HIGH SCHOOL: SCIENCE

Curriculum for the Digital Generation

HIGH SCHOOL : SCIENCE

Science courses cover a variety of science topics, including biology, ecology, chemistry, physics, physical and earth science. These courses explore the nature of science, and engineering and technology practices are threaded throughout the courses as well. The courses focus on both the understanding and application of science topics. Courses include a variety of projects—both virtual and hands-on—to help students apply their knowledge of science concepts.

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COURSE INTRO VIDEOS

Physical Science B

Biology A

Chemistry A

Chemistry B

COURSE CATALOG

PHYSICAL SCIENCE A

Physical Science A provides an introduction to the world of chemistry. Students will begin with an introduction to science as a whole and the basic methods and tools that scientists use to produce meaningful results.

Students then will explore the structure and properties of matter and how it changes in response to energy. Next, students will practice reading and interpreting the information on the periodic table as well as chemical names, formulas, equations, and models. Students will also discover the types and properties of reactions, mixtures, solutions, acids, and bases. Finally, students will examine both the scientific principles and human applications of nuclear reactions. Throughout the course, students explore the historical perspectives and modern social implications of the course topics.
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PHYSICAL SCIENCE B

Physical Science B introduces students to the world of physics. They will start by building a foundation of what it means to be scientific by describing the ways scientists think, communicate, and do their jobs.

Next, students will cover important aspects of motion and force, including the motion of fluids and how motion relates to Newton’s laws. Building up from these fundamentals, students will explore the topics of thermodynamics, energy, work, and machines.

 

The nature and properties of waves are covered next, and then students end by examining electricity and magnetism. Throughout the course, students will parallel their investigation into the scientific method with a course project that introduces them to the field and processes of engineering.

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BIOLOGY A

In Biology A, students focus on life at the cellular level. Students will begin by reviewing the scientific method so they understand how science works to investigate questions and present findings.

Then, it’s full speed ahead into cells! After a study of cells’ chemical makeup and size, students will examine cell structures and how they function together. From there, students will progress to learning how materials move through cells, as well as how cells obtain and use energy to carry out their functions. As students learn about DNA and RNA, they will come to understand how traits are inherited and how the study of inheritance is applied today.
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BIOLOGY B

Biology B is the second course exploring life on Earth in which students will examine the bigger picture of life.

Journeying through time. Then, students will explore the evolution of species and history of life on Earth. Shifting to the present-day, students will examine the intricacies of the living organisms around them, beginning with microorganisms and continuing to plants and animals. Students then turn their attention to the human body systems and finish with a look at ecology and how humans interact with the environment. The historical perspectives and societal impact of topics in biology are incorporated into all lessons of the course.
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CHEMISTRY A

Chemistry A covers the basic principles and properties of matter.

Students will discover how chemistry has evolved, learn about chemical lab equipment, techniques, and safety, and the proper way to make measurements to reduce error and uncertainty. Students will also explore atomic structure, periodic laws, types of bonding, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry.
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CHEMISTRY B

In Chemistry B, student will focus on the energy involved in chemistry and the uses for several types of chemical reactions.

Students will begin by refreshing and deepening their understanding of the basics of matter and their relation to energy. Next, students will explore the properties of solutions, including acids, bases, and their reactions. Then, students will dive into thermodynamics, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and finally nuclear chemistry. In this course, students will develop a solid understanding of several universal scientific principles and learn to manipulate the applications of chemistry in real-world settings
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