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Science and Math Courses

Rev: Nov. 17, 2022

 


Advanced Placement Calculus B/C

calculusGrade Level: 11 & 12 (Except with permission from instructor)video link
Prerequisites:  Successful completion of AP Calculus A/B or College Calculus I

Important Notes:  This calculus course consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus I and II courses in colleges and universities. At CEC the course extends slightly beyond the required AP topics to cover a complete college calculus II curriculum. These topics include:

  • trigonometric integrands
  • substitutions
  • extended discussion of differential equations
  • series applications that are not required by the core B/C curriculum
Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session IA
M, Tu,Th:
M- 7:30-8:50 am and
Tu & Th- 7:30-9:50 am
Full Year 1.0 Elective credit and 1.0 Math credit for the year


AP Calculus B/C extends the concepts of limits, differentiation, and integration studied in AP Calculus A/B to include sequences, infinite series, and parametric, polar and vector valued functions. More attention is given to techniques of integration using partial fractions, integration by parts and improper integrals. The student develops ideas from analysis throughout AP Calculus B/C. The course prepares the student for the BC level Advanced Placement test. Optional topics include discussion of historic mathematics problems such as the Gaussian integral, Basel problem, and interesting curves such as epicycloids, hypocycloids, tractrix curves, catenary curves and more. 

Advanced Placement Chemistry

chemistry lab equipmentGrade Level: 10-12
Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, and Chemistry

AP Chemistry is an introductory college-level chemistry course.  Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based lab investigations as they explore the four Big Ideas: scale, proportion, and quantity; structure and properties of substances; transformations; and energy.

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session II
M-F
12:30-1:50 pm
Full Year 1.0 Elective credit -OR-
1.0 2nd year Core Science credit


The nine units of instruction the students will become familiar with in preparation for the AP Chemistry exam are:

  • Atomic structure and properties including the mole and periodic trends
  • Molecular and ionic compound structure and properties including bonding
  • intermolecular forces and properties
  • Chemical reactions including stoichiometry and reaction types
  • Kinetics
  • Thermodynamics and its application
  • Equilibrium including acids and bases and Le Chatelier's Principle
Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics

cosmosGrades:  11-12video link
Prerequisites:  Student should have taken Calculus or be taking Calculus concurrently.

 

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session II
M-F
12:30-1:50 pm
Full Year 1.0 elective credit for semester 1 and
1.0 Strand C Science credit for semester 2

*Students MUST remain in the class for the entire year to complete 1.0 credit of Strand C Science credit.

AP Physics C is officially authorized by the College Board in mechanics. The course also offers supplemental material, including electricity and magnetism to design and build battle bots for the final project. This course is equivalent to calculus-based Physics at the university level and serves as the foundation physics course for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering with the following:

  • Motion, force and energy
  • How to use the concept of torque to judo throw your teacher
  • Hands-on lab activities with Nerf guns, Hot Wheel cars, and ultra-sonic motion detectors
  • Designing and building small remote-operated vehicles

AP Physics is a laboratory course that is designed as a rigorous introductory college level physics course with laboratory activities. The student examines mechanics, electricity and magnetism at a level appropriate for college majors in the physical sciences and engineering. It is recommended as a second-year physics course for the student interested in the physical sciences and/or engineering. The student uses calculus to formulate physical principles of electricity and magnetism to solve problems and applies inquiry to the study of matter and energy and their interaction. The student is encouraged, but is not required, to take the AP exam at the end of the school year. 

Astronomy

astronomyGrades: 9-12
Recommended: Successful completion of Algebra I and Chemistry

Would you like to learn more about the universe such as galaxies, stars, and the Earth’s place in the universe?

  • History and development of astronomy and physics
  • The formation of the solar system and universe with most up to date theories
  • Workings of stars and their life cycles
  • Cosmology
  • Comparative planetology and the basic working and use of telescopes

The course is project driven and uses a variety of learning methods to develop a more expansive, mathematical understanding of astronomy.

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session IIIB
Tu & Th
2:00-4:15 pm
Spring semester ONLY 1.0 elective credit per semester


Astronomy is a laboratory course and is designed to help the student develop a clear understanding of the formation and workings of the universe. This will include learning about our planet’s position in the solar system, comparative planetology, the workings of stars and the Sun, formation and identification of galaxies, tools of astronomy, and theories of cosmology and the big bang theory. This class will use algebra and geometry to understand and support a deeper understanding of celestial mechanics, Kepler’s and Newton’s Laws, and methods of measuring stars. The student examines scientific thinking and practices, and how science impacts individuals and society. Literacy strategies are integrated throughout the curriculum, and a variety of activities will support student learning.

Forensic Science

skullGrades:  11-12
Recommended:  3.0 Cumulative GPA, successful completion of Biology and Chemistry.

Would you like to learn the science of CSI?

  • Applied Criminalistics
  • Learn science used to solve crimes
  • Ballistics, Pathology, Blood Spatter and more
Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session II
M-F
12:30-1:50 pm
Full Year 1.0 elective credit per semester
Session IIIA
M & W
2:00-4:15 pm
Full Year 1.0 elective credit per semester


Forensic Science is an advanced laboratory course designed for students interested in forensic science. The philosophical, rational, and practical framework that supports a forensic investigation is presented via an integrated curriculum. This course presents the unifying principles of forensic science, discusses the foundation of forensic science in the basic sciences and mathematics, and introduces the technique of integrating these areas in the determination of the cause of death. The student studies forensic anthropology, biochemistry, chemistry, botany, entomology, and physics as well as problem-solving techniques utilized in analyzing a crime scene.  Other topics include ballistics, autopsies, mass disasters, epidemiology of environmental disaster, biological weapons as well as toxicology, microbiology, and pathology. The instructor utilizes a variety of techniques (e.g., demonstration, lecture, laboratory case studies) and literacy strategies (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, research) to deliver the curriculum. 

Medical Physics (Pre-Medical Science)
stethescope

Grades:  11-12
Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry.
Lab fee:  $10.00
Recommended: Min. 3.0 GPA

Class will include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Disease disorders of the body
  • Pharmacology

Pre-Med is a lab course designed to provide the student with the necessary skills to pursue a career in allied health fields.  In the classroom, the student applies principles of normal anatomy and physiology of human body systems to the pathophysiologic processes of common health problems by identifying concepts, principles, and responses responses related to pathophysiologic processes that result in disease, as well as discussing clinical manifestations of selected disease processes and health problems.  The student integrates literacy strategies (e.g., reading, writing, research, presentations) throughout the curriculum.

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session II
M-F
12:30-1:50 pm
Full Year 1.0 elective credit per semester
Session IIIB
Tu & Th
2:00-4:15 pm
Full Year 1.0 elective credit per semester

Veterinary Medicine

veterinarian logoGrades:  11-12
Recommended:  3.0 cumulative GPA, successful completion of Biology and Chemistry, and transportation to a mentorship site.

Veterinary Medicine is a mentorship and lab course designed to provide students with the necessary skills to pursue a career in veterinarian medicine. Students will be interning at a local vet clinic a minimum of 5 hours and at CEC two mornings per week. Students are expected to find their own internship sites and arrange hours in accordance with other commitments. Required paperwork will be sent to accepted students in May.  

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session IC
W & F
7:30-9:50 am
Full Year 1.5 elective credit per semester


The classroom will include:

  • Units on animal anatomy and cardiology
  • Case studies and research
  • Presentation of animal diseases

Veterinary Medicine is a mentorship and lab course designed to provide the student with the necessary skills to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. The clinic, which the student is assigned to, provides all aspects of the operation of the clinic including exams, diagnosis, treatment, and surgeries. In the classroom, the student studies animal anatomy, cardiology, case studies unique to animals, and research and presentation of animal diseases. The student integrates literacy strategies (e.g., reading, writing, research) throughout the curriculum. The student’s instructor and workplace mentor take an active role in facilitating the student’s mentorship work experience.