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Science in the DP

PHYSICS

Description: DP Physics is a demanding course that involves the use of mathematical and logical reasoning. The course requires students to possess strong study habits as well as a willingness to solve challenging problems. Students should have earned high grades in their Math classes if they are to enroll in DP Physics.Physics itself is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Some of the questions we will try to answer during this course include How can we explain and predict interactions between objects and within systems of objects? How can we predict an object’s continued motion, changes in motion, or stability? What underlying forces explain the variety of interactions we observe? Why are some physical systems more stable than others? What is energy and how is energy transferred and conserved? How are forces related to energy? What are waves and how can they be used to transfer energy and information? The process of answering these questions will involve laboratory investigations, model construction, computer simulations, discussions, and research projects.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 11/ 12

Prerequisites: Math 10 Core

DP1 PHYSICS SL

Description: DP 1 Physics is the first year of a comprehensive 2-year curriculum and is designed to meet the needs of Grade 11 students who plan on writing the SL IB World Physics exam at the end of Grade 12. During this course, we will we will investigate the same questions listed in the Physics course description, but will seek to answer them in greater depth. We will also seek to answer additional questions within the field of physics, such as If energy is conserved, why do people say it is produced, used or even wasted?

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 11/ 12

Prerequisites: Math 10 Core

Grade Level: 11/ 12 (Grade 11 students will be able to obtain an IB certificate in Physics by completing Advanced Physics SL in Grade 12)

Prerequisites: Strong performance in Math 10 Core or Math 10 Extended (recommended), which would be supported by a MYP grade of a strong 5 or better.

Co-requisite: DP Math SL or HL

DP1 PHYSICS HL

Description: Physics Higher Level is intended for those students in Grade 11 who plan on taking Advanced Physics Higher Level in Grade 12 and writing the IB World exam. While the skills and activities are common to students at both SL and HL, students at HL are required to study some topics in greater depth, to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature in the common options. An example of an additional question that we will explore during this course is What forces hold nuclei together and mediate nuclear processes?

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 11

Prerequisites: Strong performance in Math 10 Core or Math 10 Extended (recommended), which would be supported by a MYP grade of a strong 5 or better.

Co-requisite: DP Math SL or HL

CHEMISTRY

Description: In the Chemistry course, students explore what the world is made of and learn how and why materials change during chemical reactions. Some of the questions we will explore during this course are How can we explain the structure, properties, and interactions of matter?, How do particles combine to form the variety of matter that we observe in our everyday lives?, How do substances combine or change (react) to make new substances?, and How does one characterize and explain these reactions and make predictions about them? Topics of study include the atom, the chemical bond, trends on the periodic table, energy, and calculating chemical quantities. Students will build a higher understanding of matter, and use that understanding to explain the chemical substances and changes in the world around them.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 11/ 12

Prerequisites: Math 10 Core

DP1 CHEMISTRY SL

Description: The Chemistry Standard Level course is a full DP course with a cumulative IB World Exam written at the end of Grade 12. Students explore what the world is made of and learn how and why materials change during chemical reactions. Topics of study include the atom, the chemical bond, trends on the periodic table, energy, rates of reaction, and calculating chemical quantities. Students will build a higher understanding of matter, and use that understanding to explain the chemical substances and changes in the world around them.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 11/ 12 (note: Grade 11 students will be able to obtain an IB certificate in Chemistry by completing Advanced Chemistry SL in Grade 12)

Prerequisites: Math 10 Core or Math 10 Extended (recommended)

DP1 CHEMISTRY HL

Description: Chemistry Higher Level is intended for those students in Grade 11 who plan on taking Advanced Chemistry Higher Level in Grade 12 and writing the IB World exam. While the skills and activities are common to students at both SL and HL, students at HL are required to study some topics in greater depth, to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature in the common options.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 11

Prerequisites: Math 10 Core or Math 10 Extended (recommended)

DP1 BIOLOGY SL

Description: This course explores important concepts within biology and how scientists understand the living world. Biologists have accumulated huge amounts of information about living organisms, and it would be easy to confuse students by teaching large numbers of seemingly unrelated facts. In this course it is hoped that students will acquire a limited body of facts and, at the same time, develop a broad general understanding of the principles of the subject. Four core concepts that form the basis of this course are Structure and function, Universality versus diversity, Equilibrium within systems, and Evolution. Students will gain an understanding of the principles, theories, and concepts in biology through a variety of learning opportunities, but laboratory investigations will play a primary role. One of the first topics this course will investigate is cells, the basic unit of life all the way to tissues, organs and organ systems. The most important organ systems, all of which are composed of cells, will then be discussed and compared with those of different animal species. Then, plants and their systems will also be the focus followed by ecology, habitats, and the biosphere in general.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 11/ 12 (note: Grade 11 students will be able to obtain an IB certificate in Biology by completing Advanced Biology Standard Level in Grade 12)

Prerequisites: Math 10 Core

DP1 BIOLOGY HL

Description: This course is intended for those students in Grade 11 who plan on taking Higher Level Biology in Grade 12 and writing the IB World exam at the end of their grade 12 year. While the skills and activities are common to students at both SL and HL, students at HL are required to study some topics in greater depth, to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature in the common options.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 11

Prerequisites: Math 10 Core

ADVANCED Senior Level Courses

Any student with a strong interest in science would enjoy and benefit from the challenges that an advanced course provides, including exposure to some topics not found in typical high school science courses. Students will engage in experimental work that will refine their critical thinking and analysis skills, help them develop an appreciation of the essential hands-on nature of scientific work, promote an understanding of the benefits and limitations of scientific methodology, and an opportunity to both polish their laboratory skills and acquire some additional ones. Additionally, students will work collaboratively with other science students on an interdisciplinary project that mirrors the work of real scientists.

These courses are available only to students in Grade 12 who have already completed one year of an introductory senior level course (DP 1 SL or DP 1 HL) and are offered either at the “Standard Level” or “Higher Level.” Students in the advanced senior level courses will prepare to write the IB exams in that subject in May of their graduating year and must complete in the Group 4 Project.

DP2 PHYSICS SL

Description: This course continues where DP 1 HL left off, exploring topics such as thermal physics, gravity, orbital motion, and nuclear physics in addition to possible options in sight and wave phenomena, quantum and nuclear physics, digital technology, relativity and particle physics, communications or astrophysics.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisites: Physics/DP1 Physics Standard Level or DP1Physics Higher Level

DP2 PHYSICS HL

Description: This course will continue where DP 1 HL left off, exploring topics such as thermodynamics, electromagnetic induction, and nuclear physics in addition to possible options in astrophysics, communications, electromagnetic waves, relativity, medial physics or particle physics.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisites: DP1 Physics Higher Level

DP2 CHEMISTRY SL

Description: Students will study chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry. Additionally, two of the following optional units will be studied, applying the core material to more specific fields of: medicines, further organic chemistry, human biochemistry, environmental chemistry, food chemistry, or chemistry in industry and technology.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisites: Chemistry/DP1 Chemistry Standard Level or DP1 Chemistry Higher Level

DP2 CHEMISTRY HL

Description: In this second full year of chemistry, students will study chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry, as well as advanced material in other core topics. Additionally, two of the following optional units will be studied, applying the core material to more specific fields of: medicines, further organic chemistry, human biochemistry, environmental chemistry, food chemistry, or chemistry in industry and technology. Each topic in the course is studied with additional breadth and depth in comparison to the Standard Level course.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisites: DP1 Chemistry Higher Level

DP2 BIOLOGY SL

Description: This course will continue where DP 1 SL left off, exploring topics such as cells, energy, ecology, and evolution in addition to possible options in human nutrition and health, physiology of exercise, cells and energy, neurobiology and behavior or ecology and conservation.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisites: DP1 Biology Standard Level or DP1 Biology Higher Level

DP2 BIOLOGY HL

Description: This course will continue where DP 1 HL left off, exploring topics such as infectious diseases, human physiology, excretion, the nervous system, ecology and evolution in addition to possible options in neurobiology and behavior, microbes and biotechnology, ecology and conservation, or further human physiology.

Credit: 1

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisites: DP1Biology Higher Level