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AP® Environmental Science Semester 2

AP® Environmental Science Semester 2

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The AP Environmental Science course is designed to engage students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships within the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science.
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The AP® Environmental Science course is designed to engage students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships within the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science.

 Course Outline

SEMESTER 2

Chapter 14: Nonrenewable Energy

· What types of energy resources do we use?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using oil?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using natural gas?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using coal?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using nuclear power?

Chapter 15: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

· Why do we need a new energy transition?

· Why is improving energy efficiency and reducing energy waste an important energy resource?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using solar energy?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using wind power?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using geothermal energy?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using biomass as an energy source?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using hydropower?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of using hydrogen as an energy source?

· How can we make the transition to a more sustainable energy future?

Chapter 16: Environmental Hazards and Human Health

· What major health hazards do we face?

· How do biological hazards threaten human health?

· How do chemical hazards threaten human health?

· How can we evaluate risks from chemical hazards?

· How do we perceive and avoid risks?

Chapter 17: Water Pollution

· What are the causes and effects of water pollution?

· What are the major pollution problems in streams and lakes?

· What are the major groundwater pollution problems?

· What are the major ocean pollution problems?

· How can we deal with water pollution?

Chapter 18: Solid and Hazardous Waste

· What environmental problems are related to solid and hazardous wastes?

· How should we deal with solid waste?

· Why are refusing, reducing, reusing, and recycling so important?

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of burning or burying solid waste?

· How should we deal with hazardous waste?

· How can society shift to a low-waste economy?

Chapter 19: Air Pollution and Ozone Depletion

· What is the nature of the atmosphere?

· What are the major outdoor air pollution problems?

· What is acid deposition and why is it a problem?

· What are the major indoor air pollution problems?

· What are the health effects of air pollution?

· How should we deal with air pollution?

· How have we depleted ozone in the stratosphere and what can we do about it?

Chapter 20: Climate Change

· How and why is the earth’s climate changing?

· What are the likely effects of a warmer atmosphere?

· How can we slow climate change?

· How can we adapt to climate change?

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Course Length 4 Months
Prerequisites N/A
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Teacher Assisted Yes, this course is taught by a K12 International Academy teacher. If you are looking for a teacher-supported option with additional flexibility and year-round start dates, click here to learn about the Keystone School, another K12 online private schooling option.
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  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

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