Chemistry is the study of mater, energy, and the changes that each under go. At Pittsfield High School, it is a weighted class, which means that carries added weight with respect to GPA. Students who desire to attend college, and have a fairly strong math background are encourage to enroll.
Students will engage in: Discussions, in-class assignments, out-of-class assignments, quizzes, tests, and various laboratory exercises.
Physics is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. Physics is a close "cousin" to chemistry, but it is distinguished from that of chemistry and biology, in that its subject matter includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms. Additionally, at Pittsfield High School, physics has an obvious engineering component. Like Chemistry, it is a weighted course, and carry additional weight with respect to GPA.
Students will engage in: Discussions, in-class assignments, out-of-class assignments, quizzes, tests, various laboratory exercises, as well as, a set of engineering and technical design projects.
Basic Chemistry is an introductory, non-weighted version of chemistry. Students many of the same topics, but at a slower pace to insure better comprehension. Students are required to possess some math skills, and to have taken at least one other high school science class.
Students will engage in: Discussions, assignments, and labs. They will also utilize online learning materials.