Science 20/24

Science 20-4 K & E promotes the development of essential science skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for everyday living at home, in the workplace and in the community. Science competencies are developed through the investigation of science related problems, questions and issues, and the provision of everyday applications, to help students understand and appreciate the role of science in our society. The four units of study are; Applications of Matter and Chemical Change, Common Energy Conversion Systems, Disease Defense and Human Health and Motion, Change and Transportation Safety.

Science 24 is an integrated science course that helps students better understand and apply the concepts and skills common to biology, chemistry and physics. It is the second science course for students in the Science 14/24 stream. Science 24 consists of 4 units of study: Applications of Matter and Chemical Change; Understanding Common Energy Conversion Systems; Disease Defence and Human Health and Motion, Change and Transportation Safety.

Science 20 is an academic course that helps students better understand and apply the concepts and skills common to Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology. It is the second course leading to the grade twelve courses of Science 30 or Biology, Chemistry, and Physics 20. Science 20 consists of four units of study, Chemical Changes, Changes in Motion, The Changing Earth and the Changes in Living Systems, as well as a brief review of process skills, lab safety, and WHMIS.

Physics 20 students investigate the motion of objects. They apply Newton’s law of universal gravitation to astronomical observations. They also describe how energy is transmitted by mechanical waves and how waves relate to medical technologies, industry and musical instruments. Kinematics, Dynamics, Circular Motion, Work and Energy and Oscillatory Motion and Mechanical Waves are the focus of the studies.

Biology 20 is an academic course that focuses on the study of life and living systems from the molecular level to the biosphere. This course focuses on building knowledge, skills and attitudes related to science. The major concepts covered are human body systems, ecosystems, energy, and matter. This course also explores relevant issues related to the environment and society. The main topics of study are; Energy and Matter in the Biosphere, Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration, Ecosystems, Taxonomy and Population Change, Digestion and Human Health, Circulation and Immunity, Respiration and Muscles and Excretory System.

Chemistry 20 is an academic course that will help students to better understand and apply fundamental concepts and skills relating to chemistry. This course will focus on the chemistry behind natural events and the chemistry that students use in their everyday lives. As a byproduct of the academic study of chemistry, it is hoped that students will develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help them make informed choices. The key units of study in chemistry 20 are Chemical Bonding, Gas chemistry, Solution chemistry focusing on Acidic and Basic solutions, and Stoichiometric Relations in chemical reactions.

Biology AP focuses on a variety of themes as outlined in the AP® Biology Course Description that will appear throughout this course. These themes, or “big ideas”, will help you connect what you are learning to your prior knowledge, and to understand the relationships between sometimes seemingly unrelated topics. We will try to build a base of biological knowledge and master a few underlying principles, rather than a huge collection of facts. The big ideas include: Evolution, Cellular Processes, Genetics and Information Transfer and Interactions.

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