Science

Personification of Science

Personification of "Science" in front of
the Boston Public Library

Integrated Science I, Grade 9, 1 Credit

Integrated Science for Grade 9, is a 1 year course based on the curriculum stated in Massachusetts Frameworks for Biology. The course is presented in two sections: A semester Biology course (0.5 credits) will provide students with basic understanding of the structure and function of cells, human anatomy and physiology, as well as genetics. The other semester course (0.5 credits) will focus on taxonomy, evolution, its impact on biodiversity, and ecology. Labs are integral parts of the curriculum, used to explain complex concepts while allowing for hands-on experience of science. Some labs will provide an introduction to the IB method of lab assessment, laying the groundwork for students’ success in their future IB science courses.

Integrated Science II, Grade 10, 1 Credit

Integrated Science for Grade 10, is a two semester course that provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills of chemistry and physics. This course meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Learning Standards.

In the chemistry semester (one half credit), students will gain foundations in chemical concepts, problem solving skills and laboratory skills. Students will also gain an appreciation for the organization of chemical knowledge and efforts of scientists to extend it. Topics to be studied include acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry.

In the physics semester (one half credit), students will learn the fundamental concepts of: measuring physical quantities, motion and energy of matter, wave energy, thermal energy, and electrical energy. The physics semester will help students use physics principles to understand phenomena and solve problems in later science courses, and to apply experimental methods to investigate practical, every-day phenomena.

World from Space

Earth from space

IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL1, Grade 11, 1 Credit

Environmental Systems and Societies is a new IB course in which students will explore the complex interactions of Earth’s natural systems as well as the impact humans have on the environment. Year one focuses on atmospheric and oceanographic science, as well as geology and what role these systems play in the distribution and diversity of life on Earth. Labs will consist of extensive field work culminating in a day long research project off the coast of Woods Hole.

IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL2, Grade 12, 1 Credit

Environmental Systems and Societies SL1 is a prerequisite for this course. In this second year, students will explore the human impact on the environment, discussing causes and possible solutions of problems currently threatening our world and strategies of how to best manage resources. Specific topics include ground water contamination, energy sources, water availability, renewable resource management, and human population growth.

Biology Plant

Darlingtonia Californica

IB Biology SL 1, Grade 11, 1 Credit

The International Baccalaureate Standard level Biology course content is spread over two years, including 20% practical component and completion of an interdisciplinary Group 4 research project. The Standard level and the Higher level Biology courses have a common core, but the HL course has additional material. Two options must be studied as a part of each course. It is intended that by studying Biology, students will develop their problem solving skills and understanding between structure and function and of the universality and of the diversity within the genes. Discussions about epidemics and human activities affecting the world will lead to understanding that the species, including ourselves, are connected and interdependent. The topics of the first year are in order: nature of science, biochemistry, cells and organelles, cell energetics, nucleic acids and proteins, cell reproduction, genetics, evolution, ecology, and applied plant and animal science. IB assessment criteria will be used to evaluate student work. At the end of the course the students will take the Standard Level IB Biology exam. 

IB Biology SL 2, Grade 12, 1 Credit

The International Baccalaureate Standard Level Biology course requires analytical thinking and the use of the scientific method. Good organizational skills are needed for the 20% practical component of the course. The topics of the second year course are: anatomy and physiology of the human body, international epidemiology and the challenges of the global society. Two Options from the IB syllabus will be studied as well. IB assessment criteria will be used to evaluate student work. At the end of the two year course the students will take the Standard Level IB Biology exam.

IB Biology HL 1, Grade 11, 1 Credit

The IB Biology Higher Level is a rigorous two - year course designed to give highly motivated students a broad understanding of the field of Biological Science. The course includes a 25% practical component and an interdisciplinary Group 4 research project. The standard level and the higher level courses have a common core, but the higher level has additional material on each curriculum topic as well as in the two mandatory Options. The curriculum stresses the importance of inquiry, analytical thinking and the use of the scientific method. The topics of the first year course in order are: nature of science, biochemistry, cells and organelles, cell energetics, nucleic acid and proteins, cell reproduction, genetics, evolution, ecology, and applied plant and animal science. IB assessment criteria will be used in evaluating student performance in exams, labs, quizzes, and field work. At the completion of the course, the students will take the High Level IB Biology exam.

IB Biology HL 2, Grade 12, 1 Credit

The IB Biology Higher Level stresses the importance of inquiry, analytical thinking and the use of the scientific method. The practical component or the so called “internal assessment” counts for 25% of the student’s overall grade and requires good organizational skills. Two Options from the IB syllabus will be studied in both SL and HL courses and the core topics are the same, but the HL students will learn each topic in more depth and detail. Student success requires 90 more hours of study than the SL, well developed reasoning and self motivation. The topics of the second year course in order are: anatomy and physiology of the human body, international epidemiology and the challenges of the global society. IB assessment criteria will be used in evaluating student performance in exams, labs, quizzes, and field work. At the completion of the second year, the students will take the High Level IB Biology exam.

Lightning

Lightning over Arlington

IB Physics SL/HL 1st Year, Grade 11 or 12, 1 Credit

IB Physics Standard Level (SL) and High Level (HL) are two-year courses in which the students will obtain a broad knowledge of the laws and principles of physics, and of the investigatory skills and tools required to study the nature of physical phenomena using scientific methods. These courses will relate physics principles to the study of chemistry, biology, ecology, and to common technological applications. The first year covers content common to both the SL and HL curriculum. It develops the foundation knowledge and skills needed by students to: a) score well on the IB Physics exam papers at the end of the second year course, b) provide college-bound students with a strong foundation for college physics courses and c) understand and use physics principles effectively in adult careers. This first year of Physics SL/HL will generally cover the subjects of: physical measurement, classical mechanics, thermal energy, wave energy, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. Due to the emphasis on mathematically modeling physical phenomena, a student should have good algebra knowledge and skills as a prerequisite for taking this course.

IB Physics SL 2nd Year, Grade 12, 1 Credit

The second year of Physics SL will generally cover the subjects of: mechanics applications, gravitation orbital mechanics, friction forces, rotational mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, thermodynamics, and power generation. It will also review the principles and skills covered in the first year to assist students taking the IB Physics SL exam. The history of the development of physics will be integrated into the individual subject areas. As part of the Group 4 Project and at the end of the second year, time will be allocated to address ethical considerations associated with the role of physicists in assisting in the development of industrial and military technology, and the responsibility scientists of all disciplines have in addressing the environmental impact of human society. A student must have taken the first year of IB Physics SL/HL as a prerequisite for taking this second year course.

IB Physics HL 2nd Year, Grade 12, 1 Credit

The second year of Physics HL will generally cover the subjects of: measurement and its uncertainties, mechanics applications, gravitation orbital mechanics, friction forces, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, quantum and nuclear physics, relativity and astrophysics. It will also review the principles and skills covered in the first year to assist students taking the IB Physics HL exam. The history of the development of physics will be integrated into the individual subject areas. As part of the Group 4 Project and at the end of the second year, time will be allocated to address ethical considerations associated with the role of physicists in assisting in the development of industrial and military technology, and the responsibility scientists of all disciplines have in addressing the environmental impact of human society. A student must have taken the first year of IB Physics SL/HL as a prerequisite for taking this second year course.

Chemicals

Chemicals in Bottles

IB Chemistry SL 1, Grade 11, 1 Credit

This first year course is suitable for students who have ability in science and math. Students in the first year course will study the following core topics: Stoichiometry, atomic theory, periodicity, bonds, states of matter, energetics, kinetics and equilibrium.

In addition, students will perform 25 hours of practical work closely related to the core topics.

IB Chemistry SL 2, Grade 12, 1 Credit

This second year course is suitable for students who have ability in science and math; IB Chemistry SL1 is a pre-requisite. Students in the second year course will study the following core topics: acids and bases, oxidation and reduction organic chemistry, higher organic chemistry, human biochemistry and environmental chemistry. In addition, students will perform 25 hours of practical work closely related to the core topics.


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