Year 10 - Semester 1 – General Science

Science in year 10 in designed to engage and inform students of a range of science concepts and is built around the three interrelated strands of Science understanding, Science as a human endeavor and Science inquiry skills. Science plays a central role in the world around us, and how we operate within it. An exciting and innovative learning program has been developed and the program involves students experiencing science in the real world context.

The Semester 1 course is based around the following 3 fields of science:

Chemistry

Throughout the chemistry unit students will develop knowledge based around the following key questions:

  • What are elements? Why do we organise them into a table and how do we do this?
  • How are the properties of elements linked to their atomic structure?
  • What types of chemical bonding are there?
  • How/Why do we balance chemical equations?
  • How can we control the rate of chemical reactions and why is this important?

 

Microbiology (Disease)

Throughout the Microbiology unit students will develop knowledge based around the following key questions:

How have advances in technology and new discoveries in microbiology helped in our understanding of disease?

How does human population growth compare to bacterial growth?

Is overpopulation a problem?

How does a disease spread and how is it treated or contained?

Physics (Forces & Motion)       

Throughout the Physics unit students will develop knowledge based around the following key questions:

What is energy and where does it come from? .

What is the difference between speed and velocity, and distance and displacement?

How does force affect the motion of objects?

 

MAIN ASSESSMENT TASKS

Chemistry Exam

Ionic Love Story

Microbiology in the Media

End of Semester Exam

 

RESOURCES AND EQUIPMENT

Students will require a workbook and a digital device (laptop/iPad)

Possible pathway could lead into -

Physics Unit 1-2

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Biology Unit 1-2

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