Chemistry

Resource: Modern Chemistry Holt McDougal

Course Description:

High school chemistry course focuses on exploring the fundamental principles of chemistry which characterize the properties of matter and how it reacts. Topics include measurement and calculations, matter, atoms, arrangement of electrons in an atom, periodic law, chemical bonding, chemical equations and reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter, gases, solution, acids and bases, kinetics, and organic chemistry.

 

Physics

Resource: Holt Physics

Course Description:

The high school physics course offers the subject matter of a traditional physics course with a qualitative approach to problem-solving.  The format includes lecture/discussion, problem solving and experimentation.  There are projects which demonstrate students’ mastery of course material.  General areas of study include kinematics, dynamics, mechanics, heat, thermodynamics, waves, motion, magnetism, electricity, and modern physics.

 

Biology

Resource: Holt McDougal Biology

Course Description:

 

The high school biology course will provide a full overview of the following topics: cell structure, functions, energy, growth and division, meiosis, Mendel, from DNA to protein; principles of evolution, principle of ecology, interactions in ecosystems, human impact on ecosystems, viruses and prokaryotes, plant structure and function, human systems and homeostasis, nervous and endocrine systems, respiratory and circulatory systems, immune system and diseases, digestive and excretory systems, skeletal system, and reproductive system.

 

AP Physics 2

Resource: Serway College Physics, Cutnell Johnson College Physics

Course Description:

Advanced Placement Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore 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.

 

AP Chemistry

Resource: Cliff Zumdahl AP Chemistry ninth edition, Peterson Master AP Chemistry, Holt McDougal Modern Chemistry

Course Description:

The Advanced Placement chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Students in this course attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. Topics such as the structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and the basic concepts of thermodynamics are presented in considerable depth. In addition, descriptive chemical reactions and their applications to daily lives are emphasized.

 

 

AP Biology

Resource: Campbell AP Biology 10th edition

Course Description:

Advanced placement biology is designed to be equivalent to a two semester college introductory biology course. The class is conducted at the college level and students are expected to work accordingly. AP Biology differs significantly from a traditional  high school biology course due to text content, depth of material covered, lab work, and time and effort required to achieve mastery in subject area. This course is designed to be taken by students after successful completion of high school biology. The course is focused on four big ideas: the process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life; biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis; living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes; biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.  The big ideas are interrelated, and they will not be taught in isolation.  The course will connect the enduring understandings from one big idea with those of the others wherever practical.