Grade 10 Science – SC10
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Science 10 consists of five print modules. There is also an online Science 10 Media CD which contains animations, video demonstrations and interactive activities. In addition, there is a course website with useful links that students may access for further information on a variety of related topics.
Module 1: Plate Tectonics
If you’ve ever walked on a beach and skipped stones, felt an earthquake beneath your feet, or found a fossil, then you’ve witnessed the forces of geological change.
This module is divided into two sections. The first section introduces the development of the theory of plate tectonics. This theory represents our current understanding of how the Earth changes. You will learn about the pieces of evidence that led to the development of this theory, and the processes that are believed to drive the actions described in the theory. The second section then builds on this base of knowledge by directing your attention to the massive surface features formed by the processes of plate tectonic activity.
Module 2: Chemistry
In this Module, you will build on your knowledge of chemistry from previous grades and will differentiate between atoms, ions, and molecules using knowledge of their structure and components. You will continue to expand your understanding of chemistry and be able to classify substances as acids, bases, or salts, based on their characteristics, names, and formulae. You will be able to distinguish between organic and inorganic compounds, analyse chemical reactions, including reference to conservation of mass and rate of reaction. Finally, we will learn about radioactivity using modern atomic theory.
Module 3: Energy, Weather and Climate Change
Everywhere you look in the news today you will find people talking about climate change: global warming, carbon footprints, huge hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, severe flooding, and extreme droughts…What’s going on? Are we responsible for it? And can we do anything about it?
At the heart of all of these strange goings on is energy. In this module you will have the chance to dig a little deeper into the relationships between energy, weather, and climate. You’ll see how energy can affect things like wind, rain, and air pressure, as well as how it influences global climate change.
Module 4: Physics of Motion
In physics, the study of describing the motion of an object is called kinematics. But what exactly is motion? It is the movement of an object from one place to another.
This module introduces motion in a familiar way, discussing situations where people or vehicles are moving. While working through the module, you will focus on concepts such as; describing motion in words, diagrams, graphs and equations or comparing different types of motion. You will also be performing computer activities to collect and analyse data on objects in motion as well as using an organized approach towards solving problems involving motion.
Module 5: Sustainability of Ecosystems
From the frigid tundra to the scorching desert, the landscape of our planet varies widely. Have you ever wondered why there are so many different environments on Earth?
Ecology is the study of how our planet’s living and non-living parts affect each other. Ecologists examine the environment around us and look closely at how everything, from the smallest bacteria to the massive blue whale, fits together. Humans, too, are part of this dynamic, living planet. We have a significant influence on the environment, so we must look at how our activities are connected to the living and non-living parts of the environment around us.
Your exploration of ecology in this module will be two-fold. On one level you’ll be looking closely at the individual parts of the environment. Underlying the specific details is a vast network of interconnections. The second level of your exploration of ecology will involve making those connections.