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 Integrated Laboratory Science

 First Semester

Second Semester

Year 1

Space exploration

The Atmosphere

Year 2



Year 3

The Land


While the specific activities and curriculum are under development the following are the basic concepts we want to students to learn.

Integrated Laboratory Science 1-2

Semester 1 - Space exploration

I. How do we determine what's in space?

A. Electromagnetic radiation (EMR)

1. optics and telescopes

2. nature of EMR

3. atomic structure and elements

B. Meteorites

II. How do we get there?

A. Finding distance

B. Universe features

C. Linear motion, relativity

III. How do we leave earth?

A. Projectile motion

B. Newton's 3 laws

C. Satellite motion

1. circular motion

2. gravitation

3. simple harmonic motion

IV. What else do we need to know?

A. Momentum

B. Energy







Semester 2 - The Atmosphere - It's in the air we breath.

I. Atmospheric evolution

A. The origins

B. Changes over time

1. meteors

2. volcanoes

3. plants

4. respiration

C. Today's atmosphere

1. composition

2. structure

D. Future trends

1. ozone

2. carbon dioxide

3. pollution

II. Behavior of gases

A. Physical properties

1. phases and phase changes

2. Gas laws - KMT

3. density

B. Chemical properties

1. compounds and covalent bonding

2. reactions (oxidation) and energy

III. Life cycles

A. Nitrogen cycle

B. Carbon/oxygen cycle

1. photosynthesis

2. respiration

C. Water cycle

IV. Atmospheric heating

A. Solar radiation

B. Terrestrial radiation

C. Heat transfer

V. Weather - water cycle

A. Wind

B. Clouds

C. Storms/fronts

VI. Pollution

A. Air quality assessment

B. Environmental social and economic impact (global warming, ozone, smog, acid rain, industry, auto, incinerators, indoor, radon, respiration)

C. Possible solutions

Integrated Laboratory Science 3-4







Semester 3 - Water - The fluid of life.

I. Origins

A. Terrestrial

B. Extraterrestrial

II. Behavior of water

A. Physical properties

1. surface tension

2. capillary action

3. polarity

4. phase change

5. density

B. Chemical properties

1. compounds and ionic bonding

2. reactions in solution

III. Water cycle

A. Return to atmosphere

1. evaporation, sun, heat exchange

2. transpiration, capillary action, surface tension, polarity

3. perspiration

B. Condensation into clouds

C. Precipitation

D. Run off (fresh water)

1. weathering

2. erosion

3. biological implications

IV. Oceans (salt water)

A. waves

B. tides

C. currents

1. surface

2. deep

D. ocean layers

V. Organisms

A. aquatic life zones

B. organisms with water currents as circulatory system

C. organisms with closed circulatory systems

VI. Purification

A. Organisms

B. Natural systems

C. Human technologies







Semester 4 - A Matter of Life

I. Biogenesis

A. Primordial environmental conditions / biochemical evolution

B. Evolution of first life forms

II. Cells

A. Types of cells

1. prokaryotes


B. Structure and function

C. Movement of material through membranes

D. Cell processes

III. Growth and division

A. Mitosis and cytokinesis

B. asexual

C. sexual / meiosis

IV. Genetics

A. Mendelian principles

B. Chromosome theory of heredity

C. Mutations

D. Gene expression

E. Genetic engineering

V. Evolution

A. Earth history

B. Global climatic changes

C. Relative dating

D. Radioactive dating, radiation

E. Continental drift

VI. Taxonomy

A. Levels of classification

B. Comparative anatomy and physiology

VII. Ecology

A. populations

B. biomes

C. soils

D. human impact, waste management

Integrated Laboratory Science 5-6







Semester 5 - The Land we live on.

I. Plate Tectonics

A. Major features (ocean basins, continents, mountain ranges, trenches)

B. Planet interior

1. seismology

2. layering / structure

3. isostacy, buoyancy

4. radioactive decay

D. Plate boundaries

1. convergent / divergent

2. stress and strain

3. hot spots, island ecology, geothermal zones

II. Minerals

A. Crystallography

B. Physical properties

C. Chemical properties

IV. Rock cycle

A. Igneous

1. crystal growth

2. identification and classification

3. volcanology

B. Sedimentary

1. sedimentary environments

2. fossil fuels

3. fossilization

C. Metamorphic

1. recrystallization

V. Structural geology

A. Folding

B. Faulting

VI. Resources

A. Fossil fuels

B. Metals

C. Gems

D. Construction

VII. Mapping

A. Topography

1. terrestrial

2. marine

B. Scale models







Semester 6 - Colonization of a planet. What is necessary to sustain life? - Under development

I. Pick a planet

II. Food

III. Air

IV. Water

V. Shelter

VI. Energy

VII. Waste

VIII. Transportation

Program Contact: Karen Bardeen
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Last Update: August 24, 2001