“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
~Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954
Homework : 10%
Projects/ Labs: 30%
In Unit 1, students will formulate answers to the questions: “How do people figure out that the Earth and life on Earth have changed over time?” and “How does the movement of tectonic plates impact the surface of Earth?” Students can examine geoscience data in order to understand the processes and events in Earth’s history. Important concepts in this topic are “Scale, Proportion, and Quantity” and “Stability and Change,” in relation to the different ways geologic processes operate over the long expanse of geologic time. An important aspect of the history of Earth is that geologic events and conditions have affected the evolution of life, but different life forms have also played important roles in altering Earth’s systems.
Students will also be able to formulate answers to the questions: “How do the materials in and on Earth’s crust change over time?” and “How does water influence weather, circulate in the oceans, and shape Earth’s surface?” Students understand how Earth’s geosystems operate by modeling the flow of energy and cycling of matter within and among different systems. Students can investigate the controlling properties of important materials and construct explanations based on the analysis of real geoscience data. Of special importance in both topics are the ways that geoscience processes provide resources needed by society but also cause natural hazards that present risks to society; both involve technological challenges, for the identification and development of resources and for the mitigation of hazards.