Physical Sciences is a disciplined, logical and linear study of Chemistry and Physics.
Chemistry is divided into the study of three major fields, namely:
- Matter and materials.
This is the study of the nature of non-living substances in the world. Any person who engineers, develops or builds anything has to understand how the material will act under certain conditions. The nature of materials that things are build with, is a field of study crucial to any civil engineer, builder or mechanical engineer.
- Chemical change.
The study of all kinds of chemical reactions. Chemical engineers, doctors and pharmacists use their knowledge of chemical change on a daily basis.
- Chemical systems.
The study of the chemistry that drives natural systems on the earth. The global Nitrogen cycle is an example. Chemical systems as a field of study also concerns itself with the development of processes in order to make use of naturally available resources in a responsible manner. This includes mining, mineral processing and electroplating. Knowledge of these systems are of importance to mining engineers, geologists and farming engineers, amongst many others.
The study of Physics include the following three major fields:
The study of anything that moves. Projectiles, levers, racing cars; any motion can be mathematically described, calculated and predicted using mechanical principles. The career opportunities based on an understanding of mechanics are endless. Pilots, mechanical technicians, mechanical engineers, aeronautical engineers include those who make daily use of their understanding of mechanics.
- Waves, sound and light.
The study of the nature of sound and light. This knowledge area is used daily by radiologists, audiologists, optometrists as well as engineers in these fields.
- Electricity and magnetism
The study of electric devices and circuits. Understanding of this knowledge area is used daily by electricians, electrical engineers and electrical technicians.
Skills developed during the study of Physical Sciences, include:
- Investigation skills through the use of the scientific method.
- Reasoning skills, including the drawing of logical conclusions from scientific evidence.
- Mathematical skills, including complex calculations and graphing.
- Laboratory skills.