General Science will serve as an introduction to the chemical, physical and earth sciences at the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School.
In this course, students will:
- Apply scientific process knowledge by using skills such as observing, classifying, inferring, predicting, measuring, estimating, formulating hypotheses, interpreting data and designing and testing controlled experiments
- Identify questions, which can be answered through proper means of scientific research
- Properly design and conduct scientific investigation
- Think critically and logically to draw relationships and form opinions on various issues regarding science and technology in society
- Identify the relationship, structure and properties of matter and atomic structures
- Study the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions
- Understand the concepts and relationship of energy, temperature and heat, force, motion, electromagnetism, sound and light
- Analyze forces within the Earth and how they affect humans
- Explain how rocks and the rock cycle, weathering and soil formation, plate tectonics, earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes, fossils and other types of natural evidence tell Earth’s geologic story
- Understand that society depends on natural resources for energy and materials
- Analyze forces of nature and how they affect the Earth's weather
- Understand that climates are long-term weather patterns that may change over time
- Explore and understand the solar system, stars, galaxies, structures of the universe and space exploration
Students will be expected to complete all class assignments and to have a solid understanding of the course material. Students will also be asked to engage in assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills.