- To design a lab relating to an environmental issue/concern.
- Evaluate the impact on society, human health, and the environment of products made using organic compounds
- Evaluate the effects of chemical substances on the environment, and analyse practical applicationsof qualitative analysis of matter.
- Identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.
- Evaluate the importance of government regulations, scientific analyses, and individual actions in
- Improving air and water quality, and propose a personal plan of action to support these efforts.
- Demonstrate an understanding of chemical reactions that occur in the environment as a result of both natural processes and human activities.
- Using the Scientific Investigation approach, you and your partner(s) will formulate a question concerning an environmental issue.
- Initiate and Plan - Formlate a question or hypothesis that you want to test or verify. Identify the possible dependant, independant and control variables.
- Materials and Procedure and Safety Protocols: Please have the Materials/Procedure approved by your teacher.
- Perform and Record Observations.
- Critically analyse and interpret your data and evaluate the reliability of your data. Draw conclusions. Identify sources of errors and ways to improve your experimental design.
- Communicate your findings using a formal lab report and presentation.
- You will be given ___ work periods to work on this in class.
- You will be graded on your understanding of the topic by completing a Formal Lab report (see Course Documents for guidelines).
- Title Page: Include Title, Name, Partner(s), Teacher, Due Date and School.
- Introduction: Description of the topic. Explain your research.
- Purpose: Identify the purpose of this investigation
- Hypothesis: Prediction(s)
- Materials: List all instruments and materials required.
- Procedure: Clearly identify the steps taken during the investigation.
- Safety Measures: List all safety precautions.
- Observations: Use Table format (Quantitative and Qualitative)
- Sample Calculations: Sample Calculation(s).
- Graphical Analysis: How does the independant variable affect the dependant variable.
- Discussion: Discuss your findings/results. Evaluate the impact on society/ human health/ and the environment.Evaluate the importance of government regulations, scientific analysis and individual action. Identify and describe careers related to this field of science under study.
- List possibe sources of errors and ways to improve this investigation.
- Conclusion: Refer to purpose, summarize your results and comment on the validity of your hypothesis.
- Works Cited (Wikipedia does not count as one). Unfortunately, No Works Cited = No mark!
List of Possible Environmental Topics
- Plastic & Polymers in the Environment. It’s a Biodegradable Question.
- Clean Water – Drinking Water and how different compounds contribute to water pollution.
- Hard Water vs Soft water.
- Drinking Water Made Safe – Tap Water or Bottled Water? Which is safer? Is Stittsville the next Walkerton?
- Students tested several different water sources (bottled vs tap water) and test the different composition using a water testing kit($$) and Vernier probeware (Dissolved Oxygen, Tubitity, pH etc)
- Students purified pond water using several different methods and test the composition using a water testing kit($$) and Vernier Probeware.
- Acid Rain on our Health & Ecosystems.
- Ex: the effects of acid rain on plant growth
- Ex: the effects of acid rain on seed germination.
- Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gases. How eco-friendly are we?
- Air Quality and Human Health.
- Synthetic Fertilizers & Herbicides & Our Health. Is the Grass Always Greener and at What Cost?
- Gasohol & the Environment – ethanol blended gasoline. Is this the right choice? Alternatives?
- Saturated vs Unsaturated fats? Be Heart Smart? “Sponsored by ?”
- Biomagnification - Heavy Metals (lead and mercury), PCB’s and insecticides (DDT) in our food chain.
- * The Chemistry behind Breathalyzers and lowering the Blood Alcohol Concentration. Sponsored by MADD.
- Oil Spills and it’s Environment Impact. Are we too dependent on fossil fuels. Clean up?
- Plastics in the Oceans. Clean up?
- Household Products and proper disposal.
- Living off the grid… Solar Panels, Wind energy? Electrochemistry?
Other topic (Must be approved by your wonderful teacher! )