Science

Life Science

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Examining a broad spectrum of the biological sciences, Life Science is a two-semester course for middle school students that builds on basic principles of scientific inquiry and translates those skills to more complex, overarching biological themes. The course includes units that help students understand the definition, forms, and classifications of living organisms and learn to analyze the diversity of each unique group of living organisms. Other units introduce students to the structures and functions of cells, cell theory, and cell reproduction. These larger themes are then applied to other topics, such as genetics, Darwinian Theory, and human biology and health. An introduction of ecology draws all of these concepts together to examine the interrelationships that help to maintain life on Earth.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Earth Science

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Students enrolled in this dynamic course explore the scope of Earth sciences, covering everything from basic structure and rock formation to the incredible and volatile forces that have shaped and changed our planet. As climate change and energy conservation become increasingly prevalent in the national discourse, it will be important for students to understand the concepts and causes of our changing Earth. Earth Science is a two-semester course that provides a solid foundation for understanding the physical characteristics that make the planet Earth unique and examines how these characteristics differ among the planets of our solar system.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Physical Science

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This full-year course focuses on basic concepts in chemistry and physics and encourages exploration of new discoveries in the field of physical science. The course includes an overview of scientific principles and procedures and has students examine the chemical building blocks of our physical world and the composition of matter. Additionally, students explore the properties that affect motion, forces, and energy on Earth. Building on these concepts, the course covers the properties of electricity and magnetism and the effects of these phenomena. As students refine and expand their understanding of physical science, they will apply their knowledge to complete interactive virtual labs that require them to ask questions and create hypotheses. Hands-on wet lab options are also available.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Biology

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This compelling two-semester course engages students in the study of life and living organisms and examines biology and biochemistry in the real world. This is a yearlong course that encompasses traditional concepts in biology and encourages exploration of new discoveries in this field of science. The components include biochemistry, cell biology, cell processes, heredity and reproduction, the evolution of life, taxonomy, human body systems, and ecology. This course includes both hands-on wet labs and virtual lab options.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Chemistry

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This rigorous, full-year course engages students in the study of the composition, properties, changes, and interactions of matter. The course covers the basic concepts of chemistry and includes eighteen virtual laboratory experiments that encourage higher-order thinking applications, with wet lab options if preferred. The components of this course include chemistry and its methods, the composition and properties of matter, changes and interactions of matter, factors affecting the interactions of matter, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, nuclear chemistry, mathematical applications, and applications of chemistry in the real world.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Physics

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This full-year course acquaints students with topics in classical and modern physics. The course emphasizes conceptual understanding of basic physics principles, including Newtonian mechanics, energy, thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear and modern physics. Throughout the course, students solve mathematical problems, reason abstractly, and learn to think critically about the physical world. The course also includes interactive virtual labs and hands-on lab options, in which students ask questions and create hypotheses.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Environmental Science

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Environmental science is a captivating and rapidly expanding field, and this two-semester course offers compelling lessons that cover many aspects of the field: ecology, the biosphere, land, forests and soil, water, energy and resources, and societies and policy. Through unique activities and material, high school students connect scientific theory and concepts to current, real-world dilemmas, providing them with opportunities for mastery in each of the segments throughout the semester.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

BIOL 041: Biology, Part 1

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After learning about the scientific method, students will study life at its most basic level, the cell. Students will then use the cell as a foundation for understanding how life evolves, including a detailed discussion of DNA, genetics, and evolution.

Each lesson in this course includes an interview with a professional in a career related to biology. Two thousand years ago most people agreed that life, death, sickness, and health were the result of fickle gods. Today we know a little more about the principles behind life and seek to learn more through the study of biology. This is the first course in a two-part biology series (BIOL 041 and BIOL 043). 9 lessons, 9 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • DVD player
    • Biol 041 – DVD
    • Biol 041 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Biology: The Study of Life
  2. Cells
  3. Cell Processes
  4. Cumulative Speedback Review 1
  5. DNA
  6. Genetics Basics
  7. Genetics Part 2
  8. Evolution
  9. Cumulative Speedback Review 2

BIOL 043: Biology, Part 2

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In BIOL 043 students will continue studying life, but with a progressively wider lens by discovering the variety of life that has evolved, determining how to categorize different living things, and comparing how these living things interact with their environment. This is the second course in a two-part biology series (BIOL 041 and BIOL 043). 7 lessons, 7 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: BIOL 041 (Biology, Part 1) is suggested, but not required
  • Required Materials:
    • Biol 043 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Classification and Taxonomy
  2. Viruses and Bacteria
  3. Protists and Fungi
  4. The Plant Kingdom
  5. Invertebrate Animals
  6. Vertebrate Animals
  7. Homo Sapiens

EARTH 041: Earth Science, Part 1

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In this course students will learn about the science behind recent natural disasters involving hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Students will also learn about the structure of our atmosphere and how it makes life on earth possible. This is the first course in a two-part Earth Science series (EARTH 041 and EARTH 043). 9 lessons, 9 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Plate Tectonics
  2. Earth’s Geologic Systems
  3. Earth’s Energy Systems
  4. Cumulative Review
  5. Earth’s Water Systems
  6. Ocean Systems
  7. The Atmosphere
  8. Climate Systems
  9. Cumulative Review

EARTH 043: Earth Science, Part 2

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This course is a study of natural and manmade systems of the universe, including the solar, energy, atmospheric, and biological systems. This is the second course in a two-part earth science series (EARTH 041 and EARTH 043). 6 lessons, 6 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: EARTH 041 (Earth Science Part 1) or equivalent.
  • Required Materials:
    • Earth 043 – DVD
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Earth’s Systems
  2. The Big Bang
  3. Stars and the Formation of the Elements
  4. Our Solar System
  5. Life on Earth
  6. Diversity of Life

ENVRN 041: Environmental Science

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Students in ENVRN 041 will learn about the fundamentals of ecology: rocks, minerals, and soil; biomes; surface water and oceans; and earth and energy resources and human impact on these resources. Marvin Gaye sang about it, Rachel Carson wrote about it, and you live in it. It is the environment. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Fundamentals of Ecology
  2. Rocks, Minerals and Soil
  3. Biomes
  4. Surface Water: Rivers, Streams, Lakes, and Wetlands
  5. Oceans
  6. Earth’s Resources
  7. Energy Resources
  8. Human Impact on Earth’s Resources

EARTH 051: General Astronomy

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In this non mathematical look at astronomy, students will learn what people have traditionally thought about space and how scientists currently study it. 6 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Observing the Night Sky
  2. Historical Highlights in Astronomy
  3. The Solar System: The Terrestrial Planets
  4. The Solar System: Jovian Planets, Comets, Asteroids, etc.
  5. The Sun and Other Stars
  6. Galaxies

CHEM 041: General Chemistry, Part 1

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This is an introductory chemistry course with few mathematical computations and includes several virtual lab demonstrations. This is the first half of a two-part general chemistry series (CHEM 041 and CHEM 043). 10 lessons, 10 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • Students will need a scientific calculator
    • Computer with CD-ROM drive (Windows 2000/Mac OS X or newer). Virtual Chem Lab software does not work with the latest version of Mac OS (10.7). You will have to use this software on a PC, or an older version of Mac OS.
    • Chem 041 – Multimedia CD: Virtual ChemLab and Periodic Table of Elements $15.00
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Matter and Energy
  2. Atomic Theory
  3. Electron Clouds and Probability
  4. The Periodic Table
  5. Cumulative Review
  6. Chemical Bonding
  7. Chemical Formulas
  8. Balancing Equations
  9. Math and Chemistry
  10. Cumulative Review

CHEM 043: General Chemistry, Part 2

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This course has few mathematical computations and includes several virtual lab demonstrations. This is the second half of a general chemistry sequence (CHEM 041 and CHEM 043). 10 lessons, 10 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: CHEM 041 (General Chemistry, Part 1). Algebra 1 or equivalent.
  • Required Materials:
    • Students will need a scientific calculator
    • Computer with CD-ROM drive (Windows 2000/Mac OS X or newer). Virtual Chem Lab software does not work with the latest version of Mac OS (10.7). You will have to use this software on a PC, or an older version of Mac OS.
    • CHEM 043 – CD $15.00
    • Chem 043 – Other Materials
    • Chem 043 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  • The Mole
  • States of Matter
  • Behavior of Gases
  • Solutions
  • Cumulative Review – Lessons 1-4
  • Reaction Rates, Chemical Equilibrium, Solubility
  • Acids and Bases
  • Oxidation-Reduction Reactions and Electrochemistry
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Cumulative Review – Lessons 1-9

PHYS 041: General Physical Science

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In this introductory course students will learn to apply basic concepts of physical science in exploring, experimenting with, and solving problems. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • Phys 041 – CD
    • Phys 041 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Matter
  • Atoms & Molecules
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Electricity
  • Light & Sound

CHEM 061: Honors Chemistry, Part 1

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CHEM 061 covers principles of chemistry, including atomic theory and chemical bonding, the periodic table, Unit conversions, chemical formulas, the mole concept and stoichiometry.

CHEM 061 includes extensive use of algebraic concepts throughout each lesson. This course is taught by an award-winning chemistry teacher and includes use of the Virtual ChemLab software. CHEM 061 is an honors-level chemistry course. This is the first course in a two-part chemistry series (CHEM 061 and CHEM 063). 11 lessons, 11 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded midcourse exam; proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • Students will need a scientific calculator
    • Computer with CD-ROM drive (Windows 2000/Mac OS X or above). Virtual Chem Lab software does not work with the latest version of Mac OS (10.7). You will have to use this software on a PC, or an older version of Mac OS.
    • Chem 061 – CD $15.00
    • Chem 061 – Periodic Table of Elements
    • Chem 061 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Inorganic Chemical Nomenclature
  2. Inorganic and Hydrocarbon Nomenclature
  3. The Mathematics of Chemistry
  4. The Mole Concept
  5. Using the Mole Concept
  6. Chemical Reactions and Equations
  7. Stoichiometry
  8. Atomic Theory
  9. Electron Clouds and Probability
  10. The Periodic Table and Chemical Bonding
  11. Cumulative Review (all lessons)

CHEM 063: Honors Chemistry, Part 2

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The topics in this honors-level chemistry course include kinetic theory, gas laws, solutions, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, acid/base reactions, precipitation reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry.

Honors Chemistry, Part 2 continues the study of the principles of chemistry and builds on the concepts taught in Honors Chemistry, Part 1. This is the second course in a two-part chemistry series (CHEM 061 and CHEM 063).

Details

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • Students will need a scientific calculator
    • Computer with CD-ROM drive (Windows 2000/Mac OS X or above). Virtual Chem Lab software does not work with the latest version of Mac OS (10.7). You will have to use this software on a PC, or an older version of Mac OS.
    • Chem 063 – CD $15.00
    • Chem 063 – Periodic Table of Elements
    • Chem 063 – Printed Course Readings $10.00 (optional)
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. States of Matter and Kinetic Theory
  2. Gas Laws
  3. Ideal Gas Law
  4. Gas Stoichiometry
  5. Solutions
  6. Reaction Rates and Chemical Equilibria
  7. Acid and Base Reactions
  8. Strong Acid/Strong Base Titrations
  9. Precipitation Reactions
  10. Oxidation-Reduction Reactions
  11. Cumulative Review

BIOL 049: Human Anatomy

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The question, “How does the human body do what it does?” is answered in BIOL 049 through an in-depth study of systems in the human body, including the digestive, respiratory, immune, circulatory, and reproductive systems. 7 lessons, 7 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. The Building Blocks of Life
  2. How the Body Moves: Musculoskeletal System
  3. Staying Healthy: Integumentary, Immune, and Lymphatic Systems
  4. Internal Coordination: Nervous, Sensory, and Endocrine Systems
  5. The Internal Highway: Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  6. You Are What You Eat: Digestive and Urinary Systems
  7. Making More Humans: Reproductive System

EARTH 055: Meteorology

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In EARTH 055 students will learn how severe weather conditions like hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms develop.

In this nonmathematical look at meteorology, students will also learn why the earth has seasons and how water in the atmosphere affects weather. How about the weather? It’s a question we ask each other when we have nothing left to say, but there is a lot to say about the weather. 6 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required Materials:
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. The Atmosphere and the Earth’s Seasons
  2. Water and Atmospheric Stability
  3. Condensation and Precipitation
  4. Air Pressure and Wind
  5. Air Masses and Weather Fronts
  6. Severe Weather

PHSCS 041: Physics, Part 1

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PHSCS 041 is a mathematical treatment of motion and inertia, Newton’s laws, momentum and energy, circular motion and gravitation, gravitational interactions and satellites, etc. This course includes instructions for lab activities that can be completed with commonly available equipment.

This is the first course in a two-part physics series (PHSCS 041 and PHSCS 043). 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: ALG 041 (Pre-Algebra, Part 1) or equivalent.
  • Required Materials:
    • Phscs 041 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Introduction
  2. Newton’s Laws
  3. Kinematics
  4. Dynamics — Linear Motion
  5. Dynamics — Circular Motion
  6. Energy and Power
  7. Momentum
  8. Thermal Physics

PHSCS 043: Physics, Part 2

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PHSCS 043 is a mathematical treatment of change of state, thermodynamics, wave and sound, light and color, lenses, electric charges and fields, current and circuits, satellites, magnetism, nuclear reaction, etc.

This course includes instructions for lab activities that can be completed with commonly available equipment. This is the second course in a two-part physics series (PHSCS 041 and PHSCS 043). 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: PHSCS 041(Physics, Part 1) or equivalent; ALG 041 (Pre-Algebra, Part 1) or equivalent.
  • Required Materials:
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Static Electricity
  2. Electric Current and Circuits
  3. Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  4. Mechanical Waves
  5. Electromagnetic (EM) Waves
  6. Wave Interactions
  7. Optics
  8. Nuclear Physics