Parents Guide for Unit 42
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Below are notes on the main points of each assignment.
Please discuss with your student the study questions at the end of the web lecture.
We look at the result of several methods of dating strata in producing the modern geological list of ages. Students should understand the evidence given by geologists to support the current distribution of "ages", and the proposal for development of life on earth, so that they can rationally discuss this theory in light of their own religious convictions. In a later unit, we will talk about the religious reactions to Darwin's theory itself.
The Mastery Exercise questions focus on key players and their contributions to early evolution, and the order (simple to complex) by which modern geology and evolution use to explain the fossil records. Make sure that the student reads and attempts to answer the exercise questions before chat, so that he can identify questions that need to be discussed in chat.
This time we focus on Mendel's laws of inheritance inheritance and their actual application. We also introduced the concept of statistical laws, a radically different perception of nature from the determinist laws of classical mechanics.
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