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Is Physics a Required Subject?

Is Physics a Required Subject?
Do the kids have to have Physics or could they take Advanced Chemistry instead? My daughter doesn't have any desire at all to take  Physics and would rather take Advanced Chemistry instead. She is planning on going to college for Pre-Law so I didn't see any problem with that, but wasn't sure what colleges expect. Should I call her top 4 choices for school before getting her book to get her going on it?~ Anita in...
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Guest — Jennifer
My daughter completed Apologia Biology and Chemistry in 9th and 10th grades. In 11th grade, she took Athletic Training/Exercise P... Read More
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:32
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Way to go, Jennifer! Like Lee says, "It’s always a good idea to check with your child’s favorite colleges." but you saw an interes... Read More
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:37
Guest — KC
Look at the state requirements then go from there.
Friday, 14 November 2014 21:42
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Apologia Science is Great College Preparation

Apologia Science is Great College Preparation This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.img class="aligncenter wp-image-14863" alt="Apologia Science" src="https://hhhblogs.s3.amazonaws.com/2012/08/apologia.png" width="553" height="414" Apologia Science is a very rigorous college preparation series. I don't usually recommend specific curriculum because I know it's more about how it fits your child than the textbook or curriculum itself. When it comes to science, though, we had such...
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Guest — Wanda
We used Apologia science throughout our son's highschool homeschool years. After the first year or two he said something much lik... Read More
Monday, 12 January 2015 20:01
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thank you for sharing your story, Wanda! We love Apologia at our house too! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Monday, 12 January 2015 21:51
Guest — Penny Turpin
I have used several of the Exploring Creation Zoology Books and the Anatomy & Phys books. In high school, we have used Apologi... Read More
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:54
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Stinky, Slimy, Senseless Science

Stinky, Slimy, Senseless Science
A wise homeschooler once said, "If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it's slimy, it's biology. And if it doesn't work, it's physics." For children interested in medical or science careers, it's important to cover the stinky, slimy, and non-working topics of science.  For children considering a general college degree, cover a couple of the "regular" sciences, but then branch out if you want to.  There  are some great science options out there.  May favorite, by far,...
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[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Lee Binz, Lee Binz. Lee Binz said: #homeschool parents can concentrate on the subjects... Read More
Monday, 13 December 2010 08:07
Guest — Luke Holzmann
"If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it's slimy, it's biology. And if it doesn't work, it's physics." [smile] I like that.... Read More
Monday, 13 December 2010 06:32
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Homeschool Physics - An Apologia Success Story

Homeschool Physics - An Apologia Success Story
It happened again.  I just found Kevin reading his Apologia Physics book.  For fun.  He's a junior in engineering school, got straight A's last quarter in all his engineering classes.  And he reads his Apologia Physics book for fun.  He is a "little nervous" about next quarter because he is taking quantum mechanics, so he wanted to review Apologia again before the quarter starts.  Good investment, that book.  Apologia PhysicsQuote of the day:"Getting good grades is...
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Guest — Julieanne
I'm nervous about Apologia Chemistry this next school year - and we may end up using a different text for Chemistry than Apologia.... Read More
Saturday, 08 February 2014 13:04
Guest — Annie Kate
Yes, Lee, Apologia Physics is phenomenal! But, as you said, Apologia products are not for those who have trouble memorizing (biol... Read More
Monday, 23 December 2013 15:52
Guest — J W
Oh, man, I'd be up a creek if I weren't taking French along with my daughters. They'd plot and scheme and crack jokes, and I woul... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2009 20:11
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The 13 Commandments?

The 13 Commandments?
Christy sent me a question on facebook:"Why do high school students do biology first? Is there a scientific reason? Is it traditional? Does it have to do with testing?~Christy"Hi Christy,They do biology first because it doesn't require much math!!!Some science folk will tell you that physics should go first (because it's the tiniest particles) and that chemistry should go second (bigger particles and combinations) and biology should go LAST (because of the complex organisms.)  But biology...
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Guest — J W
Yup, it helps, thanks!
Saturday, 17 January 2009 17:23
Guest — Lee
Joelle, Colleges WILL accept non-traditional labs (at least most of them.) The also prefer to see at least one TRADITIONAL lab. ... Read More
Friday, 16 January 2009 12:48
Guest — J W
So, will colleges accept non-traditional "Labs?" How about if you dissect something you found somewhere (think roadkill), or do a... Read More
Friday, 16 January 2009 10:11
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Is Your Science Curriculum Working?

Is Your Science Curriculum Working?
If you have decided on science for this year, and it's just not working out, what should you do?It's always hard to decide when to stick with a subject and when to stop and try something else.  Jay Wile of Apologia says that since biology, chemistry, and physics are such different sciences, it's possible for a kid to like one and hate the other two.  Dr. Wile said that it's our job as parents to make...
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Guest — Becky
Hi- I agree...my son has been frustrated with our "group science"..he wants chemistry and is in 6th grade...sooo he is getting a c... Read More
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 05:47
Guest — J W
Note: I don't recommend the following as the SOLE source of science instruction, but it's something to keep in mind. This is onl... Read More
Monday, 01 December 2008 18:51
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