The science curriculum is designed to expose students to the major scientific disciplines through a wide range of courses. The major goal is to help students understand and adapt to a world that is continuously changing and accept change as a necessary part of life. We believe that the acquisition of knowledge through the laboratory experience is the basic activity of science. Therefore, students will continuously be challenged to explore through a well-designed series of laboratory activities in each course. The students will be expected to record and communicate their experimental findings. Through lectures, activities and labs students will be challenged to develop individual thinking and critical attitudes concerning the methods of science and the limitations of the scientific method.

 
 

Integrated Science

Grade: 9
Length: 1 Year
Credit: 1.0
Textbooks: Prentice Hall – Physical Science
Holt, Rinehart and Winston - Biology – Principles & Explorations

Integrated science is an introductory science course in the High School which provides a basic understanding of physics, chemistry, biology and space science. The course is divided into three trimesters; physics & space science, chemistry, and biology. This allows a sequential development of the three content areas providing a basic knowledge for doing HS science courses. The major topics covered are: classification of living things, plants & animals, matter, energy, their properties, Newtonian mechanics, heat & thermodynamics, planets and their role in the Solar System, structure of the Universe, atomic structure, periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions, solutions and pH. The course emphasizes the historical contributions in the development of scientific thought in the various sciences. The course stresses the interpretations of maps, charts, tables and profiles; the use of technology to collect, analyze and report data; and science skills in systematic investigation. Problem solving and decision-making are an integral part of the course.

Biology

Grade: 9/10
Length: 1 Year
Credit: 1.0
Textbook: Holt Biology

The biology course is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of living systems. Emphasis is placed on the skills necessary to examine alternative scientific explanations, actively conduct controlled experiments, analyze and communicate information, and acquire and use scientific literature. The history of biological thought and the evidence that supports it are explored and provide the foundation for investigating biochemical life processes, cellular organization, mechanisms of inheritance, dynamic relationships among organisms, and the change of organism through time. The major areas covered during the course include cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and taxonomy. The importance of scientific research that validates or challenges ideas is emphasized at this level.

Chemistry

Grade: 11/12
Length: 1 year
Credit: 1.0
Textbook: Holt Chemistry

In this course, students are given a broad exposure to chemistry in a thoughtful and systematic approach. The course highlights the importance of problem solving and logic in understanding chemistry rather than simply memorizing the facts. The topics include chemical foundations, atomic theory, periodic table, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, atomic structure and periodicity, bonding, states of matter, solutions, acids, bases & salts, and organic chemistry. The course involves an extensive technology based laboratory program with an analytical approach to lab work.

 
 
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