Gradpoint Science Courses

Gradpoint Science Courses

Notes: CEA recommends that students take Biology in 10th grade and Chemistry in 11th grade. These courses both require virtual labs, specially designed by the teacher for online students. We find that students do better in these courses if they take Earth Science or Physical Science their freshman year.

 

Earth Science:

This course addresses major concepts, such as the materials which compose earth, the rock cycle and types of rocks, Earth’s resources, formation and movement of soil, glaciers, deserts, alluvial landscapes, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, mountain

building, and geologic time. This course also covers concepts such as the ocean floor, seafloor sediments, waves, tides and shoreline processes, characteristics of the atmosphere, precipitation, air pressure and wind, storms, climate, early astronomy, Earth-Moon-Sun interactions, and solar system. Laboratory concepts appear in videos, careers in Earth science are explored, and key scientists are called out through portraits and biographies.

 

Physical Science:

This course addresses key chemistry concepts and processes such as properties and states of matter, atomic structure, organization of the periodic table, types of chemical bonds and reactions, solutions, carbon chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. This course also addresses key physics concepts and processes such as force and motion, work, power, machines, energy, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Concepts are explored through animations and videos and will assist students in advanced chemistry and physics courses.

 

Biology:

We encourage students to share Christian beliefs and “creationism”, however; as a college preparatory course, we must explain theories expected to be known in college. There is a CEA-designed section of lessons on “Faith and Science” that allows students to study and express their own views at the beginning of second semester. This course addresses key concepts and processes from chemistry, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, and DNA. The scientific method and foundational chemistry facts are presented to assist students in the study of biology. This course also addresses key concepts and processes of evolution, classification, ecology, and human anatomy. An overview of human body systems is also presented, as well as the defining structures of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. Labs and journals are required.

 

Chemistry:

This course addresses key concepts and processes, such as states of matter, atomic theory, organization of the periodic table, types of chemical bonds and reactions, the naming and formulas of chemicals, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry. The field of chemistry in relation to the scientific method is also explained. This course also addresses properties of solids, liquids, and gases, state changes, solutions, flow of energy, enthalpy, heat, entropy and free energy, rates of reactions, equilibrium, acid-base theories, oxidation and reduction, electromagnetic cells, functional groups, polymerization, biochemicals, and nuclear chemistry. The course explores concepts through lessons and lab videos. Labs and journals are required. To be enrolled in this course, students MUST have completed or be currently enrolled in Algebra II.

 

Environmental Science:

This course presents relationships between organisms and how these relationships relate to the functioning of ecosystems. Students learn the key concepts and processes of nutrient cycling, biomes, pollution, energy resources, and habitat destruction. The course also covers ways to promote biodiversity and create a sustainable future.

 

Physics:

This course addresses concepts of mechanics, wave behavior, thermodynamics, Newton’s laws of motion, thermal properties of matter, and thermodynamic systems. This course also contains lessons on electricity, magnetism, optics, the interactions among electric charges, properties of electric and magnetic fields and forces, and the characteristics of electromagnetic waves. Some of the basic concepts of quantum physics are presented as well. To be enrolled in this course, students MUST have completed Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra II. Concurrent enrollment in Pre-calculus is preferred.

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