Mr. Jay Mate
SC 09 Essential Elements of Science
SC 09 is the entry level science course for high school and provides the conceptual foundation for the entire MPS high school science curriculum. Students in this course receive instruction and practice in developing and refining scientific skills and methods that are prerequisites for success in subsequent high school science courses. Using mostly chemistry and physics concepts as a framework, students discover and collect evidence that supports the atomic/molecular theory of matter. These principles lay the groundwork for understanding all biological and chemical relationships. Topics included in this class are scientific processes, the nature and history of science, earth science, basics physics, and chemistry.
We have been using the Process of Science our entire life. It is the basis of understanding everything around us. During this course we will always work on the Inquiry Process and how to use it to better understand the physical world.
The steps of the Inquiry Process are as follows:
- Observation / Inference
- Hypothesis (Never Guess)
- Experimental Plan
- Data/Results Collection
- Analysis of the Data/Results
We will be studying the Big Bang Theory, Stars, Solar System models, and key astronomers.
This is a good site to visit to learn about heating and cooling curves. http://www.kentchemistry.com/links/Matter/HeatingCurve.htm
We will be studying Physical and Chemical Changes in many of the experimental labs this year. (A good reason to get your goggles) You will need to be able to explain and differentiate between the two forms of change.
Here are two sites to visit when learning the difference between each type of change..
These are some interesting sites to visit for more information about chemical reactions.
This will be helpful for our classwork and homework.
Worksheets for Balancing of Chemical Reaction Equations
Chemical reaction videos
Our Class song to help us learn about acids and bases.
The video is on YouTube.
Each of these Internet Sites below are great to find information about any of the elements in the Periodic Table, all 112 of them from Hydrogen to Copernicium and more to come.
Look through them carefully when you are trying to find information about elements.
These are great notes to help you understand Chemistry. (the chemistry ppt)-temporarily disabled
Next try these sites.
Scientific Method Lab:
We studied density last semester but here are some re-enforcement activites you can do build up your knowledge of density.
We can find the density of any matter by dividing mass by volume. In class we are going to find the density of water, wood blocks, and various other strange shaped objects.
We are going to visit these websites to practice our skills at finding Density.
Afterwards, try this site.