Science9th - 12th
Grade 9: Biology
Students will use scientific methods and equipment to conduct laboratory and field investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices. They will learn about genetics, taxonomy, the significance of various molecules involved in metabolic processes and energy conversions that occur in living organisms, and that biological systems are composed of multiple levels that work together to maintain balance.
Grade 10: Chemistry
Students will use scientific methods and equipment to conduct laboratory and field investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices. They will learn about chemical and physical properties of matter, the Periodic Table, atomic theory, and understand how to quantify the changes that occur during chemical reactions. They will also learn the principles of ideal gas behavior, kinetic molecular theory, and the conditions that influence the behavior of gases.
Brief Course Description:
AP Biology is a year-long course designed for high school students as an opportunity to earn AP credit on their high school transcript, as well as placement credit for an introductory college-level science course. Students who earn a qualifying score on the AP Biology Exam are typically eligible to receive college credit and placement in an advanced science course in college.
AP Biology course focuses on enduring, conceptual understanding and the content that supports them through inquiry-based learning of essential concepts and less on rote memorization and recall of facts.
This course is structured around the four big ideas and enduring understandings identified in the AP Biology Curriculum Framework. Each unit is organized and taught with great attention to the Big Ideas below. Lessons are designed to interweave the Big Ideas throughout the course. The Big Ideas are:
Big Idea 1 – The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
Big Idea 2 – Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
Big Idea 3 – Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
Big Idea 4 – Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
Students will go over examples that offer simple and concise solutions that model how newly introduced equations and units are used. Conceptual examples pose a thought-provoking question and then explain the logical reasoning and physics concepts needed to answer it. Active examples ask students to take an active role in solving the problem by thinking through the logic described on the left and verifying their answers on the right. Physics & You features throughout the book explain the physics behind interesting technologies, the impact of technology on society, and the role of physics in various careers. Technology passages in the discussion explain how various modern technologies make use of the physics concepts just learned. Rich lab explorations and study support that allow students to practice and reinforce essential skills.
Dual Credit Courses
The following courses are taken through our dual credit program starting at the end of 10th grade.
- BIOL 1406/7
- CHEM 1411/2
- PHYS 1401/2
- GEOL 1403/5
- ECON 2301
- COSC 1401
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