Courses

Science Courses 2014-15


Physical Science

This laboratory course affords student the opportunity to learn scientific principles and concepts, and application of course content knowledge through a variety of experiments in chemistry and physics. Students explore the universe through the study of the nature of matter and atoms, how chemicals mix and react, motion, energy, and the forces that hold the universe together. Prerequisite: Enrollment in or completion of Algebra or Intermediate Algebra.

Two semesters (Grades 9, 10 and 11) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040701


Biology

This course is an introduction to the study of science and scientific method at Hoban as well as learning about living organisms. The first semester is spent largely on the similarities between all living things, biochemistry, energy use, and cell theory. The fundamentals of scientific inquiry are studied as part of plant biology. The second part of the course considers genetics, molecular biology, taxonomy, evolution and ecology. Microorganisms and animals are added to the examples used to study adaptations of living beings to their environments.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040101 / 040201


Advanced Placement Biology

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. The materials to be covered in this class are as follows: (1) Molecules and Cells, 25%; (2) Heredity and Evolution, 25%; (3) Organisms and Populations, 50%. The emphasis in this class is developing an understanding of concepts rather than memorizing terms and technical details. Students must have maintained a B+ average in their current science class and successfully completed Chemistry. Approval will come at the discretion of the current science teacher in consultation with the science department chairperson and the AP Biology teacher.

Two Semesters (Grade 11, 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040404


Honors Human Anatomy/Physiology

This course is intended for the student who wishes to learn about the structure and function of the human body in detail. Each system will be studied in terms of anatomy (identifies and relates the individual parts to the whole), physiology (an understanding of the function of the parts of the system), and pathology (relates a specific disorder to the abnormal functioning of the whole organism.) Students will also learn how new technologies work and how the results are interpreted when it applies. Anatomy and physiology-related career opportunities, and educational requirements needed to achieve careers in these areas will be presented. The course demands independent study and extensive preparation outside of class. Students will be required to take lab practical exams for a substantial portion of their grade. The student must be able to see the relationships between a drawing/illustration and the real thing. Rigorous laboratory activities and mammalian dissection is required. Students will dissect: fetal pig, pig heart, cow eye and sheep brain. Tests will largely be in the form of essays, where the student will need to show that they understand completely how a cell, tissue, or organ system works. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry or current enrollment in Chemistry.

Two semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040907


Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of matter, its changes, and the energy transformations that accompany these changes. The scientific method is used and theory is applied through laboratory work and demonstration experiments. Prerequisite: Algebra II, concurrent or completed. This laboratory course is open to students who have completed Biology and Intermediate Algebra I with a C average or better.

Two semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040904


Honors Chemistry

This course emphasizes the scientific method as it covers the basics of chemistry. The relationship between matter and energy is emphasized using demonstrations, laboratory experiments, lecture and projects. The use of micro scale labs is emphasized as much as possible. Atomic structure is emphasized to explain the mathematical and descriptive concepts to be learned throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Teacher approval. Concurrent enrollment in or completion of H Algebra II. Students must have received a B or better in both Biology and Intermediate Algebra I.

Two Semesters (Grade 10) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040204


Advanced Placement Chemistry

This course is designed for college-bound students who wish to enrich their knowledge of chemistry and develop more advanced skills and techniques. It is based on the national Advanced Placement Curriculum in Chemistry, and students will be prepared to take the Advance Placement Test. Topics covered in the class include atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, gases, liquids, and solids, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: B+ average in Chemistry and enrolled in or completed an advanced math course. Approval will come at the discretion of the current science teacher in consultation with the science department chairperson and the AP Chemistry teacher. Students are expected to take the AP Test in May.

Two Semesters (Grade 11, 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040403


Conceptual Chemistry

This course is designed to stimulate higher-level thinking skills without emphasizing mathematics. Students are introduced to chemistry conceptually. Class lectures, demonstrations, class discussions and videos support the conceptual stage of learning chemistry. The use of personal experience in everyday language is maximized. Chemistry will be seen as being everywhere and part of everything experienced, not only as mathematical equations or as a classroom and laboratory activity. It is open to students who have completed Intermediate Algebra I.

Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040903


Physics

Explanations of the physical phenomena occurring in the universe are explored. Systematic investigations will be conducted and students will make practical use of their knowledge by conducting numerous experiments. Projects designed to evaluate their knowledge of physics principles will be completed.
This laboratory course is an elective for 11th and 12th Grade students who are enrolled Algebra II or an advanced mathematics course.

Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040401


Honors Physics

This two-semester laboratory course is an elective for students who excel in math and science. Explanations of the physical phenomena occurring in the universe are explored. Systematic investigations will be conducted, and students will make practical use of their knowledge by conducting experiments and completing research and small group projects. These projects are designed to evaluate the knowledge of the completed physics principles. Prerequisite: Chemistry. Enrollment in H Pre-Calculus or College Algebra with Trigonometry

Two Semester (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040402


Advanced Placement Physics C

This course follows the content outlined in the College Board’s Advanced Placement Physic C syllabus which outlines two college semesters of calculus based introductory physics. It is intended for students planning to major in a physical science or engineering. The major topic for the first semester is mechanics and the major topic of the second semester is electricity and magnetism. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and mathematical concepts. Students will be expected to complete laboratory work that includes quantitative measurement and analysis using traditional and modern instrumental techniques. Additional time, outside of class time, will be spent in the laboratory. Students are expected to take at least one of the AP Physics C exams in May. Prerequisite: Completion of Physics and AP Calculus with a B+ or better, or concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus. Approval will come at the discretion of the current science teacher in consultation with the science department chairperson and the AP Physics teacher.

Two semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040408


Conceptual Physics

A one-year physics course designed to stimulate the higher-level cognitive skills without emphasizing mathematics. Students are introduced to physics conceptually. Class lectures, video programs, demonstrations and class discussion support the conceptual stage of learning physics. This course does not minimize mathematics, but maximizes the use of students’ personal experience in the everyday world in their everyday language. This course allows students to see physics not as a hodgepodge of mechanistic equations or as only a classroom or laboratory activity, but as being everywhere, part of everything they experience. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Algebra I.

Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040902


Environmental Science

The class will investigate the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment. Through laboratory experiences and discussions, students will explore, question and develop an understanding of the natural and human processes that affect their environmental surroundings. Current issues such as population trends, ecosystems, resources, waste management, biohazards, geohazards and global atmospheric changes will be researched and discussed.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology or teacher recommendation.

Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040901






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