Biology investigates patterns processes and relationships among organisms. The core concepts are powerful conceptual tools for making sense of the complexity diversity and interconnectedness of life one earth. Order in natural systems arise in accordance with rules that govern the physical world and the order of natural systems can be modeled and predicted through the use of mathematics. This course also connects between earth and human activity. Students will demonstrate understanding to performance expectations. Lab experiences complement core concepts.
Most systems or processes depend at some level on physical sub-processes that occur within it, whether the system in question is a star, Earth's atmosphere, a river, or a bicycle. Understanding a process at any scale requires awareness of the interactions occurring—in terms of the forces between objects, the related energy transfers, and their consequences. In this way, physics underlies natural and human created phenomena. An overarching goal for learning in physics, therefore, is to help students see that there are mechanisms of cause and effect in all systems and processes that can be understood through a common set of physical and principles. This course also presents connections between forces and energy in Earth’s history. This comprehensive course provides a basic understanding of natural phenomena. This objective is accomplished through mathematical analysis and laboratory experimentation. Students will demonstrate understanding through performance expectations. Lab experiences complement the core concepts.