Science Department

Teachers

Director of Engineering and Technology
Dr. Ryan Baxter
Teacher - Science
Ms. Jisu Jeong
Teacher - Science
Ms. Charlotte Phillips
Teacher - Science
Ms. Morgan Sperratore
Engineering Technology Academy, Faculty
Ms. Brittany Walker

Grade 9

411 – Biology (H)

1 credit

Honors

This course is designed to help the student to develop basic scientific concepts, to learn laboratory techniques which will be needed in subsequent science courses, and to develop ease in applying math to an understanding and explanation of data. Topics include: scientific methods and skills, properties and composition of matter, atomic structure and bonding, formulas and equations, elements and the periodic table, acids and bases, force, motion, simple machines, heat, sound, light, electricity, and nuclear energy.

Prerequisite: Algebra I in 8th grade and by approval of Science Department Chair.

412 – Physics First
413 – Physics First

1 credit
1 credit

College Prep
Academic

This course is designed to help the student understand fundamental scientific concepts and processes, and apply laboratory and math skills to their learning of physical science. Some topics which are explored are: care and use of scientific equipment and materials, metric measurements, classification of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, motion, energy, heat, electricity, light, and sound.

Grade 10

421 – Biology (H)

1 credit

Honors

In this course topics are explored that lead to a framework of discussion and experimentation of ideas. The course begins with a discussion of the unique properties of living organisms. The presentation of molecular and cellular biology follows and gives a background for the concepts of reproduction and genetics. The study progresses from cells to protists, to plants, to animals, and finally to humans. In the laboratory, students will be involved in activities which help them to discover scientific principles and develop fundamental scientific skills.

Prerequisites: Honors Physical Science and teacher/department head approval. First semester physical science grade of 85 or above.

422 – Biology

1 credit

College Prep

In this course topics are explored that lead to a framework of discussion and experimentation of ideas. The course begins with a discussion of the unique properties of living organisms. The presentation of molecular and cellular biology follows and gives a background for the concepts of reproduction, genetics, evolution and classification. The study progresses from cells to protists, to plants, to animals, and finally to humans. Lab investigations will help the student further develop their scientific skills.

Prerequisites: Physical Science and teacher/department head approval.

Grade 11

431 – Chemistry (H)

1 credit

Honors

Chemistry is a course designed to enable students to acquire a background in the subject for future college courses, to obtain jobs in science related fields, and to be informed, scientifically literate citizens. Topics include scientific method, properties of matter, formulas and equations, stoichiometry, atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, solutions, equilibrium, acids, bases, salts, oxidation – reduction, electrochemistry, organic and nuclear chemistry.

Prerequisites: Honors Biology, Algebra 2 (concurrently), and teacher/department head approval. First semester biology grade of 85 or above.

432 – Chemistry

1 credit

College Prep

Chemistry is a course designed to enable students to acquire a background in the subject for future college courses, to obtain jobs in science and science related fields, and to be informed, scientifically literate citizens. Topics include scientific method, properties of matter, formulas and equations, atomic structure, the period table, solutions, equilibrium, acids, bases, salts, oxidation – reduction, and electrochemistry. Lab activities stress aspects of chemistry applicable to everyday life.

Prerequisites: Biology (track 2), Algebra 2 (concurrently) and teacher/department head approval.

Grade 12

441 – Physics (H)

1 credit

Honors

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the physical laws of nature. Topics covered include: Motion, mechanics, light, optics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter. Emphasis is placed on understanding and applying concepts. The use of mathematics in problem solving as well as the reporting and interpretation of laboratory data in the form of tables, graphs, and models are integral parts of the course.

Prerequisites: First semester chemistry grade of 85 or above and teacher/department head approval. Calculus or trigonometry must be taken concurrently.

442 – Physics

1 credit

College Prep

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the physical laws of nature. Topics covered include: motion, mechanics, light, optics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter. Topics are treated as rigorously as they are in honors physics.

Prerequisites: First semester chemistry grade of 75 or above and teacher/department chair approval. A fourth year math course must be taken concurrently.