The second course in a three year Integrated Science series is focused on answering the questions: “what are the universal laws that govern relationships between matter and energy that support the dynamic universe and make life possible?” The first semester focuses on chemical, physical, and environmental topics, such as the structure of the Earth and our Solar System, forms of energy and Newton’s Laws of Motion, and atmospheric science, including climate patterns and changes. The second semester is focused on biochemical topics, such as organic and inorganic substances that sustain life, genetics and Mendel’s Laws of Inheritance, and sexual reproduction. Students learn and apply their learning in the lab, using sensors, probeware, and computer programs to collect and analyze data. In the honors course, students are expected to follow the scientific method more rigorously, have more independence in the lab, and write full lab reports. They also will read higher level scientific papers.
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