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Science


The science teachers at Goodland High School are: Mr. Unger,

 Mrs. Livengood, Mr. Coon

Earth Science

This class is offered to 9th-12th graders.  It is worth 1 credit.  There are no prerequisites to get into this class.

    It is a study of the physical aspects of the earth, solar system, and constellations.  Lecture and laboratory investigations are used to assist the understanding of historical, chemical, mathematical, meteorological, oceanic, lunar, geologic, and astronomic concepts.  This class is structured to meet the needs of college or vocational bound students.

 

Biology I

This class is offered to 9th-12th graders.  It is worth 1 credit.  There are no prerequisites to get into this class.

    Biology I is a class that explores the biological concepts of life.  Emphasis is on the major concepts and processes of biology and how these concepts apply to life.  Students will be expected to learn the concepts and demonstrate their knowledge of these concepts through tests, quizzes and written laboratory reports.

     It is a class where the students will be encouraged and expected to refine and apply the skills of observing, classifying, ordering, collecting data. ,measuring, communication, inferring, predicting, analyzing, and hypothesizing.

 

Biology II

You must be a in 11th or 12th grade to take Biology II.  It is worth 1 credit, and you must have completed Biology I.

    A second course in Biology structured around the anatomy, morphology, and physiology of the human body.   Emphasis will be placed on the major human system.  Additional emphasis will be placed on the skeletal system, muscle system metabolism, genetics, and DNA structure.   A detailed dissection of the fetal pig will be incorporated to help solidify the concepts of anatomy and morphology.  Tests, quizzes, and practical tests will be used to evaluate student progress.

    A Unit on ornithology will be used to demonstrate additional applications of biological concepts.

    Outside reading assignments will be utilized to help students become aware of application of biological knowledge to everyday life and ever increasing affect of biological information.

    Juniors enrolling should have had or be enrolled in Chemistry I.  Pre-enrollment conference with the teacher is required for all students.

 

Chemistry I

It is worth 1 credit.  Earth Science, Biology I, and Algebra I are the prerequisites.

    Chemistry is the study of materials, their compositions and structure, and the changes they undergo.  Students will be expected to learn concepts in the areas of: Atomic structure, periodic law, bonding types and theory, stoichiometric base theory, pH, reaction energy and kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and oxidation-reduction reactions. Students will demonstrate their knowledge through tests, written assignments, and laboratory reports.  Unifying principles will be developed with laboratory work emphasizing this development.  Students should develop an appreciation for the significance of chemistry and an understanding of its scope.

 

Chemistry II

It is worth 1 credit.  Algebra II is the prerequisites.

    A second course in Chemistry , where chemical principles are studied in more depth than in a first year course.  Major emphasis will be on problem solving and mathematics in chemistry.  A college level textbook is used along with supplemental college level problems.

 

Physics

It is worth 1 credit.   The prerequisites are Algebra II or instructors permission.

    Modern civilization would be impossible without the use of large quantities of energy.  Physics is a fundamental science dealing with organized knowledge and concepts of matter and energy.

    Four main subdivisions will be covered.   They are mechanics and heat, wave motion, electricity, and nuclear and particle physics.  Problem solving skills and mathematical applications are stressed.

 

Field Science

You can take this during your 10th, 11th, or 12th grade year.  It is worth 1/2 or a whole credit.   The prerequisites for field science are either Biology or Earth Science.

This is a course designed to fill the needs of those students desiring additional practical science.  It provides numerous "HANDS ON" experiences for both the college bound and non-college bound students.  Field Science has been constructed so the student can take it the whole year, drop it at semester, or enter it at semester receiving credit for the amount of passing work completed.  The student must be willing to give up some time outside of school for field trips and completion of assignments.  Before enrolling the students needs to visit with the instructor.

Topics to be covered will be plant identification, genetic problems, environmental regulators on the plant and animal inhabitants of particular localities, biology and faunal and floral problems existing with the agriculture environment.  (Because this is not basic science, this will NOT fulfill the science graduation requirements.)

 

Links

These are some science links recommended by the teachers.

K-State Entomology

K-State Ecology