Science

 

Built on a progressive model of Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, the Science program at Tourtellotte allows students too not only learn core scientific principles, but also to expand on that knowledge in specialized classes such as botany, zoology and anatomy & physiology.

Teacher Pages
J. Bruce
S. Kiff
J. Pirie
C. Poirier

PHYSICAL SCIENCE*                 COURSE NUMBER: 1200                       Academic Grade 9                                             Full Year                                                      1 Credit Physical science approaches the study of matter and energy through observation, investigation, and problem solving. In this full-year course, students are introduced to basic principles of physics and chemistry. Particular focus is placed on the physical properties of matter, energy transformations, chemical structures and properties, and global interdependence. In physical science scientific inquiry, literacy and numeracy are emphasized. Students will explore physical properties by compiling, and interpreting evidence in frequent laboratory experiences. They will use mathematical formulas and logic to process and understand data. They will communicate their findings through written and oral presentations. Standards addressed  in physical science include an introduction to the scientific method, measurement system, data collection and presentation; energy transformations, energy conservation, electrical energy, global energy and resource use; atoms, molecules, and compounds; simple organic and inorganic chemical reactions; nutrients cycles, etc.

This course, or Honors Physical Science, is required for graduation

School-wide Expectations: Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 2: Communication:  A. Interactive Communication Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills The rigor of Physical Science differs from Honors Physical Science in its pacing and mathematics expectations.

HONORS PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSE NUMBER: 1201                       Honors   Grade 9                                             Full Year                                                  1 Credit Honors Physical Science approaches the study of matter and energy through observation, investigation, and problem solving. In this full-year course, students are introduced to basic principles of physics and chemistry. Particular focus is placed on the physical properties of matter, energy transformations, chemical structures and properties, and global interdependence. In Honors Physical Science scientific inquiry, literacy and numeracy are emphasized. Students will explore physical properties by compiling, and interpreting evidence in frequent laboratory experiences. They will use mathematical formulas and logic to process and understand data. They will communicate their findings through written and oral presentations. Standards addressed in physical science include an introduction to the scientific method, measurement system, data collection and presentation; energy transformations, energy conservation, electrical energy, global energy and resource use; atoms, molecules, and compounds; simple organic and inorganic chemical reactions; nutrients cycles, etc. Prerequisites: strong math background and science teacher recommendation This course, or Physical Science, is required for graduation. School-wide Expectations: Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 2: Communication:  A. Interactive Communication Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills

BIOLOGY *                                     COURSE NUMBER: 1202               Academic Grades 10-12                                    Full Year                                                      1 Credit Biology is the study of life. Therefore, understanding life and life processes depends on mastering the unifying principles and concepts applicable to all life forms. This course examines the fundamental unity in the diversity of life forms. This program focuses on major life processes. In doing so, each process is discussed using a variety of examples from the kingdoms of organisms. Students become aware that all organisms carry out the same life functions, and thus, the ways that organisms are adapted to carry out those functions can be better appreciated. Several classic experiments leading to the development of major principles are discussed and analyzed historically. In this way, students learn to appreciate how scientists gather and organize information about the world. Prerequisite:  Physical Science and permission from instructor This course or Honors biology is required for graduation School-wide Expectations: Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills Expectation 5: C. Personal Responsibility

HONORS BIOLOGY*                    COURSE NUMBER: 1203                       Honors Grades 10-12                                    Full Year                                                      1 Credit Honors Biology is designed to challenge students while they cover a wide array of topics related to the study of life. Conduct appropriate labs and hands-on activities on a regular basis along with detailed projects and group activities. Students will study cell structure and function, photosynthesis and respiration, genetics, ecology, evolution, human anatomy and physiology, including the human immune system. Students will discuss historical research and discoveries, as well as current issues and discoveries in biology. Students will be expected to examine a variety of scientific materials and to write in a variety of formats to demonstrate what they have learned. Students are encouraged to view science as a process, a way to make informed decisions, solve problems, and be responsible community members. Prerequisite: Honors Physical Science, and permission from instructor, a grade of C or better This course, or biology is required for graduation. School-wide Expectations: Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 5: C. Personal Responsibility Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills

CHEMISTRY*                                COURSE NUMBER: 1204                       Academic Grades 11-12                                    Full Year                                                      1 Credit Chemistry is an introductory chemistry course that is configured to introduce students to chemical principles and concepts. These concepts are supported and developed from experimental observations, inquiry, and data analysis, as well as through the use of technology. These principles can be used to explain phenomena in daily life as well as in the laboratory and gives students a workable and practical comprehension of concepts and topics. Students will demonstrate personal responsibility through independent work, group work and projects. Chemistry will cover:  measurements; energy; atomic and molecular structure; the periodic table and its uses; chemical bonding; formulas and equations; stoichiometry; chemical equilibria and reaction rates. In addition to this, Organic and Biochemistry (the chemistry of carbon compounds, and living things) will be integrated throughout the course. Prerequisites: Honors Biology or Biology and Algebra I (due to the use of formulas and numerical relationships), a C or better in EACH of these classes and recommendation of their Biology instructor School-wide Expectations: Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking

 

HONORS CHEMISTRY*              COURSE NUMBER: 1205               Honors Grades 11-12                                    Full Year                                                      1 Credit Advanced Chemistry is an introductory chemistry course for students in an honors science program who plan to pursue a career in the sciences (medicine, pharmaceuticals, biological research, chemical studies). It is a course configured to introduce students to chemical principles and concepts. These concepts are supported and developed from experimental observations, inquiry, and data analysis, as well as through the use of technology. These principles can be used to explain phenomena in daily life as well as in the laboratory and gives students a workable and practical comprehension of concepts and topics. Students will demonstrate personal responsibility through independent work, group work and projects in an environment very similar to a college course. After a review of basic science concepts, topics are first introduced qualitatively and in simple terms, and then developed quantitatively in sequence of steps to a depth that gives them meaning and significance. Honors Chemistry will cover: measurements, energy; atomic and molecular structure; the periodic table and its uses; chemical bonding, formulas, and equations, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, acids/bases/salts, redox, chemical equilibria, and reaction rates. In addition to this, Organic and Biochemistry (the chemistry of carbon compounds, and living things) will be integrated throughout the course. Prerequisites: Honors Biology and Geometry (due to significant amounts of mathematical calculation, and dimensional-geometrical analysis) a C or better in each of these classes and the recommendation of the Biology instructor School-wide Expectations: Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills Expectation 5c:  Personal Responsibility

 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY*               COURSE NUMBER: 1206                       Honors Grades 11-12                                    Full Year                                                      1 Credit This course is recommended for the student pursuing a career in the biological sciences (nurse, doctor, medical technician, physical therapist, etc.). Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the human body systems and how they function. Laboratory work is included and dissection of preserved animal tissue is included. Students will explore real world topics related to anatomy and physiology utilizing technology. They will collaborate with others in the class and communicate their findings. Students will also problem solve issues related to malfunctions of body systems. Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry – C or better in EACH of these classes and recommendation of their Chemistry instructor School-wide Expectations: Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills Expectation 5c:  Personal Responsibility

 

ZOOLOGY*                                    COURSE NUMBER: 1208               Academic Grades 11-12                                Semester                                              .5 credit Zoology is a semester course designed for all students. It is the study of both invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Topics include the evolution, classification, reproduction and development, body systems, and behavior of these organisms. The material is presented in a comparative manner with the use of some preserved specimens. Relationships between these organisms and their environment as well as their impact on humans will be discussed also. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a biology course School-wide Expectations: Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills Expectation 5: C. Personal Responsibility

BOTANY*                                   COURSE NUMBER: 1209                   Academic Grades 11-12                            Semester                                              .5 credit Botany is a semester course designed for all students. It is the study of plant structure and function. Algae, mosses, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants will be covered, as well as Fungi. Topics include the evolution, classification, reproduction and development, and distribution of plants from simple to complex. Current ideas in the study of plant diversity, environmental impact, importance to humans both past and present, agriculture and food production, forestry, and medicine will be examined. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a biology course School-wide Expectations Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills Expectation 5: C. Personal Responsibility

 

SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS   COURSE NUMBER: 1210                       Honors Grades 11-12                                    Semester – II only                                        .5 credit An introduction to popular science communication in the broader contexts of; 1.) the role of communication in science, and 2.) the cultural, practical role of science in society. Intellectual resources for constructive critical analysis of popular science in a real-world setting will be provided. Students will partner with a local manufacturing company to develop a product by brainstorming, researching, and conducting public surveys based on public interest. Students will cultivate practical communication skills, with particular emphasis on effective speaking, writing and exhibiting on scientific and science-related topics to a variety of audiences. A range of resources and skills for effective communication of complex material including video production will be produced. The developed product will be presented in a science exhibition. Prerequisite:  C or higher in Honors Biology and a C or higher in Honors 10th grade English School-wide Expectations Expectation 1: Problem Solving Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills Expectation 5: C. Personal Responsibility

PHYSICS*                                       COURSE NUMBER: 1207                       Honors

Grade 12                                           Full Year                                                      1 Credit

This course employs a highly effective problem solving method of teaching the physical laws fundamental to all sciences. The content is intended to generate an interest in and produce a genuine understanding of the study of matter and energy and their interrelationship. Physics principles are introduced in the context of everyday experience and applications relevant to the student. The presentation of material is, for the most part, sequential, enabling the student to use basic ideas to master more complex concepts.

Completing laboratory investigations, physics students will compile and interpret evidence to support scientific laws and principles. They will use computer interfacing software and sensors to enhance the collection and graphic illustration of data. Students will determine the mathematical relationships that are presented from the quantitative data obtained. They will also communicate their results and conclusions, using logical statements and the scientific method to prepare lab reports.

Content standards addressed in physics include: motion and forces, the conservation of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, waves, and electric and magnetic phenomena.

Prerequisite:  Students must have taken and passed Chemistry, Algebra II and Advanced Math (which may be taken concurrently) and should have achieved a grade C or better in these courses. Students also must have the recommendation of the Chemistry instructor to take this course.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 1: Problem Solving

Expectation 2: Communication:  A. Interactive Communication

Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills