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. This course has the following objectives: provide the student with the essential tools necessary to conduct scientific queries, analyze results, evaluate processes, and conduct research to communicate scientific ideas. The major topics include graph interpretation, motion and forces, 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…

  1. Ask scientific questions and use laboratory equipment to investigate the solutions, while following the scientific method.
  2. Analyze and interpret scientific data and graphs.
  3. Use equations to understand the physical world.
  4. Evaluate evidence, collect data, find currently accepted explanations or solutions to determine the merits of arguments.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. The scientific method and proper measurement techniques.
  2. The basics of one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion.
  3. Newton's laws and the interaction between objects and forces.
  4. How objects interact through electric fields.
  5. The explanation and evidence for the Big Bang.
  6. The life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in radiation.
  7. The structure of an atom and subatomic particles.
  8. The formation of elements in stars and atomic bonding of minerals.
  9. The forces and processes involved in the formation of the solar system.
  10. How angular momentum affects the orbit of the moon and the rotation of the Earth.
  11. Earth's formation and early history.
  12. Conservation of energy and the three forms of heat transfer.
  13. The the cycling of matter by thermal convection in the Earth's interior.
  14. The theory of plate tectonics.
  15. The properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
  16. How variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate.
  17. The cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
  18. How human activity affects the relationships between Earth systems.
  19. The evidence for the current rate of global or regional climate change.
  20. The future impacts to Earth systems associated with climate change

This curriculum last updated January 27, 2021, by the Science Department.