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Archimedes Academy Online provides quality junior high and high school science classes geared toward home school students. Students learn not simply to memorize facts, but rather to understand underlying principles and then to apply those principles when solving problems. Our goal is to teach students to apply scientific knowledge and principles while thinking critically about real world topics from a Christian perspective.
We are currently offering online courses in physical science, biology, chemistry, and advanced chemistry.

Why study science?
Science can easily turn into an exercise in memorizing long strings of facts and rules with little relation to real life - an occupation useful for students planning to study science in college, but rather unimportant for students interested in other fields, such as music or literature. In reality, when taught well, science is the ideal training ground for teaching students to think logically, critically, cohesively, to learn how to integrate various principles into a unified picture, to instill in students the instinct to search for why something is, refusing to rest content with a surface knowledge. As such, science is vital for all students, as a tool to train the mind in how to think.


*Painting by Domenico Fetti, Archimedes Thoughtful (1620)

Why "Archimedes"?
Archimedes of Syracuse was a famous mathematician and engineer born in Sicily (c.287 BC). Among his many discoveries and inventions, Archimedes is perhaps best known for discovering the relationship between the volume of an object in liquid and the volume of the liquid it displaces. Legend has it that Archimedes was attempting to determine the volume of a gold crown and discovered this principle while taking a bath, causing him to run through the streets shouting, "Eureka!" (I have found it!) Archimedes died during the Second Punic War (c.212 BC) when the town of Syracuse was captured by the Romans, because (again according to legend) he was too interested in his studies to heed the commands of the conquering Romans. The goal of Archimedes Academy Online is to teach students to find and observe scientific principles in everyday situations, following in the fine tradition of Archimedes of Syracuse.



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