AP BIOLOGY (9608) Grades 11- 12 10 Credits (AP)
- Minimum course grade of B- in Biology Honors or A- in Biology CP, and
- Minimum course grade of B- in Chemistry Honors or A- in Chemistry CP
Advanced Placement Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course. The laboratory work will equate to the kinds of labs experienced by college students in an introductory course. The course will expose the student to the unprecedented explosion of knowledge in the areas of biology that are critical to the aspiring science student. It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Curriculum content will follow the guidelines established by the National AP Biology Committee. Accordingly, three general areas will be covered: molecules and cells (25 %); genetics and evolution (25 %); and organisms and populations (50 %).
AP CHEMISTRY (9619) Grades 11-12 10 Credits (AP)
- Minimum course grade of B- in Chemistry Honors, or
- Minimum course grade of A- in Chemistry CP
The AP Chemistry course topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, equations and quantitative relations, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, electrochemistry, kinetics and equilibrium, thermodynamics, acids and bases, ionic equilibria, organic chemistry. This course also includes review and preparation for the Advanced Placement Chemistry Exam.
AP PHYSICS (9627) Grade 12 10 Credits (AP)
- Minimum course grade of B- in Physics Honors, or
- Minimum course grade of A- in Physics, and
- Concurrently taking either AP Calculus or Calculus Honors
The AP Physics course ordinarily forms the first part of the college sequence that serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The sequence is parallel to or proceeded by mathematics courses that include calculus. Methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems, some requiring calculus. The course is the first part of a sequence which in college is sometimes a very intensive one-year course but which usually extends over one and one-half to two years. COMPLETION OF A SUMMER ASSIGNMENT IS REQUIRED.