Aristotle Leads the Way – Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Starts on the Date/Time - Jan 24 2017 - 10:15 am - 11:15 am

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This is a two semester class, you must register for this class in the fall of the school year. This class is taught 2 separate days a week, section 1 and section 2. The date above is for the first day of class for section 1. Section 2 starts Wednesday, Jan 25th. Go to 2017 Spring Class Schedule.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Aristotle Leads the Way – Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Aristotle Leads the Way is the first of three works by Joy Hakim that present the major scientific innovations from Aristotle to Newton to Einstein to the present. Students develop a rich understanding of the science presented by tracing the historical context and experiments of the greatest thinkers in Western (and in some cases Eastern) scientific thought. This class will utilize and supplement the Talent Development Program curriculum from Johns Hopkins University with additional material and experiments. This course was designed to meet the National Science Education Standards for grades 5-8 (gifted students).  But, we recommend it for our students 4th through 6th grade.  However, students will need to be able to do simple multiplication with ratios.

 As the first part of The Story of Science series, this class is an excellent foundation for further advanced work in science, mathematics, and computer science. In addition, the story-based instruction utilized will enhance retention for students who are not scientifically oriented. It is simply the best science curriculum I have ever been a part of. The GHF Online version of this class will supplement the Johns Hopkins curriculum with additional videos and experiments. Parent/coaches will receive weekly a detailed description of experiments that can be performed inexpensively in the home, one-on-one or in small groups.

 Over the course of the year, we will measure the circumference of the earth, the distance to the moon, and lay the foundations for atomic theory!

 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.

andrea whitson GHF GHFO Aristotle Newton KerballInstructor: Andrea Whitson 

5-10 students, 10 years and older 

Time: Section 1  – Tuesday 10:15-11:15 am Pacific.

Time: Section 2  – Wednesday 10:15-11:15 am Pacific.

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: The Story of Beginningsaristotle

Week 2: The Lunatics

Week 3: Thales Part 1

Week 4: Thales Part 2

Week 5: The “A” Team from Ionia

Week 6: Empedocles and the 4 (or 5?) Elements

Week 7: Irrationals and Bean Haters

Week 8: The Atom

Week 9: SPA (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle) Part 1, Philosophy of Socrates and Plato

Week 10: SPA (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle) Part 2, How Logic Works, Paradoxes vs Fallacies

Week 11: SPA (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle) Part 3, Aristotle and Biology

Week 12: SPA (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle) Part 4, Aristotle and Biology

Week 13: Aristarchus, Alexander the Great and Hero of Alexandria

Week 14: Hero of Alexandria does Special Effects

Week 15: Hero’s Pneumatics and Archimedes

Week 16: Archimedes Hated Engineering


Semester 2

 Week 1: Reviewing Pneumatics and Archimedes

Week 2: Archimedes and the Lever, Finding Pi and Starting Calculus

Week 3: Measure the Earth with Eratosthenes Part 1

Week 4: Need to Use the Euphemism? Go Roman

Week 5: Numbers up to Euclid

Week 6: Explorer’s, Navigation and Bias Part 1, Latitude, Longitude and how to make an Astrolabe

Week 7: Explorer’s, Navigation and Bias Part 2, Strabo and Columbus Make Mistakes and So Do We

Week 8: Explorer’s, Navigation and Bias Part 3, Beware of the Antipodes!

Week 9: Explorer’s, Navigation and Bias Part 4, Disproving Modern Flat Earth Theories with our Own Observations

Week 10: Those Radical Rebels: Augustine, Aquinas and Bacon (And what they have to do with Hogwarts)

Week 11: Hypatia, Math with Hypatia

Week 12: Ancient Science Fiction Part 1, Was Gilgamesh the First Superhero?

Week 13: Ancient Science Fiction Part 2, Indian Sources

Week 14: Ancient Science Fiction Part 3, Alien Biology

Week 15: Ancient Science Fiction Part 4, Ethics, Society and Science in the Ancient Mind

Week 16: Fibonacci’s Numbers, Absolute Zero, Books and the Coming Scientific Revolution



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