Category: Science

Earth-Science

Earth Science A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

This course will study the phenomena affecting the formation, history and current conditions of Earth, including its oceans and atmosphere. Topics include astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Students will discover how earth science affects their lives by exploring topics related to Montana.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/earthscience

Required Materials

  • One sheet of plain white paper
  • Several sheets of old newspaper, or wax paper if available
  • One water-based marker (Note: do not use permanent marker)
  • One spray bottle containing water (place on “mist” setting)
  • Digital camera, if available
  • Water
  • A clean penny
  • Food coloring
  • Vegetable oil
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Dropper or Pipette
  • Ice cube
  • Black pepper
  • A bowl
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or cloth
  • A heating source (sunlight, lamp, etc…) or a cooling source (refrigerator)
  • Balloon
  • Measuring tape or string and a ruler  
  • Chocolate chip cookie
  • Toothpicks (flat and round)
  • Paperclips
  • Graph paper
  • Stopwatch, timer, or clock with second hand
  • One styrofoam ball or white table-tennis ball
  • One dowel rod, pencil, or another long holder for the sphere
  • Tape, if needed
  • Darkened room, preferably without windows
  • One lamp or source of light
  • Pan
  • Raw egg
  • Cracking device such as a teaspoon
  • Paper towels or newspaper

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Available

Lead Teacher:

Bill Stockton, Arlee High School, bill.stockton@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Biology

Biology A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

Biology is a rigorous course that will introduce students to the living world around them.  This course contains a mix of lab activities, projects, collaborative projects (not during Summer Sessions), video resources, and interactive learning activities.  Topics include Chemistry of Life, Cells, Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Classification, and Anatomy & Physiology. Critical thinking and writing skills will be developed throughout the course through reflective discussion questions.

Prerequisites:

Successful students exhibit strong individual study skills and have usually completed their freshman year of High School.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/biology

Required Materials:

Biology A

Required: Materials for student-designed laboratory set-up in lesson 2.01 (materials will vary)

Optional:

  • raw egg
  • string or thread or yarn
  • ruler
  • white vinegar
  • tap water
  • jar with a lid (like a mayonnaise jar)

Biology B Required: 

  • Timer or watch that counts seconds
  • Sink
  • Blindfold
  • Washable paint or Food Coloring
  • Paper Towels
  • Soap

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

In addition to the MTDA general software requirements, this specific course requires that students should have access to word processing software (Microsoft Office for example).  Free versions are available online (OpenOffice, LibreOffice)

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Available

Lead Teacher:

Chris Putzler, Flathead High School, chris.putzler@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Chemistry

Chemistry A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to study electrons and their interactions as they relate to matter. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, measurement, reactions, acids and bases, stoichiometry and gas laws. Students predict, design, experiment and describe the chemical interactions of everyday life. Problem-solving skills will be developed and enhanced. Mathematical relationships are emphasized as well as modern scientific theory.

Prerequisites:

Algebra I, some familiarity with the metric system, use of scientific calculators

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Chemistry Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

The following materials are required for this course and must be provided by the student:

  • Multicolored gumdrops, marshmallows, or other soft candy
  • Toothpicks
  • Candy with a colored coating, like Skittles® or M&Ms® (4 different colors)
  • Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol
  • Coffee filters (2)
  • Tall glasses or plastic cups (2)
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Foil or paper plate
  • Table salt
  • Water
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Clean pitcher or 2-liter bottle
  • Four different markers (including one black permanent marker
  • One piece of steel wool
  • Vinegar
  • Thermometer
  • Glass jar with lid, or disposable plastic cup (not Styrofoam) with lid/plastic wrap
  • Newspaper
  • Baking soda
  • One disposable plastic spoon (plastic fork or knife may be used
  • Minimum of 80 small candies, coins, or other objects
  • 200 M&M® candies, pennies, or other small candy/item with two distinct sides
  • Shoe box or other small box with a lid
  • Faucet with running water
  • Small plastic hair comb or latex balloon
  • Small paper clip
  • Towel
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Ice cubes (at least one cupful)
  • One 2- to 3-quart saucepan
  • Kitchen thermometer (that measures temperatures up to at least 105°C, or around 215°F)
  • A stove top
  • One empty soda can
  • Tongs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (heavy cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla flavoring
  • 3/4 cup rock salt
  • 1 one-quart zip-seal food storage bag
  • 1 one-gallon zip-seal food storage bag

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.

Lead Teacher:

Rick Dees, Huntley Project High School, rick.dees@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Physics

Physics A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

In this course, physics will be studied by entering ‘Physics World’.  In each “Physics World” module, students discover the contributions of geniuses like Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. In their work, you’ll learn the concepts, theories, and laws that govern the interaction of matter, energy, and forces. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are there for students to observe and apply. Using laboratory activities, videos, software, and websites, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest thinkers. The study of physics is a valuable part of the general education of any student. Learning to examine the parts of a problem in order to find solutions will be useful throughout a person’s life.

Prerequisites:

Physics is a mathematics-driven course, and students should have successful foundation of algebra in their past classes.  At minimum, students should have successfully completed Algebra I and be concurrently enrolled in Algebra II.  Algebra skills will be applied to understanding Physics concepts in solving problems as well as applying these concepts to lab development and problem-solving.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/physics

Required Materials:

Students should have a metric ruler, protractor and graph paper.
A list of supplies needed for each module will be included at the beginning of each module under the title “materials.”
Calculator-Students will need a scientific calculator with logarithmic functions and scientific notation capabilities.
UnitedStreaming Access-UnitedStreaming is a digital video and image library resource used throughout the course.
Graphing Analysis Software-Please check with your administrator for your schools’ access information for this resource. This is a free application.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires students to have:
The current minimum Flash Player required by your school.
Disk space on your computer as well as an external device to back up files (flash drive, external hard drive, CD–Rom, etc.)
Printer

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Colleen Cooper-Vanosdell, Stevensville High School, colleen.vanosdell@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Oceanography

Oceanography A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

Oceanography provides an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge about the biological, physical, and chemical properties of marine ecosystems. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the oceanography topics are explored through hands-on labs, research projects and video field trips. Oceanography encourages students to investigate both the marine world and the environmental issues that people must consider when using the oceans many resources.

Prerequisites:

Students must have a basic understanding of the Scientific Method and how scientists conduct research. Students should have some background in general biology, physics and chemistry, such as gained from a Physical Science or General Science course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/oceanography

Required Materials:

web camera, microphone

Semester A -Empty 2-liter bottle with cap, ruler or tape measure, small bowl, water, 2 mugs (ceramic works best), 2 metal teaspoons, 2 plastic straws, Instant coffee, and one of the following: ketchup or soy sauce condiment packet, medicine dropper, or pen cap and modeling clay or silly putty

Semester B – 1 aluminum tin (pie size or larger) or rectangle metal cake pan, 2 bird feathers (can be found in craft or hobby materials), 50 mL of cooking oil (such as vegetable oil or olive oil), 10-15 hard-boiled eggs, cotton balls, paper towels, or toilet paper, paper cups, masking tape, popsicle sticks

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

In addition, this specific course requires that your computer should be equipped with a webcam and microphone of some sort. Students may be asked to record themselves for specific assignments.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Ally Reamy, Columbia Falls Public Schools, ally.reamy@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Astronomy

Astronomy

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Why do stars twinkle? Is it possible to fall into a black hole? Will the sun ever stop shining? Since the first glimpse of the night sky, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and universe that surrounds us. This course will introduce students to the study of astronomy, including its history and development, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, the concepts of modern astronomy, and the methods used by astronomers to learn more about the universe. Additional topics include the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and the sun and stars. Using online tools, students will examine the life cycle of stars, the properties of planets, and the exploration of space.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/astronomy

Required Materials:

Most materials are common household products or can be borrowed from teachers at the school you are attending such as metric rulers, tape, index cards, balance scales, and possibly even sand.  Some materials you may need to find at a local dollar store if you don’t have them at home such as a balloon for the expanding universe lab.  Each lab has a materials list which you will need to get together for each unit.  For a complete list of needed materials please click here.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first-come, first-serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Jaret Stump, Glacier High School, jaret.stump@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Veterinary-Science

Veterinary Science: The Care of Animals

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

As animals play an increasingly important role in our lives, scientists have sought to learn more about their health and well-being. Taking a look at the pets that live in our homes, on our farms, and in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, this course will examine some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. Toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases impact not only the animals around us, but at times…we humans as well! Through veterinary medicine and science, the prevention and treatment of diseases and health issues is studied and applied.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/vetscience

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first come, first serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Kaylee Fox, Kalispell Public Schools, kaylee.fox@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

AP-Biology

AP® Biology A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

AP Biology is a course designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. This course follows the AP curriculum and prepares students for the AP Biology exam in May. It is designed to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and an appreciation of science as a process. Essential to this conceptual understanding are a grasp of science as a process, personal experience in inquiry, application of major topics, critical thinking, and environmental and social concerns through research.

Prerequisites:

  • Students should have successfully completed high school courses in biology and chemistry.
  • Advanced Placement courses are open to all high school students, but students should be prepared for college-level work and have strong reading, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Access the site link below to view the PDF of the course description from the College Board: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-biology?course=ap-biology

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/apbiology

Required Materials:

TEXTBOOK REQUIREMENTS:

  • All students must have access to the content from the course textbook: Campbell BIOLOGY (10th Ed.), by Reece et al. An online eBook will be provided for students. Students wishing to have a hard-copy textbook must purchase their own.

LABORATORY REQUIREMENTS:

  • All students are required to have and use a laboratory notebook (quad-ruled) as evidence of completed work. This may be needed upon applying for college credit.
  • Several take-home labs will require students to use common household items, with some additional grocery-store type items being required as well.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires the following:

Please ensure you have a Windows or Mac based computer available to complete coursework.

Supported Browsers

You may use recent versions of the following browsers on a technology capable device that supports Java, Flash, and improvements to HTML including HTML5.
Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE 9 or 10)
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Apple Safari

Supported Browser Plugins and Settings
The following plugins and settings are required to use our courses.
JavaScript enabled
Cookies enabled
Flash 7 or higher installed
Java 7 or higher installed

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.

Lead Teacher:

Ben Young, Glacier High School, ben.young@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

AP-Environmental-Science

AP® Environmental Science A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

The goal of Environmental Science is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world and to identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made. Students will evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing problems. Laboratories support student content mastery with hands-on experiences.

Prerequisites:

Students are assumed to have previous knowledge of basic high school biology, earth science, and chemistry principles. This knowledge is usually gained by previously taking and passing each of these courses. Students are responsible for making sure they have the previous knowledge described at the beginning of each section.  Students must complete semester A prior to semester B.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

AP Environmental Science Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

  • All students are required to have and use a laboratory notebook as evidence of completed work. This may be needed upon applying for college credit.

  • Several take-home labs will require students to use common household items, with some additional grocery-store type items being required as well.

  • Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.

Lead Teacher:

Kaylee Fox, Kalispell Public Schools, kaylee.fox@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 315
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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