This course will cover the biological systems in more detail, using the Next Generatiom Life Science Standards. Topics that may be explored include cell organization, function, and reproduction; energy transformation, genetics, heredity, genetic technology, and the evolution and adaptation of organisms. Students will be expected to complete both labratory and homework on a regular basis.
HONORS CHEMISTRY (Pre-AP Chemistry)
Honors Chemistry is a prerequisite for AP Chemistry that focuses on an inquiry based approach to science. Topics in this course include measurement, the particulate nature of matter, chemical formulas and equations, bonding, molecular structure, quantitative relationships and quantum theory, kinetic theory, gas laws, intermolecular forces, phase changes, acids and bases, equilibrium, redox reactions and nuclear chemistry.
**This course is only offered on odd years. ** Following the curricula recommended by the College Board, AP Chemistry courses usually follow high school chemistry and second-year algebra. Topics covered may include atomic theory and structure; chemical bonding; nuclear chemistry; states of matter; and reactions (stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics). AP Chemistry laboratories are equivalent to those of typical college courses.
Adhering to the curricula recommended by the College Board and designed to parallel college-level introductory biology couses. AP Biology courses stress basic facts and their synthesis into major biological concepts and themes. These courses cover three general areas: molecules and cells (including biological chemistry and energy transformation); genetics and evolution: and organisms and populations (i.e. taxonomy, plants, animals, and ecology). AP Biology courses include college-level laboratory experiments.
AP PHYSICS I
**This course is only offered on even years.** Designed by the College Board, AP Physics I is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.