528 Advanced Physics, Earth, and Space Science
2 semesters, 1 credit
Required for sophomores not taking 527 Physics, Earth, and Space Science
Prerequisites: 526 Advanced Biology I and 415 Advanced Algebra I as freshman and teacher approval.
This course is similar to 527 Physics, Earth, and Space Science, but the pace is accelerated and topics may be covered in more depth. More outside research will be required. This course has the following objectives: provide the student with the essential tools necessary to conduct scientific queries and analyze results and develop a life-long interest in science. The major topics include metric system and scientific notation, dependent and independent variables, and the general principles of physics, earth, and space science. This course will utilize computer simulations and laboratories to supplement classroom lecture.
By the completion of this course, students will be able to…
- Ask scientific questions and use laboratory equipment to investigate the solutions, while following the scientific method.
- Analyze and interpret scientific data and graphs.
- Use equations to help them understand the world around them.
- Understand the basic concepts of physics, earth, and space science.
By the completion of this course, students will know…
- The scientific method and proper measurement techniques
- The basics of one-dimensional motion
- Newton's laws and the interaction between objects and forces
- Momentum and its conservation in collisions
- The interaction between objects and forces
- The connection that exists between all forms of energy
- Simple Machines and how they relate to the concepts of work and power
- Properties of rocks and minerals and how to identify different types
- The changes that have altered the surface of the Earth
- The cause and results of climate change
- The circulation of the atmosphere and causes of different types of climate
- Types of precipitation and the causes of severe weather
- Properties of the solar system
- The life span of the Sun and how it releases energy
- The life cycle of a star
This curriculum last updated January 8, 2019, by the Science Department.