Science

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

153 GLOBAL SCIENCE     1.0 credit

In the first part of the class, students will examine the physical characteristics and ongoing processes of the world in which they live. Students will develop an understanding of the mathematics used in science, as well as topics in meteorology, climatology, geology, geomorphology and oceanography. Students will also study the specific ways in which man has detrimentally interacted with his natural environment, creating problems of global concern, by examining such topics as air pollution, water pollution, famine, climatic changes, ozone depletion, nuclear energy, chemical contaminants, solid waste disposal, urban crowding, alternative energy sources and the population explosion.

 

251 BIOLOGY HONORS     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in World History Honors (or 90% in World History)

In this course, students will study life, beginning with cellular organization, the Chemistry of Biology, Cell Division, Genetics, Evolution, Microbiology, Zoology, Botany, and culminating with Human Biology. Emphasis is placed on the student doing much outside reading and critical thinking. Students should expect to experience more labs, and cover materials more in depth.

 

253 BIOLOGY     1.0 credit

Through this laboratory course students will develop an appreciation of the natural world with a study of the scientific method, the metric system, the origin of life, cells, heredity, the plant and animal kingdoms, bacteria and diseases.

 

352 CHEMISTRY HONORS     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Biology Honors and 80% in Algebra I Honors (or Algebra II Honors) OR 90% in Biology and 90% in Algebra I (or Algebra II)

In this full year course students will develop a workable knowledge of the names and properties of the common elements and compounds they form, states of matter, atomic theory, chemical bonding, acid-base theory, equilibrium. Students will develop the ability to apply concepts learned in class to life situations. A workable knowledge of algebra is necessary for success in this course. Students can expect to cover additional chapters in preparation for the potential of AP Chemistry. Students generally should be expected to spend at least 45 minutes a night completing assignments and reviewing class materials.

 

353 CHEMISTRY IN THE COMMUNITY      1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology

This year-long course will enable students who plan to pursue careers in fields other than engineering or medicine to recognize the impact of chemistry on society by addressing chemistry related technology issues such as the mathematics of science, as well as the topics of water supplies, chemical resources, petroleum, food, nuclear chemistry, air, climate, health and the chemical industry. Students will understand core concepts and apply them to societal issues.

 

354 CHEMISTRY     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 70% in Biology AND 70% in Algebra II (or 80% in Algebra I)

Students in this full-year course will learn the names and properties of the common elements and compounds they form, states of matter, atomic theory, chemical bonding, acid-base theory, equilibrium. Students will also predict chemical reactions and learn stoichiometry. The course integrates laboratory experiences with classroom theory. A workable knowledge of algebra is absolutely necessary. A student should expect to spend 45 minutes each night completing the required assignments.

 

450 EARTH SCIENCE     1.0 credit

In the first part of the class, students will examine the physical characteristics and ongoing processes of the world in which they live. Students will develop an understanding of meteorology, climatology, geology, geomorphology and oceanography. They will also study the specific ways in which man has detrimentally interacted with his natural environment, creating problems of global concern, by examining such topics as air pollution, water pollution, famine, climatic changes, ozone depletion, nuclear energy, chemical contaminants, solid waste disposal, urban crowding, alternative energy sources and the population explosion.

 

451 CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS      1.0 credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology and Geometry

This full-year course presents physical concepts of motion, mechanics, momentum, and energy. Students will use equations and vector analysis as guides to thinking. The student will development an understanding of the scientific laws and rules that apply to the physical world through qualitative analysis. Students will relate physics concepts to the world they experience every day. A working knowledge of right triangle trigonometry is required.

  Students will be required to purchase their own materials for an end of year project.

 

452 AP PHYSICS 1: Algebra-based     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Chemistry Honors AND 80% in Algebra II Honors AND 80% in English Honors

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion), work, energy and power, mechanical waves and sound, and introductory simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. Use of laptops will be required for some labs and technology will be used extensively to support instruction in the form of computer- based simulations, on-line homework and an e-text, among other methods.

  A fee is charged for the AP exam.

 

454 PHYSICS      1.0 credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Geometry AND 80% in Algebra II

This laboratory class will enable the student to develop knowledge of the following topics: Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat, thermodynamics, and sound. An emphasis is placed on the application of forces and energy in the physical world. Use of laptops will be required for some labs and technology will be used extensively to support instruction.

 

458 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY HONORS     0.5 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Biology Honors AND 80% in Chemistry Honors

In this one semester course students will learn the physical properties of carbon compounds such as alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohol, phenyls, ethers, esters, carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Students will develop a workable knowledge in order to succeed in a premedical curriculum in college.

 

459 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY HONORS     0.5 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Biology Honors AND 80% in Chemistry Honors

This one semester course will enable students to achieve an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the mammalian animal. Through the dissection of the cat and other similar animals, the students will develop a connection of the cat to humans on a systemic level.

 

726 AP BIOLOGY     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Biology Honors AND 80% in Chemistry Honors and 80% in Algebra II Honors

This college level course is for independent learners. In it the student explores advanced topics in cell biology, genetics and evolution, ecology, and plant and animal physiology. Numerous lab investigations permit students opportunities to become acquainted with advanced laboratory techniques. Class materials, information, activities, and expectations prepare students to take the Biology Advanced Placement Exam. College credit may be awarded for high scores.

Due to extensive time requirements for this course, classes begin at 7:15 a.m., three days weekly until early May. One weekend is required to conduct biotechnology labs.      

    A fee is charged for the AP exam.

 

727 AP CHEMISTRY      1.0 credit     

Prerequisites: 80% in Honors Chemistry AND 80% in Algebra II Honors

The topics students will explore in depth are: 1) structure of matter, 2) kinetic theory of gasses, 3) chemical equilibria, 4) chemical kinetics, and 5) basic concepts of thermodynamics. The laboratory is an integral part of the course. The experiments will be both qualitative and quantitative using modern instrumentation. The course will contribute to the development of the student’s abilities to think clearly and to express ideas orally and in writing with clarity and logic. Students are provided with the materials, information and skills necessary to prepare for the Chemistry Advanced Placement Exam. Students not electing to take the exam will be well-prepared for introductory college chemistry courses.

Due to the extensive laboratory requirements for this course, classes will begin at 7:15 a.m. at least 3 days weekly. Students will also be required to participate in lab work on an independent basis with teacher supervision.

    A fee is charged for the AP exam.

 

729 AP PHYSICS 2: Algebra-based       1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as fluid statics and dynamics, thermodynamics with kinetic theory, PV diagrams and probability, electrostatics electrical circuits with capacitors, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, physical and geometric optics, and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry- based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. Use of laptops will be required for some labs and technology will be used extensively to support instruction in the form of computer-based simulations on-line homework and an e-text, among other methods.

Due to the time requirements, this class will meet before school once every 2-3 weeks when taking a test.       

    A fee is charged for the AP exam.

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BROTHER RICE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM FLOWCHART SCIEN

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY

Bob Barnes, Chair – Ex. 2231
Bo Chumiecki – Ex. 2235
Joe Kalczynski ’96 – Ex. 2292
Ray Kossakowski – Ex. 2233
Bob Riker – Ex. 2234
Aimee Price – Ex. 2236