Grade 11 & 12 – Science

Semester Chemistry: Forensic Science

Are you a fan of CSI? Do you binge true crime podcasts? Wonder what it’s like to be a real forensic scientist? This class is for YOU! Learn to apply many disciplines of scientific study such as biology/anatomy, chemistry, and physics to criminal investigations. You will discover the proper protocol to secure a scene, how to collect and interpret evidence, and the process for building a legal case. Lab and experimental work may include the investigation of fingerprinting, fiber analysis, trace evidence analysis, blood spatters, and more.

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Environmental Science Honors

Type: Honors Available to: qualified grade 11 & 12 students, for honors see placement requirements on the Science Department page Environmental Science Honors introduces students to the interactions between earth’s natural systems, the substantial demands placed on them by the human population, and the ways that we can bring about positive change in our community and beyond. Using the incredible resources on and near the Monterey Peninsula, students will complete experiential labs that prompt them to explore their local environments through real world issues such as foundations of ecology, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy, and environmental justice. In addition to field and lab work, students also gain valuable research experience through data collection, mapping, graphing, analysis, surveying the scientific literature, and presenting findings in class. This course is ideal for students who are excited to learn about environmental science and/or want to take an advanced high school level science course.

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AP Physics C

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page This is a college level physics course designed to be taken after a full year of physics studies and a calculus course. It features two parts: Mechanics, and Electricity & Magnetism. Mechanics covers  kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; rotation; oscillations; and gravitation. Electricity & Magnetism covers electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. The weekly hands-on laboratory activities are based in guided inquiry and include open-ended experiment design.

Physics Honors

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page Students taking this algebra-based course master the vocabulary and concepts of physics in a discussion/demonstration/laboratory format. In a curriculum that covers a broad spectrum of material, students learn the following: mechanics, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion (including sound and light), electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. The use of trigonometry and a more extensive laboratory experience make Physics Honors comparable to a non-calculus college-level survey course.

AP Environmental Science

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link above This course, the equivalent of a first-semester college-level environmental science course, covers the scientific principles of ecology, chemistry, and statistics that are used to understand how the systems of the Earth are interrelated. Emphasis is placed on how science deals with the environmental issues facing our world and the many possible solutions to these problems. At the same time, the course aims to provide the social, political, and ethical framework in which environmental decision-making occurs. Students receive preparation for the AP Exam in Environmental Science.

AP Chemistry

Type: Honors Available to: qualified grade 11 & 12 students, for honors see placement requirements on the Science Department page Using a curriculum which has been approved by the College Board, this course emphasizes inquiry and a student-centered approach to learning complex phenomena about the behavior of matter and the changes they undergo. After a review of foundational chemistry, students master the following topics: electron structure of atoms, quantitative analysis, thermodynamics, kinetics, and gas laws. Acid-base reactions are also studied in depth and provide a framework for sophisticated quantitative analysis of equilibrium systems. Through extensive lab work, students intentionally build skills of inquiry by developing their own protocols. Students will be prepared for the AP Chemistry exam, and will be prepared to enter college-level programs with confidence in their skills and knowledge.

AP Biology

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page AP Biology covers fundamental elements of the biological sciences and also seeks to develop an enduring conceptual understanding of the major themes of biology: evolution, energy transformations, and molecular biology, DNA and information storage and retrieval, and the interaction of biological systems. Students learn about the integrity of living systems and the application of chemical and physical principles of life. Students also explore the historical perspective of recent major developments in biology. Laboratory activities hone analytical skills and foster an appreciation of scientific experimentation.

Mechatronics Engineering

Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page or the Computer Science & Engineering page Special Notes: Students taking this course must concurrently be enrolled in a year of traditional science or have successfully completed three years of traditional science. Mechatronics is the union of electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering, and includes robotics. This course uses design and discovery surrounding mechatronics to expose students to various engineering disciplines and prepare them for introductory college-level engineering coursework, such as physical computing/coding with applied mathematics, control theory, and 3D modeling/printing. Students will engage in intriguing and challenging hands-on projects involving these topics to further develop important problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that are necessary to be an effective engineer. Projects include using an 8-LED display for sensor input and a game, designing an RGB lamp, programming an autonomous robot, and creating a wireless [...]

Disciplines in Engineering

Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page or the Computer Science & Engineering page Special Notes: Students taking this course must concurrently be enrolled in a year of traditional science or have successfully completed three years of traditional science. Engineering is a broad field that involves the application of mathematical and scientific principles to design, test, and build structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes.  Disciplines in Engineering allows students to explore this wide range of engineering fields.  Students will be introduced to a variety of engineering disciplines, learning about the academics behind each one.  This will be followed up with a hands-on project based on that discipline.  Learning about the types of projects engineers work on will help students identify which specific engineering area they would like to focus on in the future.  The prerequisite for Disciplines in Engineering [...]

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