This course is designed to simulate college-level study for those students who show particular strength in mathematics. It aims to develop students’ ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information. It covers kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy and power, system of particles and linear momentum, circular motion and rotation, and oscillations and gravitation. The course also includes a hands-on laboratory component comparable to an introductory college-level physics course. Calculus is used freely in formulating principles and in solving problems. Enrolled students are expected to take the AP Physics C exam in May.

Prerequisites: PHY 601, Advanced Calculus I and department consent


In this year-long upper level science elective, we will investigate the structures and functions of the brain and nervous system. The course will cover in depth each of the senses (vision, taste, hearing, touch, and smell) so we can develop a scientific understanding of how we perceive the world around us. Additionally, we will look at different neurotransmitters in the brain and explore their pathways to determine the significance they have on our actions and behaviors. In the second half of the course, we will examine diseases and disorders of the brain, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s so we can see how neural degeneration impacts our lives and those around us. The course will culminate with group projects that allow for in depth research into a topic of interest and will result in multimedia presentations.

The purpose of this course is to explore and investigate the classical laws governing the physical universe. Naturally, these arrive through the study of patterns and trends within data. Students will examine, describe and use their understanding to explain various physical phenomena, based on fundamental laws.

 


This course is designed to provide students with skills needed to enhance their learning of biology, and provide knowledge for advanced science courses as well as everyday life.