Science II

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Science II 
This is the second course in a two-year integrated sequence of biology, chemistry, and physics. We will explore the fundamental concepts of energy, chemical and physical properties of matter, electricity, chemical reactions, biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, evolution, and ecology. Current issues in science will be used to establish a sound foundation in science while highlighting the links between disciplines. In doing so, students will acquire skills in laboratory techniques, critical thinking, the scientific process, and the philosophy and theory of science. Students will learn to write lab reports, translate scientific inquiry into experimental design, and apply mathematical problem-solving to scientific analysis. In the process, students will become informed about current developments in science.
 
Accelerated Science II 
This course covers all of the topics of Science II at an accelerated pace and a greater level of depth. Additional topics may be included.
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and the department chair. 

Units

Unit Essential Questions Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources
Origins to Complexity

Where did atoms, the stars, the planets, and all the living creatures in the universe come from?

How are planets and galaxies part of a greater system?

How are the properties that lead to life are built into the chemistry and physics of our universe?

How are the molecules in living things part of a greater system?

What theories explain the origin of life?

How are the diverse living organisms on Earth part of a greater system?

How and why do populations of organisms change over time?

What is the cellular basis of heredity and how does it work?

How do cells divide?

How are systems kept in balance both inside of our bodies and on the Earth as a whole?

*origin and organization of the universe

*origin of the first cells

*natural selection and evolution

*patterns and mechanisms of heredity 

*mitosis and meiosis

*protein synthesis

*human body: cardiopulmonary and nervous systems

 

*Setting up and using lab equipment to collect data

*Using a computer to collect and analyze data

*Representing data visually as graphs, figures, charts, etc.

*Developing a mathematical equation from the graph of data

*Working with scientific notation and significant figures and uncertainty

*Problem solving using metric system and dimensional analysis

*Thinking critically through scientific reasoning

*Learning to work collaboratively

*Experimental design

*Written communication of results and solutions

*Tests and quizzes
*Laboratory work and lab reports
*Homework
*Class participation
*Oral presentations

Biology, Life on Earth; Audesirk, Audesirk and Byers; Seventh Edition; Pearson, Prentice Hall

current media articles

Various news and data websites

The Nature of Matter: Structure, Energy, Motion, Forces

*What measurements can we make on a sample of gas, and what factors affect these properties?

*How can we quantify chemical reactions?

*How do electric charges behave when motionless and when in motion?

*What is the structure of an atom's nucleus?

*How do subatomic particles behave in nuclear reactions?

*How can we describe motion? 

*How do forces affect motion?

*gas laws

*stoichiometry

*electrostatics & electricity  

*magnetism & electromagnetic induction

*nuclear chemistry

 

 *Setting up and using lab equipment to collect data

*Using a computer to collect and analyze data

*Representing data visually as graphs, figures, charts, etc.

*Developing a mathematical equation from the graph of data

*Working with scientific notation and significant figures and uncertainty

*Problem solving using metric system and dimensional analysis

*Thinking critically through scientific reasoning

*Learning to work collaboratively

*Experimental design

 

 *Tests and quizzes

*Laboratory work and lab reports

*Homework

*Class participation

 

Introduction to Chemical Principles; H.Stephen Stoker; Tenth Edition; Pearson, Prentice Hall

current media articles

Various news and data websites