Physicalscience is an encompassing term for the branches of naturalscience, and science (generally), that study non-living systems, in contrast to the biologicalsciences.
Naturalsciences generally, and physicalsciences particularly, tend to be more reductionistsciences, in contrast to the more holistic social sciences; i.e., physicalscience tends to explain the whole system from the system's fundamental parts, whereas social science tends to explain the whole system as more than the mere sum of its fundamental parts.
The PhysicalScience curriculum is designed to continue the investigation of the physicalsciences begun in earlier grades.
Physicalscience is rich in examples of science as a human endeavor, historical perspectives on the development of scientific understanding, and the nature and role of science.
Although original student research is often relegated to a yearly science fair project, continuing student involvement in research contributes immensely to their understanding of the process of science and to their problem-solving abilities.
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