Science

  • AP BIOLOGY

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: Chemistry (or currently enrolled in chemistry)

    Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

    Course Description:  AP Biology is a college lab-based course designed for students who have a strong background in chemistry and algebra and are ready for college-level reading. The course explores 4 Big Ideas of Biology: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life; Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis; Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes; Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. Students are expected to take the AP Biology Test in May and will earn up to 10 university credits for a passing score (dependent on university).

     

    AP PHYSICS ONE  

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

    Course Description:  AP Physics 1 is a lab-based course designed for students who have a strong background in algebra and geometry and are ready for college-level reading.  The course explores the fundamentals of how our Universe works through 6 Big Ideas in Physics:  The Structure of Matter, The Field Concept, The Force Concept, Predicting Motion, Conservation Laws (Energy and Momentum), and Waves and Transfer Mechanisms.  Students are expected to take the AP Physics 1 Test in May.  Recommended: “B” or better in Algebra 1-2 and Geometry. 

     

    AP PHYSICS TWO  

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: AP Physics One

    Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

    Course Description: AP Physics 2 is a second-year Physics course and may be taken after AP Physics 1, or with instructor recommendation after Physics 1-2. This is a lab-based course that expands on the 6 Big Ideas in Physics by exploring topics such as Electromagnetism, Electric Circuits, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Special Relativity, Nuclear Reactions, and Quantum Mechanics.  Students are expected to take the AP Physics 2 Test in May.  Recommended: “B” or better in Algebra 1-2 and Geometry. 

     

    CHEMISTRY 

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

    Course Description:  Chemistry is a college prep lab class designed to increase all student’s understanding of matter, chemical reactions and bonding, mass relationships in reactions, the role of energy in chemical change, and acids and bases.  Students enrolled in chemistry use a variety of lab activities, investigations and demonstrations to better understand the physical world around them.  This class is organized in a manner that provides a solid foundational understanding for students interested in going on to science classes at the college level. Recommended “C” or better in Algebra 1-2

     

    PHYSICS 1/2   

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

    Course Description:  Physics 1-2 is a lab-based course where students learn science by designing and performing their own experiments in order to discover important ideas.  This course is a good preparation for college, but is not as rigorous as AP Physics 1.  The course explores the fundamentals of how our Universe works through 6 Big Ideas in Physics:  The Structure of Matter, The Field Concept, The Force Concept, Predicting Motion, Conservation of Energy, and Waves. Recommended: “C” or better in Algebra 1-2 and Geometry. 

     

    ROBOTICS 1/2  

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science or Career and Tech Ed

    Course Description:  Want to build a Robot?  In Robotics, you’ll learn how to design machines, draw them on a computer using CAD, and then make them in the shop.  This is a great course if you’re interested in learning about Engineering or Manufacturing/Trades related fields and learn skills that will stick with you for the rest of your life.  All students who take this class participate in the NorthWest Regional Robotics Competition, held at Lindbergh in May.  Recommended: “C” or better in Algebra 1-2

Last Modified on December 26, 2017