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2017-2018 Class Descriptions (science)

2017 - 2018 Science Classes
 

Science Explorers (8-12 years old)

This year students will have an exciting time learning about different forms of energy. We will do exciting experiments and projects using solar, wind and water power. Some of our projects will include racing bobsleds, blasting air horns, constructing different kinds of batteries,  building hydraulic-pneumatic machines and many more fun activities!

INSTRUCTOR: Eryn Bee

AGE:  8 - 12 years

MIN/MAX:  6 students/12 students

CLASS FEE:  $20/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $25 Aug / $25 Jan 

 


General Science

This course is designed to be a student's first systematic introduction to science.  Its scope is wide, covering such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology.  We will do many hands-on experiments as well.  The study skills required for this course are the building block for success in future science courses.  We will plan to cover one module every two weeks.  Each module will require the student to read 20-25 pages from the textbook, do the module study guide questions and “on your own” questions, write up approximately one lab report per module and take a module test.  Each student will also do a science fair project in the second semester.

INSTRUCTOR:  Mary Beth Hauke

AGE:  Grades 6 - 8

MIN/MAX:  6 students / 12 students

CLASS FEE:  $20.00 /month

MAT’L FEE:  $15.00 August / TBD January


 

Physical Science

This course gives a science foundation for the physical forces of God's creation; you will learn about the world around you and what makes it work.  The various topics covered include: the structure and properties of matter, the atmosphere and hydrosphere, the structure of the earth, weather, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, energy, gravity, magnetism, electricity, atomic structure and forces, chemical reactions, sound and light waves and an introduction to astrophysics.  We will plan to cover one module every two weeks. Each module will require the student to read 25-30 pages from the textbook, do the module study guide questions and “on your own” questions, write up approximately one lab report per module and take a module test. We will do most of the labs in class. Each student will also do a science fair project in the second semester.

Prerequisite: Completion of 7th grade level math.

INSTRUCTOR:  Jennifer Polizzi

AGE:  Grades 8- 9

MIN/MAX:  6 students / 12 students

CLASS FEE:  $15 / month

MAT’L FEE:  $15 August / $15 January


 

High School Biology

This course is designed to take a detailed look at the science of biology . We will be covering a variety of topics including: the biological classification of all the animal kingdoms, the cell, plant anatomy and physiology, genetics, DNA, as well as several animal dissections. Each week we will be incorporating lab or microscope exploration with weekly worksheets and lab reports to supplement students’ understanding and apply the module material. Our schedule covers one module every two weeks. Students are required to read assigned textbook pages, do the “On Your Own” and/or study guide questions, additional assigned homework, several quizzes, and complete module tests, and a cumulative exam at the end of the year.

INSTRUCTOR:  Julie Nichols

AGE:  Grade 9+

MIN/MAX:  6 students / 10 students

CLASS FEE:  $20/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $15 Aug / $20 Jan

 

REQUIRED TEXT:  (Purchase separately before class begins) Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition by Dr. Jay Wile, ISBN 978-1-932012-54-5.

SUGGESTED TEXT: Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition ISBN # 978-1-932012-55-2 (This book will very helpful for the parent that wants to study and review the material with their child each week. You will be able to reinforce what you child is learning without having to read the textbook or have any knowledge of the content yourself.)


 

High School Chemistry

This course is designed to introduce the fascinating subject of chemistry. The text is written in a conversational form with material presented understandably with step by step instruction. Some of the module topics include: atomic and molecular structure, acid/base chemistry, classifying matter, stoichiometry, conversions of measurements and units, and kinetics. Each week we will do a laboratory experiment and a type written lab report to be competed the following week, if applicable, review module material and practice problems. Our rigorous schedule covers one module every two weeks. Students are required to read assigned textbook pages, do the “On Your Own” and review questions, various supplemental worksheet pages, weekly quizzes, complete module tests, and a cumulative final exam. A year of high school Algebra is essential. (Students need to be able to rearrange algebraic equations to solve for unknown variables.)

INSTRUCTOR:  Julie Nichols

AGE:  Grade 10+

MIN/MAX:  6 students / 9 students

CLASS FEE:  $20/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $15 Aug / $15 Jan

 

REQUIRED TEXT:  (Purchase separately before class begins) Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd edition by Dr. Jay Wile, ISBN 978-1-932012-26-5.

SUGGESTED TEXT: Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd edition ISBN # 978-1-932012-27-9 (This book will very helpful for the parent that wants to study and review the material with their child each week. You will be able to reinforce what you child is learning without having to read the textbook or have any knowledge of the content yourself.)

Physics

This is an upper-level physics course using the Novare text Physics:Modeling Nature which is designed to give an understanding of classical physics. Since problems in the text will employ vector calculations but not calculus, students will need to have completed Trigonometry. Even so, connections between physics and calculus are frequently highlighted in the text. Physics is the science of the laws of the natural world. These laws originate in the goodness and providence of God. Modeling Nature is written to inspire wonder in the beauty and complexity of God's great world.

Students should expect to spend 4 hours on homework each week. Most weeks homework will include: reading the text and sample problems, completing assigned homework problems, marking their work, and completing a lab report. Some weeks, instead of a lab report, there will be an essay or project or time devoted to studying for a quiz or exam. This class is worth 1 high school credit in Science.

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Minarik

AGE: must have completed High School Trigonometry

MIN/MAX: 6 students / 10 students

CLASS FEE: $30 per month, per student

MAT'L FEE: TBD

REQUIRED TEXT: Holt McDougal Physics Homeschool Package.  The package has a hard cover textbook and access to an enhanced online text, answer key, quizzes/tests, and virtual labs. We primarily will be using hands-on labs, but supplementing with some of the virtual labs which are available with this package. More information is available on this web site:

http://www.hmhco.com/shop/k12/ Holt-McDougal-Physics/ 9780547893198#sthash.VKvs8rHz. dpbs