YORK MEMORIAL COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE Department of Science SNC1D3 – Grade 9 Enriched Science 2013-2014 Course Description: This course enables students to develop their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation and measurement. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures, matter, and solubility; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of current and static electricity. Assessment and Evaluation: Knowledge and Understanding Communication Thinking and Investigation Application 30% 20% 15% 5% Lab Practical Final Exam 5% 25% Term Evaluation 70% Final Evaluation 30% The evaluation of Learning Skills (responsibility, collaboration, independent work, organization, selfregulation, and initiative) will be reported as needs improvement, satisfactory, good or excellent. Students will find that concentrating on these skills will result in a higher level of success in meeting the course expectations. Areas of Study: This course is broken down into 5 units: 1. Measurement & Graphing Skills Unit (mini-unit) - application of SI units, Vernier scales and development of precise, accurate measuring skills 2. Chemistry (Matter) - matter, particle theory, chemical and physical properties, and solubility 3. Earth & Space Science (Space Exploration) - the motions and properties of celestial objects as viewed from Earth and in our universe 4. Physics (Electricity) - the properties of static and current electricity and their applications 5. Ecology (Sustainability) - the interactions within ecosystems, population dynamics, and nutrient cycles Texts: McGraw-Hill Ryerson: Science Power 9 Homework and Assignments: 1. Students are expected to complete ALL assigned work by the deadlines identified by your teacher. If a student anticipates a problem with meeting a deadline, he/she MUST discuss the problem with the teacher in advance. 2. If a student misses a quiz, test, presentation, or lab activity as a consequence of serious or significant extenuating circumstances, the student/parent/guardian MUST call the school at (416) 394-3000 ext. 20095 or email email@example.com to inform the teacher. Failure to properly document the absence will result in a mark of ZERO. 3. Missed tests/assignments due to illness MUST be written upon the student’s immediate return to school at the discretion of the teacher. Failure to do so will result in a mark of ZERO. Work handed in late will NOT be accepted AFTER marked assignments or labs have been returned. For every calendar day the submission is late, a 10% penalty will be applied.