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Chemistry

Description

Chemistry is a yearlong laboratory course which fulfills the science requirements for graduation and university entrance.  Chemistry is a quantitative science and students do a significant amount of math.  Emphasis is placed on lab skills, scientific inquiry, critical thinking and problem solving.

For optimal success in this course, students need to be proficient in the use of computer software for word processing and spreadsheets. Learning Recommendations include successful completion of Chemistry Lab Methods and successful completion of CC Algebra 1 and concurrent enrollment in CC Geometry.

  • Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following:
  • Structure of Matter: including atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding with formula writing and equations, molecular structure
  • States of Matter: Gases, liquids, solids with physical, chemical and phase change and their characteristics.
  • Reaction types: acids, bases, and precipitation
  • Equilibrium and reaction rates: gas and ionic equilibrium and factors affecting rates of reactions
  • Thermodynamics: Energy changes in chemical and physical reactions
  • Application of chemistry in daily life and environment

Note:  This course fulfills (1) college prep science requirement, as outlined by the Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC Board), as a lab-based and algebra based science course.

Physics

Description

Physics is a yearlong laboratory course which fulfills the science requirements for graduation and university entrance.  Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of the physical world and an appreciation of many of the phenomena they experience in their lives.  Physics is a quantitative science and students do a significant amount of math, graphing and data analysis.  Emphasis is placed on lab skills, scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving.

For optimal success in this course, students need to be proficient in the use of computer software for word processing and spreadsheets.  Learning Recommendations include successful completion of Physical Science and successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry, and concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or higher.

Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following:

  • Methods and application of physical measurement
  • Mechanics
  • Wave mechanics
  • Color, light and/or sound and optics
  • Other topics included but not limited to:
    • Rocketry and Aerospace Science (SHS)
    • Thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism (IHS)
    • Thermodynamics, electricity, lunar astronomy (LHS)

Note: This course fulfills (1) college prep science requirement, as outlined by the Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC Board), as a lab-based and algebra based science course.