M/J Comprehensive Science 2
M/J Comprehensive Science 2 is a basic intermediate course intended to expose students to the designs and patterns in the physical universe. This course expands on the Science 600 course, providing a set of basic scientific skills and a broad survey of the major areas of science. Some of the areas covered in Science 700 include the scientific method, overview of the four major areas of science, mathematics in science, astronomy, the atmosphere, natural cycles, weather and climate, human anatomy and physiology, and careers in science.
The curriculum seeks to develop the students' ability to be aware of 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 show understanding of interrelationships between organisms, recognize patterns in systems, and expand their knowledge of cellular dimensions of living systems. Collectively, this should help students develop and build on their subject-matter knowledge base.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
- Identify connections between science and other disciplines.
- Explain the steps of the scientific method.
- Describe atoms, molecules, and compounds and their properties.
- Understand the relationships between the different types of energy.
- Explain how energy is transformed.
- Identify the necessary components of living organisms.
- Develop a plan to prevent and treat common diseases through proper health.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the resources of the Earth and what is needed to conserve those resources.
- Describe the universe in terms of size and composition.
- Explain the differences in the stars and constellations.
- Identify various types of geological changes.
- Explain the cycles of nature.
- Understand the mechanisms of evolution.