Ecology 9/ Honors

Ecology/Honors (210) Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Algebra 8, Algebra 8 +, or permission of department head Ecology/Honors includes a greater depth of mathematical and physical analysis than does college preparatory Ecology. Students will learn how populations and communities vary in size and diversity, and the mathematics that describe their fluctuations, how energetics controls the transfer of carbon and nutrients through food webs and major elements cycles, how minerals and rocks become sources of nutrients to plants. 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 be expected to complete regular reading assignments from a textbook for advanced readers. The course is rigorous 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 (211) Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Algebra 8, Algebra 8 +, or permission of department head 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 be expected to complete regular reading assignments from a textbook for advanced readers. This course is rigorous and requires a strong work ethic 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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