Foundations of Physical Science, 3rd Edition

This popular Physical Science program includes exciting new graphics and features. The new full-color student book provides even more ways to help students to access science concepts; the Investigation Manual Labs include an addition level of difficulty; and the Teacher's Guide has been expanded and reorganized. The Third Edition also offers students more practice and assessment and more connections to technology and the real world.

Student Textbook

Cover of Foundations of Physical Science textbook

Sample page from Foundations of Physical Science textbook
  • Unit 1: Science and Measurement
    • Chapter 1: Measurement
    • Chapter 2: Science Skills
    • Chapter 3: Scientific Process
  • Unit 2: Motion and Force
    • Chapter 4: Motion
    • Chapter 5: Forces
    • Chapter 6: Laws of Motion
  • Unit 3: Work and Energy
    • Chapter 7: Energy
    • Chapter 8: Work
    • Chapter 9: Simple Machines
  • Unit 4: Matter and Energy
    • Chapter 10: Matter and Temperature
    • Chapter 11: Heat
    • Chapter 12: Properties of Matter
    • Chapter 13: The Behavior of Gases
  • Unit 5: Atoms, Elements
    • Chapter 14: Atoms
    • Chapter 15: Elements and the Periodic Table
    • Chapter 16: Compounds
  • Unit 6: Changes in Matter
    • Chapter 17: Chemical Change
    • Chapter 18: Energy and Reactions
    • Chapter 19: Solutions
  • Unit 7: Electricity and Magnetism
    • Chapter 20: Electric Circuits
    • Chapter 21: Measuring Electricity
    • Chapter 22: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Unit 8: Waves, Sound and Light
    • Chapter 23: Waves
    • Chapter 24: Sound
    • Chapter 25: Light

Investigation Manual

Students learn best through direct experience and discovery.
Softcover: 268 pages

  • 75 hands-on investigations (three per chapter—the third offers a more involved lab to challenge students)
  • Completely integrated with readings in student text and teacher's guide
  • Students design and conduct experiments; construct and test conclusions; observe results; and gather, record, and analyze data
  • Key questions begin each investigation to focus the student on major concepts
Cover of Foundations of Physical Science Investigation Guide
Sample page from Foundations of Physical Science

Teacher's Toolkit

Teacher's Guide cover, sample page, and multple CD-ROMs

The easy-to-use, inquiry-based teacher's guide and innovative technology resources offer many practice and assessment options.

  • Teacher's Guide
    (available with Tool Kit or separately)
    Completely integrated with student materials. Includes lesson planner, sequence and time table, and teaching tips. Provides synopsis of the student reading, review of the leading question and learning objectives. Also gives you samples of teaching scenarios, investigation data and student answers. Equipment and consumable materials list and equipment preparation.
  • Teacher Resource CD-ROM
    Student skill sheets. Color teaching tools with index. Blackline masters.
  • ExamView® Test Bank Software
    (CD-ROM and Guide Book)
  • Electronic Book
  • Lesson Organizer

Equipment Kit

Hands-On Equipment—High-quality, specially designed solid wood equipment brings a completely new level of excitement into your classroom.


Kit Includes:

  1. Atom Building Game
  2. Conversion Chain Cards
  3. DataCollector and Photogates
  4. Density Cubes
  5. Digital Meter
  6. Displacement Tank
  7. Electric Circuits
  8. Electromagnetic Pack
  9. Energy Car
  10. Gas Law Kit
  11. Lever
  12. Navigational Compass
  13. Optics with Light and Color (not shown)
  14. Pendulum
  15. Periodic Table Tiles
  16. Physics Stand
  17. Pressure Sensor
  18. Ropes and Pulleys
  19. Sound and Waves
  20. Spring Scales
  21. Super Capacitor
  22. Temperature Sensor
  23. Weight Set (Set of 8)

Program Pricing

Foundations of Physical Science, 3rd Edition
492-3820 ISBN # 978-1-60431-014-6 Student Text
492-3830 ISBN # 978-1-60431-015-3 Investigations Manual
492-3810 ISBN # 978-1-60431-016-0 Student Book Set (Includes 1 Student Text and 1 Investigations Manual)
492-3840 ISBN # 978-1-60431-017-7 Teacher's Guide
492-5380 ISBN # 978-1-60431-022-1 Teacher's Toolkit
792-5380 ISBN # 978-1-60431-024-5 Equipment Kit
1350769 ISBN # 978-1-60431-121-1 Interactive DVD