Science

Science 10

Science 10 is an integrated academic course designed to help students understand and apply the concepts and skills common to biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. The primary focus is to increase student understanding of the scientific principles behind the natural events that they experience and to increase their understanding of technology used in daily life.

Students study how energy from the sun is related to the growth of cells in organisms, how matter and energy is used to study chemical change, and how energy is changed into different forms. The themes of energy, matter, and change help to tie together the four units of study.

Science 10 provides students with the basic skills and knowledge that are needed for scientific literacy. Most post-secondary educational programs require students to have successfully completed Science 10, Science 10 is the prerequisite course for Biology 20, Chemistry 20 and Physics 20.

Science 20

Change is the theme common to all the units in Science 20. Each unit in Science 20 uses a different context to investigate the processes by which natural entities and systems are modified over time, and to identify common patterns to change.

Science 30

Science 30 expands upon the concepts and skills introduced in Science 10 and Science 20. Making changes in one part of a system can cause profound changes in other parts of the system, as is illustrated in different contexts in each unit of Science 30.

Science 14

Students registered in Math 14 should also register in Science 14, Science 14 is an integrated general science course that focuses on topics common to everyday life. This course emphasizes the applications of science concepts and focuses on activities involving problem solving. Students study science from the perspectives of a scientist, an engineer, and a decision-maker. Topics include human body systems, chemistry, environmental science, and the role of technology in our lives. Science 14 provides students with the basic skills and knowledge needed for scientific literacy. If students are successful in Science 14, they may discuss with their teacher or counselor the possibility of taking Science 10.

Science 24

Science 24 is an integrated general science course that focuses on topics common to everyday life. This course is designed to complete the science credit requirements for a high school diploma and is available to students who have successfully completed Science 14.

Biology 20

Biology is the study of life and living systems from the molecular level to the biosphere. Biology 20 is an academic course that helps students understand the biological principles behind the natural events they experience and the technology that they use in their daily lives.

Recommendations for success in Biology 20:
Minimum of 60% in Science 10.

Biology 30

Biology 30 is an academic course intended to further students’ understanding of the biological principles in the natural world. Successful completion of Biology 30 will prepare students for post-secondary studies in science. Biology 30 is a required course for nursing, kinesiology, and the biological sciences. Students enrolling in Biology 30 should possess competence in designing experiments.

They should be knowledgeable concerning matter and energy in relationship to humans at the organ and cellular levels.

Recommendations for success in Biology 30:
Minimum 60% in Biology 20.

Chemistry 20

Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. Chemistry 20 is an academic course that helps students understand the chemical principles behind the natural events they experience and the technology that they use in their lives. Chemistry 20 is the prerequisite for Chemistry 30.

Recommendations for success in Chemistry 20:
Minimum of 60% in Science 10

Chemistry 30

In this course, we will explore deeper into the world of chemistry, carefully examining chemical processes and looking at the theories behind them.
This course requires solid math skills, and it builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Chemistry 20.
The major topics introduced in the Chemistry 30 course include:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Energy Change
  • Electrochemistry
  • Acids, Bases and Equilibrium Systems

Physics 20

This course consists of lessons organized into eight modules: Motion; Motion in Two Dimensions; Effect of Force on Velocity; Gravitational Force; Circular Motion; Work and Energy; Oscillatory Motion; and Mechanical Waves. Glossaries, assignments and self-check questions are included as well as links to animations, simulations and tutorials.

Physics 30

This course consists of lessons organized into eight modules: Momentum and Impulse; The Conservation of Momentum in Isolated Systems; Electrical Phenomena; Magnetic and Electric Fields in Nature and Technology; Wave Theory of Light; Wave-Particle Duality and Quantum Physics; Investigating the Nature of the Atom; and Nuclear Decay, Energy and the Standard Model of the Atom. Glossaries, assignments and self-check questions are included as well as links to videos, animations and simulations.

Forensics 25

Forensic Science 25 is a three-credit course intended for students interested in the use of basic scientific concepts and technologies to solve crimes. Through the study of forensic science techniques, students are given opportunities to explore and understand further how basic scientific concepts apply to this field of study.

Disclaimer:
A central component of the course involves the analysis of realistic scenarios and case studies. The course has some controversial or sensitive components including:

  • blood photographs and simulated blood experiments
  • discussion of semen analysis and the use of rape kits
  • examination of alcohol and substance abuse

Forensics 35 - Not being offered this semester

Forensic Science 35 is a three-credit course intended for students interested in the use of basic scientific concepts and technologies to solve crimes. Through the study of forensic science techniques, students are given opportunities to explore and understand further how basic scientific concepts apply to this field of study.

Disclaimer:
A central component of the course involves the analysis of realistic scenarios and case studies. The course has some controversial or sensitive components.

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