COURSE TITLE: Earth Science
DESCRIPTION: In science, a special emphasis is placed on the research process in all grades. This includes making decisions about the generation and testing of ideas; prediction, measurement, data collection and representation; evaluation of sources of information; collaborative investigation; interpretation and communication of findings; evaluation and verification of findings and considerations relating to the social context of research. Earth Science is a study of the interrelationships between the Earth’s composition, structure, processes and history, its atmosphere, meteorology, and astronomy. Various scientists and their contributions are studied. Students interpret various maps, charts, and tables. They utilize technology such as probeware and global positioning systems (GPS) to collect, organize and analyze data. Facility in using many different kinds of maps and graphics is a major outcome of learning Earth Science. Students also consider costs and benefits of using the Earth’s resources in problem-solving situations.
MAIN TOPICS: Recognize the many common rock-forming minerals and how each relates to the three rock groups.
Examine and differentiate the processes that form igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
Compare and contrast the constructive, destructive, and tectonic forces that shape the Earth’s features.
Demonstrate how geological and topographic maps represent the Earth’s features.
Understand the processes of formation and the position of the Earth in our solar system while identifying the members of the solar system.
Identify and explain the many variable components of the atmosphere and how they relate to weather. Apply these conditions to modern weather forecasting methods.
Describe the combined chemical, biological, geological, and physical components of oceanography, and how each is interrelated to man’s role in the environment and the use of Earth’s resources.
CREDIT INFO: 1 Credit. This course provides one of the credits required for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma.