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Grade 10 Physical Science introduction

Our software has been developed by experts in education to help you build confidence in Physical Sciences. Meanwhile students will truly grasp a conceptual understanding of science, creative thought and systematically testing ideas

Excel in Physical Science and problem solving. Study at your own pace while you watch or read physical science lessons covering all topics in the CAPs curriculum. Above all the state-of-the-art software assesses your knowledge and understanding of all Physical Science skills.

Once your skills have been assessed, our innovative software provides you with a personalised learning journey. Secondly the system will provide recommendations on skills that will take your grades to the next level. The software covers the full curriculum 

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Grade 10 physical science content

  • Mathematical skills
  • Units
  • Skills in a laboratory

  • Excel in your examinations by practicing your skills

  • Materials
  • Mixtures
  • Pure substances
  • Names and formulae of substances
  • Metals, metalloids and non-metals
  • Electrical conductors, semi-conductors and insulators
  • Thermal conductors and insulators
  • Magnetic and non-magnetic materials
  • Pure substances and mixtures
  • Mixtures and compounds

  • States of matter
  • The kinetic molecular theory

  • Introduction
  • Models of the atom
  • Atomic mass and diameter
  • Structure of the atom
  • Atomic number and atomic mass number
  • Isotopes
  • Electron configuration

  • Arrangement of the elements
  • Definitions and important concepts
  • Periods in the periodic table
  • Chemical properties of the groups
  • Names of elements
  • Parts of the periodic table
  • Reading the periodic table
  • Relative atomic mass
  • Atomic notation
  • Ionisation energy
  • Table of ionisation energies
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • The relationship between the energy levels and the periodic table
  • The noble gases

  • What happens when atoms bond?
  • Lewis structures (notation)
  • Covalent bonding
  • Iconic bonding
  • Metallic bonding
  • Writing formulae 
  • Classifying bonds
  • Writing equations
  • Forces and energy involved in chemical bonding
  • The octet rule
  • Electronegativity

  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Compounds
  • Representing molecules

  • Key concepts
  • Pulses: amplitude and length
  • The motion of a pulse
  • The motion of a pulse with time
  • Pulses at boundaries
  • Superposition of pulses
  • What is a transverse wave
  • Crests and troughs
  • Amplitude
  • Wavelength
  • Points in phase
  • Period and frequency
  • Speed of a transverse wave
  • Characteristics of sound
  • Understanding sound
  • Sound in medicine
  • How do we hear sound
  • Speed, frequency and wavelength calculations
  • Frequency
  • Period
  • Velocity, frequency, period and wavelength calculations
  • Amplitude and wavelength

  • Key concepts
  • Compression and rarefaction
  • Wavelength and amplitude
  • Period and frequency
  • Speed of a longitudinal wave

  • Sound waves
  • Speed of sound
  • Characteristics of a sound wave
  • Ultrasound
  • Wavelength of sound
  • Frequency and wavelength
  • Medium of travel
  • Distance, time, speed
  • Speed, depth, time
  • Vacuum
  • Amplitude and frequency
  • Frequency
  • Frequency and quality

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  • What is electromagnetic radiation?
  • Wave-like nature of EM radiation
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Penetrating ability of EM radiation
  • Particle-like nature of EM radiation
  • Types of electromagnetic radiation
  • Frequency of radio wave
  • Frequency and wavelength of different electromagnetic radiations
  • Light rays
  • Frequency
  • Sources of electromagnetic radiation
  • Properties of electromagnetic radiation
  • Detection of waves associated with natural disasters

  • Magnetic fields
  • Magnets in everyday life

  • Two kinds of charge
  • Conservation of charge
  • Quantisation of charge
  • Polarisation

  • Potential difference and emf
  • Current
  • Resistance
  • Series resistors
  • Parallel resistors
  • Series and parallel resistors
  • Switches and bulb brightness
  • Symbols and units of measurement

  • Introduction to vectors and scalars
  • Graphical representation of vectors
  • Properties of vectors
  • Techniques of vector addition
  • Classification

  • Introduction
  • Reference time
  • Position
  • Displacement and distance
  • Speed and velocity
  • Acceleration
  • Instantaneous velocity and speed
  • Description of motion
  • Position-tim graphs
  • Velocity-time graphs
  • Equations of motion
  • Plotting all graphs
  • Speed, velocity, distance and displcement

  • Potential energy
  • Kinetic energy
  • Mechanical energy
  • Conservation of mechanical energy

  • Interactions of the hydrosphere
  • Exploring the hydrosphere
  • The importance of the hydrosphere
  • Threats to the hydrosphere
  • How pure is our water?
  • The properties of water
  • Ions in water
  • Water and energy
  • Precipitation reactions
  • Tests for various ions
  • The water cycle

  • Physical changes in matter
  • Chemical changes in matter
  • Conservation of atoms and mass in reactions
  • Classifying changes
  • Law of constant composition

  • Chemical symbols
  • Writing chemical formulae
  • Balancing chemical equations

  • Ions in aqueous solution
  • Particle composition and forces in a physical change
  • Microscopic explanations for macroscopic changes
  • Particle composition and forces in decomposition reactions
  • Particle composition and forces in synthesis reactions
  • Energy transfers during changes
  • Electrolytes, ionisation and conductivity
  • Precipitation reactions
  • Other types of reactions

  • Atomic mass and the mole
  • Composition
  • Amount of substance
  • Stoichiometric calculations
  • Stoichiometry

  • Matter and materials
  • Planet Earth and beyond
  • Process skills
  • Energy and change


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