Science

MISSION

The ChiArts Science department is committed to providing a rigorous college-preparatory program based in creative inquiry. Science students will develop problem-solving skills in laboratory courses that incorporate interdisciplinary themes, cooperative learning, as well as inquiry-based experimental design. Students will use the knowledge and skills in science to make informed decisions that can positively impact others.

PROGRAM GOALS

Understand that science is an investigation of the natural world; Understand that science impacts ethical and critical decisions based in logic and reasoning; Understand that science is a human endeavor transcending time, culture, and interdisciplinary studies; Understand that the knowledge and skills in science relate to all careers; Understand that science fuels creativity and innovation; And conduct inquiry-based experiences to explore their surroundings.

COURSES

Biology College Prep
The goal of College Preparatory Biology is to develop scientifically literate students who can solve problems and think creatively and critically about scientific issues. Students will appreciate science as a process rather than an accumulation of facts. College Preparatory Biology is a course designed to prepare students for senior electives and college biology courses. College Preparatory Biology explores the fundamental life structures of organisms through the study of cell structures and function, plant and animal characteristics, genetics, evolution, animal behavior and ecology. This Biology class is a combination of laboratory experiments, group projects, class discussions and independent research. A major portion of student effort is devoted to active laboratory investigations. Students will maintain bound journals in which they will not only record quantitative measurements and qualitative observations, but also interpret results and seek applications of concepts in everyday life.

Biology Honors
The goal of Honors Biology is to develop scientifically literate students who can solve problems and think creatively and critically about scientific issues. Students will appreciate science as a process rather than an accumulation of facts. Honors Biology is a course designed to prepare students for AP Biology and college biology courses. Honors Biology is an in-depth exploration in the fundamental life structures of organisms through the study of cell structures and function, plant and animal characteristics, genetics, evolution, animal behavior and ecology. This Biology class is a combination of laboratory experiments, group projects, class discussions and independent research. A major portion of student effort is devoted to active laboratory investigations. Honors students will be expected to be able to design and carry out their own experiments through guided inquiry. Students will maintain bound journals in which they will not only record quantitative measurements and qualitative observations, but also interpret results and seek applications of concepts in everyday life.

Chemistry College Prep
The goal of this chemistry course is to develop students that understand the fundamentals of chemistry and develops a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. Students should develop the ability to think clearly and express their ideas orally and in writing. Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. Because all living and non-living things are composed of matter, chemistry affects all aspects of life and natural events. Chemistry concepts and scientific process skills are developed through the study of atomic theory and atomic structure, periodic laws, chemical bonding, states of matter, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics. This course will also contain a significant laboratory component. Through the laboratory component students will develop skills in making observations, recording data, calculating and interpreting results based on quantitative data. Students will also develop skills and strategies necessary for effectively communicating the results of experimental work.

Chemistry Honors
The goal of this chemistry course is to develop students that understand the fundamentals of chemistry and develops a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. Students should develop the ability to think clearly and express their ideas orally and in writing. Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. Because all living and non-living things are composed of matter, chemistry affects all aspects of life and natural events. Chemistry concepts and scientific process skills are developed through the study of atomic theory and atomic structure, periodic laws, chemical bonding, states of matter, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics. This course will also contain a significant laboratory component. Through the laboratory component students will develop skills in making observations, recording data, calculating and interpreting results based on quantitative data. Students will also develop skills and strategies necessary for effectively communicating the results of experimental work. Independent investigation will be a key component for honors chemistry, which will include more in-depth scientific investigation that will be reported in a more formal scientific laboratory report format. The honors classroom will also require students to be more actively involved in classroom and laboratory learning experiences.

Physics College Prep
Physics is the study of matter and energy. In this laboratory course, students will follow an inquiry-based modeling curriculum to develop conceptual understandings and mathematical skills. The goal of this course is to create scientifically literate students who possess lab-based skills, can think critically and creatively, and can use physics to solve real-world problems in their daily lives. Students will explore the topics of motion, force, energy, electricity, magnetism, and waves. Success in College Prep Physics requires students to complete lab experiments, draw conclusions from their lab data, and use developing algebra skills to construct detailed concepts and models.

Physics Honors
Physics is the study of matter and energy. In this laboratory course, students will follow an inquiry-based modeling curriculum to develop conceptual understandings and mathematical skills. The goal of this course is to create scientifically literate students who possess lab-based skills, can think critically and creatively, and can use physics to solve real-world problems in their daily lives. Students will study in-depth the topics of motion, force, energy, electricity, magnetism, and waves. Success in Honors Physics requires students to design lab experiments, analyze and synthesize their lab data, and use strong algebra skills to construct complex concepts and models.

Earth & Space Sciences College Prep
This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyze techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surface processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.

Earth & Space Sciences Honors
This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyze techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surface processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence. The honors section of this course will include a significant scientific writing and experimental design component. Students will design, interpret, and evaluate their own experiments and use formal lab reports to present their findings. Honors students will also complete a senior science project that analyzes local environmental issues.

AP Physics B
The goal of AP Physics B is to understand the basic principles of physics and to apply these principles in the solution of problems at an introductory college level. A successful student will utilize inquiry and critical thinking skills including problem solving, in-depth mathematical reasoning, and experimental investigations to accomplish this goal. Students will complete a lab notebook including a minimum of 12 student-conducted lab investigations and will complete 体彩官方app是真的吗work packets of 10-15 algebra-based problems per week. Student lab notebook, 体彩官方app是真的吗work packets, and AP-style quizzes and exams will be used to assess students. Topics of study come from both classical and modern physics topics, including: Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. At the end of the course, students are expected to take the AP Physics B Exam.

AP Environmental Studies
AP Environmental Science is a course designed to prepare students for the College Board AP Environmental Science Exam. The course meets three times with two 75-minute blocks for a total of 190 minutes. The textbook for this class will be G. Tyler Miller’s Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions, 17th edition, Brooks/Cole/Thomson Learning. Students will have access to laptop computers to perform research, statistical analysis, and to construct graphic presentations. General laboratory equipment such as microscopes and glassware, as well as more specialized equipment such as soil testing kits and secci disks will be provided. We will be utilizing available green spaces in Chicago that include: ponds, forested areas, as well as open green spaces to conduct labs and environmental studies. Students will keep a permanently bound laboratory notebook with carbonless duplicates as well as a three-ring binder of all their lab reports and class materials. Students will continually be assessed both formatively and summatively using bell ringers, exit slips, quizzes, lab reports, exams, oral presentations, research projects, 体彩官方app是真的吗work assignments, and journals.