Science in the Atomic Age
A welcome addition to the middle school sciences, this new course by Dr. Jay Wile studies the scientific concepts learned since the beginning of the 20th century, through the lens of creation. This text is the final book in Dr. Wile’s Science through History series, it is a stand-alone course that does not require students to have completed the previous books to use it successfully. Topically, students cover the scientific method and experimentation, atoms, molecules, elements and compounds, chemistry in living things, DNA, cells, ecosystems, anatomy and much more. Students learn the science in the context of history, with a focus on how specific scientific advances led to today’s understanding. Throughout the course God’s design in nature is highlighted, and topics in the creation/evolution debate are discussed.
The text includes 16 chapters, with an average of 2 weeks planned for completion. Each chapter offers 3-4 lab experiments, numerous comprehension checks and an end of chapter review. Answers to comprehension checks are at the end of each chapter, and answers to the chapter reviews are found in the Answer Key and Tests Book. Memorization of definitions, and other crucial information is emphasized, and these tasks are doable through the centered definitions and highlighted equations that are listed within vital information. No separate lab book is required. Dr. Wile provides detailed instructions on creating a personal record of experiments using a spiral notebook, 3 ring binder or journal of your choice. Students should expect to spend 30-45 minutes per day/5 days per week completing the lessons, although some flexibility is built in. A question and answer service is available with the author. Labs use common household or easily found items. For your convenience, a lab kit from Nature’s Workshop Plus is planned. This well-organized, engaging, conversational text, and clearly defined lab experiments, are destined to make this a science course to remember for your middle school students. hc. ~ Deanne