UNIT 1: Scientific Process
In this unit students are introduced to the basic traits of the scientist and the tools they wield to answer questions about the world. We focus on quantitative measurement, specifically the metric system, and also the concept of the scientific method. Students will practice with both throughout this unit. We also look at concepts like models and systems that scientists use to make sense of our complex world.
UNIT 2: Chemistry
This unit focuses on the interactions and behaviors of particles both atomic and molecular in size. They will learn about the basic atomic structure and it's ability to bond with other atoms to form molecules. They will learn about molecular motion and bonding in order to explain phase changes and solubility. Finally students will learn about physical and chemical properties and changes and will explore various chemical changes.
UNIT 3: Physics (Forces and Motion)
Students will learn about forces and motion of objects in our universe. They will explore the concepts of relative motion and frames of reference and newtonian mechanics. They will interact with daily experiments to learn about concepts like momentum and inertia. Students will take part in large experimental projects in which concepts like acceleration, momentum, impulse, velocity etc are addressed.
UNIT 3: Physics (Energy)
Students will continue through the physics unit as we explore heat and thermodynamics. They will look at the kinetic energy of individual particles. They will discover how temperature is really the motion of molecules whereas heat is the motion and general number of particles. Concepts of radiation, convection and conduction are discussed in this unit. Finally students will receive and overview of all the many energy types in the universe.
At this point students will explore sources of energy used to generate electricity and students will be tasked with studying fossil fuels and alternative energy types.
UNIT 4: Simple Machines
Students will take an in-depth look at the simple machines.