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École Dr. Charles Best Secondary School
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
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Science 9

Science 9 is a course which integrates several learning processes, with a focus on laboratory work and small group interactions. Students in Science 9 will investigate three major topics: life science - cell reproduction; physical science - periodic table, compounds, chemical reactions, electricity; and earth and space science - the solar system and the stars. This course will continue to promote proper laboratory safety, attitudes and skills in Science.

Science 10

Science 10 is a continuation of the Science 8 and 9 curriculum, and helps students focus their interests for future areas of study. In Science 10 students will concentrate on the following areas of study: life science - sustainablility of ecosystems; physical science - chemical reactions and radioactivity, kinematics; earth and space science - energy transfer in natural systems and plate tectonics.Laboratory work is a major component integrated across all the above areas of study. This course will have a mandatory Graduation Programme final exam worth 20% of the total marks.

Biology 11

Biology 11 is designed to introduce students to the diverse adaptations and ecological relationships of a variety of living organisms. This course will address the topics of microbiology, mycology, plant biology, animal biology and ecology with themes of evolutionary change throughout the course. Laboratory work is emphasized in this course.

Chemistry 11

Chemistry 11 is a laboratory- oriented course that will introduce students to scientific methods of experimentation. This course will emphasize measurement, atomic structure, chemical reactions, chemical calculations, solution chemistry and organic chemistry. Students should feel confident in their mathematical ability before choosing this elective.

Earth Science 11

Earth Science 11 is designed as an introduction to astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. The topics include interstellar astronomy, the solar system, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, erosion, the atmosphere, weather and basic oceanography. It is a laboratory-oriented course involving field trips, classroom assignments and project work.

Physics 11 (Principles)

This course will enable students to appreciate the role of physics in society, and will encourage students to develop skills employed by physicists. The topics of kinematics and dynamics form the foundation for this course. Motion, energy, relativity, nuclear energy and optics are also explored in Physics 11. Students should be comfortable with their mathematical ability before choosing this course.

Science & 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, Criminal Investigation 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. There is also an extensive fieldwork component for about two months of the course. This course will fulfill the Science 11 requirement for graduation but not for university entrance.

Biology 12

Biology 12 is designed for students interested in continuing their studies in the field of biological sciences. The course is a continuation of topics introduced in Biology 11 and encompasses two major topics of study: cellular biology and human physiology.  Areas of concentration in cellular biology will focus on cell structure, cell compounds, biological molecules, DNA, protein synthesis, and cancer. The human physiology unit will emphasize the seven major body systems: circulatory, digestive, respiratory, nervous, urinary, and reproductive. This course has a provincial exam. Highly recommended Biology 11 and Chemistry 11 - a minimum of C+ in both

Chemistry 12

Chemistry 12 builds on students’ experiences in Chemistry 11 and has an emphasis on the many ways in which atoms, molecules, and ions interact. The five main areas of learning are: rates of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, analysis of ions in solution, acid-base chemistry and electrochemistry. Students will gain an increased understanding of the importance of chemistry in the modern world. This course has a provincial exam.

Geology 12

This course combines all the sciences together in a detailed study of the Earth. Students will learn how the earth is constantly being built up through various mountain building processes (volcanoes, plate collisions) and torn down by erosion (glaciers, streams, etc) and how to identify the rock types that result. Students will learn details about the interior of the Earth and how this knowledge was attained. Through their studies, students will gain a deeper understanding of the geological formation of B.C. and the geological history of Earth based on the interpretation of the fossil record. The Earth will also be compared to other planets in the Solar System with the goal of better understanding our home planet. Field studies and labs are an integral part of the course. This course has a provincial exam. PREREQUISITE: Any Science 11 course except Science and Technology 11.

Physics 12 (Principles)

This course is intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in the discipline of physics. The treatment of the core topics is mathematically rigorous and students are expected to have a strong grounding in Mathematics. The course concentrates on two basic areas of physics that are essential for studies in the physical or applied sciences: mechanics and electromagnetism. Topics covered include motion in two dimensions, forces, equilibrium, charges, currents, magnetism, and induction. This course has a provincial exam. PREREQUISITE: Physics 11.


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