Physical Science - 1325 (year)

Prerequisite:  Students must be currently enrolled in Algebra I.                                             

Grade:  9                                                                              

Credit:  1.00

CP Physical Science explores the fundamental ideas of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy through conceptual analysis. Students will develop problem-solving skills and laboratory techniques while investigating topics such as classification of matter, atomic structure, periodic trends of elements, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, conservation of energy, waves, thermal energy, electricity, motion, forces and the history of the universe.

Sample Labs and Special Projects:

  • Element Project

  • Chemistry in a Bag

  • Newton Car

  • Egg Drop Parachute

  • Electrified Cardboard House

  • Egg Drop Box


CP Physical Science - 1323 (year)                    

Prerequisite: Students must be concurrently enrolled in CP Algebra I or higher.

Grade:  9                                                              

Credit:  1.00

CP Physical Science explores the fundamental concepts of Chemistry and Physics and enhances students’ thinking by using math, graphs and charts. Students will develop problem-solving skills, data analysis techniques and laboratory techniques while investigating topics such as classification of matter, atomic structure, periodic trends of elements, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, conservation of energy, waves, thermal energy, electricity, motion and forces.

Sample Labs and Special Projects:

  • Element Project

  • Chemistry in a Bag

  • Egg Drop Parachute

  • Electrified Cardboard House

  • Egg Drop Box


Physical Science AP Track - 1324 (year)                    

Prerequisite: Students must be concurrently enrolled in Honors Algebra I, CP Geometry, Honors Geometry or Honors Algebra II-Trig. Students must pass the Science Placement Exam (administered in the Spring).

Grade:  9                                                              

Credit:  1.00

AP Track Physical Science is an accelerated, Pre-AP mathematical based science course focusing on Chemistry and Physics. Students will utilize extensive mathematical, graphical and diagrammatic techniques to analyze problem situations. First semester is devoted to Chemistry, focusing on rates of change, periodic table, chemical nomenclature, the mole concept, chemical reactions and stoichiometry. Second semester is devoted to Physics, focusing on linear and projectile motion, forces, energy, momentum and rotation. STEM projects and qualitative laboratory analysis techniques are incorporated throughout the year.

Students who enroll in this course are expected to be placed and enroll in honors and advanced placement Science courses during their Sophomore, Junior and Senior year.

Sample Labs and Special Projects:

  • Walking Rates of Change

  •  Qualitative Analysis of Unknown Chemicals

  • Analysis of Chemical Reactions

  • STEM Projects - Raw Egg Parachute, Marshmallow Launcher, Raw Egg Drop Box, Raw Egg Crash Car


Biology - 1311                                  

Prerequisite:  Open to students who have successfully completed Physical Science or earned a 75% or lower in CP Physical Science.

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:  Open to students who earned a 76% or higher in CP Physical Science or earned an 85% or higher in Physical Science.

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

  • Classification Labs

  • Dichotomous Keys

  • Pedigrees


Honors Biology - 1318                  

Prerequisite:  Open to students who earned an 88% or higher in AP Track Physical Science or earned a 93% or higher in CP Physical Science.

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 ecosystems

Labs and Special Projects:

  • Microscope Labs

  • Photosynthesis activities

  • DNA Analysis

  • Osmosis Labs

  • Karyotypes and pedigrees


Anatomy & Physiology - 1319                  

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

Anatomy and Physiology provides our students with an in-depth study 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


AP Biology - 1313                

Prerequisite:  Open to juniors or seniors with a 93% or above average in Honors Biology as well as a 90% or above in Honors Chemistry.

Grade:  11-12

Credit:  1.00

This one year AP Biology course will allow students to cultivate their understanding of Biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes, energy and communication, genetics, information transfer and ecology. Students will take the AP Biology exam in May.

Labs and Special Projects:

  • *Mathematical Modeling: Hardy Weinberg

  • *Comparing DNA Sequences to Understanding evolutionary Relationships

  • *Diffusion & Osmosis

  • *Rate of Photosynthesis

  • *Cellular Respiration

  • *Cell Division: Mitosis & Meiosis

  • *Biotechnology: Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA

  • *Enzyme Activity


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 (Science Inquiry) as a freshman; Open to Sophomores with a 93% or above in Physical Science AP Track.

Grade:  11

Credit: 1.00

(Lab Manual $10)
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. ls. 

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 (1301) or above 76% in Honors Biology (1318).

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

  • Flame Test and Isotope Labs


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 or Intro to 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:

  • Investigation of Newton’s Laws using scooters and

    carts

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

  • Investigation of circular motion with planes


University of Findlay Physics 250/250L General Physics I Lecture and Lab: College Credit Plus (Calculus-Based Physics for non-college credit plus students) - 1335             

Prerequisite for College Credit Plus Enrollment: Students must pass the University of Findlay’s Accuplacer Test

Corequisite : Open to Seniors who are enrolled in SFD’s UF MATH 141 Calculus I (College Credit Plus), AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC or Intro to Calculus. It is highly recommended that students take both Calculus and Physics concurrently.

Grade:  12

Credit: 1.00
College Credit Plus Credit: 4.00 Semester Hours

General Physics I Lecture and Lab is the study of linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, including Newton’s Laws of Motion, Conservation of Momentum, Conservation of Energy, Heat, Fluids and Oscillations. Emphasis is placed on both conceptual and mathematical understanding, application of physical laws and problem solving. Calculus connections are used throughout the course.

A variety of laboratory experiences, experimental design problems and group projects are coordinated with the topics covered, with a minimum of two labs per unit. Data will be gathered, organized, analyzed and presented in various formats.


AP Physics C: Mechanics (Calculus-Based) - 1306                

Prerequisite:  Open to juniors or seniors who are concurrently enrolled in AP Calculus BC or AP Calculus
AB AND have taken Honors Chemistry or AP Chemistry. A freshman background of AP Track Physical Science is also preferred. Requires the recommendation of both the Chemistry and the Calculus teachers.

Grade:  12

Credit:  1.00

AP Physics C: Mechanics focuses on the topics of motion, force, energy, momentum, rotation, universal gravitation and harmonic motion, all with Calculus. Problem solving skills will be developed from a mathematical, graphical and diagrammatical perspective. There will be approximately 12-14 laboratory experiments throughout the year.

All students are required to take the AP exam in May. Students must be willing to commit to recitation at 7:00 am once a week and 6 hours 2 days prior to the beginning of the school year.


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 Physical Science AP Track and scored a 93% or above on the First Semester Exam; 90% or above in Honors Chemistry, and the recommendations of math and Physical Science AP Track teachers.

Grade:  11-12 

Credit:  1.00                                       

(Lab Manual &10)
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