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1 SHS Science Course Offerings * Information for current 9 th -11 th grade students as you register for the School Year Chemistry Lab Methods Physics Lab Methods Concepts in Advanced Science Environmental Systems General Biology General Chemistry General Physics IB Biology (HL) IB Chemistry (SL/HL) IB Environmental Systems and Society (SL) IB Physics (HL)

2 Math Level Recommendations If you WILL NOT be in Algebra 2 next year, we recommend that you consider one of the following choices: Biology Lab Methods: Chemistry Lab Methods: Physics Environmental Systems If you will be in Algebra 2 or higher, we recommend that you consider one of the following choices: Next year’s 10 th -12 th grade: Concepts in Adv. Science (next year’s 10 th ) General Chemistry General Physics Environmental Systems Next year’s 11 th and 12 th grade only: IB Chemistry 1 IB Physics 1 IB Biology 1 IB Environmental Systems and Society

3 Chemistry or Physics Laboratory Methods  Who should consider taking these courses? - Incoming freshmen who are interested in taking upper level chemistry, biology, or physics courses - Students who have already taken Biology as freshmen who will have a math level that is at least Algebra 1 as sophomores.

4 Tidbits Each course is a one semester, 0.5 credit course. However, it is recommended that they be taken together in the same year to fulfill one full credit of a laboratory based science course. These courses fulfill college prep requirements as outlined by the Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC board) as a lab-based science course.

5 CHEMISTRY LABORATORY METHODS  What will I learn in this course? CONTENT: Fundamental concepts of chemistry, such as… …relationship between atomic structure and periodic trends …chemical bonding …chemical and nuclear reactions SKILLS: Fundamental laboratory techniques and lab safety Increased use of metric units and conversion techniques Graphical analysis and interpretation fundamentals Use of electronic tools for data collection and manipulation Scientific communication through technical writing

6 PHYSICS LABORATORY METHODS  What will I learn in this course? Content: Fundamental concepts of physics, such as… …kinematics …dimensional analysis …applications of Newton’s Laws and energy transformation Skills: Fundamental laboratory techniques and lab safety Increased use of metric units and conversion techniques Graphical analysis and interpretation fundamentals Use of electronic tools for data collection and manipulation Scientific communication through technical writing

7 Concepts in Advanced Sciences Preparation for IB Sciences This intensive course will cover the contents and skills that will help a student to be more successful in IB Sciences. 1 Semester Course NOT needed for IB Science, but can be good preparation for an IB Science. Can be taken to offset an elective class (Lab Methods, etc.) NCAA approved Math & Lab based class Learning Recommendations: Algebra 2 or higher

8  Microbiology  Microscope  Cells and organelles  Biochemistry (fats, sugars, nucleic acids)  DNA  Genetics  Macrobiology  Evolution  Ecology  Populations  Human Impact

9 Prepares you for the biology end of the course exam. You must pass this exam for graduation. Lab-based college-recognized science course. Prepares you for advanced coursework in IB Environmental Systems and IB Biology. Gives you lab skills that prepare you for all upper level coursework

10 Biodiversity Native Ecology Ethnobotany Ecosystems Biomes Ecological Succession Populations Water Water Quality Ocean Currents Tides Earth Soil Studies Earthquakes Volcanoes Plate Tectonics Climate Weather Climate Change Energy Sustainability General Environmental Systems What do you learn?

11 What do we do? Lab Based; no Algebra requirement Lots of hands-on data collection experience in Skyline’s outdoor forest and pond lab Project-based learning and real-world applications. Special topics include: Identifying local plant species Mt St Helens Galapagos Islands Elhwa Dam Lost Civilizations General Environmental Systems What do you do?

12 General Chemistry Fun Experiments Make a GOLD PENNY. Hot Air Balloons Filtration and Evaporation Heating Curve for Water Titrations (fun but aggravating!) Topics Covered Atomic Structure and Compounds Chemical Reactions. Stoichiometry—quantitative relationships in chemical reactions. Energy Relationships Chemical Equilibrium Solution Chemistry Acids and Bases Gas Laws

13 General Chemistry Learning Recommendations Chemistry Lab Methods. General Biology. A grade of B or better in Algebra 1 and concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2. Proficient in the use of computer software for word processing and spreadsheets. Proficient in lab technique, problem solving and critical thinking. General Description Emphasis on lab skills and scientific inquiry. Emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. Chemistry is a quantitative science and students do a significant amount of math. This is a lab-based and algebra based science course. Chemistry gives the “WHY” of what happens in our world.

14 WHY TAKE IT? 1)Learn about how physical world works. 2)Improve critical thinking skills. 3)Counts as algebra based science credit required by most 4 year colleges. 4)Research shows that taking high school physics increases success in college. 5)Students interested in technical careers benefit greatly from understanding physics (Engineering, Medicine, Science, Construction, Mathematics, Automotive, Architecture and More)

15 You are ready for Physics if you…  Are concurrently enrolled in or have completed Algebra 2  Are ready to work hard, think hard and interact positively with your fellow classmates.  Have the ability to solve problems and create projects as part of a team Topics Covered  Mechanics (forces, interactions and motion)  Linear motion  Forces and Dynamics  Projectile Motion  Momentum and Collisions  Work, Energy, and Power  Wave Behavior and Mechanics  Sound and Music  Light, Color, and Optics  Geophysics and/or Model Rocketry

16 IB BIOLOGY Lab based science. Deepen your understanding of the science of life while having fun. Recommend B or better in general biology. Test to earn college credit. See for a video testimonial from past IB BIO students!www.biologyforlife.com

17 IB BIOLOGY I TOPICS Biochemistry Cell structure and function DNA and biotechnology Biology of Cancer Human reproduction Genetics Evolution IB BIOLOGY II TOPICS Diversity of Life Ecology Botany Cell respiration Photosynthesis Human anatomy & physiology COOL LABS! DNA electrophoresis!!! Engineer glowing bacteria!!! Grow fast plants!!! Use microscopes!!!

18 IB Chemistry Topics Covered: Quantitative Chemistry Atomic Structure Periodicity Bonding Energetics Kinetics Equilibrium Acids & Bases Redox Reactions Organic Chemistry Learning Recommendations: Familiarity with basic chemistry principles, such as those taught in the Chemistry Lab Methods courses Concurrent enrollment, or successful completion of, Algebra 2

19 IB Chemistry From Past & Current Students “ I love the labs” “It’s math-based. Some people don’t realize that.” “Since it’s an IB class, it’ll look good on college apps.” “I really like this class. I like how we get lots of practice with all the worksheets.” “It’s like Swiftney knows what he’s doing…it’s CRAZY.” From alumni: “Hansen and I are consistently the fastest people in our chem. class at doing labs, thanks to you.” “I just wanted to let you know how much your class has been helping me out in intro chemistry. I have an understanding of most of the topics and it’s helping me transition better! Just wanted to say thank you for your teaching last year.” Highlights: Thermite Demonstration Alkali Metals Demonstration Cheeto Lab M&M (Chromatography ) Lab This is a “High Expectations” course: -You are expected to work hard -You will learn college level chemistry

20 IB Environmental Systems and Society  What will you learn?  Environmental Ethics  Ecology  Ecosystems  populations  biodiversity  Human Impact  Pollution of air, water, soil  Includes climate change  Includes both indoor and outdoor data collection (we collect data in our outdoor classroom behind the Skyline fence).

21 Tidbits Recognized as a lab science. Standard Level only which means you can take the test as a junior or senior. Group 4 project is not a requirement. For IB Diploma Candidates you can get dual credit—one for a lab science and one for social science, thus freeing up your schedule to take an additional course.

22 IB Physics 1 What topics will we study? What topics will we study? – Mechanics – Thermal Physics – Nuclear and Atomic Physics – Oscillations and Waves – Astrophysics – Amusement Park Physics – Intro to Electricity  “From sub-atomic to astronomical, I guarantee you, every step of the way, your mind will be blown!”  “You will finally understand how our world works. Plus, it’s crazy interesting.”

23 IB Physics 1 Learning Recommendations: Learning Recommendations: – Concurrent enrollment, or successful completion of, at least Algebra 2 – Successful completion of Physics Lab Methods and Chemistry Lab Methods “Physics has an application for everything; that’s why it’s amazing!” “Physics has an application for everything; that’s why it’s amazing!” Other “tidbits”: Other “tidbits”: – “IB Physics will introduce you thoroughly to concepts you’ll see again in college” – “Physics can be applied to many jobs in the future.” – “…plus, Silverwood will be great!” Memorable Labs: -Create a radioactive isotope -Wave machines -Collisions and Roller Coasters -And so many more!!


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