Ecology 9

Ecology 9 208 2 Credits
Environmental Science 9 209 2 Credits

Ecology deals with how living things interact with their physical and biological environments. In this college preparatory course, 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 also investigate how energy is fixed biologically and transferred through food webs, how major elements cycle, how populations and communities vary in size and diversity, and how biomes vary in basic physical and biological characteristics. Labs in all units will require mathematical analysis, performed with appropriate guidance and support. Laboratory write-ups will comprise a major portion of the grade. Other assessments will include tests,homework, and projects. 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 focuses on the quantitative analysis of how humans affect the physical,chemical, and biological function of ecosystems. Students will investigate how agriculture and land-use changes affect biodiversity,water and soils. Students will learn about global atmospheric change,including tropospheric warming and acid rain, in addition to present and future sources of energy. Labs in all units will require mathematical analysis, performed with appropriate guidance and support. Laboratory write-ups will comprise a major portion of the grade. Other assessments will include tests, homework, and projects.

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