Science

The Moscrop Science Department offers a diverse selection of courses that provide students with the opportunities that they will need to succeed in science both now and after high school.

The department works out of a “super-lab” facility that allows students to explore concepts in a hands-on manner. A focus of Moscrop’s science department is to provide meaningful labs in a university-type setting where students can take responsibility for their own learning. Lab skills and physical manipulation of science materials prove to be an essential part of learning science as they allow for processing and application of curriculum.

Moscrop’s Science Department incorporates a friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff along with an excellent facility to optimize student’s learning experience in science.


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Physics 12 H/AP Physics 2

Physics 12H/AP Physics 2 is a combined class that builds on the common curriculum of both programs.  Students should be aware that a commitment to self-directed study is expected due to the size of the curriculum covered.  This course covers the remaining core topics of Physics 12 not already covered in Physics 11H/AP Physics 1, as well as additional topics prescribed by the College Board for the AP Physics 2 Program.  AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based course in general physics and mirrors an introductory level university physics course.  The course is organized around seven big ideas bringing together fundamental principles and theories of general physics. The big ideas are intended to encourage students to think about physics concepts as interconnected pieces of a puzzle. The solution to the puzzle is how the real world around them actually works.

Physics 11

Physics is a fundamental science that strives to describe the most basic elements of nature.  Through inquiry and problem solving, students survey major themes of physics such as: kinematics—how things move; dynamics—why things move; energy—kinetic, potential, thermal, and nuclear; as well as waves—sound and light.  Nuclear physics, Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, and other perplexing and interesting problems are explored.  Of the senior science courses offered, physics is the most reliant on strong mathematical skills.

Physics 11H/AP Physics 1

Physics is a fundamental science that strives to describe the most basic elements of nature.  Through inquiry and problem solving, students survey major themes of physics such as: kinematics—how things move; dynamics—why things move; energy—kinetic, potential, thermal, and nuclear; as well as waves—sound and light.  Of the senior science courses offered, physics is the most reliant on strong mathematical skills.  The Physics 11H/AP Physics 1 is a combined class that builds upon the common curriculum of both programs and covers the core topics of Physics 11 as well as additional topics prescribed by the College Board for the AP Physics 1 Program.  In addition, students will also cover approximately one-third of the Physics 12 curriculum, but not enough to be granted credit.

Biology 12

Introduced in Biology 11, good lab skills and habits of inquiry are further developed in this course. Topics covered range from biochemistry and cells to DNA, biotechnology and organization of key human systems (digestive, respiratory, excretory and nervous, etc.) with emphasis on interconnectedness and homeostasis. Material is covered at a rapid pace. This study course requires understanding and application of concepts and is a considerable step-up in difficulty from Biology 11.

Biology 11

This course surveys the five kingdoms of living organisms (bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals).  Through an inquiry approach which includes several optional dissections, each kingdom is explored with a focus on evolution, key characteristics, and relationships between organisms.  The skills and concepts acquired in this course are the foundation for future studies in biology—Biology 12 and beyond.

Chemistry 11

Chemistry 11 is a survey course that introduces students to the physical, inorganic, and organic branches of chemistry.  Students learn about the nature of matter—its characteristics and behaviour at the molecular and atomic level.  Laboratory and math skills are developed to establish a foundation for future studies in chemistry.  There will be a cumulative exam at the end of the course.

Chemistry 12

This course is an in-depth study of equilibrium systems.  Building on concepts and skills developed in Chemistry 11, students discover the characteristics of equilibrium systems and the factors that affect them.  Students also apply their understanding to reaction rates, solubility, acids and bases, and electrochemistry.  This course involves a higher level of application and critical thinking than Chemistry 11.

Science 11 Honours: (Biology 11H, Chemistry 11H)

Science 11 Honours courses are the first year of a two-year Advanced Placement (AP) course and are offered to science students who have previously shown strong ability and effective work habits.  While covering the same curriculum as their regular counterparts, they move at a faster pace allowing for coverage of a wider range of topics as required by the AP curriculum.   Upon successful completion of Science 11 Honours, students may, however, opt to take a regular Science 12 course rather than its AP counterpart.  Students taking these courses are required to work more independently and it is crucial for students to commit to work at an appropriate level.

Science 12 AP (Advanced Placement—Biology 12 AP, Chemistry 12AP)

Science 12 AP is the equivalent of a first year university course and covers the second half of the AP curriculum begun in the corresponding Science 11 Honours course.  Successful completion of a Sc.12AP course gives students credit in both Sc. 12 and Sc. 12AP. (example: Chem. 12 and Chem. 12AP).  The AP exam is to be written in early May, and students are only awarded credit for Sc. 12AP if they write the exam.  Upon scoring a minimum of 4 (out of 5) on the Advanced Placement exam, students may be granted credit for certain first year courses at the university or college at which they subsequently enrol.


Staff

Department Head: Mr. F. Fulop

Teacher Course
Mr. I Buchanan Science 9, Physics 11
Mr. H. Chenafi Sciences 8, Sciences 9, Sciences 10
Mr. F. Fulop  Physics 11, AP Physics 11, Physics 12, AP Physics 12
Mrs. V. Ignas  Science 10, Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12
Ms. K Lange (DH) Science 9, Biology 11 Honours, Biology 12, AP Biology 12
Ms. W.Henderson Lab Assistant
Mr. H. Melin Science 9, Science 10, Biology 11, Biology 12
Mr. M. Sidney Science 10 Honours, Chemistry 11 Honours, AP Chemistry 12
Ms. P. Simmonds Science 8, Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12
Ms. R. Singhai Science 8, Science 10, Biology 11, Biology 12
Ms. B. Vissers Ace-It Program, Science 8, Science 10, Biology 12
Ms. C. Wan Science 8, Science 8 Honours, Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12

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