Academic Science - 10

Course Description:

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.

Prerequisite: SNC1D or SNC1P - Science Grade 9

Course Outline

Unit 1: Biology: Tissues, Organs & Systems of Living Things (30 hours)

In this unit you will explore the world of biology by learning about the parts and processes that allow organisms to develop, grow and survive. 

1-1 Introduction
1-2 The Cell
1-3 The Microscope
1-4 Biological Drawings
1-5 The Cell Cycle & Mitosis
1-6 Errors in Mitosis & The Cell Cycle
1-7 Specialized Cells, Tissues & Organs                                              
1-8 Technology & Ethics


Unit 2: Physics: Light & Geometric Optics (30 hours)

In this unit, we will evaluate the effectiveness of technological devices and procedures designed to make use of light, and assess their social benefits. We will also investigate the properties and characteristics of light, and predict its behaviour, particularly with respect to reflection in plane and curved mirrors and refraction in converging lenses.

2-1 Properties and Characteristics of Light
2-2 Reflections of Light
2-3 Images in Curved Mirrors
2-4 Refraction of Light
2-5 Lenses and Formation of Images
2-6 Naturally Occurring Optical Phenomena
2-7 Technological Devices and Society


Unit 3: Earth & Space Science: Climate Change (25 hours)

3-1 Introduction to Weather
3-2 Climate
3-3 Greenhouse Effect                                            
3-4 Climate Change


Unit 4: Chemistry: Chemical Reactions (28 hours)

In this unit you will explore the field of chemistry with a specific focus on chemical reactions.

4-1 Chemical & Physical Change
4-2 Naming Compounds
4-3 Chemical Equations
4-4 Types of Chemical Reactions
4-5 Acids & Bases