NGSS - Physics of the Universe A/B - 9

This physics course is aligned to the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) and the California Science Framework High School Three Course Model. Students in this course will learn content based on the three dimensions of CA NGSS science: Science and Engineering practices (SEPs), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs). The course is divided into seven units including the six instructional segments from the California Science Framework and is centered on questions about a specific phenomenon.

As students achieve the Performance Expectations (PEs) within the unit through laboratory experiments, projects, and in-class demonstrations, they uncover Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) from Physical Science, as well as Earth and Space Science. Students engage in multiple Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) in each unit, not only those explicitly indicated in the PEs. Students also focus on one or two Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) as tools to make sense of their observations and investigations. This course will provide a foundation in the laws of physics to support student understanding of the processes that shape Earth and space systems.

Physics of the Universe A/B meets the District Graduation requirement for physical science.