High School Sciences
Freshman biology will prepare the student in the following six areas: 1) Cells, 2) Interactions, 3) Photosynthesis and Respiration, 4) Genetics and Biotechnology, 5) Diversity, and 6) Evolution. It will be our purpose to study each of these topics from a perspective of faith in the God who created heaven and earth.
- Chemistry and Chemistry Honors
Chemistry is a course that explores the properties of substances and the changes that substances undergo. The student will investigate the following: atomic structure, matter and energy, interactions of matter, properties of solutions, and acids and bases. Students will explore chemistry through hands-on laboratory investigations as well as normal class-work. The students’ experiences in chemistry should enable them to understand the role of chemistry in their lives.
These 2 classes will cover mostly the same topics and consist of a similar format. The honors chemistry will cover topics with more detail and depth. The honors class will move at a faster pace and will, therefore, cover a few more topics. If you usually do well in science classes, plan on majoring in a scientific field in college, do well in math, or plan on taking an AP science course, you should take honors chemistry.
Physics is at the heart of virtually all other sciences. This course includes the discussion of a variety of topics such as the nature of time, the laws of motion, ballistic motion, astronomy, thermodynamics, work, power, energy, conservation of energy, simple machines, sound and wave theory, light and optics, and electricity. Labs are conducted at least every other week. The course includes many demonstrations and much student participation (including a hovercraft ride and the erecting of a planetarium). The year ends with an egg drop. For a more detailed description of physics, see this website: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/sullivanme/main.html Prerequisite: Algebra II.
- Scientific Investigation
The course scientific investigation is a hands-on approach to the discovery of scientific principles in the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics. Students will conduct experiments, collect data, and then organize and analyze the data. An emphasis is placed on important science skills such as graphing, formulating hypothesis, evaluating data and making conclusions. Basic scientific techniques will be taught. The topics covered will not necessarily be more difficult than the topics covered in biology, chemistry or physics, but the topics will be explored in greater depth and through a laboratory approach. Students will be responsible for keeping a laboratory notebook of their investigations. Prerequisite: Chemistry.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology is designed to introduce the major components of the human body. This course is for those students with an interest within the medical field. The course will be challenging by covering all of the body systems. This course will be a year long study. Prerequisite: Chemistry(A or B average).
- AP Biology
The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. At the end of the course, students who receive an acceptable score on the AP examination (usually a 3, 4, or 5 depending on the college) are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in biology or to register for courses for which biology is a prerequisite. Other students may fulfill a basic requirement for a laboratory-science course and will be able to undertake other courses to pursue their majors. The AP Biology course is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry as well. It serves to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.
- AP Chemistry
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. It studies the topics from first year chemistry in more depth and also introduces new topics. It differs from the first year course with respect to the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations, time spent on the course, and the kind of laboratory work done by students. Prerequisites: Chemistry (A or B average) and Algebra II.