The science program is designed to surpass the National Science Education Standard requirement of achieving scientific literacy. While the goal is to challenge students and provide an appropriate foundation for further studies and careers in science, the content is structured to foster positive attitudes toward science and increase student understanding of scientific knowledge, processes and technology.
The objective of this course is to develop a working knowledge of many fundamental aspects of modern chemistry, including: chemical symbols, nomenclature and formulas, manipulation of equations, stoichiometry, aqueous solution chemistry, acids and bases, the periodic table, theories of chemical bonding, thermochemistry, atomic theory, gas laws and the states of matter. Laboratory periods are used to reinforce the topic currently being considered and allow students to acquire reasoning skills for scientific investigations.
Pre-‐requisite: successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II/Trigonometry.
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general Chemistry is required.
Prerequisite: Chemistry is required; completion or concurrent enrollment in IM3 STEM or Higher Math.
AP Physics 1
Physics I, Advanced Placement is part of the college board’s redesign of Physics B, Advanced Placement, currently an approved AP course in our district. The Physics I, Advanced Placement course is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum), work, energy, power and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.
Prerequisite: Completion of Integrated Math 2 or higher math with a grade B or better. Enrollment in Integrated Math 3 STEM or higher.
AP Physics 2
Physics 2, Advanced Placement is the second course in the College Board’s redesigned algebra based introductory college level physics course. It follows the currently approved AP Physics 1 course. Students explore the principles of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, advanced electrical circuits, physical and geometric optics, and a variety of modern physics topics such as quantum mechanics, atomic physics and nuclear physics. Continuing the focus on inquiry-based learning fostered in AP Physics 1 students will continue to develop their scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.
Prerequisite: AP Physics 1 or Physics/Physics Honors Co-Requisites: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Integrated Math 3 STEM or higher math