Science

 
The Science Department strives to develop a scientific attitude by providing courses in the major scientific disciplines. The required program attempts to balance the physical and biological sciences for those students who may or may not pursue further science courses. The electives provide the fundamental course work, which will lay a strong foundation for those who may go on in science beyond high school. ALL SCIENCE COURSES REQUIRE A LAB FEE.
 
 
COURSE SEQUENCE
 
Yr.
Honors
Track 2
Track 3
 
9th 
Honors Biology
Physics First
Physics
First
 
10th 
Honors Chemistry
Biology
Biology
 
11th 
Honors Physics
A.P. Physics I 
Chemistry
Chemistry
 
12th 
A.P. Biology
A.P. Physics II 
Physics
Anatomy & Physiology 
 
Astronomy 
Physics
 
Environmental
Science 
 
 

PHYSICS FIRST
TRACK 2, 3 (412) (413)
Required of all Freshmen other than Honors Biology. Physics First provides an investigative approach to the basic concepts of physics. Topics include the metric system, the laws of motion and factors affecting motion, forces, use of forces, simple machines, electricity and magnetism, simple circuits, energy, the ecology of energy, sound, light, lenses and mirrors, and research on current events in science. Many topics require use of simple algebra and a simple calculator. Lab investigations and demonstrations are included to provide hands-on experience for increased understanding of the various concepts.
 
FRESHMAN HONORS BIOLOGY
TRACK 1 (410)
Honors Biology is a freshmen course, which offers a comprehensive investigation of living systems. This course will emphasize both, the similarities and the uniqueness of living things as well as the social implications of modern biology, microbiology, molecular biology, heredity, and genetics. There will be more stress placed upon the biochemistry of living systems such as ecology, ecosystems, evolution zoology, botany and human biology. This course will also develop general scientific principles through laboratory investigations, which are an integral part of this course. The students will be required to read and follow lab procedures, as well as write comprehensive laboratory reports.
 
SOPHOMORE BIOLOGY
TRACK 2, 3 (422) (423)
Sophomore Biology provides a basic course to students who did not have biology freshman year. This course provides a view of the world of living things, emphasizing the social implications of biology and the appreciation of life. Topics include cellular biology and genetics, ecology and evolution. There is less stress placed upon the chemistry of living systems and more direction given toward the development of general biochemical concepts. Students will be required to read and follow lab procedures, as well as to write comprehensive lab reports.
 
 
SOPHOMORE HONORS CHEMISTRY
TRACK 1 (420)
Only students receiving a minimum 85% in biology and the recommendation of the freshman biology teacher, as well as an 85% in algebra and the recommendation of the algebra teacher will receive this course as sophomores. Sophomore Honors Chemistry is a very intense course, which provides a survey of various fields of chemistry, developing a solid foundation of fundamental laws and principles through a problem-solving approach. Topics include: a general background and history of chemistry, the mathematics and language of chemistry, chemical kinetics, atomic and molecular structure, periodic law and its application, properties of gases, and the universal gas law. The students are required to write comprehensive laboratory reports. A scientific calculator is required. Note that merely signing up for the course does not guarantee acceptance.
 
JUNIOR CHEMISTRY
TRACK (431) (432) (433)
Junior chemistry is the study and investigation of the structure of matter. Thus, the course begins with the study of matter in terms of composition, classification, chemical reactions, the Periodic Table and periodic properties. The course will also include the mole concept, stoichiometry, oxidation-reduction and the gas laws. Laboratory investigations are offered to enhance the different concepts taught in chemistry by providing students with the opportunity to discover, to analyze problems, and to use different forms of laboratory techniques. The students are required to write comprehensive laboratory reports and a scientific calculator is required.
 
JUNIOR HONORS PHYSICS
TRACK 1 (430)
This is an intense course that offers a highly mathematical approach to the principles of physics. Trigonometry and algebra are used extensively for problem solving physics problem topics including Newtonian mechanics, wave energy, optics, thermal energy, electricity, magnetism and simple circuits. Regular research is required on recent and current events in physics. One major project with comprehensive research and visual aides is required each semester. Frequent laboratory investigations and classroom demonstrations enhance the understanding of concepts. Students maintain lab manuals and periodically write/type formal lab reports. Extensive use of computer based research, calculator based experiments, and power point presentations fill out the course. Scientific calculators are required for the course. Note that merely signing up for the course does not guarantee acceptance.
 
SENIOR PHYSICS
TRACK 2 (441)
This course is recommended for students interested in science who have received at least an 85% in chemistry and have an 85% in Algebra II and geometry. Students requesting this course who have less than an 85% average must sign a waiver. This course offers a less mathematical approach to the principles of physics. Trigonometry and algebra are used less extensively than above for problem solving physics problem topics including Newtonian mechanics, wave energy, optics, thermal energy, electricity, magnetism and simple circuits. Regular research is required on recent and current events in physics. One major project with comprehensive research and visual aides is required each semester. Frequent laboratory investigations and classroom demonstrations enhance the understanding of concepts. Students maintain lab manuals and periodically write/type formal lab reports. Some use of computer based research, calculator based experiments, and power point presentations fill out the course. Scientific calculators are required for the course. Note that merely signing up for the course does not guarantee acceptance.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
TRACK 2 (442)
This course is recommended for students interested in science who have received at least an 85% in both biology and chemistry. Students requesting this course who have less than an 85% average must sign a waiver. This course will expand on the scientific knowledge learned in the previous science courses and integrate scientific concepts with current environmental issues and concerns. Students will become scientifically literate, informed citizen, and ethical caretakers of the environment. The course will include environmental problems effecting water systems, the atmosphere, and natural phenomenon. Energy conservation will also be included. Students will be required to complete a major project each quarter. Note that merely signing up for the course does not guarantee acceptance.
 
HONORS ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY
TRACK 1 (440)
Students for this course must have an 85% cumulative science grade and approval of the Science Department chairperson. This course corresponds to a college seminar class of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students are responsible for taking copious notes and doing extensive research outside class. Classes consist of student discussions and teacher clarification of the structures and functions of the human body from the most basic cells to the most complicated systems. Integral to the course are formal research and student presentations, which require the use of technology, such as the web, power point, and other audio-video equipment. Frequent lab investigations and dissections enhance student understanding. All labs require formal write-ups in a lab manual. Occasional field trips round off the course.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY
TRACK 5 (445)
Students for this course must have a minimum 85% in each science course: Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, and Honors Physics; be in the top 30 of the class and have the approval of the Department Chair. This course aims to provide the students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Emphasis is on developing and understanding of concept, which requires the application of the chemistry and physics principles in the area of biology. Well-developed skills of analysis and critical thinking are essential for the student to grasp the process rather than merely accumulating facts and memorizing terms. Students should grasp science as a process rather than an accumulation of facts. All students are required to take and pay for the Advanced Placement Examination. Note that merely signing up for the course does not guarantee acceptance.
 
ASTRONOMY
TRACK 1 (498), TRACK 2 (499) 11th and 12th grade
Astronomy is a general introduction to the part of contemporary astronomy that includes how stars form and how they end their existence, will provide answers to these questions and more. course gives special attention to the exciting discoveries of the past few years. Topics include modern astronomical instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the new generation of 8- and 10-meter mountaintop telescopes, and results from them; how astronomers interpret the light received from distant celestial objects; the Sun as a typical star (and how its future will affect ours); and our modern understanding of how stars work and how they change with time.

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