PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Physical Science Honors

Students have the opportunity to study the interplay of matter and energy involving the basic principles of physical, chemical, and life sciences. Topics include energy transfer and transformations, properties of matter, and earth cycles. Science, technology, and society components relate the topics to the students’ lives with the goal of producing a scientifically literate citizenry. This course is aligned with State standards in preparation for the CAPT experience in the spring of grade 10.

 

BIOLOGY

Biology Honors
Prerequisite: Physical Science

All students taking Biology will have the same core course material, studying the topics of biochemistry, cell structure and function, genetics and evolution. The curriculum is aligned with State standards for science. All levels of biology emphasize a hands-on, minds-on approach to increase student involvement in their learning. Labs and activities are done to illustrate the conceptual material. CAPT-like activities are done throughout the year to help students prepare for the CAPT.

 

PHYSICS

Sequential: Algebra 1 and Geometry
Physics – Honors
Sequential: At least Algebra 2 (Honors)

All students taking Physics will have the same core course material. Topics include scalars, vectors, kinematics, dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum, universal gravitation and planetary motion, simple harmonic motion, light, optics, static electricity, current electricity, electric circuits, electromagnetism and introductions to electronics, radioactivity and nuclear physics. Supplementary topics may be added by the instructor based on time available and student interests. The curriculum is aligned with National standards for science. The depth of content and the independence at which the students work determines the level of the course which should be selected. All levels of physics emphasize a hands-on, minds-on approach to increase student involvement in their learning.