Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), Grade 8
Integrates the disciplines of physics and chemistry in the following topics: motion, waves, energy transformations, properties of matter, changes in matter, and solution chemistry; addresses the following areas: chemistry—balance chemical reaction types; physics—calculate various motion and force problems, describe the relationship of waves and energy, and interpret how light and mirrors interact. Independent science research is a requirement and participation in the Science Fair is mandatory. One (1) high school credit is earned upon successful completion of the course.
Prerequisite: End-of-year average of 80 or higher in Grade 7 science and an end-of-year average of 80 or higher in Pre-Algebra, Grade 7.
Science, Grade 6
Provides a look at the underlying points of life science; requires students to learn basic concepts, such as the structure and function of the cell and its parts, the classification of all living things, and basic knowledge about the earth and its different components; study the scientific method; theories of evolution and natural selection; plate tectonics and earth processes such as volcanic activity and earthquakes; and integrates participation in lab activities in order to put into practice what has been learned. Participation in the Science Fair is mandatory.
Science, Grade 7
Provides an integrated approach to science, building on topics introduced in 6th grade science; includes an in depth study of the scientific method; emphasizes study and practice of lab safety, scientific measurement and conversions, and the use of laboratory instruments and apparatus; presents topics through discussion, lab experiences, and computer simulations; includes study of the following: chemistry — elements, compounds and mixtures, the periodic table, and comparing chemical and physical changes; physics — force and motion, gravity and its effects, simple machines, and mechanics; life science — requirements for life, cell metabolic processes, chemical necessities of life, human body systems (in-depth study of the cardiovascular system), and comparative anatomy (dissection of starfish and bony fish); geology — earthquakes and tsunamis, erosion and deposition; astronomy — creation of the universe and our solar system, the nature of the moon and its phases, and a comparison of rocky planets with the gas giants; ecology — focuses on succession in habitats, the anatomical and behavioral adaptations of organisms to ensure success in their habitats, and a field studies trip to examine the organisms that live on sandy beaches, on rocky sea coasts, in salt marshes, and in protected bays. Participation in the Science Fair is mandatory.
Science, Grade 8
Focuses on earth science, with an integration of chemistry, physics, and life science; provides instruction in safety rules, measurement techniques, graphing and recording analysis, and interpretation of data; topics of study include chemical interactions, the earth’s interior, motion, energy, waves and ecology; prepares the student for high school sciences, with an emphasis on integration of chemistry into the life sciences. Participation in the Science Fair is mandatory.
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