NGSS Lesson Library – Physical Science

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Physical Science NGSS High School Performance Expectations

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matter

HS-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions

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1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

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2. Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.

Calculating pH Using Logarithms – PS1 2 + PS1 6 + F LE 4 3

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3. Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.

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4. Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.

Coulombs Law HS-PS1-4, HS-PS2-4, HS-PS3-5, N-Q1+2+3

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5. Apply scientific principles and evidence to provide an explanation about the effects of changing the temperature or concentration of the reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs.

Fire – PS1 5 + S ID

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6. Refine the design of a chemical system by specifying a change in conditions that would produce increased amounts of products at equilibrium.

Calculating pH Using Logarithms – PS1 2 + PS1 6 + F LE 4 3

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7. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.

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8. Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

Radioactive Decay – HS PS1 8 + F BF – F LE – F IF

Graphing with Nuclear Decay and Climate HS PS 1 8 ESS 2 

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forces

HS-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

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1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.

Projectile Motion HS PS2 1 + F BF 

Bouncing Ball – HS PS2 1 + A REI – A CED – A APR – A SSE

Projectile Motion and Acceleration HS PS2 1 + A CED 2 

Mechanical Energy HS PS2 1 + PS 3 1 + F BF 1 

Newtons 2nd Law HS PS 2 1

Trig and Projectiles HS PS 2 1 + G SRT 8

Rational Exponents HS-PS2-1, HS-F-IF-7b

Parabolic Curves and Catapults HS-ESS1-4, A-SEE1+3, A-CED1+2, F-IF5+7

Bouncing Ball HS-PS2-1, A-REI, A-CED, A-APR-B-3, A-SSE

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2. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.

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3. Apply scientific and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision.

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4. Use mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects.

Electric Force – PS2 4

Physics Electric Force – PS2 4 + F IF 7 + F IF 9

Science and Math of Bubbles HS PS 2 4 + G GMD 3

Coulombs Law HS-PS1-4, HS-PS2-4, HS-PS3-5, N-Q1+2+3

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5. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that an electric current can produce a magnetic field and that a changing magnetic field can produce an electric current.

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6. Communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.

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energy

HS-PS3 Energy

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1. Create a computational model to calculate the change in the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known.

Mechanical Energy HS PS2 1 + PS 3 1 + F BF 1 

Bouncing Ball Model Accuracy HS-PS3-1, A-CED2+3, F-IF4+5, F-BF1

 

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2. Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as either motions of particles or energy stored in fields.

Calorimeter – HS PS3 2 + A CED – F IF – F BF

Bouncy Ball – HS PS3 2 + A CED – F IF – F BF

Gas Energy – S PS3 2 + N Q – S ID

Gas Lab – HS PS3 2 + F BF – F IF

Relating Resistance Current Temperature HS PS 3 2 + F IF 4

Ideal Gas Law HS PS 3 2 + S ID 1 5, 6

Ideal Gas Laws HS-PS3-2, S-ID6

Gas Model Lab HS-PS3-2, A-CED2, F-IF4+6, F-BF1, F-LE1

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3. Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.

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4. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the transfer of thermal energy when two components of different temperature are combined within a closed system results in a more uniform energy distribution among the components in the system (second law of thermodynamics).

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5. Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.

Right Hand Rule – HS PS3 5

Coulombs Law HS-PS1-4, HS-PS2-4, HS-PS3-5, N-Q1+2+3

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waves

HS-PS4 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

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Symmetry + Reflection MS PS 4 2 + G CO 1, 3, 4, 6

1. Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.

Reflections – HS PS4 1 + G CO

Properties of Wave HS PS 4 1,2,3 + F LEA 1

Mirror Images HS PS 4 1, 3 + A SSE 1 + G

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2. Evaluate questions about the advantages of using a digital transmission and storage of information.

Properties of Wave HS PS 4 1,2,3 + F LEA 1

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3. Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning behind the idea that electromagnetic radiation can be described either by a wave model or a particle model, and that for some situations one model is more useful than the other.

Properties of Wave HS PS 4 1,2,3 + F LEA 1

Mirror Images HS PS 4 1, 3 + A SSE 1 + G

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4. Evaluate the validity and reliability of claims in published materials of the effects that different frequencies of electromagnetic radiation have when absorbed by matter.

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5. Communicate technical information about how some technological devices use the principles of wave behavior and wave interactions with matter to transmit and capture information and energy.

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