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Below is the general course outline for the Earth-Space Science course here at Anderson County High School for the 2023-2024 School Year. 


1st Semester (August – December)

  1. Scientific Method
    • Conducting a scientific experiment in the proper manner.
    • Refining the skills needed to analyze the results of an experiment.


  1. Mapping Our Earth
    • Understanding the various ways to map the planet.
    • Analyzing and reading the various maps for important information


  1. Weathering, Erosion, and Soil
    • Understanding how rock goes from solid bedrock to soil and the many ways rocks can change over the centuries.
    • Describing the importance of soil health and how critical that is to our well-being.


  1. Plate Tectonics
    • Analyzing how the Earth’s surface has changed and moved based upon evidence found in various locations.
    • Describing how the processes that shaped the Earth have also changed the topography and locations of the continents.


  1. Volcanism
    • Describe the interrelationship between plate tectonics and the location of volcanoes around the globe.
    • Explain the importance of volcanic activity in shaping the surface of the Earth and the dangers associated with proximity to active volcanoes.


  1. Earthquakes
    • Explain and understand the forces within the Earth that drive the release of energy that are earthquakes.
    • Describe and analyze the sequence of events leading to an earthquake and the resulting data.


  1. Mountain Building
    • Understand the effect that plate tectonics has on the mountain-building process.
    • Identify the types and relative ages of the various mountain ranges on the Earth.


2nd Semester (January - May)

  1. The Sun-Earth-Moon System
    • Describe the uses of some of the tools of Astronomy.
    • Explain the history of space exploration.
    • Describe and understand the origin and topography of the various lunar features.
    • Understand and analyze the interdependence of the Sun-Earth-Moon system and their importance to each other.


  1. Our Solar System
    • Explain and understand the formation and history of the solar system.
    • Describe the relationship between gravity and the motions of objects in the solar system.
    • Compare and contrast the inner planets, the outer planets, and other objects outside the asteroid belt of the solar system.
    • Differentiate between comets, dwarf planets, meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites.


  1. Stars
    • Utilize and analyze the types of star spectra to determine the make-up of distant stars.
    • List and explain the various properties used to classify stars.
    • Explain the effect on the universe of the life cycle of stars.


  1. Galaxies and the Universe
    • Describe the contents and sizes of various galaxies, including our own.
    • Understand and analyze the processes and discoveries explaining the expansion of the universe.
    • Compare and contrast the different models of the universe.


  1. Atmosphere
    • Compare and contrast the five layers of the atmosphere.
    • List the three main properties of the atmosphere and explain their importance and how they interact.
    • Explain and understand the formation of clouds and precipitation and the various types of each.


  1. Meteorology
    • Compare and contrast weather and climate.
    • List and explain the five types of air masses, the three major wind systems, and the four types of fronts.
    • List and understand the uses of the main instruments used to collect and disseminate weather data throughout the world.


  1. The Nature of Storms
    • Differentiate between the various types of thunderstorms.
    • Understand and explain how tornadoes and hurricanes form.
    • Compare and contrast heat waves and cold waves.
  • One small step....20 July 1969
  • The first photographic evidence of the existence of a black hole.
  • Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft.
  • The Pillars of Creation Nebula.
  • Solar Eclipse - August 2017 - Liberty, Missouri
  • Mission patch for Apollo 18 - Did not launch.
  • Anderson County topographic map.
  • A reverse fault in Utah.
  • Violent eruption on Hawaii.
  • Nuclear decay.
  • Chemistry
  • Resonance
  • Inertia
  • Centrifugal force.
  • Animal cells.
  • Human genome.
  • Gel electrophoresis.