MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Science

All science courses require an additional lab fee of $40-$60 depending on the course.

Red Bridge Science Fair-All students enrolled in the following courses will participate in a school wide Science Fair as part of their coursework. 

General Science

General Science is generally the Students first introduction to a formal Science course.  This class is generally taken in the 7th or 8th grade.  The course will include lecture, lab work, special projects, quizzes/tests, and homework. Each module will take two weeks to complete, 16 modules total. Homework and reading should take approximately 3-4 hours/week. Lab write ups will be introduced and included.  It's scope is quite wide and there are many hands-on experiments.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with.

Topics Include:

  • The scientific method
  • Designing experiments
  • Simple machines
  • Archaeology
  • Geology
  • Paleontology
  • Biology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

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Physical Science

Course will include lecture, lab work, special projects, quizzes/tests, and homework. Each module will take two weeks to complete, 16 modules total. Homework and reading should take approximately 3-5 hours/week. Labs will have formal or informal write up.

This course can be taken as early as 7th or 8th grade but is generally a high school course.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with.

Topics Include:

  • Air and Atmosphere
  • Water
  • Hydrosphere
  • Earth & Lithosphere
  • Weather
  • Physics in Motion
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Forces in Creationism
  • Waves, Sound and Light
  • Astrophysics

Math Recommendations:  Students need to have completed Pre Algebra or be taking it concurrently.

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Biology

This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course, and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. The course covers topics including the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. Homework and reading will take approximately 3-5 hours of work outside of class each week.

The course will include lecture, labs, in class and out of class projects, quizzes/tests, and homework. A syllabus will be given at the beginning of the course detailing the expectations and schedule of the coursework. Course is divided into 16 modules, with each module taking approximately two weeks each to complete.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with.Course will also emphasize the importance of note taking, and how to take successful notes during class to better prepare for tests. Homework and reading should take approximately 3-5 hours/week outside of class.

Prerequisites:

  • Although we prefer the students to complete both General Science and Physical Science before taking this course only Physical Science or a comparable science course is required.

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Chemistry

This course provides a solid foundation in Chemistry for your college bound students.  We recommend students taking this course be proficient in Algebra 1 math skills.  Both the regular labs as well as some of the labs from the extra micro lab kit will be completed. Homework and reading should take approximately 3-5 hours/week outside of class.

Topics Include:

  • Measurements and Units
  • Heat, Energy & Temperatures
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Classifying Matter
  • Chemical Equations
  • Stoichiometry
  • Atomic and Molecular Structure
  • Polyatomic Ions
  • Acids & Bases
  • Chemistry Solutions
  • Phases of Matter
  • Thermodynamic
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical Equilibrium
  • Reduction and Oxidation Reactions

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with.

Math Recommendations:

  • Completion of Algebra 1
  • Basic Geometry
  • Understand Unit Conversion

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Physics (AP Physics 1), Grades 10-12

This college-prep physics course is designed for the student who has completed algebra and has had an introduction to the definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent. It provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics, heavily emphasizing vector analysis; this text is ideal preparation for a university-level physics course. It provides the student with a strong background in one-dimensional and two-dimensional concepts.  Homework and reading should take approximately 3-5 hours/week outside of class.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with.

Topics Include:

  • Motion in 1D & 2D
  • Vector Analysis
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Circular Motion
  • Gravity
  • Work and Energy
  • Momentum
  • Periodic Motion
  • Waves
  • Geometric Optics
  • Electricity
  • Electric Circuits
  • Magnetism

Math Recommendations:

  • Completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry
  • Must be concurrently enrolled in Algebra 2 or above
  • Understand Basic Trigonometry Functions
  • Understand Unit Conversion

**The AP option is new the College Board has created two new AP Physics 1 and 2 tests.  These are for Algebra based Physics classes and our Apologia text works! Please let the instructor know early in the year if you would like to take this as an AP course, extra work, and additional test prep, will be required.  Students who score 85%and higher on a practice test or are earning a high B or A in the course will be encouraged to take the AP exam.

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Anatomy and Physiology- (Advanced Biology)

This is an Apologia course studying the human body, including such topics as cell structure, DNA, and the main physiological systems like the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems. It will also focus on nutrition, embryology, the major organs, and the workings of immune system.

The course will include lecture, labs, in class and out of class projects, quizzes/tests, and homework. A syllabus will be given at the beginning of the course detailing the expectations and schedule of the coursework. Course is divided up into 16 modules, with each module taking approximately two weeks each to complete. Lab fee includes all materials necessary for lab work and projects. Also emphasizing the importance of note taking, both during class and while reading through the assigned material, the instructor will both instruct on and require students to take notes. This course will not only enable students to further their science biology credits, but it will be taught with the intention of preparing students for success in college studies.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with.

Prerequisites:

  • Completion of Biology and Chemistry(recommended)
  • This class is recommended for Juniors and Seniors.
  • Student who need another year of math to be ready for Chemistry or Physics may take this course first without the Chemistry prerequisite, provided they are mature enough to discuss human anatomy and reproduction