M/J Comprehensive Science 1
M/J Comprehensive Science 1 is a basic intermediate course intended to expose students to the designs and patterns in the physical universe. This course provides a broad survey of the major areas of science. Some of the areas covered in M/J Comp Science include the study of plant systems, weather, plant and animal characteristics, the earth, electricity and magnetism, and the different forms of energy.
The curriculum seeks to develop the students' ability to understand and participate in scientific inquiry. The units contain experiments and projects to capitalize on the students' natural curiosity. The students will explore, observe and manipulate everyday objects and materials in their environment. Students at this level should begin to understand interrelationships of systems in an organism, how organisms respond to the environment, recognize how energy is vital to life. Collectively, this should help students develop and build on their subject-matter knowledge base. Students at this level should be able to work independently.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
- Understand the importance of knowing about the practice of science
- Know the characteristics of scientific knowledge
- Understand the role of theories, laws, hypotheses, and models
- Understand energy transfer and transformations
- Understand forces and changes in motion
- Describe earth's structures
- Know the earth's systems and patterns
- Be aware of the organization and development of living organisms
- Understand the diversity of living organisms