UPCO's Physical Setting - EARTH SCIENCE
Author: Dr. Robert Sigda, Ph.D.
UPCO's Physical Setting - EARTH SCIENCE is user friendly for both the teacher and the student. Since the content is aligned with the New York State Core Curriculum for Physical Setting/Earth Science, a teacher can feel confident that all the required topics are sufficiently developed.
The suggested outline of units moves from the concrete material to the more abstract subjects such as meteorology and astronomy. Throughout the book there is ample opportunity for review of basic skills and ways to tie in the various units. For example, isolines are discussed early in the year and then revisited later in the weather topics.
The student has the opportunity to use the book as both a textbook, reference and a workbook. The extensive number of constructed response items as well as multiple choice questions found interspersed within the topics give ample practice. The multiple Regents Exams found at the back of the book can be used both at the end of the course for review and whenever appropriate throughout the year.
UPCO's Physical Setting - CHEMISTRY
Author: Frederick L. Kirk
UPCO's Physical Setting - CHEMISTRY is compliant with the Physical Setting/Chemistry Core Curriculum.
The topics are written so that they can be used in any order a teacher may deem logical. Each unit has questions of the types contained in the Regents Examinations: Parts A, B, and C - Constructed Response.
There are appendices containing, in addition to the reference tables, a section on the historical development of chemistry, a section on the use of the new chemistry reference tables, and a section on significant figures, exponential notation, graphing and functions, as well as percent error. There are also supplemental constructed response questions and the NYS practice Regents Exams are included.
The book is in an enlarged format with a larger typeface than has been used in the past. All aspects are calculated to facilitate efficient review of the material contained.
UPCO's Physial Setting - PHYSICS
Author: Kristofer M. Gigante
UPCO’s Physical Setting - PHYSICS is broken into four main parts, which cover all of the basics for a high school course in Physics.
Part I: Mechanics includes the mathematics of Physics, the study of motion - kinematics, the study of the causes of motion - dynamics and forces, two dimensional motion, momentum, and the study of mechanical energy.
Part II: Waves, Sound, and Light will explore the properties of mechanical waves, the study of sound, and light behavior. Reflection, refraction, diffraction, and interference of light waves is also discussed.
Part III: Electricity and Magnetism covers static electricity, electric fields, current electricity, and electromagnetism.
Part IV: Modern and Subatomic Physics introduces the reader to the world on a subatomic scale. This section includes the structure of the atom and its particles, development of the atomic model, quantum theory, and nuclear physics.
Wherever possible, there are connections to measurements made in a typical laboratory experiment, connections to the everyday world around us, and the notable scientists that have helped get us to the level of understanding we have today in Physics.
Finally, there are selected review questions embedded throughout the book for practice, a glossary of important terms, and practice Regents Exams in Physics so that the student can be well-prepared for the Physical Setting / Physics Regents Examination.