High School Equivalency Exam Prep – Science

High School Equivalency Exam Prep - Science

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Course Overview

This course emphasizes the ability to apply scientific reasoning skills to three areas: Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science, with understanding of scientific content pertaining to the themes of health and the human body, and energy. Specific areas covered include the following:

  • Properties and types of matter, and changes in matter
  • Forms of energy – heat, electricity, and waves
  • Forces, motion, work and machines
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Plate tectonics, earthquakes, mountains, and volcanoes
  • Earth in space, comets, asteroids, stars, star systems, and galaxies
  • Ecology
  • Cell structure, function, and transport
  • Cellular energy, cell division, genetics, and evolution
This Science course is to help prepare students to take the GED, HiSet, or TASC exam.
This course was developed by the International Academy of Science. Learn More

Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – Properties of Matter This unit covers matter, mass, volume, states and physical properties of matter, density, acids and bases. Unit 2 – Types of Matter and Changes in Matter This unit discusses elements, atoms, nucleus, electrons, atomic number, atomic mass, molecules, compounds, physical changes of matter, parts of solution, chemical changes, and the Law of Conservation of Mass. Unit 3 – Forms of Energy This unit covers what energy is, forms and transformations of energy, the Law of Conservation of Energy, heat, conduction, convection, magnetism, electricity, waves, characteristics of waves, transverse waves and longitudinal waves. Unit 4 – Force This unit discusses force, friction, gravity, Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation, motion, how to measure motion, and Newton's first, second, and third Laws of Motion. Unit 5 – Work and Forces of Energy This unit covers work, machines, resources, fossil fuel, solar energy, and the scientific method. Unit 6 – The Physical Structure of the Earth This unit discusses the composition versus the physical structure of the Earth, a map of the plates, plate boundaries, earthquakes, mountain formation, volcanic eruptions, and relative dating. Unit 7 – Oceans and Atmosphere This unit explores oceans as connected systems, the composition of the atmosphere, air pressure, air quality, pollution, and how to read a weather map. Unit 8 – The Earth and Space This unit discusses how the earth moves, comets and asteroids, classification of stars, the lives of stars, star systems, and galaxies. Unit 9 – Ecology This unit covers ecology and interdependence, organization of the biosphere, producers, consumers, decomposition, energy capture, the food web, the food chain, symbiotic relationships, competition, mutualism and commensalism, predation, population growth, and carrying capacity. Unit 10 – Cell Basics This unit covers the changing of ecosystems, conservation, cell theory, types of tissue, systems of the body, six basic nutrients, cell organelles, and the inner parts of plant and animal cells. Unit 11 – Cell Transport and Cellular Energy This unit discusses cell membranes, cell walls, osmosis, diffusion, the equation for photosynthesis, and photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Unit 12 – Cell Division This unit covers mitosis, meiosis and crossing over, asexual reproduction, and sexual reproduction. Unit 13 – Genetics, DNA, and Evolution This unit discusses Mendel, characters and traits, genotype and phenotype, genes and alleles, Mendel's F1 cross, Mendel's F2Generation, DNA, Galapagos, and changes in the population.

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