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Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Edition (Textbook Only) Hardcover – April 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1932012866 ISBN-10: 1932012869 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Apologia Educational Ministries; 2nd edition (April 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932012869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932012866
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The next time you start to doubt your ability to teach the upper level sciences at home simply visit the Apologia website or open one of their amazing textbooks and read. With engaging text, easy-to-implement household lab science experiments, and tests to capture the learning, upper-level homeschool science education is within your grasp. Apologia Science really does make it that easy. --Homeschool Reviews for You

This science book doesn't read like a science textbook. Instead, the author invites the reader to join him in a joyful, wonder-filled exploration of the intricacies of Creation. That's my kind of learning! --Eclectic Homeschool Online

Dr. Jay L. Wile is an engaging and witty writer. This is not a dry, dreary, mind- numbing science curriculum. . . . I wish Dr. Wile had been writing textbooks 25 years ago! I have learned more from these two books than I learned in six years of middle school and high school science. --The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

About the Author

Jay Wile fell in love with chemistry when his parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! He attended the University of Rochester to study chemistry and, while there, became fascinated with nuclear chemistry, eventually earning a PhD in that field. For several years, he did research under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation while serving as an assistant professor of chemistry. Dr. Wile has won many awards for excellence in teaching and research. In addition, he has authored or co-authored nine books.

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It is easily taught, has lab work , experiments and tests built in to it ( answer's too!.)
disneybound95
Please note: It is a CHRISTIAN TEXT BOOK and in this study of creation vs. evolution it is essential to know this.
Terri J. Rice
This is a fantastic science text that helps transition students from elementary studies to higher level science.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Abatar on February 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been home-schooled all my life. I've had a long history of frustration with weak curriculum, so I think that perhaps my say will put some weight on whether you should buy this book or not.

This was the science book that brought it all together for me. Since some of my education was full of holes (from troubleshooting through so much stupid curriculum, as I have said) this book was the one that filled in the gaps. I read it senior year, and I still learned a lot from it. This author is sometimes hung up on his own dissertation of evolution (which is good if you are hoping to present your student with some proofs against it--something they don't teach in public schools); he also is prone to rambling, as if his editor just skimmed through the book and then published it. But the heart of "General Science" is spot on. I got more out of it than I did in four years of A Beka Book's science.

Feel free to skip around, though. I think that you could get a better history of science elsewhere than in the brief, confusing summary that he offers in the beginning. Also, as I stated before, the chapters about catastrophism and uniformitarianism can be laid aside for older students, or passed up altogether. And unless your kid is overly fascinated about HOW scientists do experiments, you can skip those chapters where he explains in exhaustive detail those things which only an aspiring scientist would care about.

All that said, this book is great for whether you are homeschooling, or just looking for a good textbook for your kids. If you liked this book, I recommend Dr. Wile's other books "Exploring Creation with Physical Science" and "Exploring Creation with Biology".
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By LQ1967 on September 25, 2010
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We have always used apologia but this is the first year for a more advanced science. My son is only in 5th grade but we are using this text (which states it's for 7th grade). I have had no difficulty with him understanding or following along with it! He loves it, especially all the experiments.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a complete science curriculum with a Christian focus!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By StoryMaker on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I used this text when I was 12 as part of a homeschool co-op and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the first high school-level science course I took; prior to taking it, I took some of Apologia's science courses for younger kids. It was a high-quality, interesting text that I learned a lot from. I shall go into more detail with the following sections:

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This introductory science course can be divided into a few sections: Information about what science is, its history and how it is done (Modules 1-4), Geology and Life History (Modules 5-8), and Life and the Human Body (Modules 10-15). Each module is fairly long and filled with experiments and On Your Own questions, as well as a Study Guide and a test (answers to the Study Guide and the test found in the Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with General Science book).

The content is fairly varied, almost a tad random, but overall it makes sense. It doesn't go into a lot of detail about many of the things it covers, but considering that this is a GENERAL science book, this makes sense - and it goes into enough detail to be informative and interesting, to give a good introduction to a fair amount of scientific topics, to make the student interested in the material, and of course, to render us in awe of our marvelous Creator's design. It won't give your child a complete understanding of many of the topics it covers, but it's a great, satisfying introductory course to science in general.

Overall, this book has very good content.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Roberts on March 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 13 yo 8th grade son used this book. This is not your typical text even though it is laid out in pretty much the same way. What makes this book different, aside that it is a christian text with a creationist viewpoint is that the review questions, study guide questions and test questions don't require typically regurgitated answers straight from the chapters. Answering questions requires thinking rather than just memorizing. There is plenty of memorizing too, but for the most part the student has to explain answers in his own words that show he knows the material.

The experiments are great and can be completed mostly with items you already have in the house.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Terri J. Rice TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Jay L. Wile has done it again. He has written an exciting text book that keeps my students' attention.

Please note: It is a CHRISTIAN TEXT BOOK and in this study of creation vs. evolution it is essential to know this. Wile tries to do an even handed job of explaining both positions but he is a creationist which is a plus for those who want to teach from that perspective without revising text content in a secular book.

Wile manages to make complex ideas such as 'uniformitarianism' and 'geological column', 'principle of superposition' and the structure of DNA understandable to the upper elementary- junior high level student.

Exploring Creation with General Science begins with a brief history of science and then discusses science, applied science and technology. Wile does an excellent job of explaining the way to make assertions about discoveries and archaeology using the internal, external, and bibliographic tests.

There are scattered throughout the chapter questions for students to do "On Your Own" (with answers at the end of each chapter) and a thorough study guide question page to prepare for the end of the chapter exam.

This text book moves from the origin of creation to study of the human digestive, respiratory,circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, urinary and nervous systems. Really a very amazing amount of science all very clearly presented and understandable to the student.

Kudos to Dr. Wile!
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