Science

Anatomy and Physiology 12

Anatomy and Physiology 12 involves an in-depth study of cell biology and the human body systems. You will conduct individual and collaborative investigations in the class, field and lab to better understand how the human body operates as an entity. You will study cell structure, cell compounds, biological molecules, DNA, protein synthesis, enzymes and cell transport and how they relate to the function or dysfunction of the human body. You will also explore how various organ systems function along with the complex interrelationships that exist between the various organ systems of the body to maintain homeostasis. If you are interested in how the human body works, or are considering a career in a health-related field, this is the course for you!

Chemistry 11

Prior learning as a predictor of success: At least a C+ in the following courses: Math Foundations 10 and/or Pre-Calculus 10 and Science 10.

Chemistry 11 is a course that is an introduction to the basics of chemistry through experimentation in the laboratory. Students will be introduced to the chemistry laboratory, measurement techniques and data manipulation. Topics covered include: the periodic table, the atom, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, the mole, solutions and organic chemistry. If you liked Chemistry in grade 10 you will love this course!

Chemistry 12

Prior learning as a predictor of success: At least a C+ in Chemistry 11 & Mathematics 11.

Chemistry 12 is a challenging academic course that is a continuation of the Chemistry 11 program. Topics include: the study of acids and bases, electrochemistry, reaction kinetics, solutions, and dynamic equilibrium. The Chemistry 12 curriculum provides students with an opportunity to hone their laboratory skills which will prepare them for their post-secondary education. A strong work ethic and solid mathematics skills are an asset in this course.

Earth Science 11

Prior learning for predictor of success: Science 10

A study of the whole Earth including its environment, geology and mineral resources, and ocean and atmospheric sciences; formation of the planet and Earth history; astronomy. A good writing ability is a strong asset due to the highly descriptive nature of this incredible journey through the earth. Not to be missed!

Life Sciences 11

Life Sciences 11 is a hands-on, experiential education based course that will provide you with an overview of the natural world at both the local and global scale. You will learn about taxonomy, evolution, microscopy, microbiology, protists, plants, animals and ecology. You will be engaged in individual and collaborative course work, project-based learning, lab-based activities and field-work in the local community. Throughout the course you will gain a better understanding of the interactions between yourself, other life forms, and the natural environment.

Marine Biology 11

Prior learning as a predictor of success: Science 9 (May be taken concurrently with Science 10)

Biology 11 credit. In common with Biology 11, we will study the evolution, scientific processes, laboratory and scientific skills, ecology and diversity of life on Earth. These concepts will be taught while using a variety of marine organisms and ecosystems as case studies. Enriched with additional lab work, guest speakers, field trips, and a self-directed research project that involves designing and executing their own research (including designing their own experiments using living organisms) based on questions that students have about the marine or aquatic ecosystems. Guest speakers and field trips are designed with intent so students connect, learn from and are mentored by local scientists and researchers. The course format is designed to make the learning relevant to students, as they explore the role of researcher and shape their passions and career paths. Course work will make up 50% of the final mark, while field work, labs, experiments and research project makes up 50% of the course.

This course is year long and offered outside the time table: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:15 to 8:20 am.

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Physics 11

Prior learning as a predictor of success: Math Foundations and Pre-Calculus 10 and Science 10

Welcome to your introduction to classical physics! Emphasis is placed on how physical laws help reveal the beauty and structure of the natural world. It includes the laws of motion, measurement, graphing of relationships and energy. We use many activity-based lessons: we construct air-cars, a spaghetti bridge and measure the speeds of balloons. Common words like motion, force and energy are understood from a scientific perspective.

Physics 12

Prior learning as a predictor of success: Physics 11

Students will be challenged as they study electricity and magnetism, forces, motion, energy and vector mathematics. It is a continuation of classical physics begun in Physics 11. Strong mathematical skills are an asset here.

Physics 12 - Advanced Placement

Prior learning as a predictor of success: Physics 11 & Physics 12

The AP Physics 12 course includes topics in both classical and modern physics. Students will develop their understanding of physics by acquiring basic physics knowledge, answer and ask physical questions by using qualitative and quantitative reasoning and experimental investigation, and develop understanding through connections of physics to other disciplines and societal issues. Topics will continue to build on Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. This course will contain an evening Camosun College lab component (time and fee TBD). A high enough score on the final AP Physics exam that is scored through the AP College Board can result in a first year University or College credit. All students that register for AP Physics must complete the exam in May (time and fee TBD). Upon completion of the AP Physics exam students will have a study block for the remainder of the semester.

Science 9

Science 9 is an introduction to the sciences of Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Earth Science. The science 9 course provides students with a “hands-on” experience to the sciences through a modern teaching laboratory which includes collaboration and group work through the reproduction of classic experiments and problem-solving activities. Topics include: Atoms, elements and compounds, cellular reproduction, static and current electricity, and the study of the flow of energy and matter through the Earth’s major spheres.

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Science 9 (Technology-Infused)

This course is combined with Media Design 9.

Are you interested in incorporating more technology into your core classes? Science 9 (Tech Infused) covers both the Science 9 and Media 9 curriculums (4 credits each) but weaves them together over two blocks. Use your video editing skills to make a educational video about cell reproduction. Create a slideshow and add voice-over to explain the history of mining different elements. Create your own game (using Scratch or Flash) to demonstrate Predator-Prey relationships. Demonstrate your knowledge of electrical circuits by building robots. Use graphic design skills to create a brochure explaining an aspect of the nitrogen cycle in the atmosphere. We will still access the science lab for physical experiments but most assignments will be submitted through the course website using Moodle and Google Classroom.

Science 10

The grade 10 science course is designed so that students experience biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Collaboration, “hands-on” group activities and laboratory-based instruction continue to play a central role. Topics include: The study of DNA and genetics, atoms and chemical reactions, energy and energy transformations including nuclear energy, and the formation of the universe.