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Becoming a Scientist

Big Idea:

Scientific Progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations.

 

Metric System top

Big Idea:

Matter is described by its properties and may undergo changes

 

Properties of Matter                                                           top

Big Ideas:

Matter is described by its properties and may undergo changes

Forces in fluids are related to pressure and density and can affect the motion of objects in the fluid

Matter exists in various physical states, which are determined by the movement of the matter's particles.

Matter can be classified into elements, compounds, and mixtures

 

Chemistry                                                                         top

Big Ideas:

Atoms are composed of small particles that determine the properties of the atom

Elements are organized on the periodic table according to their properties

Atoms combine to form ionic and covalent bonds.

Substances undergo chemical reactions which form new substances whose properties differ from the properties of the original substance.

Chemical Compounds are classified into groups based on their bonds and on their properties.

Substances undergo chemical reactions which form new substances whose properties differ from the properties of the original substance.


 

Minerals, Mining, & Rocks                                                  top

Big Ideas:

Minerals have characteristic physical and chemical properties that determine how each mineral is used by humans.

Rock changes through the rock cycle and is classified by how it formed, by its composition, and by its texture.

Studying the rock and fossil record help us understand Earth's history and the history of life on Earth.

 

 

Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, & Volcanoes                            top

Big Ideas:

Plate tectonics accounts for important features of Earth's surface and major geologic events.

Earthquakes result from sudden motions along breaks in the Earth's crust and can affect landforms and societies.

Volcanoes are locations where molten rock reaches Earth's surface, and volcanoes can affect landforms and societies.

 



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