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Science Course Curriculum
Physical science is a first-year science class at this school. Physical science is the study of the physical world around you. Physical science can be broken up into two branches, chemistry, and physics.
- Chemistry – the study of the structure and properties of matter.
- Physics – the study of the relationships between matter and energy.
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EARTH SPACE SCIENCE
The Earth and Space Science course is a course focusing on the study of space, geologic structures and forces, the waters on our planet, and the atmospheric forces that shape our world. Students will explore the Earth’s spheres including the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and the cycles of the Earth such as the water and carbon cycle. Students will learn about scientific inquiry, geologic time, space exploration, the solar system, and the universe.
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Chemistry is the study of the structure and composition of matter that make up living things and their environment. Chemistry also deals with the study of the changes of matter and the mechanisms by which changes occur. This course is recommended for college-bound students. This class cover topics such as matter, chemical reactions, solutions, and nuclear chemistry. Virtual labs and/or simple at home labs are conducted for most chapters. Lab reports must be submitted, organizing data and answering questions for the experiment.
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ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Anatomy/Physiology is a study of the structure and function of the human body. This course is preparation for advanced biological studies, biomedical nursing, and other science based careers. Laboratory experiences and text based activities provide student learning in the following topics: the major body systems; how the body systems work together to provide homeostasis; body functions in the healthy and diseased states; blood typing; muscle action; cranial nerve functioning; and bioethics. This course fulfills the graduation requirements for one elective unit of life science for the advanced academic diploma or the standard diploma.
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Applied Physics/Technology is a high school course in applied science for vocational-technical and college-bound students. The material studied shows how technical concepts can be analyzed and applied to equipment and devices in mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal energy systems. The course is designed for students to explore and apply the principles of technology in a classroom setting with hands-on laboratory activities. Within each chapter are several pages that cover topics such as motion, forces, electricity, magnetism, waves, and quantum physics.
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This is an introductory course for students who wish to study topics relating to the environment, its resources, quality and ethical issues. Environmental science is the study of the natural sciences in an interdisciplinary context that always includes consideration of people and how they have influenced various systems around us. It includes many aspects of biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, fundamental principles of chemistry and physics, human population dynamics, and an appreciation for the Earth and its natural resources. Within each chapter are several pages that cover topics such as energy and cycling of matter, stability and change in ecosystems, and human activities and technology on ecosystems.
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The Biology course incorporates new perspectives and understanding across major subdisciplines of biology. Genetics, cell biology, development, behavior and immunology are some of the areas covered. The concept of evolution is seen as the central organizing theme of biology. The focus of the course is on molecular biology. As an introductory course in biology, students are prepared for college.
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The course gives an introduction to zoology, with particular emphasis on the morphology and systematic of both vertebrates and invertebrates. In addition, the students should acquire basic knowledge in ethology, evolution, and human ecology (including an introduction to the biosphere and bio-diversity).
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The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop and apply knowledge of the universe and compare the conditions, properties, and motions of bodies in space. Emphasis shall be placed on concepts basic to Earth, including materials, processes, history, and the environment.
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The purpose of this course is to enable students review basic biology genetics fundamentals. The course will help in developing students’ knowledge of more complex genetic inheritance patterns. The course will help students recognize and understand the use of a variety of scientific tools for manipulation of DNA (terms and techniques). The course will enable students to read about genetically modified organisms and DNA testing and write about it in a way that reflects intelligent and thoughtful analysis. The course will provide a wide range of learning opportunities, including worksheets, labs, tests, and essays, in order for students of varying ability levels to be successful. Students will learn what is currently being utilized in the realm of genetics and glimpse what future advances may be possible.
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