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SCIENCE
 
The Science Program has two major divisions: Junior Science and Senior Science.
 
The purpose of the Junior Science program is to teach students about the physical world, to teach them to observe it and to think about it in different ways. Students investigate their surroundings from a personal perspective. They study not only the physical characteristics of their environment, but also how the environment affects their lives and how they, in turn, can affect their environment. It is essential that citizens of a world facing such problems as energy shortage and pollution understand what scientists do and how they work in research. All the courses make extensive use of labs, projects, and field studies, where appropriate. The skills addressed by the new curriculum are: questioning and predicting, planning and conducting experiments, analyzing and evaluating data, applying learnings to new situations and communicating scientific ideas to the community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SCIENCE 9                                                                                                    MSC- -09
 
The skills and processes of Science are developed through a variety of activities found in the following organizers:
 
            Cells are derived from cells.
            The electron arrangement of atoms impacts their chemical nature.
            Electricity is the flow of electrons.
            The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere are interconnected.
 
In addition, emphasis is placed on laboratory skill development, critical thinking and data analysis.
 
 
  
 
 
SCIENCE 10                                                                                                  MSC- -10
 
The skills and processes of Science are extended through a variety of activities found in the following organizers:
 
Life Science: DNA structure and function, Genes, Evolution and Inheritance
Physical Science: Chemical Reaction and Radioactivity, Motion
Space Science:  Formation of the Universe, Collecting Astronomical Data
 
Each year, students participate in Physics Day at the PNE.
 
 
 
ELL SCIENCE                                                                                                 XLDCE10SC
Students will study scientific concepts in topics including biology, chemistry, physics and earth / space science. The emphasis will be to learn the science laboratory skills and to develop English Language skills required for grade level Science courses.
 
 
While the Senior Science Program is comprised of advanced electives, bear in mind that all students must complete one Senior Science course in order to fulfill the graduation requirements. Students should carefully choose which Science 11 course(s) they take, since this dictates which Science 12 course(s) they are allowed. Requirements for graduation and post-secondary institutions must also be considered.
 
 
 

BIOLOGY 11                                                                                                 MBI- -11

 
Students are introduced to a variety of biological skills and scientific processes.  This course allows the student to develop an understanding of the vast array of living organisms on the planet.  Lab work is an important aspect of this course.  The course curriculum includes:  Taxonomy, Evolution, Ecology, Microbiology, Plants, and Animals. 
 
 
 

BIOLOGY 12                                                                                               MBI- -12                                                                                        

Students will continue to develop their biological skills and scientific processes.  It is strongly recommended that Biology 11 precede this course.  It is also helpful to have finished Chemistry 11 or be taking it concurrently.  Students are expected to know how to use dissection and compound microscopes, conduct experiments in biology, calculate magnification and have a basic understanding of organic chemistry and body systems in animals.
 
In this course, students will explore cell biology, the human body and associated medical terms.  In cell biology students will cover the topics of: Cells and Cell Membranes, DNA Replication, Protein Synthesis, Enzymes and Metabolism.  For the human biology portion, students will study the following six systems in detail:  Digestive, Circulatory, Respiratory, Nervous, Excretory and Reproductive.
 
 
 

BIOLOGY 11 PRE AP                                                                                 MBI- -11ENR

Pre-Requisite Course Required: Science 10, Application Form Submitted
A supplemental AP application form is required.
 
This course is similar to an enriched Biology 11 curriculum, however it will take a more laboratory intensive, inquiry-based study of how living organisms evolve and interact with their environment.  This course is designed for students planning to enter AP Biology 12 and write the AP Biology exam.  It is strongly recommended that Chemistry 11 precede or be taken concurrently with Biology 11 Pre AP.  A laboratory notebook must be kept and will be worth 20% of the grade. 
 
Biology AP is divided into four Big Ideas and seven Scientific Practices.  This course will cover two Big Ideas and start developing students’ Scientific Practices.  Topics used to cover these ideas include: Evolution, Immunology, Cell Systems, Ecology, Plant and Animal Systems.
 
 
 

AP BIOLOGY 12                                                                                      ABIO-12          

Pre-Requisite Course Required: Biology 11 Pre AP, Application Form Submitted
A supplemental AP application form is required.
 
 
This course is the continuation of Biology 11 Pre AP and students are expected to know the curriculum and laboratory experiments from Biology 11 Honors.  It is strongly recommended that student complete Chemistry 11 preceding this course.  Students are expected to write the AP Biology exam.  As in Biology 11 Pre AP, a laboratory notebook must be kept and will be worth 20% of the grade.
 
This course will explore the final two Big Ideas and offer students more time to use their Scientific Practices.  Topics used to cover this material include: Biochemistry, Ecology, Mendelian Genetics, Mitosis and Meiosis, the Endocrine and Nervous System.
 
AP Biology 12 students write the AP Biology exam in May.
 
 
  
 
CHEMISTRY 11                                                                                           MCH- -11
 
Chemistry 11 has seven core topics.  One or two optional topics may be covered, depending on available time.  Approximately 20% of time will involve laboratory work.
 
The core topics are: Introduction to Chemistry, Atoms, Molecules and Ions, Mole Concept, Chemical Reactions, Atomic Theory, Solution Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
 
 
 
 
CHEMISTRY 11 PRE AP                                                                            MCH- -11ENR
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Science 10, Application Form Submitted
A supplemental AP application form is required.
 
This course is similar to an enriched Chemistry 11 curriculum, however it will take a more laboratory intensive, inquiry-based study of how the macroscale (the scale at which they observe phenomena) to the nanoscale (the scale at which atoms and molecules interact). Students demonstrate that they have made these connections symbolically, graphically, and mathematically throughout the year. This course is designed for students planning to enter AP Chemistry 12 and write the AP Chemistry exam.  A laboratory notebook must be kept and will be worth 20% of the grade.
 
The concepts are organized around chemical principles called big ideas that include the following topics:  Atoms, Reactions and Stoichiometry, Chemical Energy and Thermodynamics, Atomic and Molecular Structure, Gases and Intermolecular Forces.
 
 
 
 
CHEMISTRY 12                                                                                           MCH- -12
 
Chemistry 12 is organized around five units.  Approximately 20% of the time will involve laboratory work.  The concepts of the mole, molarity, solutions, and ions taught in Chemistry 11 are required to be successful in this course.
 
The core topics are: Reaction Kinetics, Equilibrium, Solubility, Acids, Bases and Salts, and Oxidation / Reduction Reactions.
 
 
 
AP CHEMISTRY 12                                                                                      ACHE-12      
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Chemistry 11 Pre AP, Application Form Submitted
A supplemental AP application form is required.
 
This course is the continuation of Chemistry 11 Pre AP and students are expected to know the curriculum and laboratory experiments from Chemistry 11 Pre AP. Students are expected to write the AP Chemistry exam.   As in Chemistry 11 Pre AP, a laboratory notebook must be kept and will be worth 20% of the grade.
 
The primary goal of AP Chemistry is for students to connect the macroscale (the scale at which they observe phenomena) to the nanoscale (the scale at which atoms and molecules interact). Students demonstrate that they have made these connections symbolically, graphically, and mathematically throughout the year.
 
The concepts covered include: Kinetics, General and Solubility Equilibria, Acid-Base Equilibria, and Reactions Involving Electron Transfer.
 
 
 
 
PHYSICS 11                                                                                                  MPH- -11
                                                                                               
It is recommended that Pre-Calculus 11 precede or be taken concurrently with Physics 11.  This course allows the student to develop an understanding of the physical world in one dimension.  It consists of traditional laboratory and lecture sessions integrated into a technologically enhanced science classroom.   
 
The course contents include:  Laboratory Skills, Kinematics, Dynamics, Momentum, Energy, Wave Motion, Geometrical Optics, Special Relativity, Nuclear Fission and Fusion.
 
Each year, students participate in Physics Day at the PNE.
 
 
 
 
PHYSICS 12                                                                                                  MPH- -12
 
It is recommended that Pre-Calculus 12 precede or be taken concurrently with Physics 12.  This course allows the student to develop an understanding of the physical world in two and three dimensions.  This course consists of laboratory and lecture sessions and students are required to keep an inquiry laboratory journal. 
 
The major concepts of this course include: Vectors, Kinematics, Dynamics, Circular Motion and Gravitation, Equilibrium, Momentum, Work, Energy and Power, Electrostatics, Electric Circuits, and Electromagnetism.
 
Each year, students participate in the tour of the particle-accelerator at TRIUMF, UBC. 
 
 
  
 
 
AP PHYSICS 1                                                                                              APHH-11
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Science 10, Pre-Calculus 11, Application Form Submitted
(Pre-Calculus 11 may be taken concurrently)
A supplemental AP application form is required.
 
It is recommended that Pre-Calculus 11 precede or be taken concurrently with AP Physics 1.  The student should also be competent in math and physics at the grade 10 level.  This is a mathematically intensive course, to develop the student’s understanding of the physical world through lectured discussions, and inquiry-based activities.  Students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills and apply these skills to solving physics problems in one and two-dimensions. 
 
This course includes: Newtonian Mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, equilibrium, rotational motion), Work, Energy, Power, Mechanical Waves and Sound, Simple Circuitry
 
Each year, students participate in Physics Day at the PNE amusement park.
 
Students write the AP Physics 1 exam in May.  Upon successful completion of the course they will continue with AP Physics 2 the year after.
 
 
 
 
AP PHYSICS 2                                                                                              APHH-12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: AP Physics 1, Application Form Submitted.
Recommended: Pre-Calculus 12 (To be taken concurrently)
A supplemental AP application form is required.
 
This course is the continuation of AP Physics 1 and students are expected to know the curriculum and laboratory experiments from AP Physics 1.  This is a mathematically intensive course to develop the student’s understanding of the physical world through lectured discussion and inquiring based-activities. Students develop critical thinking skills and apply these skills to solving problems in two and three-dimensions. 
 
This course includes: Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory, Electrostatics and Circuits with Capacitors, Electromagnetism, Optics, Quantum, Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
 
Each year, students participate in a tour of TRIUMF, the National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics.
 
AP Physics 2 students write the AP Physics 2 exam in May.
 
 

 

 
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