Vice Principal: Mrs. S. Dillabough

River Glen School
4210 – 59 St., Red Deer, AB T4N 2M9
Phone: (403) 346-4755 Fax: (403) 343-8433
Principal: Mr. J. Burbridge
Vice Principal: Mrs. S. Dillabough
Science 9: 2012/13
Mr. K. Steadman
[email protected]
School Website:
Textbook: Science Focus 9- McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Required Materials:
Scientific Calculator
Notebook: 3 ring binder
Pens / Pencils
Introduction: Welcome to Science 9! The content of this course will
build upon prior scientific knowledge while preparing students for the
detailed study of biology, chemistry and physics found in Science 10.
In order to be successful in this course, it is essential that students
come to class prepared and on time. It is expected that students will
arrive in class with all required material as well as completed readings
and homework as assigned by the teacher.
Goals and Objectives of the Grade 9 Science Course
 Develop an awareness, appreciation and respect of the diversity
and inter relatedness of life forms.
 Understand and appreciate the importance of safety when
embarking on scientific endeavours.
 Develop an appreciation of aesthetic and functional values of
natural phenomena.
 Respect the commitment of Science to the protection of natural
resources through conservation and design.
 Understand the commitment of Science in the search for
solutions to practical problems.
 Develop an awareness of the impacts of human actions on
environmental quality and an adoption of prudent approaches to
the handling of chemicals.
Course Content:
Unit 1: Biodiversity: adaptation and ecology, heredity, DNA
structure and function, artificial and natural selection
Unit 2: Matter and Chemical Change: lab safety, elements and
compounds, the periodic table, chemical compounds, chemical
Unit 3: Environmental Studies: an exploration of the links between
chemistry and society, chemistry and industry and the environmental
implications of human activity
Unit 4: Electricity: electrostatics, electrical currents, voltage,
current and resistance, cells and batteries, generators and motors,
electricity in the home
Unit 5: Space Exploration: constellations, mapping the night sky,
interstellar distances, telescopes, spectroscopy, radio telescopes,
satellite photography, profiles of the planets, space stations
*** Note: each given unit will take between 3 - 4 weeks to complete,
however time lines may be altered as needed and the instructional sequence
is subject to change. Any remaining time at the end of the course will be
used to review for the final exam.
Final Grade:
Coursework Breakdown:
Final Exam:
1. Assignments/Labs
2. Quizzes
3. Exams
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