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ASIC INGREDIENTS OF LIFE
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EYCND THE OBVIOUS
Wayne Ganson, Science Department head.
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Earl Weeks, Ronald McKinnon.
Formerly, it has been the case that students took some
Life Science in the Seventh grade, some Physical Science
in the Eighth, perhaps no Science in the Ninth, Biology for
all in the Tenth, fewer did Chemistry in the Eleventh, and
finally, for the intellectually able, Physics in grade Twelve.
This sequence of courses made no logical sense, it simply
developed as tradition. Some time ago Biology was a
pu rely empirical observational study. One classified
things, memorized phyla and species, perhaps performed
a few dissections and did some more memorizing of in-
ternal organs and systems. The fact that no mathematical
ability was required probably was the reason for teaching
it in grade 10. Chemistry, which required some math, but
no Physics, became a luniorfSenior course. Physics, re-
quiring the most math, was usually postponed until the
Senior year if it was taken at all.
Today the material is much different. Chemistry is no
longer a catalog of elements and typical reactions. Chem-
istry now bases itself in Physics. One needs to know about
atoms, electricity and energy. Biology has increasingly
become Bio-Chemistry. As more and more is learned
about cells and molecules and their relationship to life
processes, the study of Biology requires a knowledge of
Chemistry and Physics. Thus it is that we have turned our
curriculum around in an attempt to be logical and realis-
tic. We need to study things in the order of their com-
plexity. When building a house, one doesn't begin with
Currently we have our Seventh graders studying Basic
Energy Relationships iPhysicsJ. The Eighth grade builds on
this foundation its study of the structure of matter lChem-
istryb. The new Ninth grade program, ISCS-Ill, builds on
the previous courses. lt deals with several topics in Biolo-
gy and Earth!Space science. Beginning with the Tenth
grade the new approach repeats this cycle again, but for a
deeper level of maturity. For the general student who
wishes to become scientifically literate, and move on to
college or life with the best possible grounding in Sci-
ence, the Department recommends that hefshe take Pro-
ject Physics. ln the Eleventh grade, the student should
study Chemistry, and finally Biology in grade 12.
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