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RHS Science Department

Faculty

Angela Armstrong (Department Head)
Emily Calnan
Julia Dicanzio
Ashley Leighton
Robert Murphy
Jonathan Robin

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Biology

♦  ♦  AP Biology

Chemistry

♦ AP Biology

 

♦  AP Biology

AP Physics

Physics CP

AP Chemistry

 

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics

Physics

Earth Science

♦  AP Biology is an elective for students in Grades 10 + 11 and must be taken with concurrent courses – see page 19.

♦  ♦  AP Biology - upperclassmen will be given priority for this course.  Grade 9 students recommended for AP Biology who are not able to take the course due to enrollment will be enrolled in Honors Biology.

Biology is a pre-requisite for all Science courses. Chemistry and Biology must be passed prior to 11/12th grade classes.  Science courses that include dissection also include dissection alternatives. Upon written request of student’s parent or guardian, the teacher will permit a student who objects to dissection activities to demonstrate competency through an alternative method.

BIOLOGY (1 Credit) (Lab Course) (Grade 9)

This course is required for all incoming freshmen.  This course is based on the study on the study of organisms and their interactions with the world around them and each other.  This course is based on the MCAS frameworks and all students will be required to take the Biology MCAS.  Students will investigate the human systems, biochemistry, cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution and ecology.  Lab practices and research writing is introduced.  (This course is also offered as an Honors level.  Teacher recommendation required.)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY (1 Credit) (Lab Course) (Grades 9 - 12)

Advanced Placement Biology will explore the biological processes and common problems that face all life forms. Emphasis is placed on the cell, its chemical structure and physiological reactions. Plant and animal systems are studied in detail in order to understand their adaptiveness. This course concentrates on the theory of evolution as the process of change that promotes adaptiveness. The theory of heredity is also studied in depth so students will understand the molecular basis of life and its diversity. Extensive independent laboratory investigation is required. Dissections, microscopic study of plants and animal tissues, chemical analysis, and metabolism experiments are only a few of the laboratories done during the year. Outside reading of related scientific reference material will also be expected. Students planning to elect this course should be prepared to work on a college level. Lab practices and research writing are an integral part of this curriculum.  The Advanced Placement Exam will be taken by all students at the conclusion of the course. Grade 10 students must take chemistry concurrently and grade 11 students must take physics concurrently. (Pre-requisite: Biology; Pre-AP summer work may be required; teacher recommendation required)

CHEMISTRY (1 Credit) (Lab Course) (Grade 10)

The Chemistry I course is an inquiry-based class that explores how we can explain everyday phenomenon by investigating the chemical and physical properties of matter. Students of chemistry can expect to learn about how atomic theory can explain periodic trends such as conductivity or nuclear stability as well as the mathematical treatment of chemical concepts.  Chemistry explores how physical observable properties like oil and water separating or sugar dissolving in water can be understood through models of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, and the behavior of solids, liquids, and gases.  The course employs a hands-on, cooperative learning approach through laboratories, research projects, presentations, demonstrations and problem-solving as well as employing 21st century skills. (Pre-requisites: Biology; This course is also offered at the Honors level.  Teacher recommendation required.)

PHYSICS (1 Credit) (Lab Course) (Grade 11)

This course is a laboratory course that will introduce students to the basic concepts of physics.  Major topics addressed in this course include kinematics, forces, work, energy, electricity, electromagnetism, waves and optics. Experimentation and follow-up reports will provide students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on applications of their knowledge of physical concepts. Students enrolled in Physics should acquire the skills necessary to solve problems logically and sequentially and should gain an understanding of physical phenomena. Lab practices and research writing are an integral part of this curriculum.  (Pre-requisite: Chemistry, Algebra II, or student may take concurrently with Algebra II.)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS (1 Credit) (Lab Course) (Grades 11 or 12)

This course is the equivalent of a first semester algebra-based college physics course. It follows the College Board guidelines for the Advanced Placement Physics I Curriculum. This advanced level course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound.  It will also introduce electric circuits.  This course is strongly recommended to students who have an interest in physics, engineering, or mathematics and wish to be enrolled in a highly challenging course of study. Experimentation and follow-up reports will provide students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on applications of their knowledge of physical concepts. Students enrolled in Physics should acquire the skills necessary to solve problems logically and sequentially and should gain an understanding of physical phenomena. Lab practices and research writing are an integral part of this curriculum.  (Pre-requisite:  Algebra II)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY (1 Credit) (Lab Course) (Grades 11-12)

This course is the equivalent of a first-year college Chemistry course and follows the College Board's guidelines for the Advanced Placement curriculum. Topics covered include mass relations, gas behavior, atomic structure, chemical bonding, solution chemistry, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, and thermodynamics. This course is especially recommended for students having good quantitative reasoning skills, along with a strong interest in science, and who seek to improve their preparation for college. Lab practices and research writing are an integral part of this curriculum.  (Prerequisites: Biology; Algebra II concurrently or have completed; Physics concurrently or have completed.  Pre-AP summer work may be required; teacher recommendation required).

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (1 Credit) (Lab Course) (Grade 12)

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of structure and functions of the human body.  All major systems of the body will be covered; as well as laboratory skills, bioethical issues, and health related topics.  This course is a college preparatory course.  Some dissection is part of the course.  Lab practices and research writing are an integral part of this curriculum. (Pre-requisites:  Chemistry and Physics; This course may also be taken for honors credit)

EARTH SCIENCE (1 Credit) (Lab Course) (Grade 12)

Earth Science is a laboratory course offered to Seniors focusing on the study of space (the celestial universe), Earth’s atmospheric and geologic forces, the ocean’s and their role as they help to shape our world as well as how humans have impacted the earth with respect to natural resources, climate change and sustainability. Students will explore topics in astronomy, meteorology, oceanography and geology and gain an understanding of how the science of the Earth affects their everyday life. The focus will be on the application of fundamental concepts and principles as powerful tools in understanding the interconnectedness of the Earth’s Systems.  Lab practices and research writing are an integral part of this curriculum.  (Pre-requisites: Biology, Chemistry requirements fulfilled.  This course may be taken for honors credit)

A.P. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (1 Credit) (Lab Course) (Grades 11 - 12) (Not offered in the 2018-2019 school year)

The A.P. Environmental Science course is designed to be equivalent to an introductory college course in environmental science.  This course has been developed as a rigorous science course providing the scientific principles, concepts, and the methodologies. Grade 11 students must take physics concurrently.   (Pre-requisites: Biology, Chemistry requirements fulfilled.)

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (1 Credit) (Lab Course)

Chemistry is the study of the properties, composition, structure, and interactions of matter.  Physics is the study of the relationship between matter and energy.  This course introduces the fundamental concepts of scientific inquiry, the structure of matter, chemical reactions, forces, motion, and the interactions between energy and matter.  This course will serve as a laboratory-based introduction to possible future course work in chemistry or physics while ensuring a mastery of basics of each discipline.  The ultimate goal of the course is to produce scientifically literate citizens capable of using their knowledge of physical science to solve real-world problems and to make personal, social, and ethical decisions that have consequences beyond the classroom walls. This course may only be taken with permission from the Science Department Head.  

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Intro to Robotics

 

 

Computer Science I

 

 

Intro to Robotics

 

 

Computer Science I

AP Computer Science

 

Intro to Robotics

Engineering 101

 

Computer Science I

AP Computer Science

 

Intro to Robotics

Engineering 101

 

Computer Science I

AP Computer Science

COMPUTER SCIENCE I (½ Credit) (Grades 9-12)

Students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of computer science and programming. General computer science topics include data types and variables, input/output procedures, loop structures, string manipulation and modular programming techniques.  Although this is an entry-level course in the computer science sequence, a thorough understanding of the mathematical concepts in Algebra 1 is required to master the material.

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE (1 Credit) (Grades 10 – 12)

AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. This course will require the students to build a portfolio as well as take an AP exam ((Pre-requisite: Computer Science I or with Instructor approval.)

INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS (1/2 year course  (Grades 9-12)

This hands-on course will introduce students to the fundamentals of robotics and the engineering design process.  Students will build a robot from plans using the Vex Robotic System as they learn the importance of each of the robotic subsystems.  They will learn to control and compete with the robot using a joystick and then by programming with EasyC software.  After learning the basics, they will design their own robot to compete in a class competition.  They will then have an opportunity to build, program, and test these designs.  Careers in robotics, programming, and engineering will be discussed.

ENGINEERING 101 (1/2 year course) (Grades 11-12)

Engineering 101 is an innovative, year-long high school engineering design curriculum for students who want to learn more about engineering and its role in shaping our world. Developed by faculty at The University of Texas at Austin and engineers from NASA, Engineering 101 engages students in authentic engineering practices in a project-based environment as it scaffolds student learning over a series of engaging and socially relevant design challenges. The curriculum focuses on creating a narrative of engineering, building engineering design skills, and developing engineering habits of mind.

RHS AP Physics students learn to make ice cream, taught by student Joe Naughton.

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RHS students under the leadership of Ms. Armstrong participated in the 2017 Envirothon Competition in Lincoln on Thursday, May 18th.  Ronan McNally,  Joe Naughton, Sean Sugrue, Sean Fitzgerald, Tyler Gambon, Saoirse  McNally, Vivian Nguyen, Sabrina Sprague, Alexander Domina, and Zach Peterson delivered a presentation on water and soil conservation and agriculture. Rockland High School won the “best t-shirt” contest and “best water station” contest.

Rockland High School under the leadership of Robotics teacher Dr. Grace Mohamedi  sent 6 students to compete in the Greater Boston SeaPerch Regional Competition in Lowell, MA. The RHS 1 team featuring Jonathan Baar, Chris McHugh, Renato Saiter-Frois, Brian McLaughlin and earned fourth place overall.

 

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