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École Riverside Secondary School
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
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The Riverside Science Department structures it's content around hands-on, laboratory based instruction. We offer a variety of courses from Science 9 to AP Chemistry.


The new Science 9 cirriculum has been designed around four big ideas:

1. Cells are derived from cells.

2. The electron arrangement of atoms impacts their chemical nature.

3. Electricity is the flow of electrons.

4. The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.

The course will use a variety of learning strategies such as laboratory work, projects and innovative uses of technology.


This format offers students an opportunity to complete science 9 in an enriched and varied setting. The typical student has a good understanding of learning and is becoming an independent learner able to function well at both individual and group work. In their grade 10 year students will have the opportunity to take Science 10 Honours. Assessment test and teacher recommendation required.


Science 10 introduces students to the following concepts: Ecology (biomes and energy transfers), Earth Science (plate tectonics and weather), Chemistry (reactions and radioactivity) and Physics (motion/kinematics). The course will use a variety of learning strategies such as laboratory work, projects and innovative uses of technology. 


This format offers students an opportunity to complete Science 10 in an enriched and varied setting. The typical student has a good understanding of learning and is becoming an independent learner able to function well at both individual and group work. Students may register in this course after Science 9 Honours or Science 9. Signature of Science 9 teacher required.


C+ or better in Math 10 Foundations and Pre-Calculus and Science 10 recommended.

Chemistry 11 Co-Op

Pre-Calculus Math 11 Co-Op

Physics 11 Co-Op

Work Experience 12 Co-Op

This exciting career program will offer Grade 11 students the opportunity to enroll in Chemistry 11, Physics 11, Pre-Calculus 11 and Work Experience 12 in the first semester of their grade 11 year (see individual course descriptions for more detail). Students will be grouped together as a "cohort" for these classes. The selected courses provide a foundation for further science studies and entrance into a university science program. Students will use the Samsung Note to assist with their explorations and will borrow that device from the school. Enrollment is limited based on available space. Teaching times will be adjusted so that all students in the program can go on their Work Experience after Christmas break (90 hours) and not miss classes. Work Experience placements will be in a science related field.


This multi-disciplinary course allows the students to explore topics in areas of Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Energy Resources and Computer Technology. Students will discover that technology opens up debates about our moral and ethical responsibilities, and students will pursue these issues and use the knowledge gained to consider decisions for future.


This course is designed to introduce the biodiversity of life by giving students an overview of all living things, their diverse adaptations and how they interact with their environment. The course will cover the following topics: Classification, Taxonomy, Evolution, Microbiology (Viruses & Bacteria), Mycology (Fungi), Plant Biology, Animal Biology and Ecology. Hands-on laboratory work is heavily emphasized in this course as students will learn a variety of laboratory skills. Biology 11 is strongly recommended for those students choosing Science for their post-secondary studies.


This course encompasses two major topics of study: cellular biology and human physiology. Areas of concentration within cellular biology will include a focus on: cell structure, biological compounds and molecules, DNA and protein synthesis. The human physiology unit will emphasize the six major body systems (circulatory, digestion, respiratory, nervous, urinary and reproduction). Students must take either Biology 11 or Chemistry 11 before enrolling in Biology 12. Taking both Biology 11 and Chemistry 11 is highly recommended


Chemistry 11 is a lab-oriented course that will introduce students to scientific methods of experimentation. The topics include: study of atoms, molecules, matter, chemical reactions, solution chemistry and organic chemistry. A strong background in Mathematics would be beneficial in this course.


Chemistry 12 builds on concepts covered in Chemistry 11 and emphasizes the interaction of atoms, molecules, and ions. The course covers the study of Reaction Kinetics, Chemical Equilibrium, and Oxidation-Reduction. The concepts are reinforced through laboratory work. Through this investigation, students will gain an increased understanding of the importance of chemistry in the modern world.


AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first year general chemistry course. Many students take AP Chemistry as enrichment and to give themselves an advantage in first year university chemistry. Other students may wish to write the AP Chemistry exam (examination fee applicable) and obtain credit for first year Chemistry (check with the post-secondary institution to determine how they assign credit for AP). We will finish the course in early May (before the AP exam); during the remaining weeks, students will be given the opportunity to perform university-level lab work and to do a research project on an area of personal interest related to chemistry.


Earth Science 11 is an introductory science course that builds on astronomy from Science 9, and climate and tectonics from Science 10. It is a hands-on course of five units – astronomy, rocks & minerals, geologic time & fossils, internal processes & plate tectonic theory, and surface processes & weather. All topics are taught with an emphasis on our situation in the Lower Mainland. This course is a good preparation for the physical geography component of Geography 12 as well as the more extensive Geology 12 course.


Geology is the grade 12 continuation of Earth Science 11, but any science 11 is a good prerequisite for Geology 12. Topics in this course include: rocks, minerals, resources, earthquakes, volcanoes, Earth's interior, erosion, geologic time, fossils, and the planets. Learning is done through lessons, labs, activities, assignments, and multiple field trips. We focus on the very relevant geology of British Columbia, in context with the whole Earth and the geology on other planets.


In Physics 11 students develop and use mathematics tools and experimentation to study the nature of motion and the forces affecting motion. These are extended to the study of gravity, inertia, momentum and conservation of energy. The course also gives an overview of the nature of light, waves, relativity, time and nuclear physics.


Physics 12 is designed to provide students with grounding in the discipline of physics. The treatment of the core topics is more rigorous mathematically than in Physics 11. As well, there is a greater emphasis on the use of logical, analytical inquiry when dealing with the subject matter. Because of this detailed treatment, the range of topics is limited to two general areas – mechanics and electromagnetism, as follows: vector math, motion in two dimensions, universal gravitation, charges and currents, electro-magnetism, and atomic physics.


AP Physics is designed to foster physics knowledge, problem solving ability and physics connections to other disciplines and societal issues. AP Physics includes topics in both classical and modern physics such as mechanics, electricity, magnetism, thermal physics, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. It is a natural extension of our physics 12 program and could provide the student geared to post-secondary (in areas such as life sciences, pre-medicine, applied sciences, and even fields not related to science), with an advantage upon entering university or college. Examination fee applicable.


Does the brain interest you? How about sleep, or memory, or emotions, or intelligence, or behaviour? The aim of this course is to introduce several fascinating aspects of psychology. Students will investigate the historic and biological basis of personality, thinking, learning, dreaming, stress, and mental disorders.


École Riverside Secondary School

2215 Reeve Street, Port Coquitlam BC
V3C 6K8
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