Science

SCIENCE 9

Prerequisite:  Grade 8

This is an introductory course in science leading to Science l0.  The course includes four units.  Understanding Electricity, Atoms and Elements, Space and Space Exploration and Genetics and Human Reproduction.

Topics Include:

  • Mitosis and Meiosis, hormonal changes, male and female reproductive systems, reproductive technology, DNA, and genetics
  • Physical and Chemical properties and changes, the progression of understanding matter, sub-atomic particles, reading a periodic table, periodic trends and arrangement
  • Technology involving re-usable energy, differences between static and current electricity, circuits, voltage, current, cost efficiency, energy efficiency
  • Astronomical motion, motion of space, scientific explanations, cultural perspectives, star arrangement, humans and space exploration, human capabilities

 

SCIENCE 10

Prerequisite: Science 9 is recommended before enrolling in this class.  This course is required to enrol in any 20 level science course.

Science 10 has been renewed as of 2015.  The new science course includes three units.  Forces and Motion, Climate and Ecosystems, and Chemical Reactions.

Topics Include:

  • Earth's climate systems and how they affect ecosystems
  • Greenhouse Effect
  • Mechanisms and biogeochemical cycling
  • Feedback and biogeochemical cycling
  • Types and examples of chemical reactions
  • Chemical naming and symbology
  • Factors that affect rates of reaction
  • Uniform motion in one-dimension (speed, distance, time, acceleration)
  • Relationhsips between forces and motion

 

Physical Science 20

Prerequisite Science l0.  This course is required for Physics 30 and Chemistry 30 courses.

This course covers properties of waves, chemistry and heat transfers in physical and chemical systems.

Topics Include:

  • measurement, uncertainty and data analysis
  • mathematical modelling and problem solving
  • properties of mechanical waves, sound and light
  • reflection, refraction and diffraction of waves
  • lenses and optics

 

 Health Science 20

Prerequisite: Science 10.  This course can be used as a prerequisite for Biology 30.

This course covers basic nutrition and biochemistry, anatomy and physiology of the human body, and ethics.  Included are aspects of pathology and disease.

Topics Include:

  • Biochemistry and nutrition of the human body
  • Anatomy and physiology (structure and function) of eleven human body systems
  • Pathologies of the human body: infectious, genetic and autoimmune illness or conditions associated with the eleven human systems
  • Diagnostc technologies: X-ray, C.T scan, M.R.I, Ultrasound
  • Careers in the health sciences
  • Biomedial ethics
  • Student-directed study

 

Environmental Science 20 

Prerequisite: Science 10.  This course can be used as a prerequisite for Biology 30.

In this course students will examine local and global environmental issues while considering the effects of human actions and a growing global populaion. They will explore sustainability of past and current practices that humans have developed to live with.

Topics Include:

  • Atmospheric Systems - human impact on air quality
  • Human Population - investigate resourse use and waste management
  • Aquatic Systems - recognize the mechanisms and importance of watersheds in aquatic systems
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems - Examine the role of plants and animals in a system

 

Biology 30

Prerequisite:  Health Science 20 or Environmental Science 20

This course covers three parts of biology: genetics and biotechnology, evolution and speciation, and the organization of life.

Topics Include:

  • Principles of Mendelian genetics
  • Mechanisms of molecular genetics
  • Techniques used in biotehcnology (e.g. gene sequencing, DNA fingerprinting, reproductive cloning)
  • Theory of evolution by natural selection
  • Reproductive isolation and speciation
  • Classification of living things
  • Anatomies, physiologies, and behaviours of multicellur organisms
  • Student-directed study

 

Chemisry 30

Prerequisite:  Physical Science 20

This course continues the study of chemistry, but in more depth.  This class is often required for many areas of post-secondary study, especially for science majors in engineering and health related fields.

Topics include:

  • Materials Science: Examining the bonding involved in many materials, and an introduction to organic compounds.
  • Equilibrium: Qualititative and quantitative study of equilibrium reactions
  • Solution Equilibrium:  Applying equilibrium concepts to solutions
  • Acids and Base Equilibrium:  Applying equilibrium concepts to acidic and basic solutions    
  • Electrochemistry: Examining the effect of electron transfer within chemical reactions
  • Independent research

 

Physics 30      

Prerequisite:  Physical Science 20 

This course covers Newtonian Mechanics, Field Theory and Modern Physics

Topics include:

  • Kinematics: the motion of everyday objects
  • Dynamics: the relationship between forces and motion
  • Vectors:  Kinematics and Dynamics in one and two dimensions
  • Graphical Analysis
  • Conservation Laws
  • Gravitational & Electric Fields
  • Special Relativity
  • Quantum Mechanics:  The Key Concepts