Physical Science

The physical sciences are the sciences concerned with the study of inanimate natural objects. Physical Science as a course provides an introduction to scientific investigation through the perspective of chemistry and physics. The course focuses first on introductory chemistry with the properties of matter and the periodic table, atomic structure, compounds, and chemical reactions. The course then turns to physics where  the focus is on the relationship between velocity and acceleration, Newton's Laws governing forces and gravity, energy, momentum and waves. Labs or investigations are used to give scholars hands-on learning and practical applications for the material.

Honors Physical Science

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

 

The physical sciences are the sciences concerned with the study of inanimate natural objects. Honors Physical Science is an advanced course that provides an introduction to scientific investigation through the perspective of chemistry and physics. The course focuses first on introductory chemistry with the properties of matter and the periodic table, atomic structure, compounds, and chemical reactions. The course then turns to physics where the focus is on the relationship between velocity and acceleration, Newton's Laws governing forces and gravity, energy, momentum and waves. Labs or investigations are used to give scholars hands-on learning and practical applications for the material. As an honors course, topics are covered more in-depth and scholars are expected to perform at a higher level than a regular science course.

Biology

Biology consists of the study of basic principles governing all living things. Subject matter incorporates relevant sciences such as chemistry and environmental science to understand the processes necessary for life. The cell’s role in transforming energy is investigated along with the structure and function of DNA. Scholars explore ecosystem level processes through real world problems such as invasive species. Scholars enrolled in Biology utilize an evidence-based approach to investigate and explain scientific phenomenon as it relates to life.

Honors Biology

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation upon completion of a physical science or life science course. 

 

Honors Biology prepares scholars for an introductory college course in Biology. The components of Biology I exist inside the class, with an added higher level reading requirement. Scholars investigate biological phenomena and design models to explain the fundamental concepts observed. College bound scholars are strongly encouraged to enroll in Honors Biology.

Chemistry

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of Physical Science 

 

Chemistry examines the elements and the interactions of materials. Scholars examine atomic structure, gases, liquids, reaction prediction, solids, chemical bonding, molecular structures and shapes. Chemistry prepares scholars for the science portion of college-readiness tests and for college success.

Physics

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of Physical Science

 

Physics is the science concerning the study of motion, matter and energy. It seeks to explain the behavior and interrelationships of motion, matter and energy through the application of mathematics and observation in the laboratory. Physics prepares scholars for the science portion of college-readiness tests and for college success.

Ecology

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation upon completion of a physical science or life science course.

 

Ecology is a sub-discipline of biology that investigates the interactions between plants and animals and their environment. Scholars explore population, community and ecosystem level phenomena within select biomes such as forests, grasslands, tundras and deserts. Finally, scholars analyze current issues impacting human populations such as natural resource use and public health.

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