Science

From the SC Department of Education:

"Two units must be taken in two different fields of the physical or life sciences and selected from among biology, chemistry, or physics. The third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two or from any laboratory science for which biology and/or chemistry is a prerequisite. Courses in earth science, general physical science, or introductory or general environmental science for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite will not meet this requirement. It is strongly recommended that students take physical science (taught as a laboratory science) as a prerequisite to the three units of laboratory science. It is strongly recommended that students desiring to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering, or technology take one course in all three fields (Effective 2013 graduating class)."

Please check with your accountability organization to verify their science requirements for graduation.

Earth Science

Katherine Schilling, Instructor

Earth Science is a quarterly unit study of four Earth Science topics: geology, astronomy, marine ecology, and weather. Progress will be evaluated by worksheets, quizzes, tests, and lab activities. This course is recommended for students who will be taking Pre-algebra concurrently and are not mathematically ready for Physical Science.

(No credit earned for this class)

Prerequisite: none

Lab fee: $25.00

Textbooks:

  • The Geology Book, Morris; Master Books Publishing; ISBN-13: 978-0890512814

  • The New Ocean Book, Sherwin; Master Books Publishing; ISBN-13: 978-0890519059

  • The New Weather Book, Oard; Master Books Publishing; ISBN-13: 978-0890518618

  • The New Astronomy Book, Faulkner; Master Books Publishing; ISBN-13: 978-0890518342

Honors Physical Science

Katherine Schilling, Instructor

This is an intriguing and challenging honors level course that studies our physical world. This covers everything from atoms and molecules to an introduction to physics, astrophysics, and chemistry for those moving on to chemistry I.

Although physical science is not considered a lab science course, students will be conducting numerous experiments, applications, and projects. In addition to quizzes, tests, labs, and projects students will be required to do a book report each semester. This should be a fun, as well as challenging course for students.

Participation in the MHSRC Science Fair is mandatory. Please do not sign up your child for this course if you do not wish him/her to participate.

Prerequisite: Pre-algebra- no exceptions!

Lab fee: $75.00

Textbook:

  • The Physical World (Any edition will be fine), Hadaway (Textbook only); Bob Jones University Press; ISBN-13: 978-1591666417

Honors Biology I

Katherine Schilling, Instructor

Biology I is a challenging honors course not intended for the faint of heart. This will be offered only to 9th graders and up. It delves deeply into the zoology, botany, and microbiology of our earth as well as exploring the creation -evolution controversy. An additional study of the major systems of the body will be included.

Students will be required to complete study guides, keep a lab notebook, do research projects, and complete reading assignments. Additional evaluation will include quizzes, tests, and exams. This thorough study gives students an excellent picture of God’s creation.

Participation in the MHSRC Science Fair is mandatory. Please do not sign up your child for this course if you do not wish him/her to participate.

Prerequisites: Physical Science, Pre-algebra

Lab fee: $75.00
Textbook:

  • Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd ed, Wile & Durnell (Textbook only); Apologia Educational Ministries; 2 edition (April 11, 2005); ISBN-13: 978-1932012545

Honors Chemistry I

Katherine Schilling, Instructor

Chemistry is an honors course stressing the marvels of God’s design by exploring creation on a molecular level. Through research and lab study, students obtain a firm grasp of their world by studying organic, inorganic, and biochemistry.

Students will be required to complete worksheets and lab reports as well as reading and research assignments. Additional evaluation will come from quizzes, tests, and exams.

Participation in the MHSRC Science Fair is mandatory. Please do not sign up your child for this course if you do not wish him/her to participate.

Prerequisites: Algebra I, Biology I

A math placement test may be required for any student who has not taken a math course through the MHSRC. Placement tests will be given at the MHSRC in April or early May.

Lab fee: $75.00

Textbook:

  • Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd ed, Plourd (Textbook only); Apologia Educational Ministries, 3 edition; ISBN-13: 978-1940110257

Honors Physics I

Katherine Schilling, Instructor

Prerequisites: Algebra II, Chemistry I
 
Course Description:
Intended for eleventh and twelfth graders, Physics is a good third lab science course as is required to graduate. This course will be taught as an honors course stressing the marvels of God’s design of the universe and the laws that govern it. Students will complete all sixteen chapters of the curriculum as well as extra material provided by the teacher. Students will be required to complete lab reports, reading, and research assignments. Additional evaluation will come from quizzes, tests, and exams. Topics will include: kinematic equations, motion and forces, vectors, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Quantum Theory and Relativity, circular motion, springs and periodic motion, energy and work, friction, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Students will design a display and present a topic assigned by the teacher. Students will carefully maintain a journal of lab experiments performed throughout the year. To encourage engineering, students will work in teams to construct and analyze four projects during the year including: a marble rollercoaster, an egg-drop container, a mousetrap car, and a circuit project.
 
Textbook: 

  • Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd ed., Dr. Jay Wile, Apologia Educational Ministries, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-932012-42-2

All lab equipment will be supplied by the teacher except for a few labs to be done at home using household materials

Lab fee: $75.00

Honors Chemistry II

(Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00)

Katherine Schilling, Instructor

This course will take topics from the first year Chemistry and apply them to more complex situations. Additional topics will include limiting reagent stoichiometry, atomic and molecular orbital theory, intermolecular forces, solutions and equalibria, acids and bases, electochemistry and redox reactions, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. In addition to reading the text, students will be required to complete worksheets to practice problem solving, participate in laboratory experiments, complete short research assignments, and complete a book report. At the end of the year, students will complete a major research project and present it to the class.

Prerequisites: Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry I

No science fair.

Lab Fee: $75.00

*Students should have a good understanding of logarithms and must have earned a 90 average or higher in Chemistry I.

Students who did not take Chemistry I from Mrs. Schilling must take a placement test. Admission to the class will be decided by Mrs. Schilling based upon performance on this placement test.

Textbook:

  • Advanced Chemistry in Creation, 2nd ed, Wile (Textbook only); Apologia Educational Ministries; 2nd edition (May 3, 2010); ISBN-13: 978-1935495239

Note - this is the second edition. The first edition will not be compatible with this course.

A math placement test may be required for any student who has not taken a math course through the MHSRC. Placement tests will be given at the MHSRC in April or early May.

 

Advance Biology - Human Anatomy and Physiology

(Thursdays 3:00-5:00)

Katherine Schilling, Instructor

This course is a rigorous follow up course for first year Biology and is recommended for students interested in pursuing any career related to medicine, or students needing a third or fourth science. Course work will require strong self motivation to memorize many terms and complete complex assignments for each system of the body. The reward will be a good familiarity with the structure of the human body which will be invaluable for college preparation.

Lab work will include microscopic observation of various cell and tissue types, dissection of cow eye, sheep brain, sheep pluck (heart, lung, trachea), and a systemic dissection of a rat. Formaldehyde is not present in any specimen. Note: Attendance is critical- please do not sign up for this course if you know your student will not be able to have regular attendance. We will cover much material in each class, and missing a dissection will require ordering extra specimen to make up the lab which will incur extra cost.

Pre-requisites: Biology I 

Lab Fee - $75.00

Textbook:

  • Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology: The Human Body, 2nd ed., Shannon & Yunis (Textbook only); Apologia Educational Ministries; 2 edition (August 1, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-1935495727