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Toronto, Globe/Modern Curriculum Press, c1983.
238pp, cloth, $15.75.
ISBN 0-88996-060-7.

Grades 9 and 10.
Reviewed by Chris Kempling.

Volume 11 Number 2.
1983 March.

The five authors of Physical Science have produced what should prove to be a widely acceptable general science text for the middle high school grades. The reading level seems appropriate, as do the subject areas (for B.C. curriculum at any rate). There are seven units covering the structure of matter, chemical change, heat, electricity, light, energy use, and the metric system. The lab instructions are simple and should require little teacher explanation. The authors have definitely aimed at the lowest common denominator of their audience.

The units are divided into sections, each headed by a dozen or so learning objectives. The photographs and graphics are of good quality and liberally spaced throughout the text and the wide margins. The design should appeal to most students. Although there is a glossary, difficult terms are listed in the margins with pronunciation guides.

The flaws in the text include an incomplete energy section (for B.C. curriculum) and a general dearth of higher level questions for brighter students. (There are, however, "Additional Activity" sections to challenge ambitious experimenters.) In addition, districts with highly defined 9 and 10 curriculum may not be able to use a text, which, although brief, is attempting to cover both bases. Grade 9 or remedial grade 10 would seem to be the most appropriate usage area.

Chris Kempling, Quesnel, BC.
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