Science

Science 8

Science 8 provides opportunities to explore and develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Students are introduced to the scientific method and are encouraged to design labs and to analyze data. Students are also encouraged to expand their attributes into relevant topics in everyday life and reflect on questions of "why" and "how". Units covered in this course included basic cell biology, microorganisms, basic chemistry, properties of light and plate tectonics.

 

Science 9

Science 9 continues to give opportunities to explore and develop scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Students will further develop their skills in using the scientific methd to design labs and to analyze data. Units covered in this course include cell biology, reproduction, chemistry, matter cycles and electricity.

 

Science 10

Science 10 continues to provide opportunities to explore and develop scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes. It is an intensee course that covers units in chemistry, genetics, motion, energy transformation and Earth Science.  Students will work on designing labs and analyzing data in most of the units. Our goal is to develop a holistic student who gains scientific knowledge through the process of inquiring, thinking, and communicating.

 

 

Chemistry 11

Chemistry 11 is an introductory course designed to lay a solid foundation for future studies in higher levels of chemistry. This course emphasizes the proper use and care of laboratory equipment, observation of experimental chemical reactions, and analysis of data and verification of scientific principles. Considerable time will also be spent on problem solving. The major topic areas are: • the nature of matter • mole concept • chemical reactions • atomic theory • solution chemistry • organic chemistry An exam worth 20% of the final grade to be written. Recommended Preparation: Suggested "C+" grade minimum in Science 10, Math 10 

 

Environmental Science 11

Environmental Science is the study of ecosystems, the biological communities of interacting organisms and their physical environment. Students will investigate thecomplex roles and relationships that contribute to diversity of ecosystems, and the changes in ecosystemsthat are maintained by natural processes. In particular, Environmental Science studies human practices that affect the sustainability of ecosystems and the role humans can play in stewardship and restoration of ecosystems. 

 

Life Sciences 11 (previously Biology 11)

Life Sciences 11 is an introductory course designed to give students an appreciation for the living world. It addresses the three main ideas of life, evolution and organisms. It also introduces the students to a variety of biological skills and scientific processes. Students in Life Sciences 11 will investigate the scientific method and principles, cells, micro and macro evolution, taxonomy and classification of all organisms. Laboratory work includes microscopy and dissection of various specimens. A final exam worth 20% of the final grade with be written at the end of the year. Recommended prerequisite: suggested “C+” grade minimum in Science 10. 

 

Physics 11

Physics 11 is a survey course intended to provide insight into the scope, nature, relevance and limitations of physics. Physics 11 is intended to prepare students to better understand the everyday world around them. Topics covered include: • kinematics • dynamics • energy • special relativity • nuclear fission and fusion An exam worth 20% of the final grade to be written. Recommended Preparation: Suggested "C+" grade minimum in Science 10, Math 10 

 

Science for Citizens 11

Science for Citizens is a course designed to study scientific processes and knowledge in order to inform our decisions and impact our daily lives. Students will investigate how scientific understanding enables humans to respond and adapt to changes locally and globally, and learn how scientific knowledge can be used to develop procedures, techniques, and technologies that have implications for places of employment. 

 

Anatomy and Physiology 12 (formerly Biology 12)

Anatomy and Physiology 12 focuses on human biology, allowing students to develop an interest in and in understanding of science by looking at themselves and seeing how the diverse body systems are integrated. The big ideas in this course include homeostasis, gene expression and organ systems. The following topics will be covered in detail: biological molecules, cell and cell organelles, DNA and gene expression, protein synthesis, organ systems and how different lifestyle differences effects human health. Recommended prerequisite: suggested “C+” grade minimum in Life Sciences 11. It is also recommended that Chemistry 11 is to be taken before or concurrently with this course. 

 

Biopsychology 12

Please be aware that Biopsychology 12 does NOT qualify as a science credit for graduation requirements.

Biopsychology 12 is intended for students who are interested in the fields of Neurobiology and Psychology. Students will have the opportunity to investigate many topics such as:
• neurobiology and physiology
• abnormal psychology
• brain damage, diseases and disorders
• learning and memory

 

Chemistry 12

This course is a detailed study of chemical concepts which will enable a student to gain a more useful perspective of chemistry and its relationship to industrial and environmental processes. The major topic areas are: • rates of chemical reactions • reaction equilibrium • solubility equilibrium • acid-base equilibrium • electrochemistry An exam worth 20% of the final grade to be written. Recommended Preparation: Suggested "C+" grade minimum in CH 11, Math 11 

 

Physics 12

Physics 12 expands on topics covered in Physics 11 and challenges the student with a more rigorous mathematical method. Students enrolled in this course will be sufficiently prepared for further study in physics course work. Topics include: • vector kinematics • vector dynamics • work, energy, and power • vector momentum and impulse • static equilibrium • circular motion and gravitation • electrostatics • electric circuits • electromagnetism A final exam worth 20% of the final grade will be written. Recommended Preparation: Suggested "C+" grade minimum in PH 11, Principles of Math 11