First Unit: Chemical Interactions
- Students will study Chemistry which is the systematic unveiling of the nature of matter—its properties, composition, and structure—and the energy dynamics that accompany matter transformations. Chemistry is also the intellectual process of uncovering the nature of matter and energy that contributes to an ever-expanding body of chemical knowledge.
Second Unit: Heredity and Adaptation
- Studnets will learn about single-celled archaea that live in incredibly saline pools, an extravagantly feathered bird that courts a mate with song and dance, a fungus that covers over a square mile of forest, nudibranchs that glide along the seafloor, a leopard seal that shoots through Antarctic waters in pursuit of a penguin. Life on Earth is a dizzying array of diversity. Yet all life, no matter the diversity, shares common characteristics. All life is cellular, depending upon cellular processes for survival. And all life shares a genetic organization based on DNA and RNA
Third Unit: Planetary Science
- Studnets will discover that Astronomy is the study of everything we can observe and imagine beyond Earth—the Moon, the Sun, the solar system with all its planets and lesser objects, the Milky Way, and the vastness of the cosmos. Astronomers ask fundamental questions. When and where did the universe start? Why is it expanding? What is the destiny of the universe? Astronomers endeavor to answer these questions by determining the kinds and numbers of objects in the cosmos, the composition of those objects, their motions, and their interactions with one another. Because Earth is part of this ultimate system, the science of astronomy includes the study of our own planet.