Course: Natural Science II

V Natural Science II • 2016 listing - for reference only • Grade 7 or above • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Classes meet from September 6, 2016 to June 2, 2017
Wednesday 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM ET
Enrollment Policy: Midyear Transfer Allowed
Tuition: $450.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Natural Science II website.
* Description
Natural Science is a unique two-year course for junior high and early high school students, designed to provide the background and skills in earth, life, and physical sciences necessary for success in intensive college-preparatory courses in the sciences, specifically Scholars Online's AP compliant courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1 and Physics 2. The core concepts of modern science are presented in their social and historical context, rather than as abstract theories isolated from each other or their historical roots. We explore the basic principles underlying both the physical and life sciences, including matter theory, motion and force, energy, electricity and magnetism, classification of living things, ecology, evolution, and cellular biology, along with overviews of the sciences of geology, meteorology, astonomy, oceanography, zoology and botany as we move through the history of scientific ideas from the ancient world to our own time. Students learn to apply and recognize the limitations and advantages of scientific methodology, experimental and observational methods, to use mathematical methods for data analysis, and to appreciate not only the interrelations between different areas of scientific knowledge, but how the methods of critical analysis of observations developed, and how social forces shaped modern science. The second year covers the development of modern science since the Renaissance, including the development of chemistry, thermodynamics, genetics, quantum mechanics, relativity, information science, ecology and cosmology.

For more information on how this course fits into the Scholars Online Science Curriculum, please read the Science Curricum Design page.

This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is deliberately not used, as a means of enforcing students students to think clearly and write precisely. [Students with limited online bandwidth can also participate fully in the course.

* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students have weekly web reading assignments, with worksheet exercises, quizzes, and lab assignments to help them learn the practical application of the ideas discussed in each 90-minute weekly chat session.
* Prerequisites
Natural Science I or equivalent background.
* Recommended background
Junior high level courses in life, earth, and physical sciences are useful but not required. Students should have taken a survey course in world history or western civilization, or be taking one concurrently.
* Instructor's Notes
Parents: please read the Procedures page at the teacher's website above, which describes the course in more detail.
V Textbooks and Materials
* There are no textbook or materials currently required for this course.
Check instructor's notes above for additional information, or contact the instructor.


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