Upper School Science

The Science Department at Boston Trinity Academy works to increase students’ scientific knowledge, while also encouraging them to develop the ability to think critically and creatively. Teachers emphasize the skills and habits that enable students to pursue a more complex understanding of the world around them as seen through the lens of physics, chemistry, and biology. Students study the latest scientific evidence and theory along with the practical applications that allow them to grow in the Christian principles of working for the common good and being good stewards of the natural world.

All Upper School students are required to take three lab sciences: 9th grade Biology, 10th grade Chemistry, and either Conceptual Physics or AP Physics I. Students may also elect to take AP Biology and AP Psychology. These Advanced Placement course options prepare students for the rigors of collegiate-level science and give them the opportunity to explore the possibilities for careers in science.

Science 9: Biology

This course approaches life science from the atomic level up through ecosystems, while preparing students in essential study skills necessary to be successful in high school. Students study the various kingdoms of life, cellular structures, systems, biochemistry, and genetics. Students also study the interactions of organisms in environmental systems and life processes. As a laboratory science course, frequent inquiry experiences help to support the content of the curriculum and develop students' research, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

Science 10: Chemistry

Chemistry 10 takes a comprehensive, in-depth approach to chemical properties and chemical interactions. Students investigate advanced topics in scientific ethics, laboratory safety, and the presentation of scientific research. Topics in Chemistry include the Periodic Table of Elements, atomic structure, chemical reactions, stoichiometric calculations, reaction rates, and nuclear chemistry. As a laboratory science course, frequent inquiry experiences help to support the content of the curriculum and develop students' research, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

AP Physics 1*

The AP Physics 1 course is equivalent to a college introductory physics course that utilizes algebraic and trigonometric computations. The course covers topics of Newtonian mechanics, mechanical and nonmechanical energy, waves, applied interactions and transformations, and the function of electronic circuits. Students approach these concepts through a lens of deep understanding and critical thinking, learning to model real world phenomena algebraically and justify their results with written responses. This course prepares students for the College Board AP examination.

AP Physics 1 may be taken to directly fulfill the Physics graduation requirement and should not be taken by students that have taken or are currently taking Conceptual Physics.

Conceptual Physics*

Conceptual Physics is an introductory physics course that uses single-variable algebraic calculations, basic statistics, and technology-supported data collection and analysis. The course covers topics of Newtonian mechanics, mechanical energy, electromagnetic waves and sound, electrical circuits, magnetism, and heat. Students engage in several design-build engineering projects including the construction of working electric motors, medieval trebuchets, rockets, and roller coasters.

Conceptual Physics may be taken to directly fulfill the Physics graduation requirement and should not be taken by students that have taken or are currently taking AP Physics 1.

AP Psychology (Elective)

AP Psychology is a college level course designed to introduce students to the scientific and rigorous study of human thought, feeling, mental process, and behavior. Students learn to appreciate the fundamental psychological concepts, their day-to-day applications, and the major scientific discoveries made by psychologists over the last century. Major subjects covered in this course are research methods, biology of nervous system, learning, memory, language, motivation, emotion, development, social psychology, and psychological disorders and treatment. This course prepares students for the College Board AP examination.

AP Biology (Elective)

The AP Biology course is equivalent to a college introductory biology course and includes topics in ecology, molecular biology, genetics, evolution, phylogeny, and plant and animal structure. In-depth laboratory integration allows students to further engage with course topics. AP Biology is recommended only for students that have already completed Biology 9 or a similar introductory biology course. This course prepares students for the College Board AP examination.

* Students are required to take either Conceptual Physics or AP Physics 1 in their junior or senior year.

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