Grade 11 - Science

Chemistry A Honors - Semester 1 (Credit: 0.50)

Chemistry is involved in almost all other scientific endeavors. Luckily, chemical theory in recent years has become a science in which theory and observation correlate extremely well. The Periodic Table of the Elements, for example, is based not only upon observation, but is firmly attached to quantum mechanics and atomic theory. The goal of this honors course is to establish the tools of the chemist and acquaint you with the theories that predict and explain chemical events. You will have extra practice in computation, a video guide to the most commonly used elements, and study guides to focus your attention on the most relevant content. In addition, you will have a more complete laboratory experience related to the concepts taught in the lessons. The aim is to give you the tools necessary to use chemistry in all other scientific and problem-solving areas. In this first course, the emphasis will be on atomic and molecular interactions including atomic theory, reactions and equations, the mole concept and quantitative chemistry, gas laws, and solutions and colligative properties.

Chemistry B Honors - Semester 2 (Credit: 0.50)

The second part of honors chemistry deals with some of the particular applications of chemical principles, such as acids and bases, electrochemistry, organic and biochemistry. In addition, the energetics of chemical reactions are examined in some detail, extending their application to nuclear reactions. The intent is to give you, the student, a background in the major areas of chemistry, with the intent that you can either apply such knowledge to other sciences or pursue one or more of the areas in greater detail. Organic and biochemistry, for example, contain a lifetime of material for study, all based upon the simple covalent nature of the carbon bond. Energetics, of course, apply to all reactions, and the principles of thermochemistry give insight into all changes. So continue on, building a foundation for a lifetime of discovery.

Physics A - Semester 1 (Credit: 0.50)

Students begin their exploration of physics by reviewing the International System of Units (SI), scientific notation, and significant digits. They then learn to describe and analyze motion in one and two dimensions. Students learn about gravity and Newton’s laws of motion before concluding the course with an examination of circular motion. Students apply mathematical concepts such as graphing and trigonometry in order to solve physics problems. Throughout the course, students apply their understanding of physics by playing roles like science museum curator and elementary teacher.

Major Concepts:

Physics uses a knowledge of physical properties to answer theoretical questions; technology is a method of solving practical problems.
Measurement is a process that assigns appropriate numerical values to physical quantities.
There are specific rules and guidelines that explain the motion of all objects in the universe.
Forces cause a change in an object’s motion.
Force, work, and energy are directly related variables that describe basic natural phenomena.
Momentum is inertia in motion.

Physics B - Semester 2 (Credit: 0.50)

Physics B continues the student’s exploration of mechanics while also guiding them through some other important topics of physics. Students begin by exploring simple harmonic motion, wave properties, and optics. Students then learn the basics of thermodynamics and fluids. Afterwards, the students explore the principles of electricity and magnetism. Finally, students explore the area of physics known as Modern Physics, which includes topics such as the photoelectric effect, nuclear science, and relativity. This is a trig based course. It is assumed you know and can use trigonometry.

Major Concepts:

Waves are various disturbances that transfer energy without transferring matter.
When the temperature of matter increases, the atoms in the matter speed up and increase the internal energy of the substance.
A buoyant force, which is responsible for floating or sinking, is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced.
The flow of electricity is determined by movement of electrons from one location to another, the rate at which the electrons move, and the resistive characteristics of the material carrying the electrons.
Electrical charge can induce magnetism.
Light is both a wave and a particle.
An unstable nucleus will decay over time and emit radiation.

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