Mathematical Physics Course

This course is currently being finalized. We are structuring the course into units around phenomena. There are separate chapters within each unit.

This is designed to be the third course for Middle School. The first course is Physical Environment and the second course is Living Environment.

If you have any questions or comments, leave feedback below.

Units (select a unit)

31 Comments

Kyanna Ellerbe • 1 year, 9 months agologin to reply

What happened to the Types of Interactions materials?

Melissa Axelsson • 1 year, 9 months agologin to reply

Kyanna - we have archived our previous 8th grade materials. You can still access the materials at this link https://njctl.org/courses/archived-courses-units/8th-grade-science/ However these materials are not being maintained. Our new course is organized around phenomena, much in the direction that science materials are going in the country. Please take a look at these new materials, all of the presentations are posted and we are finalizing the rest of the materials to go along with the chapters. - Melissa

Kyanna Ellerbe • 1 year, 8 months agologin to reply

Thank you!

patrick tomlin • 1 year, 8 months agologin to reply

Any word on an ETA for the finalization of the other supporting materials? The new stuff looks great so far!

Melissa Axelsson • 1 year, 8 months agologin to reply

We are hoping to get the majority of them posted by mid August. - Melissa

Robin Bush • 1 year, 8 months agologin to reply

Hi, Any update on when supporting materials will be up and running? Would you recommend going ahead and beginning school year with archived materials or just doing the best with whats available for new materials? School begins this week for us:) You and materials are great! Appreciate keeping current with instructional philosophy!-Robin

Melissa Axelsson • 1 year, 8 months agologin to reply

We have posted many of the supporting materials in the last few days. Please take a look. The remaining we are trying to get posted in the next few days.

semira Kashi • 1 year, 7 months agologin to reply

When are the teacher resources going to be available for the next 2 units? roller coasters and Mobile phones

Melissa Axelsson • 1 year, 7 months agologin to reply

Semira - we expect to have the unit plans posted by the end of this month. - Melissa

semira Kashi • 1 year, 7 months agologin to reply

Also, in mathematical physics is there a midterm ?

Melissa Axelsson • 1 year, 7 months agologin to reply

Semira - there will be a mid-term for mathematical physics. It is expected to be posted by the beginning of November. - Melissa

Michelle Stern • 1 year, 7 months agologin to reply

These are great! I was actually planning to design my Resource Room high school Physics course around rollercoasters and mobile phones for two of the units. Are there unit plans anywhere that show around how long time-wise each of these units and their chapters are? Thanks so much!

Melissa Axelsson • 1 year, 7 months agologin to reply

Michelle - thanks for the compliment! The unit plan for the first unit is posted at this link: https://njctl.org/courses/science/mathematical-physics/rockets/attachments/unit-1-rockets-unit-plan/ It is at the bottom of the page that has all of the chapters for the unit listed, under the "teacher resource" section. The next two unit plans will be posted by the end of the month. - Melissa

Michelle Stern • 1 year, 6 months agologin to reply

Hey :) Any update on the other two unit plans?

Susan Olszewski • 1 year, 5 months agologin to reply

Hi Michelle. Melissa is working on the remaining unit plans now and will post them next week. Thanks for your continued interest in our curriculum!

Melissa Axelsson • 1 year, 5 months agologin to reply

Michelle - the unit plan for the second unit is posted now. - Melissa

Denise Kubaska • 1 year, 7 months agologin to reply

Just started using some of these resources and think revision should be made on Answer Key for Rockets Unit-Constant Speed Motion Test version 1: Problem #8 breakdown points do not add to 12--there are only 7 points in breakdown for part a), 2 for b) and 2 for c). I suggest 3 points for part c). Also, Answer for part c) I get a different answer.

Melissa Axelsson • 1 year, 7 months agologin to reply

Denise - thanks for the feedback - the new version is now posted. - Melissa

khalif muhammad • 1 year, 6 months agologin to reply

I am looking forward to seeing these completed. I might use them for an after AP exams project

Rachel Evans • 1 year, 3 months agologin to reply

I have loved using the rockets and roller coaster units and I was hoping to be able to include the cell phone unit. When will the materials be available?

Melissa Axelsson • 1 year, 3 months agologin to reply

Rachel - thanks for the compliment. We are hoping to have the Cell Phones unit completed by mid February. The presentations are there for all of the Chapters except for the last one. - Melissa

Beth Haflin • 1 year, 1 month agologin to reply

I am new to this site. Is there a place to find daily objectives or do we create them based on the lesson?

Susan Olszewski • 1 year, 1 month agologin to reply

That's a great question! While we do not break down daily objectives, the unit plans are a good place to start. You will find them at the bottom of each unit page under the Teacher Resources. Here is a link to the first unit in Mathematical Physics: https://njctl.org/courses/science/mathematical-physics/rockets/ If you scroll to the bottom and click on Teacher Resources, you will find the unit plan.

Robin Bush • 8 months agologin to reply

Is there or will there be a mid-term exam, final exam for this course? I really liked using these in previous arrangement of curriculum as a pre/post assessment. Also miss having the year long scope and sequence sheet with a brief list of all topics/unit for the year.

Susan Olszewski • 8 months agologin to reply

Thank you so much for your suggestions. We do intend to create final exams for all of the middle school science courses by the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Regretfully, they will not be complete in time to use as a pre-test. We will also aim to post an overview of the school year soon; that is quite helpful!

Robin Bush • 8 months agologin to reply

And if you are looking for input, I felt the previous arrangement of curriculum was a little more user friendly.

Susan Olszewski • 8 months agologin to reply

Thank you and yes, we always value input! Can you share specific things that made the previous arrangement of the curriculum more user friendly so that we can try to incorporate your suggestions?

Matthew Kelm • 7 months, 3 weeks agologin to reply

Are the assessment materials available? I cant' seem to find them. Thank you.

Susan Olszewski • 7 months, 3 weeks agologin to reply

Yes, the assessment materials are available, however, they are only visible when you're logged in as a teacher. Please note that, because the first and last chapter of each unit are short "bookend" chapters, the first chapter of each unit does not have an assessment. The assessments shown in the last chapters of the Roller Coasters and Mobile Phones units are end-of-unit assessments. Due to the length of the first unit, Rockets, there is no end-of unit assessment. I hope that this helps. Please reach out if you have any additional questions!

Cathleen Taylor • 2 months, 4 weeks agologin to reply

Will there be any addition to the curriculum for magnetism or electric charges? The archived Science 8 covers these ideas well but it is omitted in this curriculum. (Standards would be MS PS2-3 and 5)

Melissa Axelsson • 2 months, 3 weeks agologin to reply

Thanks for reminding us that we need to add this. I will work together with the Physics team and we will add this is soon.

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