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Class Reports: AP Environmental Science

Inquiring mind. Curiosity. Desire to explore the world and change it for the better.

Does this sound like you? If so, then consider taking Mr. Fred Joachim’s “AP Environmental Science” class. Mr. Joachim says, “Environmental Science is the science of the interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment.” In addition, students will learn the innerworkings of the natural world by combining geology, meteorology, biology, and chemistry. Other concepts studied in this class include sustainability, our impact on the environment, the science of ecology, the health of our planet, ecosystems, biodiversity, population growth, nuclear power, climate change, renewable energy, and much more.

Regarding homework, potential students should expect about two to three and a half hours of homework per week. Mr. Joachim says, “Part of the homework…[is] labs designed to give the students hands-on experiences with Environmental Science.” Some of these labs include soil and water analysis, plant diversity, and construction of a small windmill.

The textbook used in this class is “Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future”, by Richard Wright and Dorothy Boorse. Other required items for this course are full range (0-14) pH strips and chart, two thermometers (for water and air pressure), six medicine droppers, magnifying glass, 100mL graduated cylinder, four large funnels, cheese cloths, stopwatch, lamp and 100 W bulb, meter stick, 150 and 400 mL beakers, and a scientific calculator.

Potential students should have completed biology and chemistry. If necessary, however, physics will be accepted instead of chemistry. Also, aspiring AP Environmental Science students should possess a strong understanding of algebra.

This class is designed for high school juniors and seniors who “have a passion about God’s creation and a desire to be better stewards of His creation.” The students in Mr. Joachim’s classes have a broad range of interests, including biological, physical, and social sciences. The main skill needed in this class is an inquisitive mind, as Mr. Joachim likes posing scenario questions to his students.

In conclusion, if learning more about the natural world around us fascinates you or you want to push yourself and learn new concepts, you should consider taking Mr. Joachim’s “AP Environmental Science.” In this class, students will not only learn important concepts, but also that they are the future generation, and their decisions will profoundly impact our world.

 

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