Science 20

Program of Studies 

Resources by Program of Studies


Science 20 Interactive Media Science 20 contains learning resources that address topics from the senior high school science curriculum: Chemical Changes; Changes in Motion; The Changing Earth; and Changes in Living Systems. The resource includes interactive Gizmos licensed from ExploreLearning.

The new Science 20 textbook includes a student CD that contains multimedia segments, handouts, suggested answers and Distance Learning Student Guides. This CD will be installed in the ICT Data folder of the server in your high school. By using the multimedia segments and activities, students will achieve many ICT outcomes for Science 20.

HippoCampus A great physics and environmental science web site with video, animations, and interactive learning objects. 
Alberta Science Network
Visualize Science This site will let both students and teachers interact with material on the web, rather than just reading text. Topics include: light and optics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, life science, and wave theory.

Science Links

Unit A: Chemical Changes

1. Students will: investigate aqueous solutions to determine conductivity and to calculate concentration.
Physical Properties of Matter This resource explores some of the properties of matter by providing students with two pieces of unknown metal-based substances. The goal is to identify the composition of these substances through experimentation and assessment of information about conductivity, density, hardness, magnetism, and melting point.  
Ionic and Molecular Compounds
 This resource allows students to explore the differences between ionic and molecular compounds in "show" and "explore" modes. In the "show" mode, students observe the differences in composition and properties of ionic and molecular compounds; they also learn how experiments on solubility and conductivity can help determine these differences. In the "explore" mode, students are provided with an opportunity to apply what they have learned by formulating conclusions on whether four compounds are either ionic or molecular. Their conclusions are based on an examination of the periodic table; experiments of solubility and conductivity; and observation of the state of matter.

Properties of Copper 
Chronic Arsenic Poisoning: History, Study and Remediation
Arsenic in Drinking Water
 WHO Factsheet 
Napoleon-Cause of His Death
Chapter 1 Summary Activity

2. Students will: explain oxidation, reduction and spontaneity and apply this knowledge to voltaic and electrolytic cells and to industrial processes. 
Moles From Mass Calculator
Chemistry Revealed-Electrochemistry
 This is a collection of short videos produced by Learn Alberta for Chemistry 20/30. Many of the videos address the topic of oxidation-reduction reactions. Mole Calculator Spreadsheet (To be developed.) 
Voltaic Cells
 This resource investigates the components of a voltaic cell and allows the student to experiment with three different voltaic cells. 
Electrolysis Simulator

3. Students will: describe the properties of simple hydrocarbons and describe hydrocarbon-based industrial processes that are important in Alberta. 
From Petroleum to Gasoline
 This learning object takes the student through the fractional distillation of crude oil. 
Fact Sheet on Trans Fats
How Oil Refining Works
 Examine the chemistry and technology involved in refining crude oil to produce all of these different things!

Unit B: Changes in Motion

1. Students will: describe one-dimensional motion of objects in terms of displacement, time, velocity and acceleration. 
Using Graphs to Analyze Motion
 You are going to use spreadsheets to create graphs and then use the graphs to analyze various distance, time, position and velocity relationships for uniform motion and accelerated motion. 
Basic Licence Driver's Handbook
1.8 Utilizing Technology: Factors Influencing the Rate of Deceleration
1.9 Utilizing Technology: Factors Influencing the Rate of Acceleration
Vector Addition
 This module provides a basic graphical look at vector addition. Lets you see the "head" to "tail" addition of two vectors. 
Motion With Constant Acceleration 
This Java applet shows a car moving with constant acceleration. 

2. Students will: describe and analyze the law of conservation of momentum for one-dimensional collisions and change in momentum (impulse) to explain how force affects motion. 
2.4 Utilizing Technology: Newton's Laws and the Interaction of Objects
2.5 Utilizing Technology: Momentum and Collisions
Newton's Second Law Experiment
 This Java applet simulates an air track glider setup, as it is used for experiments on constant acceleration motion. 
In Motion for Thrills
 Amusement parks are the best places to go for fun and excitement. They are the most unique places to study motion. Motion is the change of position of a body in space as time passes. This project will involve you and your partners to apply the laws of motion while designing an amusement park ride that is both thrilling and safe.

Roller Coaster Physics - WebQuest
Kepler's First Law
 Kepler's first law of undisturbed planetary motion: The orbit of each planet is an ellipse and the Sun is at one focus. This applet demonstrates this law. 
Kepler's Second Law
 Kepler's second law of the undisturbed planetary motion: The line joining the planet to the Sun sweeps out equal areas in equal intervals of time. This law shall be illustrated by a computer simulation. 
Air Track
 This activity models a basic air track with two blocks. You can change the coefficient of restitution, initial masses, and velocities. 
Elastic and Inelastic Collisions
 This Java applet deals with the extreme cases of a collision process illustrated by two wagons: For an elastic collision it is characteristic that the sum of the kinetic energies of the involved bodies is constant. 

2-D Collisions
 This activity lets you deal with 2D elastic/inelastic collisions on a flat (or tilted) table and even use magnetic pucks!

Unit C: The Changing Earth

1. Students will: analyze the scientific evidence and explanations for geologic phenomena that occurred long ago or are taking place over a long period of time.

The Savage Earth This PBS project deals with topics such as the Earth's crust, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Excellent graphics and animations of the forces and events that shape the Earth's surface. 

2. Students will: 
analyze and assess the evidence to explain the theory of plate tectonics and the internal structure of Earth.

BGRSLOGOsmall.jpgThe Changing Earth Students will use video and Flash interactive media to investigate the structure of the Earth and the theory of plate tectonics. They will use the information that they have accessed to create a multimedia presentation for a grade seven science class. 

3. Students will:
 analyze and assess the evidence provided by the fossil record of change in the environment and life forms over a period of 3.5 billion years. 

What Did T. Rex Taste Like? "What Did T. rex Taste Like?" is an introduction to cladistics, the most commonly used method of classification today. Cladistics organizes living things by common ancestry and evolutionary relationships, enabling us to better understand life's present diversity and evolutionary history. 
Understanding  Evolution 
Evolution and the Fossil Record This is a downloadable pdf file produced by The American Geological Institute and The Paleontologial Society. An excellent resource. 
Getting Into the Fossil Record The purpose of Getting Into the Fossil Record is for students to gain a basic understanding of what a fossil is and the factors involved in becoming part of the fossil record. 

4. Students will:
 analyze the evidence of, and assess the explanations for, natural variations in Earth’s climate over the last two million years.

Understanding Geologic Time Geologic Time is an informational tour in which students gain a basic understanding of geologic time, the evidence for events in Earth’s history, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the significance of the Geologic Time Scale. This site provides lesson plans, handouts and assessment materials. 

Life Has A History Life has changed dramatically during Earth's long history. These changes have resulted in the large number of different organisms that we see today and those we see in the fossil record. 

Adventures At Dry Creek You are about to embark on an adventure to Montana where YOU are the paleontologist!

Unit D: Changes in Living Systems

1. Students will: analyze ecosystems and ecological succession in the local area and describe the relationships and interactions among subsystems and components. 
1.4 Conducting A Field Study This is a simulation of a field study to be used as an alternative to conducting an actual field study of a local ecosystem. Virtual Labs: The Biology 20 publisher, McGraw-Hill, has created several virtual labs suitable for this unit. 
Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels 
Model Ecosystems 
Population Biology 
Online Pond Life Identification Kit 
Ecological Footprint Quiz 
Our Ecological Footprint Activity
Analyzing An Ecosystem This is an outstanding animation of an ecosystem in which the student must find the biotic and abiotic components. Instructional media from Alberta Learning. 
The Biosphere of Life Students will create a concept map of the terms from the first three sections of Chapter 1. 

2. Students will: analyze and investigate the cycling of matter and the flow of energy through the biosphere and ecosystems as well as the interrelationship of society and the environment.
Biogeochemical Cycles Biogeochemical Cycles Each group will have three days to complete their research on the assigned cycle, prepare a PowerPoint presentation and then design and construct a board game which will teach others about the cycle. The fourth day you will present both to your classmates. 
The Water Cycle Instructional media from Alberta Learning. A Flash animation of the water cycle with definitions of evaporation, transpiration, condensation and precipitation. 
The Carbon Cycle Instructional media from Alberta Learning. 
RiverWatch Alberta RiverWatch helps science classes to explore a 10 km section of their local river during a raft float trip. 

3. Students will: analyze and describe the adaptation of organisms to their environments, factors limiting natural populations, and evolutionary change in an ecological context. 
Invading Species Awareness Program 
Evidence for Evolution WebQuest In this Evolution WebQuest you will investigate a variety of types of evidence for evolution. Your team will be responsible for learning about fossil evidence, structural evidence, and genetic evidence for evolution and presenting this information to the class. 
The Origin of Birds Your job in this WebQuest is to form an opinion as to the origins of birds. You will have to find out what evidence supports the theory that birds descended from Theropod dinosaurs.