/conceptual-physics-4th-edition)

If $$ is tight, what I've done is figured out the equipment that is used most often (ie. set of calibrated masses) and those that I could substitute home materials or make myself.

Also, although the link is through Arbor Scientific, I would recommend buying items from Home Science Tools:

Home Science Tools | Microscopes, Chemistry Supplies, Biology Supplies (http://www.hometrainingtools.com/)

It may take a little more work search each item on their site, but it's worth the savings.