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WCW SCIENCE DEPARTMENT - Courses Offered

 

BIOLOGY-P

(1 yr) 9th – 12th grade   Prerequisite: Passing grade in both 7thand 8th grade Science Courses if taking course as incoming freshman.

Throughout this course the scientific method is used, along with lab tools and techniques.  Basic biochemistry is learned along with the physiology of cells (including animal and plant).  The variety of living things and natural selection are emphasized.  Cell structure, development, and genetics are covered in detail. This course includes the study of life at the microcosmic levels as well as the level of the individual, populations, and communities.  This course deals with life and the environment needed for that life to exist.  Experiments requiring individual compilation and analysis of data are performed.

 

CHEMISTRY-P

(1 yr) 10th – 12th grade Prerequisite: Completion of Integrated Math I with a C or better, concurrent enrollment in Integrated Math II, (Algebra II recommended); completion of Biology P or Earth P with a grade of C or better (teacher recommendation may be requested).

Chemistry-P covers the topics of atomic structure; chemical bonds; periodicity; kinetics; equilibrium; and atomic and molecular theories, with the emphasis on the development of concepts through inquiry and experimentation.  The goal of this course is to have students understand the behavior of the elements; to recognize the organization of knowledge in the Periodic Table; to be able to give examples of practical applications of that knowledge; and to understand the risks associated with chemistry and chemical technology.  Approximately twenty percent of the course is spent performing experiments and analyzing the data. Emphasis is placed on recognizing patterns of chemical reactions and the reasons underlying these patterns; the scientific method; proper methods of experimental record keeping; the different methods used to express scientific data; and the development of conclusions based on the facts presented. This course utilizes a hardbound lab notebook.

 

CHEMISTRY-HP

(1 yr) 10th – 12th grade Prerequisite: Integrated Math II concurrently enrolled, (Algebra II recommended); grade of B or better in Biology P and Earth P; grade of C with teacher recommendation.

Chemistry-HP is for the potential science major and high ability student. The course covers the topics of atomic structure, chem­ical bonds, periodicity, kinetics, equilibrium, atomic, and molecular theory in depth with emphasis on development of concepts through inquiry and experimentation.  At a minimum, Honors Chemistry will cover the same topics as Chemistry P but with approximately one fourth of the course spent doing experiments.  Emphasis is placed on scientific method and higher order thinking skills, utilizing a hardbound lab notebook.

 

EARTH SCIENCE-P

(1 yr) 9th – 12th grade Prerequisite:  Passing grade in both 7thand 8th grade Science courses if taking course as incoming freshman.

 

Earth Science P will provide students with skills in laboratory methods, measurement, scientific method, data collection and interpretation.  Laboratory activities and demonstrations will be an extensive portion of the curriculum.

Students enrolled in Earth Science-P will study both the natural and physical world.  First semester topics include:  a review of science skills, geology, oceanography, and chemistry.  Topics covered during geology include plate tectonics, geologic history, earth structure, and California’s unique geological features and hazards.  Chemistry involves the study of matter and its interactions.  Students will learn about chemical bonding, chemical reactions, the periodic table, and will be involved with significant laboratory practice.

Second semester topics include:  meteorology and astronomy.  In meteorology topics will include the structure and composition of the atmosphere, climate and weather, and global climatological problems.  Students will learn about star sequences, theories regarding the birth of the universe, our solar system and space exploration while studying astronomy.

 

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY-P

(1 yr) 10th – 12th grade Prerequisite:  Biology-P, Integrated Math I with a B or better, C grade with teacher recommendation; concurrent enrollment in Integrated Math II.

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth study of the human body systems.  Anatomy, physiology and pathology will be included in each system studied.  Emphasis will be placed on terminology, facts, concepts, clinical aspects and laboratory skill.  Animal systems similar to human will illustrate the basic principles with experiments and dissections.  When possible the students will observe the actions of their own bodies.

 

PHYSICS-P

(1 yr) 11th – 12th grade Prerequisite:  Trigonometry P or Pre-Calculus P or concurrent enrollment; teacher recommendation if enrolled in Algebra II  

Physics-P emphasizes learning through experimentation, observation, and analysis.  Matter and energy, optics and waves, mechanics, electricity with some electronics, and atomic structure are covered.  Approximately one-third of the course is spent doing experiments.  Emphasis is placed on scientific method and proper method of experimental record keeping; i.e., utilizing a hardbound laboratory notebook.

 

AP PHYSICS 1

(1 yr) 11th-- 12th grade Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus-P or Pre-Calculus-HP or a "C" or better in Pre-Calculus-P or Pre-Calculus-HP or Trigonometry.

This course will prepare students for the AP Physics examination.  Course topics include:  kinematics, dynamics, rotational motion, gravitation, general relativity, statics, momentum, work, energy, thermodynamics, waves, sound, light, optics, electricity, magnetism, and atomic physics.  The course has a strong emphasis on mathematics including some use of limit theory.  *Students will take the A.P. Exam or an equivalent exam as part of their final course grade.

 

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

(1 yr) 11th – 12th grade Prerequisite: Two years of lab science: Biology P and Chemistry P/H or Biology P and Earth P with a grade of B or better; C grade with teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college course in environmental science.  Students will be encouraged to think critically about our natural world and how we influence it.  The course will include the following:  study of the interrelationships of living things and their environment; identification and study of both natural and human-made environmental problems; analysis of national and international legislation; laboratory and field studies. Students will prepare to take the AP Environmental Science Exam in May.

 

AP BIOLOGY

(1 yr)  11th – 12th grade Prerequisite: Two years of lab science: Biology P and Chemistry P/H with a grade of B or better; C grade with teacher recommendation

Students will study the major concepts of biology and their relevance to themselves and society.  These include taxonomy/phylogeny, evolution, and ecology, all concepts that establish the big picture of the biosphere.  Other topics covered are biochemistry, biotechnology, reproduction and embryology, genetics, and cellular structure and function using an inquiry-based approach. Experiments requiring individual compilation and analysis of data are performed. Students will prepare to take the AP Biology Exam in May.

 

Science 101

(1 yr) 9th grade only Prerequisite: N/A

   Science 101 is a “science preparatory” course designed to provide students with the acquisition of science vocabulary and skills necessary for upper level science courses. The class is designed for students who have not passed two consecutive years of science in junior high school and/or who have not taken a science class prior to entering high school as a freshman. Science 101 should be taken prior to entering CP Biology or CP Earth Science.  Through an inquiry-based approach to experimental design, three major science concepts will be integrated in this course throughout the school year: Energy flow, Matter cycles, and Life webs. Next Generation Science Standards will be applied and the curriculum will focus on how these concepts are connected in our living world.