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Intermediate Music Theory
Full-year course. Students will take their understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and notation to the next level by creating, manipulating, and analyzing chord progression and formal structure in instrumental works of the common practice period and the pop music of the later twentieth century.
Music History & Appreciation
One-semester course. Students will work through the major periods of western music history to gain an understanding of how music developed and how it both shaped and reflected the cultural changes of the time. This course will allow students to discuss music as it relates to major historical events; to see the innovation in each type of music; to know the historical value of major composers’ contributions to culture; and to learn how to listen carefully to music and analyze it using vocabulary we have learned.
Japanese Culture Through Film
Summer course. For decades, the animated films and TV series of Japan have delighted audiences throughout the world. But how closely related are the Japan of anime and the Japan of the real world? What can we learn about the history and culture of the Japanese people through their most famous and popular films? Students will explore these and related questions in this friendly seminar-style introduction to Japanese history, folklore, and pop culture.
Preparation for Pre-Algebra
Full-year course. Formerly Mathematics Foundations. This is designed as a course for students who have completed a K-6 math program, but have poor math skills or significant gaps in their math education. Therefore, some basic skills like measurement, time, and the metric system will not be covered. This course is designed to prepare students for upper middle school mathematics and science courses at the Well-Trained Mind Academy, including pre-algebra. Preparation for Pre-Algebra includes a review of basic arithmetic skills, including operations, number theory, decimals, percents, integers, variables, the Cartesian plane, and basic geometry. Emphasis is given to mastering fractions. The course also includes brief introductions to radicals and exponents, statistics, and probability.
Algebra I (AoPS)
Full-year course. Prepares the student for challenging upper-level courses such as Number Theory, Geometry, Intermediate Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and other exciting classes. Algebra 1 focuses on problem-solving, logic, and engagement with upper-level math to foster in-depth understanding and enjoyment.
Algebra II (AoPS)
Full-year course. Prepares the student for challenging upper level courses such as Number Theory, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and other exciting classes. Algebra II focuses on problem-solving, logic, and engagement with upper-level math to foster in-depth understanding and enjoyment.
Full-year course. Survey of introductory geometry, from points, lines, and planes, through triangles, perimeter and area, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, three-dimensional geometry, curved surfaces, transformations, and analytical geometry, to an introduction to trigonometry.
Full-year course. AoPS Pre-Calculus fully integrates topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis. Word problems are developed throughout the problem sets and become progressively more elaborate. Conceptually oriented problems that help prepare students for college entrance exams (such as the ACT and SAT) are included in the problem sets.
Full-year course. Saxon Pre-Calculus fully integrates topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis. Word problems are developed throughout the problem sets and become progressively more elaborate. With this practice, high-school level students will be able to solve challenging problems such as rate problems and work problems involving abstract quantities. Conceptually oriented problems that help prepare students for college entrance exams (such as the ACT and SAT) are included in the problem sets.
Introduction to Number Theory
One-semester course (Summer). This course will be a challenging introduction to number theory, a look at how integers work, how they can work together, and what patterns we can create. We will cover primes and composites, base numbers, modular arithmetic, linear congruences, special numbers such as palindromes, and much more.
Introduction to Statistics
One-semester course (Fall). This class is ideal for students who have mastered the basics of algebra and want to explore other fields of mathematics. The class will introduce students to interpreting categorical and qualitative data, descriptive statistics (averages, measures of dispersion, types of distributions), conditional probability and the rules of probability, techniques of sampling, making inferences, and justifying conclusions.
Counting and Probability
One-semester course (Spring). This class is ideal for students who have mastered the basics of Algebra and want to explore creative problem solving. The class will strengthen the student’s ability to wrestle with tough problems and explain answers in words. Topics include but are not limited to: permutations, combinations, Pascal’s Triangle, basic combinatorial identities, expected value, fundamentals of probability, geometric probability, the Binomial Theorem, and more.
Astronomy for the Logic Stage
One-semester course (Spring only). This class studies astronomy at a logic-stage level. Students will use various internet-based sources, time lines, summaries, and outlines to learn about astronomy, from the earliest stargazing to the newest scientific discoveries.
Biology for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. Biology for the Logic Stage is a course in the study of life and living things. This course will help us all to better appreciate the creatures around us, understand the marvels of the human body and the magnificent processes of life. Throughout the year, we will investigate why living things look and behave like they do. We will uncover the concepts of cells, DNA, classification and cycles in the biosphere, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, migration and defenses in animals and the human body.
Chemistry for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. This course is designed to provide inquiry-based instruction tailored to logic-stage (middle school) students of chemistry. Specific topics of exploration include the periodic table of elements, properties of matter and solutions, chemical reactions, acid-base chemistry, biochemistry, and the chemistry of industry. Throughout each unit of study, we will implement and discuss key components of the scientific method. Many of the concepts we explore build on each other, making it essential for students to continually reflect on their understanding of the content. Students will be expected to demonstrate connections through narrative summaries, complete independent and group assignments, collect and analyze data, and compose written scientific reports.
Mythology for the Logic Stage
One-semester course (Spring only). In this course, we will study Greek and Roman myths as told by ancient authors such as Hesiod, Homer, and Ovid. We will learn how these ancient civilizations used stories of gods, monsters, heroes, and transformations to better understand the world around them, and what the myths tell us about their cultures. We’ll also compare these stories to mythology in other traditions, explore the impact of classical mythology on literature, art, and culture of later time periods, and discover elements of mythology in the world around us today. At the end of the course, students will use their knowledge of the functions and common themes of mythology to create their own modern myths.
Physics for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. Physics for the Logic Stage provides an exploration of the field of physics while teaching the basics of the scientific method. Throughout the year, we will address the concepts of forces and motion, friction and gravity, pressure and work, energy, thermodynamics, sound, light, simple machines, electricity and magnetism.
Full-year course. This course will provide a thorough survey of basic biological principles and topics including but not limited to biochemistry, cell structure and function, heredity, molecular genetics, evolutionary theory, organism diversity, and ecology. Upon completion of the Biology course, successful students will have a mastery of introductory concepts and principles of biology as well as an ability to think scientifically. Students will become more adept at applying their knowledge of biology and the scientific method to real scenarios, interpreting data and the results of scientific investigations, and thoughtfully engaging in scientific discourse.
One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring). This course will provide an in-depth exploration of biological phenomena through laboratory investigation. In the Fall, students will conduct experiments related to the topics of ecology, biochemistry, cell structure and function, and bioenergetics. In the Spring, students will conduct experiments related to the topics of heredity, natural selection, plant diversity, invertebrate diversity, and vertebrate diversity. Course content includes but is not limited to study and application of the experimental method, composition of lab reports, peer review, and presentation of lab results. Biology Lab may be taken in the Fall, the Spring, or in both the Fall and Spring.
Full-year course. This course will provide a survey of basic principles in chemistry. Course content includes but is not limited to the fundamental principles of subatomic, atomic, and molecular structure and bonds; properties of different phases of matter; reduction/oxidation and other chemical reactions; acids and bases; organic chemistry; and other special topics in chemistry.
One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring). This course will provide an in-depth exploration of chemistry phenomena through laboratory investigation. Students will conduct experiments related to basic chemistry topics, including ideal gas properties, principles and properties of chemical reactions, solubility and pH, and thermochemistry. Course content includes, but is not limited to, studying and applying the experimental method, composing lab reports, engaging in peer review with classmates, and presenting lab results.
Anatomy and Physiology
Full-year course. This course will provide a thorough survey of the parts and functions of the human body. Course content includes but is not limited to the cellular basis of life, tissue structure and function, the human life cycle, and the inner workings of the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems.
Anatomy and Physiology Lab
One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring). This course will provide an in-depth exploration of human anatomy and physiology through laboratory investigation. Students will conduct investigations related to the topics of cell structure and function, skeletal system structure and function, muscle physiology, and nervous system physiology. Course content includes but is not limited to study and application of the experimental method, composition of lab reports, peer review, and presentation of lab results. Anatomy and Physiology Lab may be taken in the Fall, the Spring, or in both the Fall and Spring.
Full-year course. This course will provide a survey of basic principles in physics topics including but not limited to force and motion, properties of atoms and phases of matter, thermodynamics, sound and light waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics topics including relativity and quantum mechanics. The class is structured in the manner of a “flipped” classroom, in which students will watch a video and read material from the textbook to prepare them for a class meeting focused on discussion and mastery of the material. Class assignments and assessments will focus on both conceptual topics and the use of relevant equations.
One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring). This course will provide an in-depth exploration of physical phenomena through laboratory investigation. In the fall, students will investigate topics including force and motion, stability, and energy and momentum. In the spring, students will investigate topics including thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Class meetings and assignments will require students to study and apply the experimental method (including use of relevant equations for data analysis), compose lab reports, engage in peer review with classmates, present lab results, and discuss special topics including scientific ethics and historic experiments in the field of physics. Upon completion of the Physics Lab course, successful students will have become adept at applying their knowledge of physics and the scientific method by designing and carrying out experiments, interpreting data and the results of scientific investigations, presenting their results for peer comment and review, and thoughtfully engaging in scientific discourse.
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