CP Physical Science - 1323 (year)

Prerequisite:  None                                             

Grade:  9                                                                              

Credit:  1.00

CP Physical Science explores the fundamental concepts of astronomy, chemistry, and physics. Students will develop problem-solving skills and laboratory techniques while investigating topics such as the classification of matter, atoms, periodic trends of the elements, bonding compounds, conservation of Energy, forces, motion, History of the Universe and Galaxy formation.

 Labs and Special Projects:

Identification of Unknown Substances

Investigation of  motion, pressure and force

Spectral Line Analysis

Newton Cars

 

Physical Science AP Track - 1324 (year)                    

Prerequisite: Students must be recommended by their 8th grade science teacher, pass the Science placement exam and have an "A" average in both science and math.  Students must also be concurrently enrolled in Honors Algebra I, Honors Geometry, CP Geometry or higher during freshman year.

Grade:  9                                                              

Credit:  1.00

Physical Science AP Track is an honors-level mathematical based physical science course designed to develop and enhance students' skills in conceptual, graphical and mathematical problem solving and to develop laboratory techniques.  One semester is devoted to Chemistry, focusing on standard units of measurement, periodic table, chemical nomenclature, the mole concept and chemical reactions.  One semester is devoted to Physics, focusing on linear motion, projectile motion, forces, energy, momentum and rotation. 

Sample Labs and Special Projects:

Walking Rates of Change

Qualitative Analysis of Chemical Unknowns

STEM Projects such as design and build a rolling can, raw egg bungee jump, raw egg drop box, raw egg parachute and Hot Wheels roller coaster

Use of the TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator 

 

Biology - 1311                                   

Prerequisite:  Science course for sophomores with 79% or below in Science Insights

Grade:  10

Credit:  1.00

Biology provides our students with a basic understanding of living organism through hands-on activities, labs, and demonstrations.  Biological concepts are applied to everyday life situations.  Students develop an understanding heredity, evolution and the diversity and interdependence of life.

 Labs and Special Projects:

Microscope Labs

Classification Labs

Karyotypes

Pedigrees

 

College Prep Biology - 1301                          

Prerequisite:  Science course for sophomores with an 80% or above in Science Insights

Grade:  10

Credit:  1.00

College Prep Biology provides our students with an opportunity to develop skills that facilitate investigation and problem solving centered on biological concepts.  The course provides an in-depth study of the cells, modern genetics, evolution, classification systems and ecosystems.

Labs and Special Projects:

Microscope Labs

Dichotomous Keys

Karyotypes

Pedigrees

 

Honors Biology - 1318                    

Prerequisite:  Open to sophomores with a 88% average or better in Science Inquiry or a 95% or better average in Science Insights 

Grade:  10

Credit:  1.00

Honors Biology is a course designed for students interested in the study of Biology at an in-depth level.  Students will study cell structure and function, cell division and differentiation, modern genetics, mutations, evolution, classification systems and ecosystem

Labs and Special Projects:

Microscope Labs

Photosynthesis activities

DNA Analysis

Osmosis Labs

Karyotypes and pedigrees

 

 Advanced Biology - 1302                

Prerequisite:  Open to juniors with 85% average in College Prep or Honors Biology and concurrent enrollment in CP or Honors chemistry; open to seniors with 85% in CP or Honors chemistry.

Grade:  11-12

Credit:  1.00

Advanced Biology provides our students with an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.  This course covers the hierarchy or structural organization, homeostasis and correct anatomical terminology.  Every student must complete several research reports over various diseases, ethical issues and medical discoveries.  Our students dissect various organisms to compare and contrast the systems of the body. 

 Labs and Special Projects:

Lab Practical (individual skeletal bones, dissected organisms)

Dissection of the fetal pig and dogfish shark

Blood Pressure and Heart rate

Urinalysis

 

 

Chemistry - 1314                               

Prerequisite:  Open to juniors and seniors enrolled in Geometry, Algebra II

Grade: 11-12                                                               

Credit:  1:00

Chemistry students develop problem solving skills and laboratory techniques while investigating topics such as the metric system, periodic table, atomic structure, the mole concept and gas laws. 

Labs and Special Projects:

Gas Law Experiments

Periodic Table Projects

Identification of unknown substances

 

Honors Chemistry – 1317                               

Prerequisite:  Open to juniors enrolled in Honors Alg. II & Trig., Algebra II-Trig, Pre-Calculus or Calculus AP Track who have taken Physical Science AP Track as a freshman; Open to Sophomores with a 93% or above in Physical Science AP Track;  Lab Manual $10

Grade:  10-11

Credit: 1.00                          

 Honors Chemistry is a course designed for students interested in the study of Chemistry at an in-depth level.  Students learn problem solving techniques in order to understand the basis of chemical bonding, thermodynamics and intermolecular forces.  Weekly laboratory investigations are designed to illustrate lecture material and to teach laboratory techniques and writing skills. 

Labs and Special Projects:

Stoichiometry of a Chemical Reaction

Beer’s Law and the Concentration of a Solution

Intermolecular Forces

 

College-Prep Chemistry - 1303                     

Prerequisite:  Open to juniors who will be enrolled in Honors Alg. II Trig., Algebra II-Trig or Pre-Calculus; must have a minimum of 85% in CP Biology.

Grade:  11-12

Credit:  1.00

College-Prep Chemistry students develop problem-solving skills and laboratory techniques while investigating topics such as the standard units of measurement, periodic table, chemical nomenclature, the mole concept, gas laws, atomic structure and thermodynamics.  Students enhance their ability to think abstractly by constructing various models.  Mathematical problem solving is emphasized.

Labs and Special Projects:

pH Titrations

Empirical Formula Determination

Specific Heat of Various Metals

Gas Law Experiments

 

College Prep Physics - 1304                           

Prerequisite:  Open to seniors, also enrolled in Pre-Calculus, Alg. III or Algebra II Trigonometry, who have an 81% or above average in Chemistry or CP Chemistry.

This class is NOT open to students who are currently enrolled in or who have taken Calculus.

Grade:  12

Credit: 1.00

 Physics students explore the fundamentals of physical phenomena by solving both conceptual and mathematical problems using various real-life situations.  Topics such as linear and rotational motion, wave phenomena, energy, and electricity and magnetism provide students with a thorough conceptual understanding that is supported with mathematics.

Labs and Special Projects:

Design, Build and Test a Tennis Ball Projectile Launcher

Investigation of Motion, Pressure, Force, and Acceleration using the Texas Instruments CBL System

Build an Electromagnetic Mini-Motor

Design and building mouse trap car

 

Calculus-Based Physics - 1307                      

Prerequisite: Open to seniors who are enrolled in Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC or Intro to Calculus or who have already completed Calculus.  

It is highly recommended that students take both Calculus AB or BC and Calculus based Physics concurrently.

Grade:  12

Credit: 1.00

*This course is available for Dual Enrollment credit though Ohio Dominican University.

Calculus-Based Physics is the study of linear motion, projectile motion, forces, circular and rotational motion, energy, momentum, vibrations and waves, sound and light.  Emphasis is placed on the relationship between Calculus and Physics. 

Samples of Labs and Special Projects:

Walking Rates of Change with emphasis on Calculus

Calculus-Physics Project with formal presentation

Experiment Problems in force, drag, momentum, circular motion and harmonic motion

Calculus-Physics Olympics

 

AP Calculus-Based Physics - 1306                  

Prerequisite:  Open to seniors who are enrolled in AP Calculus BC.  Requires the recommendation of both the Chemistry and the Calculus teachers  

Grade:  12

Credit:  1.00

AP Calculus Based Physics focuses on the topics covered on the AP Physics C Mechanics exam (Physics with Calculus). Motion, force, energy, momentum, rotation, universal gravitation and harmonic motion are explored.

The goals of the course are to:

1) Develop a conceptual, mathematical, graphical and diagrammatical understanding of mechanics,

2) Utilize Calculus

3) Develop problem solving skills at the level of those on the AP Physics C Mechanics exam.

All Students are required to take the AP exam in May.  Students must be willing to commit to study sessions at 7:00 a.m. once a week.

Samples of Labs and Special Projects:

Walking Rates of Change with Calculus

Calculus-Physics Project with formal presentation

Experimental Design

Experiments in force, drag, momentum, circular  motion and harmonic motion

Calculus-Physics Olympics

 

AP Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry - 1308 (semester/double block)  

Prerequisite:  Open to juniors and seniors enrolled in Calculus AP Track or Pre-Calculus, who have a 93% or above average in Chemistry or Science Inquiry, 90% or above in Honors Chemistry,  and the recommendations of math and chemistry or science inquiry teachers; Lab Manual: $10

Grade:  11-12 

Credit:  1.00                                         

This first half of a two-semester sequence is an advanced placement course of study designed for students interested in taking the AP chemistry exam in May.  This course develops a student’s understanding of the foundations and theoretical aspects of chemistry through a problem-solving approach.  Topics such as the nature and structure of matter, the kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics and electrochemistry will be presented in considerable depth.  All students must take the Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry in the second semester.

Labs and Special Projects:

thermodynamics lab

using a spectrometer to determine concentration

gas laws lab

intermolecular forces lab

the conductivity of solutions lab

 

AP Introduction to Organic, Biochemistry and Physical Chemistry - 1309 

Prerequisite:  Open to juniors and seniors who have completed one semester of Foundations of Inorganic

Credit:  1.00

The second half of this two-semester advanced placement chemistry sequence covers the chemistry of hydrocarbons and biomolecules, and the physical chemistry topics of equilibrium, kinetics and electrochemistry.  Bonding, structure, stereochemistry, nomenclature, and the structures and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins will be emphasized in the organic portion of the course.  An in depth look at the rates of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium and electrochemical cells will be addressed in the physical chemistry portion.  All students will take the AP chemistry in May.

Labs and Special Projects:

Molecular models

Esterification reactions

chemical equilibrium

iodine clock reaction

acid base titrations

 

Earth Science – 1321 (year)            

Prerequisite:  Must have successfully completed Chemistry

Grade:  12

Credit:  1.00

Earth Science will advance student knowledge of the Earth and its systems through classroom discussion and laboratory explorations.  The following topics will be covered:  geologic time, minerals, rocks, volcanoes, weathering, water, glaciation, deserts, wind, shorelines, crustal deformation, earthquakes, earth’s interior, ocean floor, plate tectonics, mountain building, energy/mineral resources, atmosphere, weather, and the solar system.