R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey

Read, Explore, Absorb, and Learn science Physics

With RSO Physics, students observe, speculate, hypothesize, experiment, and conclude through the topics of matter, motion, friction, work, air and flight, sound and waves, magnetism, electricity, and quantum mechanics. Students learn through reading approximately fifty engaging written lessons, each one heavily reinforced with several hands-on labs and activities.

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RSO Physics (level one) is appropriate for 3rd through 6th grade. This comprehensive course presents complicated physics concepts in a way that young people can comprehend and immediately apply to everyday play and work. Topics covered include the study of matter, motion, friction, work, sound and wave, magnetism, electricity, and even a glimpse into the quantum world. Students will not only learn Newton’s three laws of motion, but they will experiment with them and develop simple models of real-world applications such as rockets, auto safety, and electric motors. The course book offers a full-year curriculum, including all of the lesson pages, parent/teacher instructions, and lab worksheets.
The following is a list of topics your child will learn during the year while completing Physics (level one). Each topic is introduced with a lesson story that is read aloud by the parent or instructor. Each lesson is followed by 1 to 5 hands-on activity labs that reinforce the material and introduce science terminology and age-appropriate math. Remember your child will also be having a whole lot of fun. Also included in this scope are laughing, playing, exploring, reading, singing, and begging for more RSO!

What is Physics?

  • Scientific method
  • Types of physicists


  • Mass
  • Density
  • Volume

Newton’s Laws

  • Forces
  • Isaac Newton
  • Inertia
  • Velocity
  • Momentum
  • Rocket ships


  • Friction
  • Everyday applications of friction


  • Energy: kinetic and potential
  • Simple machines: planes, wedges, stairs, screws, levers, wheel & axle, pulleys


  • Properties of air
  • Air pressure
  • Hot air
  • Weight, drag, thrust, and lift
  • Bernoulli’s principle: how planes fly

Energy and Waves

  • Waves
  • Sound waves: amplitude and height
  • Wavelength
  • Amplification
  • René Laennec


  • Magnetic field
  • Action-at-a-distance
  • Quantitative and qualitative observations
  • Magnetic poles
  • Ferromagnetic
  • Earth’s magnetic field and poles


  • Atoms: composition and the timeline of discovery
  • Static electricity
  • Electrical current
  • Electrical circuit: series and parallel
  • Electromagnetism

New Worlds

  • Einstein’s theories of relativity
  • Quantum physics
  • Thomas Young and Erwin Schrodinger