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Encyclopedia > Physical sciences

Physical science is the branch of science including chemistry and physics, usually contrasted with the social sciences and sometimes including and sometimes contrasted with natural or biological science.

Physical science includes the sub-branches of aerodynamics, astronomy and astrophysics, classical mechanics, civil engineering, electrical engineering, energy, geography, geology, mechanical engineering, physical chemistry, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics. Sometimes mathematics is also included, though more commonly it is considered a separate science or theoretical practice, more akin to philosophy. There also exist fields such as biomechanics, biochemistry, and genetics, which span the gap between the physical and biological sciences.

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Physical science - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1146 words)
Physical science is an encompassing term for the branches of natural science, and science (generally), that study non-living systems, in contrast to the biological sciences.
Natural sciences generally, and physical sciences particularly, tend to be more reductionist sciences, in contrast to the more holistic social sciences; i.e., physical science 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.
Physics is the science of nature in the broadest sense, dealing with the fundamentals of matter, energy, and the forces of nature governing the interactions between particles (such as molecules, atoms, or subatomic particles).
Physical Science (2019 words)
The Physical Science curriculum is designed to continue the investigation of the physical sciences begun in earlier grades.
Physical science 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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