Course Title: Science, Grade 10
Course Code: SNC 2D
Course Type: Academic
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: SNC 1D, Science, Grade 9, Academic
Tuition Fee (CAD): $549
This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:
Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration
- Demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating);
- Identify and describe a variety of careers related to the fields of science under study, and identify scientists, including Canadians, who have made contributions to those fields.
Biology: Tissues, Organs and Systems of Living Things
- Evaluate the importance of medical and other technological developments related to systems biology, and analyse their societal and ethical implications;
- Investigate cell division, cell specialization, organs, and systems in animals and plants, using research and inquiry skills, including various laboratory techniques;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the hierarchical organization of cells, from tissues, to organs, to systems in animals and plants.
Chemistry – Chemical Reactions
- Analyse a variety of safety and environmental issues associated with chemical reactions, including the ways in which chemical reactions can be applied to address environmental challenges;
- Investigate, through inquiry, the characteristics of chemical reactions;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of chemical reactions, and various ways to represent them.
Earth and Space Science: Climate Change
- Analyse some of the effects of climate change around the world, and assess the effectiveness of initiatives that attempt to address the issue of climate change;
- Investigate various natural and human factors that influence Earth’s climate and climate change;
- Demonstrate an understanding of natural and human factors, including the greenhouse effect, that influence Earth’s climate and contribute to climate change.
Physics: Light and Geometric Optics
- Evaluate the effectiveness of technological devices and procedures designed to make use of light, and assess their social benefits;
- Investigate, through inquiry, the properties of light, and predict its behaviour, particularly with respect to reflection in plane and curved mirrors and refraction in converging lenses;
- Demonstrate an understanding of various characteristics and properties of light, particularly with
- Respect to reflection in mirrors and reflection and refraction in lenses.
|Unit 1: Earth and Space Science: Climate Change|
In this unit, you will investigate the principal effect of Earth’s climate system, heat transfer, and the role of carbon and nitrogen compounds. You will learn the difference between the natural and anthropogenic greenhouse effect and the principal sources and sinks of carbon. The identification of natural phenomena, as well as the identification of the indicators of climate change, will also be part of the unit study. Finally, you will be able to determine the role of governments in climate change and determine the role that you, as an individual, have in the future of the planet Earth.
|Unit 2: Biology – Tissues, Organs and The System of Living Things|
In this unit you will be investigating the importance and mechanisms of cell division, the links between specialized cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems, the societal and ethical impact of controversial issues surrounding stem cell research, cloning, organ transplants, and transgenic transplants. You will also be investigating the role that the government has taken in public health in developing strategies to improve the overall health of all Canadians and the role it has taken in ensuring fair and equal access to medical imaging technologies.
|Unit 3: Chemistry- Chemical Reactions|
In this unit you will explore concepts such as the classification of matter based on its properties and characteristics. You will also be apply the concepts of chemical bonding to the types of molecules and compounds formed by elements of the periodic table. You will visualize and interact with models of chemical compounds, gain an introduction to different chemical reactions, and explore how to balance chemical equations using the multimedia elements provided in this unit of study. You will explore the many properties and useful household and industrial applications of acids, bases, and neutralization reactions through lab investigations, media activities, and visual demonstrations. Specific types of reactions such as synthesis, decomposition, combustion, and displacement reactions are further investigated through various interactive media elements.
|Unit 4: Physics – Light and Geometric Optics |
In this unit you will be learning about the principles and theories of light, how mirrors and lenses produce various types of images and how you can predict the characteristics of the images produced. You will also be learning about the practical applications of mirrors and lenses and about many devices that make use of or produce light. There are various interactive media elements within this unit that will make learning about light interesting, easy to visualize, and fun.
|Unit 5: Culminating|
This final unit of study is a series of activities designed to investigate the issues and topics that focus on the environmental and societal impacts of each of the four academic units of this course. You will submit performance tasks for each unit of the course. Each performance task offers a variety of topics and presentation styles from which to choose. The final culminating task is a final exam based on all the content pages and assignments from each activity of every unit. Make sure to allocate enough review time to prepare for the final examination.
|Total Hours||110 hours|