Starts on the Date/Time - Jan 23 2017 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am
This is a two semester class, you must register for this class in the fall of the school year.
Newton at the Center is book two in Joy Hakim’s fantastic series that teaches the fundamentals of science by tracing the thoughts, historical context, and experiments of the great thinkers of the western tradition. The class is a great option for new students and those who completed Aristotle Leads the Way with us in 2015-2016.
Our hands-on class is based on a curriculum from the Johns Hopkins Talent Identification Program (available on Amazon) and covers a full-year science curriculum suitable for gifted middle-school-/junior-high-aged children. In the GHF class, we supplement the Hakim/Johns Hopkins materials with additional material, videos, simulations and hands-on experiments at home.
We will recreate experiments from Galileo, Newton, Lavoisier, du Châtelet, and other great thinkers from the Scientific Revolution. During the year, students will cover the fundamental laws of motion, gravitation, atomic theory, the how and why of the periodic table of elements, optics, electromagnetism, an introduction to calculus and radioactive decay. But, don’t let that scare you! The concepts are presented in an entertaining and memorable way—suitable for both young scientists and young poets.
Students should expect to do a minimum of 2 hours per week on homework outside of class, but optional enrichment activities are included in addition to that time in most homework packets. Experiments can be conducted with materials found in the home or easily available through a local supermarket or hardware store and are designed to be low cost.
Tests, homework, and grades are provided optionally and may be graded at home or by the instructor. We fully support 2e students and will tailor testing, homework, and class participation so that it is low stress and meaningful for each student.
Please note that this is a two-semester course.
Instructor: Andrea Whitson
5-10 students, 10 years and older
Time: Tuesday 9-10 am Pacific.
Weekly beginning Aug 29 2016 and Jan 23, 2017
Class Registration Fee: $485.00 (GHF Members receive a $15 discount off of each class they sign up for)
GHF Members must be logged in to access the Member-only GHF Online registration form. The first day of class will be displayed on the Event Calendar. Weekly schedule of classes.
Week 1: Aristotle was wrong? Say it isn’t so! History of Science Leading Up to the Scientific Revolution
Week 2: Was the Plague a Friend of Science? Also, Leonardo!
Week 3: More on Leonardo
Week 4: Dr. Zepernik (Copernicus), Why was he so Different? He showed his work!
Week 5: Parallax, As plain as the nose on Tycho Brahe’s Face, Kepler works for Tycho
Week 6: Galileo and His Times
Week 7: Galileo and the Pendulum, Dropping Heavy and Light Things– Why It Works That Way
Week 8: Galileo and the Medici’s, Gravity and Inertia
Week 9: Galileo, Kepler and the Planets
(Tycho would not Approve, but Newton Will!)
Week 10: Jello Optics and Telescopes
Week 11: Descartes and His Coordinates
Week 12: Newton and His Times
Week 13: Calculus— We Take An Integral, Equations of Motion
Week 14: Calculus— We Take A Derivative, Equations of Motion
Week 15: Newton’s Laws of Motion Part 1
Week 16: Newton’s Laws of Motion Part 2
Week 1: Review of Newton and Galileo
Week 2: Conservation of Momentum
Week 3: The Woman who proved Newton was wrong about Energy
Week 4: Conservation of Energy
Week 5: Ideal Gas Law (and Thermodynamics) 1, The End of Alchemy
Week 6: Ideal Gas Law (and Thermodynamics) 2, Charles Law, Boyle’s Law
Week 7: Ideal Gas Law (and Thermodynamics) 3, The Lavoisiers and Matter is Conserved
Week 8: Ideal Gas Law (and Thermodynamics) 4, Bernoulli and Review of the Experiments
Week 9: Ideal Gas Law (and Thermodynamics) 5, Temperature is not Heat
Week 10: Ideal Gas Law (and Thermodynamics) 6, Avogadro’s Number and Atomic Weights
Week 11: ”The Periodic Table 1, Using Light to Look at Atoms”
Week 12: The Periodic Table 2, Mendeleev and His Times, Early Tables
Week 13: The Periodic Table 3, Lewis Dot Structures to Create new Molecules
Week 14: Electricity and Magnetism, Faraday and Maxwell
Week 15: Work, Energy and Thermodynamics 1, The Laws of Thermodynamics, No Such Thing as Free Energy
Week 16: Work, Energy and Thermodynamics 2, Maxwell’s Demons