Ecology 9/ Honors

Ecology 9/ Honors 210 2 Credits
Environmental Science 9/ Honors 211 2 Credits

PREREQUISITE: Algebra 1, Algebra 8+, or permission of Department Chair

Ecology/Honors includes a greater depth of mathematical andphysical analysis than does college preparatory Ecology. Students will learn how the physical climatology of Earth creates major life zones and how minerals and rocks become sources of nutrients to plants. Students will investigate how energetics controls the transfer of carbon and nutrients through food webs and major elements cycles. In addition, they will study how populations and communities vary in size and diversity, and the mathematics that describe their fluctuations. Labs in all units will require students to answer open-ended questions and to use basic statistics to analyze their results. A substantial part ofthe grade will be based on laboratory write-ups; other assessments willinclude tests, homework, and research projects. As part of thecoursework, students will be expected to complete regular readingassignments from a textbook for advanced readers. The course isrigorous and requires a strong work ethic to be successful. This course covers the Ecology Learning Standards required for the Biology MCAS test. Successful completion of Ecology is required to advance to Biology.

Environmental Science 9/Honors includes a greater depth of mathematical and physical analysis than college preparatory Environmental Science 9. Students will investigate how agriculture and land-use changes affect biodiversity, water and soils. A mathematical approach is emphasized in analysis. Students will learn about global atmospheric change, including tropospheric warming and acid rain, in addition to present and future sources of energy and the physics that underlie them. Consideration of water and soil conservation and management, and global atmospheric change will be based on chemical and physical principles. Labs in all units will require students to answer open-ended questions and to use basic statistics to analyze their results. A substantial part of the grade will be based on laboratory write-ups; other assessments will include tests, homework,and research projects. As part of the coursework, students will beexpected to complete regular reading assignments from a textbook for advanced readers. This course is rigorous and requires a strong workethic to be successful. This course covers some additional Chemistry learning standards required for the Chemistry MCAS test.

Curriculum Map for Ecology 9/ Honors
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