The Science courses in grades 9 and 10 cover a broad range of topics to give students an awareness of the possibilities available in later science courses. This will allow students to make informed choices for their grades 11 and 12 science courses, which are much more subject specific. Science courses require a scientific calculator.
Life Science focuses on cell reproduction. In Physical Sciences, students study the periodic table, chemical reactions and atomic structure followed by an introduction to electricity and circuits. Space Science covers the organization of our solar system, the life cycle of stars and a discussion of our current understanding of the universe.
In the Life Sciences, the focus is on ecology. In the Physical Sciences, the study of chemicals and their reactions continues, with the addition of motion and radioactivity. In Earth and Space Sciences, earth-forming and modifying forces are studied as well as weather. A provincial exam will count for 20% of the final mark in this course.
Earth Science 11
We will study the various processes that have shaped and formed our amazing planet. Main topics include geology (rocks, minerals, resources), tectonic processes (plate tectonics, earth’s interior, earthquakes, volcanoes), geologic time (history of earth, fossils), atmosphere (weather), and astronomy (solar system and beyond). This course meets the science requirement for graduation as well as for entrance to most university and college programs.
Science and Technology 11
This course will concentrate on past, present and future applications of science in our society. The two core areas of the course include the nature and interaction of science and technology as well as computers and Information Technology. The themes of these two areas are reinforced by optional modules such as Resource Management and Environmental Planning, Medicine, Health and Technology, and Construction and Transportation Technology. This course will focus on science and technology in British Columbia, and will involve mostly small group interactions and class projects. This course will fulfill the Science 11 requirement for graduation but not for university entrance.
Biology 11 focuses on the variety of living organisms on earth by way of taxonomic review. Evolution and ecology are also examined. Biology 11 is a very activity-based course. In-class labs, including dissections, are an integral part of the course.
Biology 12 focuses on human biology, allowing students to develop an interest in and understanding of science by learning how the diverse body systems are integrated to maintain homeostasis. Students will examine the connections between biochemistry, cells and the human body systems. Biology 12 is a very activity-based course. In-class lab activities, including dissections, are an integral part of the course. Recommendation: Biology 11 and Chemistry 11 taken before Biology 12.
This course will examine a variety of concepts related to the study of matter with an emphasis on the applications of mathematics to solve problems. Topics include Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, The Mole, Chemical Reactions, and Solutions and Organics. Class discussions, experiments and demonstrations will provide the basis for developing key concepts. Recommendations: C+ or better in Science 10 and Principles of Math 10.
This course is a detailed study of chemical concepts which will enable a student to gain a more useful perspective of chemistry and its relationship to industrial and environmental processes. The topics of reaction kinetics, equilibrium, acids/bases and oxidation will be covered through group discussions, projects and laboratory experiments. Recommendations: C+ or better in Chemistry 11. Math 12 should be taken before or at the same time as Chemistry 12.
Kinematics focuses on describing motion in the world around us. In Modern Physics, students explore current theories such as special relativity. Dynamics focuses on the forces around us and their interactions within the natural world. In Optics and Waves, students will study the manipulation and characteristics of light and other waves. Students will problem solve using algebra and graphing skills and will complete practical laboratory experiments. Recommendations: C+ or better in Science 10 and Principles of Math 10. Students should own a scientific calculator.
Students interested in understanding the physical world, taking post-secondary science courses, or careers in engineering should consider this course. We will build upon the concepts from Physics 11 including kinematics, dynamics, and energy. Mathematical models will include linear and two-dimensional analysis. New topics include translational equilibrium and circular motion. Emphasis will also be on electricity and magnetism. Students will problem solve using algebra and graphing skills and will complete laboratory activities. Recommendations: C+ or better in both Physics 11 and Math 11.
This course is organized through the following units: Earth Materials, Surficial Processes, Time and the Fossil Record, Internal Processes and Structures, Resources and Comparative Planetology. It is a systematic and integrated study of the dynamic Earth through both theory and practice with both a local BC and extended world perspective. The course has a significant hands-on component aimed at developing both the knowledge and the various skills of science pertaining to the Earth.