Science and Technology
This course includes topics from several branches of science such as chemistry, physics, earth science, astronomy, and biology. It focuses upon scientific methods and skills and also lists the effects of a technological device/process on society and describes science career opportunities. The course also provides a necessary foundation for further study and for the selection of future science-related courses.
Earth and Space Science
This one-year, Earth and Space Science, course will introduce students to the major topics of Earth Science, including Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy and Ecology. Concepts from Chemistry, Physics and laboratory safety will also be integrated into the course in preparation for the upper level science courses.
Students who have successfully completed General Science or the equivalent are eligible for this course. Some students entering as ninth graders will be allowed to take Biology based on evaluation of transcript and test scores. The course content includes the basis of life, the cell, DNA and protein synthesis, biochemistry, ecology, theoretical and applied genetics, a survey of plants and animals, an introduction to human anatomy and physiology, basic ecological principles, and animal behavior. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course. This course stresses the relationship between structure of biological systems to their function and connection between biological concepts like evolution and genetics.
In this one-year course, students will acquire general knowledge of modern Chemistry. Students will be introduced to the core principles of Chemistry. Students will acquire knowledge of Chemistry as it applies to the decision-making required in operation of the life and future career in the Science field. In addition, students will learn about the major chemical principles, rules and theories, which explain the operation of the various chemical systems that exist in the world today.
Students who have successfully completed Chemistry and Algebra II are eligible for this course. The study of Physics introduces us to the methods of science as approaches to problem solving and to the use of mathematics as a tool for understanding our physical world. Topics covered in this course will introduce the students to the study of forces, motion and energy, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion of sound and light, electricity, electromagnetism, quantum theory, and particle physics.
Students who have successfully completed General Science with at least a "B" average are eligible for this course if so recommended by their instructor. This is an intensive course with content which includes the basis of life, the cell, DNA and protein synthesis, theoretical and applied genetics, a survey of plants and animals, an introduction to human anatomy and physiology, basic ecological principles, and animal behavior. Experiments coinciding with the lectures are conducted on a weekly basis to give students experience in a laboratory setting. This course stresses the relationship between structure of biological systems to their function and connection between biological concepts like evolution and genetics.
Students who have successfully completed Biology, Chemistry, Algebra I and II, and Geometry, as well as getting a recommendation from the instructors are eligible for this course. The course contents includes the structure and states of matter, the Kinetic theory of gases, periodicity, reaction types, chemical equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, basic concepts of electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and the physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. The study of organic compounds will be included as exemplary material for the study of other areas. The material is presented at a considerable depth appropriate to Advanced Placement. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course. Advanced Placement Chemistry is weighted as a college level course.
Students enrolled in this Science Technologies/Technicians – Environmental Science course will acquire advanced knowledge of modern Environmental Science. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. The Science Technologies/Technicians – Environmental Science course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for revolving and/or preventing them. Students learn laboratory practices and techniques including computer-based data collection/analysis tools. Students also study theory that will prepare them to sit for Advanced Placement Environmental Science Exam.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students to perform on the College Board AP Physics B Exam. This course is the equivalent of a College Physics course. The first 26 weeks will be an in depth study of the Physical concepts required for the free response section of the exam. The four weeks before the exam on May 9, 2005 will be dedicated to the multiple-choice questions and practice exams. This course will run more than a month after the AP Examination. Students must work until the last day of the year. The year is not over once the AP exam is complete.