Science 10


Grade 10; 1 Credit - Two Semesters; Honors Section Available

            This core course is designed to help students understand how chemical principles and concepts are developed from experimental observations and data and how these principles can be used to explain phenomena in daily life as well as in the laboratory.  Special attention is given to problems faced today and to attitudes, procedures and skills that will help students analyze carefully and respond wisely to issues that will confront them as citizens in our technological world.

            The honors section of this course focuses more on the nature of matter.  Topics covered include matter and energy, measurement, atomic theory from a historical approach, the Periodic Table and Periodic Law, bonding, stoichiometry, special properties of solids, liquids, and gases, kinetics and equilibrium, acids, bases, and hydrolysis.  If time allots, the special chemistry of carbon and nuclear chemistry will be covered.  Enrollment for the honors section is limited to those students who have shown high aptitude in Biology and Algebra as freshmen, have departmental approval, and have approval of the Placement Committee.


Electromechanical Design

Grades 10, 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            This course is a basic course in the theory, design, and application of electronic and mechanical devices.  During the first semester, students will study the behavior of resistors, capacitors, semiconductors, relays, sensors, and servo motors. The application of the Arduino C language and the microcontroller development board to create embedded control systems will be presented. The second semester will require all students to apply the theory they have learned to design, document, and build at least one major project of their choosing. This course is highly recommended for students who intend to pursue a career in engineering. Prerequisites: none.


Forensic Science

Grades 10, 11, 12; 1/2 Credit - Spring Semester

            The Forensic Science Course will facilitate student understanding and appreciation for the true nature of forensic science problem-solving techniques. The course material will integrate science, math, and writing skills as well as a working knowledge of the criminal justice system by using real-life applications and case studies.  Scenarios taken from the headlines and popular media sources will serve to introduce students to the historical development of current technologies.

            Topics such as crime scene investigation and evidence collection will promote critical and logical thinking skills as students learn the scientific methods of topics including fingerprint and blood analysis, determination of death, and entomological and anthropological data.

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