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MYP Honors Biology 9

(Grade 9, required)
(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 55000
 
Prerequisite: None
 
Course Description:
This one year course focuses on core concepts integral to understanding the biological sciences, as well as experimental laboratory work. The course is divided to address the following themes: Biology as a Science, the Organization of Living Things, Cellular Biology, Heredity, Evolution and Ecosystems. Students will develop a scientific knowledge that will prepare them for their future roles as informed citizens as well as preparation for IB Biology. The state science standards are addressed through this curriculum.
 

MYP Honors Physics 10

(Grade 10, required)
(S) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 55104
 
Prerequisite: None

Course Description: 

Physics provides a challenging conceptual science experience, emphasizing physical principles and laboratory experiments. Topics include measurement, the metric system, scientific method, Newton's Laws, kinematics, mechanical and electrical energy, electrostatics, electric circuits, and waves. The course will fulfill the requirements for the high school Michigan Merit Exam. The course will also prepare students to explore physics as an option in the IB science curriculum.

 

MYP Honors Chemistry 10

(Grade 10, required)
(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 55200
Prerequisite: Biology
Course Description:  
Chemistry provides a challenging conceptual science experience, emphasizing chemical principles and laboratory experiments. Topics include atomic structure, elements, the periodic table, chemical bonding, states of matter, electrons, compounds, and chemical reactions and equations. After successful completion of this course, students will be prepared for the scope and pace of IB Chemistry or a first-year college chemistry course. 
 

DP I and II Biology

(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 55001 and 55002
Prerequisite: MYP Biology, MYP Physics, MYP Chemistry, and Integrated Math 3
Course Description:   

 

This two-year course will prepare students for the IB Biology HL exam at the end of grade twelve.  This course focuses on concepts integral to the understanding of a variety of biological sciences, as well as experimental laboratory work.  The course is divided into 7 major units:  statistical analysis, cellular energetics, biochemistry, genetics, ecology and evolution, human anatomy, physiology and botany.  Neurobiology, animal behavior and conservation are also studied as extensions of the curriculum.  Students will spend approximately 40 to 60 hours in the lab. In addition to extensive lab work, students will participate in an interdisciplinary project that allows for collaboration between students of all sciences. 

IB Final Assessment:

External - 3 examinations totaling 4 ½ hours;

Internal - a portfolio of investigations

 

DP I and II Chemistry

(Y) Credits: 1.0 each year
Course Numbers: 55202 and 55205
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Chemistry, and Integrated Math 3
Course Description:   
This two-year course will prepare students for the IB Chemistry HL exam at the end of grade twelve. Topics covered in this course will include thermodynamics, stoichiometry, atomic theory, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry. In addition students will do two additional options from the following: Human biochemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical industries, fuels and energy, modern analytical chemistry, and further organic chemistry. The course will include 60 hours of work in the laboratory. Students will use higher level thinking skills, problem solving skills and logic. Following the IB syllabus, chemical aspects of human reproduction and contraceptives may be covered.
 
IB Final Assessment:
External - 3 examinations totaling 4 ½ hours;
Internal - a portfolio of investigations
 

DP I and II Physics

(Y) Credits: 1.0 each year
Course Numbers: 55400 and 55405
Prerequisite:  MYP Honors Physics 10 and Integrated Math 3 or permission of department
Course Description:   
This two-year course will investigate topics such as measurement, mechanics, thermal physics and properties of matter, waves, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. Students will also learn two additional options from the following: biomedical physics, historical physics, astrophysics, special and general relativity, and optics. Much of physics is centered on conducting experiments and testing theories. Students will spend approximately 40 to 60 hours in the lab. In addition to extensive lab work, students will participate in an interdisciplinary project that combines work in chemistry and biology with physics.
IB Final Assessment:
External - 3 examinations totaling 4 ½ hours;
Internal - a portfolio of investigations
 

DP Environmental Systems and Societies

(Y) Credits: 1.0 each year
Course Number:
Prerequisite: Biology
Course Description:   
Environmental Systems and Societies is a transdisciplinary subject, combining the techniques and knowledge associated with the experimental sciences and those associated with individuals and societies. The prime intent of this course is to provide students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face.
 
The course is divided into seven major units:  Systems and Models, The Ecosystems, Human Populations, carrying capacity and resource use, Conservation and Biodiversity, Pollution Management, Issues in Global Warming and Environmental Value Systems.
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