Science

  • Grade 9 Science

    All science courses are yearlong

    Biology 

    This course will be inquiry-based to emphasize the biological concepts through laboratory experience, tutorials and technological methods.  The course includes themes of life, chemistry of life, the structure and function of a cell, energy, body systems, and communication.  Content is derived from investigating the following questions:  What does it mean to be alive?  Why are there certain elements that are essential to all life?  Can the structure and activities of a cell be compared to a factory?  How can the path of energy be thought of as recycling?  How does the body maintain homeostasis?  How does the nervous system respond to stimuli?    This course prepares students for the MCAS Biology test and provides a strong foundation for further studies in other science courses or as applied to today’s engineering and technology.

     

    Grade 10 Science

    Biology II

    Prerequisite – passing grade in Biology I or equivalent. This inquiry-based class emphasizes biological concepts through laboratory experience, tutorials and technological methods.  The course content includes the cell cycle, heredity, evolution and biodiversity, and ecology.  Content is derived from

    investigating the following questions:  How is DNA important to the growth and maintenance of an organism?  Why do we look the way we do?  How are proteins the expression of genes?  How did life

    arise on Earth and lead to the biodiversity we have today?  How do environmental factors affect organisms individually and globally?  This course prepares students for the MCAS Biology test and provides a strong foundation for further studies in other science courses or as applied to today’s engineering and technology.

     

    Grade 11 Science

    Chemistry I

    Prerequisite –Biology II and a passing score on the Biology MCAS. This inquiry-based class emphasizes chemical concepts through laboratory experience, tutorials and technological methods.  The course content will include matter, the amazing atom, periodicity and chemical bonding.  Content is derived

    from investigating the following questions:  Why should I care about the properties of matter?  Why is the atom so amazing?  Why is the periodic table considered to be a graphic organizer?  How can chemical bonding transform dangerous elements into completely safe stable compounds like water and salt?    This course provides a strong foundation for further studies in other science courses or as applied to today’s engineering and technology.

     

     

    Physics 

    Prerequisite – Biology II and a passing score on the Biology MCAS. This inquiry-based class emphasizes the physical concepts through laboratory experience, tutorials and technological methods.  The course content includes linear motion, projectile motion, the laws of motion, gravity, momentum and energy.

    Content is derived from investigating questions such as: How do we visualize and describe the location What causes an object to change its motion?  How does the acceleration of an object depend on the net force applied to it and on the amount of mass in an object?  Where do forces come from?  What is momentum and how is impulse (the product of force and time) related to the change in momentum of an object?  How do we use energy in our everyday lives and in our occupation?  What does it mean to “conserve” energy?  This course provides a strong foundation for further studies in other science courses or as applied to today’s engineering and technology.

     

    Grade 12 Science

    Honors Chemistry

     

    This course will be inquiry-based to emphasize chemistry concepts through laboratory experience, tutorials and technological methods.  

     

    Physics II

    Prerequisite – Passing grade in Physics I. This course will be inquiry-based to emphasize the physical concepts through laboratory experience, tutorials and technological methods.  The course content will include waves, color, reflection and refraction, electrostatics, electric potential, electric current and magnetism.  Content will be derived from investigating questions such as: What part do waves play in our everyday lives?  What is sound and how is it produced?  What is light and how is it produced?   Why is the sky blue and sunsets red?  Why are objects different colors?  How is an echo of your voice similar to your image in a mirror?  How do the lenses in your eyes or the lenses in your eyeglasses work?  This course will provide a strong foundation for further studies in other science courses or as applied to today’s engineering and technology.

     

    * Honors courses involve an enriched, challenging curricula incorporating in-depth work that requires a serious student commitment. Students will work at an accelerated pace and are expected to be self-motivated learners.