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Course Catalog 2017-2018

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Chemistry Honors

Bio: Animal and Plant Form and Function

This accelerated year-long course studies Introductory Chemistry at an investigative and mathematical level. Particular attention is paid to the mathematics of formulas and equations. Major topics include atomic structure, reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, and all the governing laws of the different phases of matter. Laboratory exercises are an integral part of this course and guided-inquiry investigations are introduced. This course is for students who are interested in science, willing to study material in preparation for class, and eager to approach problem solving from the perspective of experimental design. A strong performance in Algebra I is required for enrollment. Grade Level: 10 (1 credit; full year)

This is a one-semester course that will concentrate on the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, including humans. Subject matter will include biochemistry, cell diversity, and cell processes, but the main focus will be on corresponding systems in plants and animals: tissues, transport, sensory systems and signaling, homeostasis, matter and electrolyte balance, nutrition, immune and endocrine systems, and reproduction. Students can expect to be involved in several independent investigations. Grade Level: 11 (1/2 credit; first semester)

Bio: Evolution & History of Life on Earth This is a one-semester course that will concentrate on the last 3.5 billion years of life on Earth: the development of organic molecules and cells, and the process of evolution of bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. The interactions between living and nonliving factors on Earth will be explored in detail. Topics necessary to thoroughly understand these principles will be included as needed, including geography, atmospheric science, genetics, and biochemistry. Grade Level: 11 (1/2 credit; second semester)

AP Chemistry Advanced Placement Chemistry is the equivalent of a first year college chemistry course and students are expected to demonstrate significant independence and responsibility both in and out of the classroom. In this course students revisit introductory chemistry topics at much greater depth and with significant mathematical analysis, as well as delve into topics not covered in the first year course at Miss Hall's. Laboratory is focused on the guided-inquiry approach in which students investigate one or more chemical systems after participating in an introductory investigation. Designed for those considering a major in chemistry or engineering in college, this class requires students to spend and average of one to two hours on homework, studying, reading, and lab reports for each period spent in class. Students taking AP Chemistry as a junior must complete a biology course as a senior to satisfy graduation requirements. Prerequisites: completion of the three-year science requirement, strong performance in Algebra II, and permission of the science department chair. Grade Level: 11-12 (1 credit; full year)

Bio: Ecology & Environmental Science This is a one-semester course which explores the relationship between living organisms and their environment. This course focuses on the following key principles affecting natural systems: energy flow, evolution, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, species interactions, population dynamics, and climate. Students will be expected to critically review and discuss environmental issues faced at the local, national, and global level with particular emphasis on the positive and negative effects humans have had and still have on our planet. A field study of local ponds, rivers, and lakes will be conducted comparing water quality and biodiversity. The analysis of aquatic ecosystems will give students hands-on practical experience in which to reinforce the concepts learned in the classroom and foster an appreciation for the natural capital our planet offers. Grade Level: 11 (1/2 credit; second semester)

Bio: Anatomy and Physiology This is a one-semester biology course choice designed for those students whose main interests lie in the structure and function of the human body. Topics will include cells and tissues, and various organ systems including but not limited to immune, endocrine, nervous, reproductive, circulatory, and digestive systems. Both healthy and diseased states of these systems will be addressed as well as ethical and moral considerations. Dissections may be required but digital substitutions are available. Grade Level: 11 (1/2 credit; first semester)

Biology Honors Students enrolled in Honors Biology are introduced to the contemporary and historical concepts that define this discipline. Topics include cellular physiology, molecular genetics, Mendelian, or classical genetics, evolution of biological diversity, ecology, and, comparative plant and animal physiology. Special emphasis is placed on empirical learning through laboratory and field investigation. This course is recommended to students interested in preparing for an APlevel science course, considering an undergraduate major in science or a related field of study, or wanting to experience a more in-depth understanding of biology. Grade Level: 11 (1 credit; full year) Page 9

Miss Hall's School 2017-2018 Course Catalog  
Miss Hall's School 2017-2018 Course Catalog