In this course, students will be exploring the five themes of geography of place, region, human interaction, location, and movement of the seven continents and major countries within the continents. The goal of this course is to appreciate and ponder the beauty of the world, in which we live.
Physical Science I
This course will serve as an introduction to the fundamentals of experimental design, and introductory chemistry. Students will explore volume, mass, characteristic properties, the particle model of matter, and energy.
Physical Science II
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of experimental design, and introductory physics. We will explore energy, forces, and motion building experimental models as we go to explore the essential ideas of each.
Biology is not just the study of living organisms; it is the study of life. What makes an organism living? What makes an organism one? How do the layers of unity in an organism hold together? In this course we will build experimental models to read The Book of Nature and gain insight into life. Students start at the smallest scale with atoms and molecules of life, zoom-out to cells and their most essential processes, and then go on to genetics and full body systems. Building on physical and chemical understanding the course aims to account for the most essential attributes contributing to the beautiful unity of life.
As with the study of any area of the natural sciences, we will begin our study of chemistry by looking at the basic concepts and observations: matter, change, elements, and compounds. The course will then proceed to build on this foundation through the study of atomic structures, the periodic table of elements, and chemical reactions. Students will also become acquainted with more advanced areas of chemistry such as stoichiometry, solutions, thermochemistry, and reaction rates and equilibrium. Additionally, we will encounter hands-on labs and demonstrations as well as reading from the works of great thinkers such as Lavoisier to encounter the scientific process in action.
The structure of nature is beautiful in its simplicity. Studying physics takes students to the heart of nature's beauty establishing the framework on which all the sciences are built. Students will be using physics to learn how to model phenomena that occur in the natural world while developing and learning about key theories in “mechanics.” The course should not only allow students to discover the main models and theories that have historically been developed in physics but also help students develop a method of learning that can be utilized for a lifetime.