Mississippi Statewide Competencies

The STANDARDS CORRELATION chart suggests which Mississippi Statewide Competencies you can cover using PASSPORT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM in your classroom. We hope you will discover additional standards you can use. These are the ones our Instructional Materials Development team felt most directly related to the activities contained in PASSPORT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

For additional Mississippi Statewide Competencies you can cover see the STANDARDS CORRELATION chart for the following PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE projects:

PASSPORT TO ANTARCTICA

PASSPORT TO THE RAINFOREST

PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE

LIVE FROM MARS 2001/2002

PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE

Elementary Standards: First Grade,   Second Grade,   Third Grade,   Fourth Grade,   Fifth Grade
Middle School Standards: Sixth Grade,   Seventh Grade,   Eighth Grade
High School Standards: Physical Science,   Chemistry,   Physics,   Astronomy,   Aerospace Studies

The competencies for Grades K-8 science emphasize four major strands: Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Science Skills. Kindergarten science is designed to cover basic characteristics of living things, planet Earth, environmental concerns, recycling, and properties of matter. Throughout the teaching process, safety skills, scientific method processes, measuring, use of scientific equipment, current events, environmental issues, and hands-on activities will be emphasized.

The competencies are those elements in the document representing a general concept or performance that is required to be taught to all students by the school district.

Statewide Competencies

2. Develop an understanding of the Earth as a planet, its structure, and its processes.

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4. Investigate the different types of observable and measurable characteristics of matter.

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5. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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6. Apply safety rules in the classroom science environment.

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7. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom activities.

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8. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods.

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9. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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10. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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11. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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First Grade

Statewide Competencies

3. Explore the structure of the solar system.

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4. Explore the diversity of the Earth's surface.

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7. Explore the different types of observable and measurable changes that matter can undergo.

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8. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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9. Apply safety rules in the classroom science environment.

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10. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom activities.

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11. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods.

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12. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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13. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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14. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Second Grade

Statewide Competencies

3. Explore the structure of the solar system.

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4. Explore the diversity of the Earth's composition.

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7. Explore the predictable effects that forces and energy have on matter.

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8. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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9. Apply safety rules in the classroom science environment.

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10. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom activities.

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11. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods.

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12. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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13. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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14. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Third Grade

Statewide Competencies

2. Explore the contribution of the components of a system to the operation of a system.

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4. Investigate the positions and motions of bodies in the solar system and the results of their movements.

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5. Discover how internal and external forces affect the Earth's surface.

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8. Investigate the effect of forces and energy on matter.

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9. Explore changes in matter.

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10. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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11. Apply safety rules in the classroom science environment.

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12. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom activities.

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13. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods.

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14. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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15. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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16. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Fourth Grade

Statewide Competencies

3. Discover how systems respond to stress.

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4. Develop an understanding of the interaction of bodies in the solar system.

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5. Investigate how internal and external forces affect the Earth's surface.

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8. Investigate that a change in the form of matter or energy does not result in a change in the amount of matter or energy.

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9. Investigate that some changes in matter result in new substances and in some changes the substances stay the same.

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10. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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11. Apply safety rules in the classroom science environment.

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12. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom activities.

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13. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods.

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14. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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15. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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16. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Fifth Grade

Statewide Competencies

3. Investigate the effects of the movements of celestial bodies.

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6. Investigate structure, properties, and changes of matter.

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7. Investigate the occurrence of energy in many different forms.

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8. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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9. Apply safety rules in the classroom science environment.

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10. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom activities.

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11. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods.

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12. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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13. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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14. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Sixth Grade

Statewide Competencies

3. Investigate the diversity of celestial bodies.

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6. Investigate structure, properties, and changes of matter.

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7. Investigate the different forms of energy and the changes they cause.

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8. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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9. Apply safety rules in the classroom science environment.

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10. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom activities.

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11. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods.

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12. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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13. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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14. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Seventh Grade

Statewide Competencies

3. Investigate the diversity of celestial bodies.

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6. Investigate structure, properties, and changes of matter.

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7. Investigate the different forms of energy, changes they cause, and transformations that occur.

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8. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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9. Apply safety rules in the classroom science environment.

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10. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom activities.

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11. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods.

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12. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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13. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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14. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Eighth Grade

Statewide Competencies

4. Investigate the patterns of celestial bodies which result in predictable changes.

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7. Investigate the structure, properties, and changes of matter.

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8. Investigate the different forms of energy, changes they cause, and transformations that occur.

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9. Investigate motion and forces related to motion.

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10. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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11. Apply safety rules in the classroom science environment.

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12. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom activities.

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13. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods.

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14. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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15. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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16. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Physical Science

Statewide Competencies

1. Investigate matter using measurements and mathematical expressions.

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2. Illustrate the composition of matter using a system of nomenclature.

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3. Analyze the subatomic, atomic, and molecular structure of matter.

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4. Investigate chemical changes in matter.

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5. Investigate the physical forces that influence the systems which control the Earth.

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6. Explain how energy is neither created nor destroyed but may change forms.

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7. Illustrate light movement which can be controlled by the use of prisms, lenses, and mirrors.

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8. Explore how the flow of electricity is controlled by the components in the circuit.

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9. Analyze the relationship between rate of motion and a fixed point.

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10. Describe how wave motion can be calculated and predicted.

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11. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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12. Observe and practice safe procedures in the classroom and laboratory.

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13. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom and laboratory activities.

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14. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods in classroom and laboratory investigations.

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15. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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16. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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17. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Chemistry

Statewide Competencies

1. Compare measurements and manipulate mathematical expressions used in the study of matter.

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2. Illustrate patterns and trends in nomenclature.

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3. Analyze chemical equations and classify chemical reactions.

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4. Explore the relationship between mass and quantity through various stoichiometric operations.

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5. Analyze patterns and trends in organization.

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6. Investigate the relationship between physical changes and heat.

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7. Analyze gaseous, liquid, and solid substances using the gas laws and the Kinetic Molecular Theory.

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8. Interpret the various theories that led to the present day model of the atom.

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9. Compare chemical compounds according to their type of bonding.

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10. Analyze solutions using experimental and mathematical means.

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11. Explore the concept of equilibrium.

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12. Identify the properties of acids and bases while determining the pH of solutions through experimentation.

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13. Investigate oxidation and reduction reactions.

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14. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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15. Observe and practice safe procedures in the classroom and laboratory.

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16. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom and laboratory activities.

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17. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods in classroom and laboratory investigations.

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18. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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19. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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20. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Physics

Statewide Competencies

1. Apply fundamental mathematics used in physical concepts.

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2. Investigate the motion of physical bodies.

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3. Describe physical dynamics in the natural world.

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5. Apply the principles and measurements related to thermal energy.

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6. Describe mechanical waves and sound in various media.

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7. Investigate the principles related to light energy.

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8. Measure and calculate the properties of stationary and moving electric charges.

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9. Analyze electric and magnetic interactions in the physical world.

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10. Explore modern physics principles.

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11. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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12. Observe and practice safe procedures in the classroom and laboratory.

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13. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom and laboratory activities.

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14. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods in classroom and laboratory investigations.

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15. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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16. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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17. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Astronomy

Statewide Competencies

1. Describe the universe in terms of its diverse components and their relationships.

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2. Observe and describe star systems visible from the Earth.

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3. Describe the structure and gravitational interactions of a planetary system.

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4. Investigate the technologies and instruments (optical telescopes, radio astronomy, space probes, artificial satellites, etc.) used in ground-based and space-based astronomy.

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5. Review the history of astronomy (ancient through modern times).

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6. Explain the orderly and predictable motion of celestial bodies.

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7. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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8. Observe and practice safe procedures in the classroom and laboratory.

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9. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom and laboratory activities.

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10. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods in classroom and laboratory investigations.

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11. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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12. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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13. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Aerospace Studies

Statewide Competencies

1. Discuss the history of flight.

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2. Describe the principles of aerodynamics and flight control.

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3. Discuss the design and functions of major aircraft structures, instruments, and life-support systems.

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4. Compare the various methods of aircraft propulsion.

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5. Use the instruments and perform the calculations involved in navigation.

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6. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

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7. Observe and practice safe procedures in the classroom and laboratory.

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8. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom and laboratory activities.

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9. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods in classroom and laboratory investigations.

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10. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

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11. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

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12. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

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Updated January 2001