Science

Chemistry (.50 credits) – The introductory chemistry course covers personal safety, basic lab techniques, heating solids, determining specific heat, mixtures, chemical reactions, calculating average atomic mass numbers, the periodic table, positive and negative charges, chemical equations, balancing the single replacement equation, empirical formulas, equation stoichiometry, using instruments to measure and describe gas, Boyle’s Law, pressure in the atmosphere, temperature, and universal symbols.

Biology 1 (.50 credits) – Biology 1 is a comprehensive course. Major themes of study include scientific inquiry, the history and nature of science, science in perspective, life science, and technology. Lessons are designed to take the student from basic knowledge into critical thinking and learning activities.

Biology 2 (.50 credits) – Comprehensive Biology is designed to fully address state and national standards for high school. General topics in science as they apply to biology include science as inquiry, the history and nature of science, and science and technology. The specific topics for this biology course include the structure and function of organisms; matter, energy, and organization in living systems; the molecular basis of heredity; life cycle and reproduction; persity, adaptations and origins; the interdependence of organisms; the behavior of organisms; and organisms in the environment.

Earth Science 1 (.50 credits) – Earth Science 1 is a comprehensive course. Major themes of study include scientific inquiry, the history and nature of science, science in perspective, physical science, earth science, and technology. The course will educate students in a variety of topics within the major themes of study. Lessons are designed to take the student from basic knowledge into critical thinking and learning activities.

Earth Science 2 (.50 credits) – Topic areas include an introduction to earth and space themes, comparison and uses of pie charts, review of the elements and their properties, observations of events and phenomena in the universe, sunspots, the solar system, satellites, earthquakes, the cycles of the moon, balloons, airplanes, development of rockets, the Apollo missions, characteristics of different atmospheric layers, cloud cover, weather terms and cycles, high and low pressure, types of fronts, climatology, oceanography, underground water, topography, weathering and erosion, dinosaurs, and natural resources.

Physics (.50 credits) – Advanced level science course including the topic areas of the introduction to physics concepts, mathematics as the language of physics, scalar and vector quantities, acceleration, Newton’s first law of motion, vectors, universal gravitation, mechanical advantage, thermal energy, types of waves, definition of sound, Snell’s Law, atoms, magnets, the unit of charge, Ohm’s Law, resistance, combined electrical circuits, how electricity is generated, and a brief review of astronomy.

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