Rhetoric Science

Physical Science

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to discover and study the physical laws and matter that God created at an introductory level so that students will be better equipped to study these in more detail in the subsequent years.  This course will introduce traditional concepts of physics and some chemistry.  Conceptual and mathematical understanding of physics will be stressed.  Problem-solving skills, test-taking skills, time-on-task, problem-based learning, critical thinking situations, and activity and lab based learning will be the incorporated throughout the course.

Course Objectives:

  • Instill wonder and awe in students as they discover the intricate design, order and complexity of God’s creation.
  • Give students a deeper understanding of how physics and laws of nature impact their daily lives.
  • Teach students practical scientific skills, which they can use to investigate, study and explain the world around them, from a Biblical worldview.  All students are required to prepare an original project and research paper for Geneva’s bi-annual science fair.
  •  Encourage the spirit of scientific investigation and with it the attitudes of accuracy, in thought and work.
  • Prepare students for further study in physics and chemistry.

Primary Text and Materials:

  • Physical Science, 2008 Edition, BJU Press, R. Terrance Egolf and Rachel Santopietro
  • Physical Science Lab Handbook, 2008 Edition, BJU Press, R. Terrance Egolf and Jeff S. Foster
  • The Student Lab Report Handbook, John D. Mayes
  • Other articles and labs as time allows

Biology

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the basic structure and concepts of life and living organisms within God’s creation.  Major areas of study include a study of what scientifically constitutes life, biological classification and the five different kingdoms and the main phyla and their characteristics.  Students will not only study these theoretically, but also gain first-hand knowledge as they dissect, compare and contrast the different organisms God has created.  The different respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous and reproductive systems for various organisms will be studied, compared and contrasted as a basis for classification.  Plant anatomy and classification will also be studied towards the end of the course.  Students will also study the chemical transactions that occur at the cellular level.  They will study the cell, its structure and functions in some depth, including the reproduction of cells and thus life.  Students will also study Mendelian genetics and understand how traits and genes are passed on from one organism to the other.  In the second half of the semester, students will study the theories and impact of Charles Darwin and discuss, compare and contrast this to the Biblical view of Creation.  Some Bio-ethical topics will be discussed throughout the class, such as euthanasia, genetic engineering, abortion, etc. as they relate to the topic at hand.  The Biblical view and authority of Scripture will be discussed and examined when these topics come up.

Course Objectives:

  • Instill wonder and awe in students as they discover the intricate design and complexity of God’s creation.
  • Give students a deeper understanding of how biology impacts their daily lives.
  • Teach students practical scientific skills, which they can use to investigate, study and explain the world around them, from a Biblical worldview.  All students are required to prepare an original project and research paper for Geneva’s bi-annual science fair.
  • Encourage the spirit of scientific investigation and with it the attitudes of accuracy in thought and work.
  • Give students a basic understanding of the scientific ideas regarding micro and macro evolution, equipping students to identify the worldview and assumptions that underlie it as well as the Biblical worldview and understanding of how life started.

Primary Text and Materials:

  • Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition, Dr. Jay L. Wile and Marilyn F. Durnell
  • The Student Lab Report Handbook, John D. Mays
  • Unlocking the Mystery of Life DVD, Illustra Media
  • Other articles and labs as time allows

Chemistry

Course Description:

This course will introduce traditional concepts of chemistry.  Students will look at chemists and the study of matter under the frame work that God created it and governs it all.  Chemistry is the study of atoms, how they arrange themselves into compounds, and the changes they undergo.  The course will include a review of measurement and the metric system, study of atomic structure in some detail, investigation of the periodic table and its meaning, study of various types of chemical bonding, and investigation into different chemical compounds and why they behave as they do (as far as we know).  Conceptual and mathematical understanding of chemistry will be stressed.  Problem-solving skills, test-taking skills, hands on activities, time-on-task, problem-based learning, critical thinking situations, and activity and lab based learning will be incorporated throughout the course.

Course Objectives:

  • Instill wonder and awe in students as they discover the intricate design, order and complexity of God’s creation.
  • Give students a deeper understanding of how chemistry impacts their daily lives.
  • Teach students practical scientific skills, which they can use to investigate, study and explain the world around them, from a Biblical worldview.  All students are required to prepare an original project and research paper for Geneva’s bi-annual science fair.
  • Encourage the spirit of scientific investigation and with it the attitudes of accuracy in thought and work.
  • Prepare students for further study in chemistry.

Primary Text and Materials:

  • Modern Chemistry, 2009 Edition, Raymond Davis, Regina Frey, Mickey Sarquis and Jerry L. Sarquis
  • The Student Lab Report Handbook, John D. Mays
  • Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments, Robert Bruce Thompson
  • Other articles and labs as time allows