Science Department Courses - Earth Science

  • GEO-PHYSICAL SCIENCE

    Grade: 9 

    Duration: 2 Semesters 

    Prerequisite: None 

    Credit: 0.5 per Semester 

    Geo-physical science is an investigation-driven course designed to help students develop a greater awareness of our surroundings and demonstrate how our lives are impacted by global dynamics. The emphasis will be placed on developing research and problem-solving skills, as well as critical and independent thinking.  The topics are derived from Earth and Space Science and Physical science, with emphasis on the interrelationship that exists among these disciplines.  These topics may include structure of matter, chemical reactions, global change, history of planet Earth, and Earth and the solar system.

    Students will be expected to engage in scientific and engineering practices to conduct investigations, analyze and interpret data, and effectively communicate their findings to the class. These investigations, as well as other in-class activities will require students to engage in arguments from evidence and use mathematical and computational thinking. Students will utilize technology for graphing, obtaining information from a database, and research. These skills will provide a foundation for subsequent science courses.

     

    HONORS GEO-PHYSICAL SCIENCE

    Grade: 9

    Duration: 2 Semesters

    Prerequisite: M3 Algebra I concurrently; Departmental Recommendation

    Credit: 0.5 per Semester

    Honors Geo-Physical Science is an accelerated investigation-driven course designed to develop scientific literacy and an understanding of how our lives are impacted by global dynamics.  The course content will include and go beyond that required in the Geo-Physical Science curriculum with a faster pace and with a greater expectation for independence. The ability to independently problem solve, collect, manipulate and analyze information and / or data are expected at the Honors level.

    Text: Physical Science, Concepts in Action with Earth and Space Science; Wysession, Frank and Yancopoulos.