Online Classes

Here are details on my 2018-2019 course offerings… Feel free to share the details with your friends : )

Classes are on sale July 15th through July 22nd, and you can use coupon code “BarnoskySTEM10 for an additional 10% off!

Please note: All 2018-2019 classes will be taught on the PowerSchool Learning and Adobe Connect platforms.

  • Algebra 2 is a rigorous, full-year class. It is being offered:
    11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET on Mondays (through My Fun Science) or
    9:00 am – 10:30 pm ET on Tuesdays (through My Fun Science)

    Recommended for: Grades 9+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra 1

    “Ready for the next step? Master Algebra 2 concepts, hone your calculator skills, and prepare for real-world application as we dig in and develop each topic. Topics in this Algebra 2 class include linear equations, problem solving, inequalities, polynomials, rational functions, exponents and logarithms, quadratic equations, and conic sections. This isn’t about test prep… it’s about building skills and deepening connections. Sure you can use these skills on the SAT, but an emphasis on problem solving and application just make this course more fun!”

    Required TextbookIntermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications, 9th ed (2014) by Bittinger, Ellenbogen, & Johnson (Print ISBN: 978-0321848284) as well as the accompanying Student Solutions Manual (ISBN: 978-0321848369)

    Required Equipment: A TI-84 Plus (series) graphing calculator (The TI-83 is also acceptable.)

    The Math XL Online Resource
    This course will utilize the online resource MathXL. MathXL is a powerful online homework, tutorial, and assessment system. It includes: lecture slides, step-by-step examples for any problem, accessibility tools, chapter reviews, and individualized study plans based on performance.

    Using Math XL means that students have access to instant help and feedback, class instruction becomes more effective, and tests are much more valuable and forgiving. Plus your student is preparing for the college classroom – and parental paperwork is virtually nonexistent! We’re so sure you’re going to love Math XL that it’s on us. MyFunScience will be purchasing your student’s subscription and providing you with access codes for the course.

    [ Algebra 2 Syllabus ]
  • Geometry is a rigorous, full-year class. It is being offered:
    9:00 am – 10:30 am ET on Mondays (through My Fun Science) or
    11:00am – 12:30pm ET on Tuesdays (through My Fun Science)

    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra 1

    “This mastery-based class “integrates discussions, cartoons, anecdotes, examples, and plenty of exercises. With a greater emphasis on problems, rather than long introductory instructions, this is a great text for learning-through-doing.” Topic include: “lines, angles, direct and indirect proofs, congruence, inequalities, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, triangles, circles, concurrence theorems,” and more. This is a rigorous and challenging course. . . but worth it! Students will be challenged to reason mathematically and apply that reasoning to a wide range of real-world problems. This focus on mastery builds a solid foundation for future math, science, and engineering classes.”

    Required Textbook(s)Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding (Third edition) by Harold R. Jacobs (ISBN 9781683440208) and “Answers to Exercises for Geometry” (ISBN 9781683440215)

    Please note: I’ve chosen the “Honeybee” third edition of Jacobs Geometry. It is virtually the same as the pink “Math Tools” printing of the third edition; Master Books has simply removed a few “references to smoking, drinking, Martians, clairvoyance” et cetera. If you already own the pink “Math Tools” version (ISBN 9781619991095) and Answers (ISBN 9781619991163), they’ll probably work just fine.

    Required Equipment: A scientific (or graphing) calculator, protractor, and sturdy compass

    [ Geometry Syllabus ]
  • Calculus is a rigorous, full-year class. It is being offered:
    1:00 – 2:30 pm ET on Tuesdays (through My Fun Science)

    Recommended for: Grades 11-12
    Prerequisite(s): Algebra 2, Geometry, and PreCalculus/Advanced Math

    When a mathematics student has worked diligently throughout high school, her prize is – Calculus! In this online course, we apply algebra in simple ways and are rewarded with amazingly powerful results. Real-world modeling is natural rather than forced, and STEM applications abound. The textbook uses extensive graphics to further student learning. Topics in this (single variable) Calculus class include limits, derivatives, logarithms, integration, series’, vectors, and more. This is going to be an amazing year!

    The Math XL Online Resource
    This course will utilize the online resource MathXL. MathXL is a powerful online homework, tutorial, and assessment system. It includes: lecture slides, step-by-step examples for any problem, accessibility tools, chapter reviews, and individualized study plans based on performance.

    Using Math XL means that students have access to instant help and feedback, class instruction becomes more effective, and tests are much more valuable and forgiving. Plus your student is preparing for the college classroom – and parental paperwork is virtually nonexistent! We’re so sure you’re going to love Math XL that it’s on us. MyFunScience will be purchasing your student’s subscription and providing you with access codes for the course.

    Required Textbook(s): Single Variable Calculus, 2nd Edition (2015) by Briggs, Cochran & Gillett (Print ISBN: 9780321954893) as well as the accompanying Student Solutions Manual (ISBN: 978-0321954954)

    Required Equipment: A TI-84 Plus (series) or Ti-83 (series) graphing calculator

    [ Calculus Syllabus ]
  • Formal Logic is a rigorous, full-year class. It is being offered:
    11:00am – 12:30pm EST on Thursdays (through My Fun Science)

    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): High-School level reasoning skills

    In this class we study “the art and science of reasoning well” and discover that accurate facts are not enough… valid reasoning is just as important! We will start off by defining terms, forming and interpreting statements, and composing valid syllogisms. Next we’ll use those skills to analyze arguments and prove validity. Mid-year we will transition to more symbolic logic as we study truth tables, inference, validity, and even digital logic! Finally, we’ll apply our symbolic reasoning skills to the analysis of real-life arguments. Nance’s logic texts do an excellent job of breaking down the fundamentals of rational thought and this edition has been revised and reformatted for ease of use. Deductive Logic is foundational to subjects ranging from debate to geometry, computer programming, and engineering.

    Required Textbook: Introductory Logic: The Fundamentals of Thinking Well (2014, 5th ed) by Nance & Wilson [Student Edition, ISBN-10: 1591281652] and Intermediate Logic: Mastering Propositional Arguments (2014, 3rd ed) by Nance & Wilson [Student Edition, ISBN-10: 1591281660]

    While Logic resides in the intersection of Philosophy and Mathematics, Formal Logic falls on the mathematical side of things. I would consider this class to be one (1) high school math credit.

    * Unsure about Logic? You can check out my Logic, The Beginning of Wisdom? webinar : )

    [ Formal Logic Syllabus ]
  • Informal Logic is a fun, semester-long elective. It is being offered Fall 2018 and Spring 2019:
    1:00pm – 2:30pm EST on Mondays (through My Fun Science)

    Watch the Trailer Here!

    Recommended for: Grades 8+
    Prerequisite(s): Junior high+ students who are capable of abstract thought and enjoy the nuance of argument

    “My chief objection to a quarrel,” G.K. Chesterton wrote, “is that it ends a good argument.” The Art of Argument is designed to teach the argumentative adolescent how to reason with clarity, relevance, and purpose. This workbook format is brimming with examples and practical exercises. Our class focus will be on identifying twisted arguments in the real world – and avoiding their use in our own communication. Don’t let the fun fool you: This class is full of puzzles that will challenge your brain! Group activities, marketing challenges, and a whole lot of humor transform this class into a great introduction to the kind of reasoning that will make your writing assignments, and your arguments, shine.”

    Required Textbook: The Art of Argument, student edition (Ver 8.0 ISBN: 978-1-60051-018-2) by Larsen, Hodge, and Perrin

    Why Study Informal Logic?
    We use informal logic to spot false advertising, twisted scripture, abusive behavior, irrational actions, and political manipulation. We also use it to help us avoid fallacies in our own reasoning, crafting winsome arguments that clearly present the truth. While Logic resides in the intersection of Philosophy and Mathematics, Informal Logic falls on the philosophical side of things. Because this class is designed with the junior high school student in mind, I would consider this class to be one half (1/2) a high school elective credit.

    * Unsure about Logic? You can check out my Logic, The Beginning of Wisdom? webinar!

    [ Informal Logic Syllabus ]
  • Economics is a rigorous, semester-long class. It is being offered Fall 2018 and Spring 2019:
    1:00 – 2:30 pm ET on Thursdays (through My Fun Science)

    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra 1

    This Introduction to Economics explores key principles of economics – from the grand sweep of national goals to the tough choices that individuals face daily. Students will discover the struggle for helpful regulation, discuss the value of Godly choices, and investigate issues relating to national economic policies. This textbook, and course, are Biblically rooted… but we also enjoy the diverse viewpoints that students from various cultures, countries, and communities bring to the table. Economics is a half-credit history/social studies class.

    Required Textbook: Economics Student Textbook (3rd ed.) by BJU Press

    [ Economics Syllabus ]
  • Mission: The Future STEM Club

    Exploring your future…one challenge at a time!

    Sometimes it’s just “dangerous to go alone.” That’s why MyFunScience has an exciting online STEM Club that includes student connections, community experts, and monthly challenges.

    Recommended for: grades 7-12, ages 12-18

    STEM Club Monthly Missions & Prizes

    Each month we’ll cover a new topic . . . and throw out a bit of a challenge to encourage students to spread their wings and share their skills and passions. Each student will have access to a personal Wiki page and, at the end of the month, we will award prizes, post badges, and showcase students’ work.

    Previous missions have included: Heroic Models; J.E.L.L.Oh?; Not-So-Simple Machines; Macro, Micro, and Mini; Pi Day 2017; and aMAZEing Math.

    Two Monthly STEM Club Meetings

    At our first STEM Club meeting of the month, we will wrap up the previous month’s challenge, showcase student work, and award badges and prizes. Then we’ll kick off our new mission for the month! This club is not just ”talking heads”! Instead think games, group activities, and student engagement : )

    Our second meeting will feature a special activity, escape room, field trip, or “mission specialist”. If you can’t make a meeting, no problem! All meetings are archived for future viewing.

    We’ll be meeting 5-6pm (ET) on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, September 2018 through May 2019.