Physical Science Course Descriptions

Physical Sciences Course Descriptions

Earth

California State Standards for Earth Science

SDAIE Earth Science (P)

Grade level: 9-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Year

Prerequisite: Enrollment in ELD III or IV UC/CSU

This class, designed for English language learners, fulfills the high school graduation requirement for physical science. It is college preparatory course which examines the earth's structure, plate tectonics,structure and composition of the atmosphere, energy exchanges within the earth and the effects on climate, the earth's place in the universe including structure, scale and changes in stars, galaxies, and the universe over time. Teachers utilize SDAIE techniques and pacing strategies to ensure that EL students master the core curriculum.

Earth Science (P)

Grade level: 9-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: None UC/CSU

This is a one-year course designed to fulfill the high school graduation requirement for physical science. This is a college prep course which examines the earth's structure, plate tectonics, structure and composition of the atmosphere, energy exchanges within the earth and their effects on climate, the earth's place in the universe including structure, scale and changes in stars, galaxies, and the universe over time.

Chemistry

California State Standards for Chemistry

Chemistry (P)

Grade level: 10-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: B or better in Algebra I or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II recommended UC/CSU

Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonds, conservation of matter and stoichiometry, gasses and their properties, acids and bases, solutions, chemical thermodynamics, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, organic biochemistry and nuclear processes. It is recommended that students have a scientific calculator.

Chemistry (H)

Grade Level: 10-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Year

Prerequisite: B or better in Geometry and concurrent enrollment in Algebra II recommended UC/CSU

Honors Chemistry is a rigorous, accelerated laboratory science course which will focus on major principles and concepts of chemistry. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the study of inorganic chemistry, thermodynamics, equilibrium, stoichiometry, kinetics, atomic structure, chemical bonding, nuclear processes, and biochemistry. It is recommended that students have a scientific calculator.

Chemistry (AP)

Grade level: 11-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Year

Prerequisite: B or better in Chemistry (P) or C or better in Chemistry (H) recommended UC/CSU

This is an in-depth study of chemical principles with emphasis on the first-year college curriculum. Topics include states of matter, rates of chemical reactions, equilibrium, thermodynamics and stoichiometry. Students are requires to prepare lectures and lead seminars on current topics in science. Students must have a scientific calculator. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and to prepare for the Advanced Placement Program.

Biochemistry

California State Standards for Chemistry

Biochemistry (H)

Grade level: 11-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Year

Prerequisite: C or better in Biology and Chemistry recommended. Students who successfully UC/CSU meet the college course requirements will be eligible to receive 5 credits from CSUSM.

This course is intended for students pursuing a degree in a health-related field or seeking to satisfy general education physical science requirements at a lower division college level. Biochemistry is a rigorous laboratory science course which will focus on the basic principles of general, organic, and biochemistry as needed to understand the biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology of the human body. Students will be introduced to a range of chemical concepts including the structure of the atom, properties of gases and solutions, acid-base chemistry, the properties of organic molecules and biological macromolecules. Building on these concepts students will explore the role of chemistry in human health, medicine, and nutrition. Instruction

Physics

California State Standards for Physics

Physics (P)

Grade level: 11-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Year

Prerequisite: B or better in Geometry or Algebra II recommended UC/CSU

This is a college preparatory class looking into the relationships between matter and energy. We will be covering the following topics: linear motion, Newton's laws of motion, circular motion, gravitation, work energy relationships, momentum, thermodynamics, light, magnetism, and electricity. This is a math intensive course; students should have strong algebra skills and will need a scientific calculator.

Physics (AP)

Grade level: 11-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: B or better in Geometry, concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher math UC/CSU

This is a university level lecture and laboratory science course taught in accordance with the College Board standards. In this math intensive, fast paced class, we will cover the following topics: mechanics, thermodynamics, wave motion, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and, modern physics. This course is designed to help students prepare of the Advanced Placement test in the spring which all students are expected to take and have the opportunity to earn college credit. Students must have a scientific calculator. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement program

AP Environmental Science
Grade level: 11-12
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Prerequisite: Complete 1 year of Life and Physical Science
UC/CSU
Advanced Placement Environmental Science is designed to be a college level lecture/laboratory course. The goal of
this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand
the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human made, and to evaluate the risks associated with these problems while examining alternative solutions for resolving
and/ or preventing them.