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Unit I: Chemical Reactions
In this unit, students will review the structure of the atom, and how these atoms can interact with each other chemically.They will investigate the parts of the Periodic Table, reactivity of its elements, classifying reactions as ionic or covalent, and naming the compounds that react and are produced in these reactions. Students will be given real world examples of where these reactions take place in their every day life, as well as in industry and professional sciences. Students will also review proper laboratory procedures and complete several labs to investigate the characteristics of matter.
Unit II: Tissues, Organs and Systems
During this unit, students will investigate the various systems found in the mammalian body, and what their jobs are. They will learn some basic anatomy of these systems and how they interact with one another. Once completed, students will then investigate the tissues that make up these various systems, differentiating between them and identifying them, using microscopy.Students will learn about the way in which science can view these tissues in trauma situations as well as real world applications of how knowledge of these systems helps various professionals do their jobs.
Unit III: Light and theApplication of Optics
This unit is devoted to the study of the characterisitcs of light, how it moves through various mediums and predicting its behaviour given a set of conditions. Students will work with prisms, mirrors and different fluids to show the bending and separation of light. Students will also have access to examples of how this light is used by professionals to manipulate a setting or create a desired effect. Students will also investigate industries and professions, on their own, that use light dynamics in their day to day application.
Unit IV: Climate Change and the Dynamics of our Earth's Climate
This unit will give students an opportunity to see the science of climate change, to investigate the changes observed by climatologists and other environmental scientists which has led to the consensus of the effects demonstrated by the way in which our world is changing. Students will learn about the Water Cycle, the Nitrogen Cycle, the Phosphorus Cycle and the Carbon Cycle. Learning about these cycles will demonstrate how perterbations caused by industry and the Earth's natural progressions have led to the changes we see in our climate today, as compared to recently recorded levels of the past 100 years.