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SES4U Earth And Space Science – Grade 12 (University)

  • Grade 12

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT: Science, Grade 10, Academic

GRADE: 12 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online


Course Overview

SES4U online develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyze techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.

The Science of the Universe

Essential Question: Are scientific theories about the universe changing as new evidence is discovered? How do sophisticated technologies enable us to achieve a deeper understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe?

In this unit, students will investigate and learn about the science of astronomy. By the end of the unit, they will have an up-to-date understanding of what we know regarding the origin of the universe, the evolution of stars, and the techniques used to find that information.

The Science of the Solar System

Essential Question: How are space exploration technologies affecting our society, the economy, and the environment?

In this unit, students will deepen their understanding and narrow their study of space to a much smaller area, which is our own cosmic neighbourhood – our solar system. Around 4.6 billion years ago, a large cloud of dust (about 20 pc wide) collapsed due to gravity. It formed a collection of dense cores, one of which came to be our Solar System. As the hydrogen in the cloud became a star, it gave us the conditions for life today.

The Science of the Third Rock from the Sun

Essential Question: Have the changing conditions on Earth over time had positive and/or negative effects on life on the planet?

In this unit, students will study the science of the Third Rock from the sun. As the Earth cooled, it underwent some spectacular geological events. These events and changes have been recorded in the Earth itself, and scientists have developed some fascinating ways of reading these records.

The Science of Ores, Mines, and Power

Essential Question: How different types of rocks have different origins, properties, characteristics and uses?

In this unit, students will explore the Science of Ores, Mines, and Power. Around 43,000 years ago, ancient humans in Swaziland discovered that by digging into rocks, they could produce a red metal that could be turned into a dye. Since then, we have discovered an unbelievably wide range of materials to take out of the Earth and use.

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