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Arizona Science Standards for High School

Instructor: Shelby Golden
This article includes information about the science standards Arizona uses for high school. You'll find out what students learn at this level. There are also resources provided to help students study.

High School Science Standards in Arizona

High school science standards in Arizona are broken down into 6 strands. The first 3 strands deal with the scientific abilities students will develop, while the last 3 strands cover scientific knowledge that students will focus on. Each of these strands can be applied in different courses throughout high school.

Inquiry Process - Strand 1

Students learn to consider the relevance of scientific information and work questions into hypotheses that can be tested. They work to predict how investigations will turn out without resorting to guessing. Additionally, students follow safety rules and research protocols while carrying out scientific investigations. They learn to properly record their progress, judge the validity of scientific studies, design models and analyze data. Clear communication of experiment outcomes is vital in these grades.

History and Nature of Science - Strand 2

High schoolers consider how different issues affect advances in science. They'll also understand what's involved in creating a valid scientific theory. The differences that separate pure and applied sciences are discussed.

Students can learn more about the impacts of scientific and technological advances with these lessons on science and society.

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives - Strand 3

The connection between human activity and ecosystem health is covered in these grades. Different environmental hazards and human factors that affect the environment are studied along with conservation efforts. Students also focus on the environmental problems facing humanity going forward, technological issues and resource management. Furthermore, students consider the factors associated with human population growth.

If your students could benefit from a self-paced review of these topics, check out the following lessons on human impact on the environment, environmental sustainability and population and the environment.

Life Science - Strand 4

Students learn about the importance of energy and water in a cell. They'll study how materials are transported in cells and the processes that are involved in cellular reproduction. Nucleic acids, DNA replication, meiosis and genotypic variation are covered. Students also learn about the factors affecting an environment's carrying capacity, natural selection and biological classification systems. Finally, students focus on cellular respiration, photosynthesis and the movement of energy in ecosystems.

This online course on high school biology can help students master these concepts.

Physical Science - Strand 5

The chemical and physical properties of different substances are taught in these grades. Students explore electric charges, the components of atoms and atomic structure. They'll get information about Newton's laws, rates of change, the Law of Universal Gravitation and Coulomb's Law. Students also work to understand energy storage, transfer and conservation. Additionally, they'll study the law of conservation of matter, chemical reactions and stoichiometric calculations. The unique characteristics of waves, kinetic molecular theory and ohmic systems are also considered.

Students can get extra study help by checking out this physical science course.

Earth and Space Science - Strand 6

High schoolers learn about the cycles and interactions that exist between the Earth's spheres. The movement of energy, heat transfer and the important distinctions between weather and climate are discussed. Students study the movement of Earth's plates, the Coriolis effect and changes to the Earth's climate. Time is spent focusing on the solar nebular hypothesis, the motion of celestial objects and how the Earth interacts with the Sun and Moon. Geologic dating techniques, the fossil record, the life cycle of galaxies and the Big Bang Theory are also covered.

This Earth science for high school course can help students easily review what they're learning in class.

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