Course Descriptions - Science

SCIENCE 8 (MSc--8)

The science program has four main goals: to encourage students’ interest and curiosity in science; to equip students with necessary scientific skills and processes; to increase students’ knowledge of the natural world; and to encourage critical thinking.  In Science 8, students will study the characteristics of life, cells, the immune system, atoms, electromagnetic radiation, light, and plate tectonics. In addition, students will learn the importance of lab safety.

 

SCIENCE 9 (MSc--9)

Science 9 will continue to build on students’ curiosity and interest in science.  Students will develop and apply scientific skills and processes and will increase their knowledge about the natural world.  They will also be encouraged to think critically and to look at scientific topics from different perspectives. Students will learn about lab safety, atoms, elements and compounds, reproduction, electricity, and ecology.

 

SCIENCE 10 (MSC--10)

Science 10 is a continuation of earlier pursuits of positive scientific attitudes, development of skills and processes, increasing scientific knowledge, and development of thinking abilities. Students will study chemistry (reactions and radioactivity), physics (motion), biology (energy flow and change in ecosystems), and earth science (thermal energy transfer, including plate tectonics). Students may purchase an optional workbook for use in this course.

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 11 (MSCT-11)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

N.B.  This course, upon successful completion, fulfills the science requirement for secondary school graduation; however, it does not qualify as a science Prerequisite for many university programs.  Students who wish to take this course should ensure that they will meet the requirements of any post-secondary programs they are considering.

 

The topics and issues explored in Science and Technology 11 can be many and varied.  Students will learn to distinguish between fact and opinion as they study scientific and technological topics that have a direct bearing on society, and more specifically on themselves.  Topics may include such diverse subjects as human biology, environmental science and technology in the home and workplace.  The specific course of studies will be announced by the instructor.

 

BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS

Biology 11, 12 and AP Honours, Chemistry 11, 12, and AP Honours, and Physics 11 are all focus or support courses for Career Prep Health Science and Biotechnology (see p. 16).  Physics 11, 12 and AP Honours are support courses for Career Prep C.A.D.D. Biology 11, 12 and AP Enrichment are support courses for Career Prep Human Services.  See section on Career Preparation at the beginning of this booklet.

 

BIOLOGY 11 (MBI--11)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Biology 11 is an introductory course designed to give students an appreciation for the living world.  It addresses a representative sample of organisms and introduces students to a variety of biological skills and scientific processes.  It is also expected that the course will contribute to developing critical thinking abilities and to an understanding of scientific attitudes.  Topics of study include methods and principles of biology, microbiology, botany and zoology.  Laboratory work includes microscopy, investigation and classification of organisms (including dissection of various specimens).  A strong background in Science 10 is recommended.

 

BIOLOGY 11 HONOURS (MBI 11 H)

Prerequisite: Science 10

Recommended: B or better in Science 10

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in biology.  Students will study the Provincial Biology 11 curriculum (many of the topics to a greater depth) and a variety of additional topics and associated laboratory experiences.  Students should be well motivated and have a strong background in Science 10 and English 10.  Evaluation will be based on the regular Biology 11 standards.  Students planning to take Biology 12 AP Honours (with a view to university biology or related studies) must take this course.

 

 

BIOLOGY 12 (Mbi--12)

Prerequisite:  Biology 11

Recommended:  C+ or better in Biology 11

Biology 12 is designed for students interested in studying life sciences at a post-secondary institution.  The course of studies includes molecular level biology (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids) and cell biology.  In addition, all major human body systems (anatomy and physiology) are covered.  The course is demanding and it is recommended that students have a good background in Biology 11; successful completion of Chemistry 11 would be helpful.

 

BIOLOGY 12: HONOURS/AP (Mbi 12 AP)

Prerequisite:  Biology 11 Honours

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in senior biology.  Students will study the Provincial Biology 12 curriculum and additional topics prescribed by the College Board. As well, students conduct extensive laboratory work (25% of time spent on labs) with an emphasis on guided inquiry.   The classroom portion of the course will be evaluated in the same way as Biology 12.  The A.P. standing is awarded by The College Board and is based on an examination written in May (See separate description of the Advanced Placement Program). Note: Students may choose not to write the A.P. Exam.

 

CHEMISTRY 11 (MCH--11)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Recommended:  B or better in Science 10

Chemistry 11 is an introductory course designed to lay a good foundation for future studies in chemistry.  The course emphasizes manipulation of equipment, observation of experimental phenomena, data analysis and problem solving.  The following topics are studied:  Chemical safety, description and classification of matter, nomenclature, mole concept and reaction stoichiometry, atomic structure, periodic table, an introduction to bonding, aqueous solutions and an introduction to organic chemistry.  Additional topics may be studied at the discretion of the instructor.  A scientific calculator is required.  A strong background in Science 10 and Math 10 is recommended.

 

CHEMISTRY 11: HONOURS (MCH 11 H)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Recommended:  B or better in Science 10

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in chemistry.  Students will study the Provincial Chemistry 11 curriculum (many of the topics to a greater depth) and a variety of additional topics and associated laboratory experiences.  Students should be well motivated and have a strong background in Science 10, English 10 and Math 10.  Evaluation will be based on the regular Chemistry 11 standards. Students planning to take Chemistry 12 AP Honours (with a view to university chemistry or related studies) must take this course. 

 

CHEMISTRY 12 (MCH--12)

Prerequisite:  Chemistry 11

Recommended:  C+ or better in Chemistry 11

Chemistry 12 requires a solid knowledge of the principles of Chemistry 11 to investigate the following topics on a more advanced and demanding level: chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, solutions and solubility, acids, bases and salts and electrochemistry. The laboratory work includes qualitative and quantitative analysis.  Emphasis is placed on problem solving (including a significant amount of mathematical analysis, graphing, use of exponents and logarithms - students need a scientific calculator) and on communication - description and analysis of experimental work as well as the student’s understanding of chemical concepts.  A strong background in Chemistry 11, Math 11 and English 11 is recommended.

 

CHEMISTRY 12: HONOURS/AP (MCH 12AP)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 11 Honours or teacher recommendation

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in senior chemistry.  Students will study the Provincial Chemistry 12 curriculum and additional topics prescribed by The College Board.  As well, students conduct extensive laboratory work (25% of time spent on labs) with an emphasis on guided inquiry.  Success in the course requires a significant amount of study outside of class time.  As well, attendance at sessions outside of regular class time may be required.  The classroom portion of the course will be evaluated in the same way as Chemistry 12.  The A.P. standing is awarded by The College Board and is based on an examination written in May (See separate description of the Advanced Placement Program).  Note: Students may choose not to write the A.P. Exam.

 

PHYSICS 11 (MPH--11)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Physics 11 is a survey course intended to provide insight into the scope, nature, relevance and limitations of physics. The topics include kinematics, dynamics, special relativity and energy (mechanical, heat, and nuclear). It is hoped that this course may lead to an in depth study of physics in more senior courses, but Physics 11 is primarily intended to prepare the average person to better understand the world around us. A scientific calculator is required. A strong background in Science 10 and Math 10 is highly recommended.  This course is also available through Richmond Virtual School (RVS) for those who cannot fit the course into their timetables.

 

PHYSICS 11: HONOURS-AP 1 (MPH—11---ap1)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Recommended:  B or better in Science 10 and Math 10

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in physics. Students will study the Provincial Physics 11 curriculum and additional topics prescribed in the AP Physics 1 curriculum by The College Board. Success in the course requires  a significant amount of study outside of class time. Students should be well motivated and have a strong background in Science 10, Math 10, and English 10. As well, attendance at sessions outside of regular class time may be required. One of the purposes of this course is to prepare students to write the AP Physics 1 exam in May of next year. The AP standing is awarded by The College Board and is based on this examination. Most universities will give credit for the first semester of first year university physics to students who score 65% or higher on the AP Physics 1 exam. (See separate description of the Advanced Placement Program). Note: Students may choose not to write the AP Exam. This course may also be available through the Richmond Virtual School as AP Physics 1

 

PHYSICS 12 (MPH- -12)

Prerequisite:  Physics 11


Recommended:  C+ or better in Physics 11

Students who take Physics 12 often go on to further study of physics and consequently the treatment of topics is more rigorous, mathematically, than in Physics 11. The course concentrates on two basic areas of physics: mechanics and electromagnetism. The topics covered are vectors, motion in two dimensions, universal gravitation, charges, current and electromagnetism. Satisfactory completion of Mathematics 11 is strongly recommended prior to taking Physics 12. Math 12 should be taken concurrently with Physics 12. This course is also available through Richmond Virtual School (RVS) for those who cannot fit the course into their timetables.

 

PHYSICS 12 HONOURS-AP 2 (APPH-12)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Recommended:  C+ or better in Physics 11: Honours/AP

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in senior physics. Students will study the Provincial Physics 12 curriculum and additional topics prescribed in the AP Physics 2 curriculum by The College Board. Success in the course requires a significant amount of study outside of class time. Students should be well motivated and have a strong background in Physics 11 and Pre-Calculus 11. As well, attendance at sessions outside of regular class time may be required. One of the purposes of this course is to prepare students to write the AP Physics 2 exam in May of next year. The AP standing is awarded by The College Board and is based on this examination. Most universities will give credit for the second semester of first year university physics to students who score 65% or higher on the AP Physics 2 exam. (See separate description of the Advanced Placement Program). Note: Students may choose not to write the AP Exam. This course may also be available through the Richmond Virtual School as AP Physics 2.