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Science

The CHS Science Department is committed to providing students with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of our world.  We also value exploration, inquiry, experimentation, and critical thinking.

Check out video of Rachel Davidson’s 2014 Nomination for OnPoint’s Excellence in Education

 

College Biology

Open to grades 10, 11, 12
Length: Year, 1 credit
Prerequisite: Grade of “ C” or better in Chemistry.  Biology is recommended but not required.
Description: 

College Biology is designed for students who plan to attend college and wish to do rigorous college level work.

  • The course emphasizes the comprehensive study of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution,  developmental biology, animal and plant systems, and ecology.
  • This is a hands-on course with frequent inquiry labs as well as regular homework and/or reading outside of class.
  • Students interested in pursuing medical, nursing, pharmacy, dental, or veterinary schools encouraged to take this course.
  • Students can earn up to 15 credits through MHCC.

Check out our College Biology site: https://sites.google.com/site/chsbalogh/

 

Advanced Chemistry

Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chemistry and Geometry with a grade of “C” or better
Length: Year
Description:

  • This second year course applies the knowledge and skills learned from the first year course in topics including: solutions, reaction kinetics, equilibrium,acids and bases, thermodynamics and an introduction to organic chemistry.
  • Students will explore and apply these topics through lecture, homework and laboratory experiences.
  • Students can potentially earn 4 additional MHCC credits regstering for MHCC GS105.

 

AP Physics

Open to grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: “C” or better in Physics 1-2 or Principles of Technology 3-4, or instructor approval.
Length: Year
Description:

  • This course is patterned after a college-level, non-calculus based physics class.
  • It will move at a fast pace and will be more theoretical than Physics 1-2.
  • College-level labs are done and course includes performance-based assessments in the form of applying physics to skiing/snowboarding.
  • The culminating project is a Rube Goldberg Machine.

 

Anatomy and Physiology

Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Health 2 and Biology
Length: Year
Description:

  • This two-semester college and occupational prep course is designed for the student planning a career in the health care field.
  • Anatomy and Physiology helps students develop a basic understanding of the human body, as well as the delivery of the health care profession.
  • This course includes some limited dissection.

 

Biology

Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Length: Year, 1 credit
Description:

  • Biology studies the structures and functions of living things.
  • Course topics include the characteristics of life, chemistry of the cell, cell processes, genetics, classification, biodiversity, evolution of organisms, and ecology.
  • Students will make connections between biology and everyday life.

 

Chemistry

Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: “C” or better in Algebra 1
Length: Year, 1 credit
Description:

  • This first year course introduces students to the tools of chemistry: measurement, problem solving, atoms, the periodic table, compounds, reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter, and nuclear chemistry.
  • Students will explore and apply these topics through lecture, homework and laboratory experiences.

 

AP Environmental Biology

Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisite: 2 previous science credits or instructor approval
Length: Year
Description:

  • The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science.
  • Students will identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.
  • Students explore the topic of Environmental Science within the context of the pacific northwest.
  • Students will gain, and demonstrate, learning through hand-on lab activities.
  • Students will have multiple field trip opportunities which will supplement classroom content.

Marine Science

Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisite: 2 previous science credits
Length: Year
Description:

  • Marine Science focuses on the study of the physical and biological aspects of the ocean.
  • Half of the course is spent studying physical oceanography. This includes ocean geology, water movements, and physics of the ocean.
  • The other half examines life in the oceans; including invertebrate taxonomy and adaptations, marine mammology, taxonomy and adaptations, and microscopic life forms.
  • Marine related careers and the social, resource, recreations, and ecological impacts are discussed throughout the course.

 

Physical Science

Open to grades 10, 11, 12
Length: Year, 1 credit
Description:

  • The class focuses on the composition, properties and reactions of matter, concepts of force and motion and principles that explain them, and the structure, scale,and change over time of various celestial bodies.Students will also be introduced to chemistry and physics concepts.
  • This class is not available for students who have already passed Chemistry, Physics, or Applied Physics.

 

Physics

Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: “C” or better in Algebra I
Length: Year, 1 credit
Description:

  • This course emphasizes the understanding of the concepts of physics. It draws on students’ personal experiences in understanding the physical world long with field experiences, possibly including a snow trip and other activities.
  • The areas of study include motion (dynamics and kinematics), sound and light, and, if time allows, electricity and magnetism.
  • Problem-solving skills are emphasized using higher-level cognitive thinking and mathematics.

Applied Physics 1-2

Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: “C” or better in Algebra 1
Length: Year
Description:

  • Principles of Technology materials were cited by the American Academy of Science as the best technical physics curriculum available.
  •  This demanding course is designed to provide the technically oriented student with the concepts and principles underlying the four energy systems: mechanical, electrical, thermal, and fluid. It will strengthen the student’s mathematical and problem solving skills as they relate to today’s modern technical careers.
  • With this broad-based, challenging foundation, the student will be preparing for post-secondary technical training at a community college, vocational institute, or a four-year college.
  • Thirty to forty percent of class time is spent in lab learning how to use instruments relevant to the workplace

 

Applied Physics 3-4

Open to grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Principles of Technology 1-2
Length: Year, 1 credit
Description:

  • This course is designed for students considering a future as a technician or engineer in an area ranging from auto mechanic to electrical engineer.
  • It is an extension of Principles of Technology 1-2.
  • Forty percent of the class time is spent in the lab working with technology used by industry. Topics covered are: force transformers, momentum, waves and vibrations, radiation, optics and optical systems.
  • There is a performance-based assessment in the form of applying the concepts to skiing/snowboarding.