SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH M T H / /. A L G EB R A I Open to III This three-trimester course in algebra is designed to enhance the studentâ€™s understanding of the properties and operations associated with real numbers. The course content includes the study of the real number system, linear functions and their graphs, solving linear systems and inequalities, quadratic functions, exponents, radicals, polynomial functions, factoring, and applied problem solving. Students are required to have a College Board-approved graphing calculator. If they receive the approval of the Mathematics Department, students who take Algebra I in the third form may take both Geometry and Algebra II in their fourth-form year.
B I O - /. B I O LO GY Open to III & IV Students explore the complexities of the living world and the relationships among major topics in modern biology, including the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, energy ďŹ‚ow in nature, principles of inheritance, modern DNA technology, evolution and taxonomy, human anatomy and physiology, plant and animal interactions and the dynamics of ecosystems. A variety of modern laboratory studies are presented, including the differentiation and analysis of bacteria cultures, the testing of ionizing radiation and acid rain on plant growth, gel electrophoresis of viral DNA digests, the comparative anatomy of selected vertebrates and population studies in local environments.
M T H - /. G EO M E T R Y Open to III & IV
Prerequisite: Algebra I
This three-trimester course in Euclidean Geometry investigates the definitions, postulates and theorems of two and three dimensional figures. During the first trimester, study will focus on the building blocks of geometry; the various shapes and their properties, angles, parallel lines, as well as using geometric software to investigate patterns and make conjectures. Writing mathematical proofs will also be introduced. The second trimester will include advanced study of polygons, circles and area formulas. The final trimester includes the study of solid geometry, similarity and an introduction to trigonometry. The concepts of logical reasoning, problem solving skills, as well as organizational skills will be stressed throughout the year.
B I O - -. / H B I O L O GY (H ) Open to III & IV by invitation Honors biology is a survey course in which students explore the living world at many levels (molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological.) The course is structured around the theme of evolution beginning with the pre-biotic planet Earth and culminating with our modern biosphere. Topics include: cells, biochemistry, energetics, reproduction and inheritance, evolution, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals and ecology. The pace of the course is rigorous and students are expected to have strong independent study skills. In lieu of a textbook, students make use of online resources. QualiďŹ ed honors students may be given the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement examination in biology.
Academic program options for the student of St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island.