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Introduction to Physics & Chemistry (IPC)

Course Description:

Introduction to Physics & Chemistry (IPC) is a course that studies the fundamental principles of physical science which are so important for the in depth approach to the high school sciences of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Although the main emphasis in this course is on Chemistry and Physics, the same scientific thought processes and especially many of the Chemistry concepts, are applied and used fully in the high school Biology course as well. Any student wishing to pursue the Kolbe Academy Core or Honors high school science courses is encouraged to complete this course in order to put in place the math, analysis, and process skills necessary for success in those courses.

This course covers a breadth of material recommended both for eighth grade students interested in beginning honors science coursework in high school and for typical ninth grade science coursework. Topics covered include an introduction to properties of matter, states of matter, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, forces and motion, forces in a fluid, work, power and machines, energy, thermal energy and heat, mechanical waves and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum and light, optics, electricity and magnetism.

Section Number

WCS-IPC-1

WCS-IPC-2

Instructor

Ms.  Leslie Spencer

Ms. Leslie Spencer

Grades (Typical)

8-12 (8, 9)

8-12 (8, 9)

  Live Class Meets  

Twice/Week

Twice/Week

Day(s)

TBD

TBD

Time

TBD

TBD

Tuition

$595

 $595

Credits (Type)

10 (Science)  10 (Science) 

Transcript Designation

Online Kolbe Core (OK) Online Kolbe Core (OK)

Co-Requisite

Algebra 1

Course Texts:

  • Physical Science: Concepts in Action by Wysession, Frank, and Yancopoulos; © 2006 (T4828)

 

 

Biology with Lab

Course Number: WCS-BIO

Instructor: Mr. William Frey

Day/Time: TBD

Pre-Requisite: None required, but Physical Science recommended

Course Texts:

  • Biology by Miller and Levine (2014), Prentice Hall, (Online Course will use newest edition)
  • Prentice Hall Online Biology Virtual Labs (T5153A)
  • Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith, Christoph Cardinal Shoenborn (T5154A)
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (T2243A)

Course Description:

This course is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of living things. The "Core Biology" course will emphasize the basic biological processes of how life systems work while the "Honors Biology" course will outline the more in depth physiological processes of life systems.

The science of biology presents the student with some of the bioethical issues that exist in today's world, such as stem cell research, genetic engineering, and cloning. It is the role of the parent to discuss these issues with the student and instruct the student in Church Teaching. We have done our best to point out these controversial issues and to provide guidance on how to address them. For example, the topic of evolution is studied alongside the Church's teaching in Humani Generis. Miller and Levine's Biology book periodically includes an "Issues in Biology" segment which could be used as points of discussion between the student and parent. It is important to bring in the Church's teaching on moral and bioethical issues during these discussions. Projects have been assigned during some weeks so that the student can explore the Church's teachings on controversial topics on their own.

This course is typically done in 9th or 10th grade and includes the following topics: the nature of life, ecology, cells, genetics, evolutionary theory, microorganisms and fungi, plants, invertebrates, chordates, and the human body.

Honors Biology with Lab

Course Number: WCS-BIO-H

Instructor: Mr. William Frey

Day/Time: TBD

Pre-Requisite: Physical Science

Course Texts:

  • Biology by Miller and Levine (2014), Prentice Hall, (Online Course will use newest edition)
  • Prentice Hall Online Biology Virtual Labs (T5153A)
  • Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith, Christoph Cardinal Shoenborn (T5154A)
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (T2243A)

Course Description:

This course is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of living things. The "Core Biology" course will emphasize the basic biological processes of how life systems work while the "Honors Biology" course will outline the more in depth physiological processes of life systems.

The science of biology presents the student with some of the bioethical issues that exist in today's world, such as stem cell research, genetic engineering, and cloning. It is the role of the parent to discuss these issues with the student and instruct the student in Church Teaching. We have done our best to point out these controversial issues and to provide guidance on how to address them. For example, the topic of evolution is studied alongside the Church's teaching in Humani Generis. Miller and Levine's Biology book periodically includes an "Issues in Biology" segment which could be used as points of discussion between the student and parent. It is important to bring in the Church's teaching on moral and bioethical issues during these discussions. Projects have been assigned during some weeks so that the student can explore the Church's teachings on controversial topics on their own.

The honors track is aimed for students who have previously had a solid background in physical science. A student who still wishes to pursue this course as an honors course that did not follow the recommended course of study for physical science, may find the pace of the course challenging. These students should be sure to allot extra time for their studies. 

This course is typically done in 9th or 10th grade and includes the following topics: the nature of life, ecology, cells, genetics, evolutionary theory, microorganisms and fungi, plants, invertebrates, chordates, and the human body.

Chemistry with Lab

Course Number: WCS-CHEM

Instructor: TBD

Day/Time: TBD

Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1

Co-Requisite: Algebra 2

Course Texts:

  • Chemistry by Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, and Waterman, © 2005, Prentice Hall, (T5250)
  • Prentice Hall Virtual Labs Chemistry CD-ROM (T5250B)

Course Description:

This course is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of atoms and their interactions with each other. The course plans outline a track for a Kolbe Academy Core course (K) and a Kolbe Academy honors course (H) in Chemistry. The "Core Chemistry" track will emphasize the basic chemical interactions between atoms, compounds, and molecules while the "Honors Chemistry" track will delve more deeply into the theoretical, mathematical, and organic chemical processes.

This course is typically done in 10th or 11th grade and includes the following topics: matter and change, scientific measurement, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, ionic, metallic, and covalent bonding, chemical names and formulas, balancing chemical equations, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter, gas behavior, water and aqueous systems, solutions, thermochemistry, reaction rates and equilibrium, acids, bases and salts, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, hydrocarbon compounds, alcohols, ethers, carbonyl compounds, carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, nucleic acids, and nuclear chemistry. Lab work is suggested throughout the lesson plan through the use of the Virtual Lab CD and labs in the textbook that do not require extensive materials. Alternately, a parent may choose to utilize the labs that occur in the textbook for lab credit.

Chemistry with Lab (Honors)

Course Number: WCS-CHEM-H

Instructor: TBD

Day/Time: TBD

Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1

Co-Requisite: Algebra 2

Course Texts:

  • Chemistry by Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, and Waterman, © 2005, Prentice Hall, (T5250)
  • Prentice Hall Virtual Labs Chemistry CD-ROM (T5250B)

Course Description:

This course is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of atoms and their interactions with each other. The "Core Chemistry" track will emphasize the basic chemical interactions between atoms, compounds, and molecules while the "Honors Chemistry" track will delve more deeply into the theoretical, mathematical, and organic chemical processes.

This course provides an introduction to chemistry suitable for students in a college preparatory program. The honors track is aimed for students who have previously had a solid background in physical science. A student who still wishes to pursue this course as an honors course that did not follow the recommended course of study for physical science may find that the pace of the course very quick and should be sure to allot extra time for their studies. The honors track should be followed if students wish to have the opportunity to take the AP test in Chemistry. Since this book is NOT a college text, it is important to study for the AP with an AP specified study guide for Chemistry. Most of the topics needed to be successful on the Chemistry AP exam are covered in the honors course of study. To see the AP chemistry requirements, go towww.collegeboard.com.

This course is typically done in 10th or 11th grade and includes the following topics: matter and change, scientific measurement, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, ionic, metallic, and covalent bonding, chemical names and formulas, balancing chemical equations, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter, gas behavior, water and aqueous systems, solutions, thermochemistry, reaction rates and equilibrium, acids, bases and salts, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, hydrocarbon compounds, alcohols, ethers, carbonyl compounds, carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, nucleic acids, and nuclear chemistry. Lab work is suggested throughout the lesson plan through the use of the Virtual Lab CD and labs in the textbook that do not require extensive materials. Alternately, a parent may choose to utilize the labs that occur in the textbook for lab credit.

 

Physics with Lab

Course Number: WCS-PHYS

Instructor: Mike Lenda

Day/Time: TBD

Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1, Geometry

Co-Requisite: Algebra 2

Course Texts:

  • Principles of Physics, Digital Text only, Kinetic Books (T5501)
  • Virtual Physics Labs, Kinetic Books (T5502)
  • Online Homework (T5501C)

Course Description:

This course is designed to give an understanding of classical physics. Physics is the science of the natural laws of the physical universe, which, like the natural moral law, flow through creation, having as their origin the goodness of God. "The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man's intellect and will" (New Catechism of the Catholic Church 342).

Kolbe Core (K) Physics course of study: The Kolbe Core (K) is conceptual in nature and is recommended to students who may not be interested in pursuing science in college, but who would like to include physics in their high school course of study. Although the course is conceptual in nature, it does include physics rquations and some problem working. The chapters, sections, and problems assigned in this course of study mimic EXACTLY the previous Kinetic Books Conceptual Physics text that Kolbe has carried in previous years. The physics topics included are mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics.

Physics with Lab (Honors)

Course Number: WCS-PHYS-H

Instructor: Mike Lenda

Day/Time: TBD

Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2

Co-Requisite: Precalculus

Course Texts:

  • Principles of Physics, Digital Text only, Kinetic Books (T5501)
  • Virtual Physics Labs, Kinetic Books (T5502)
  • Online Homework (T5501C)

Supplemental:

AP Physics B preparation book for students interested in taking the AP Physics B exam. Local bookstores or libraries generally carry books by Princeton Review and Kaplan. You can find other suggestions at the College Board website: www.collegeboard.com.

Course Description:

This course is designed to give an understanding of classical physics. Physics is the science of the natural laws of the physical universe, which, like the natural moral law, flow through creation, having as their origin the goodness of God. "The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man's intellect and will" (New Catechism of the Catholic Church 342).

Kolbe Honors (H) course of study: The Honors (H) course of study is designed for students who may have an interest in science, math, or engineering or for students who might prefer a more mathematical approach to physics in their high school course of study. While it is a more rigorous course of study than the Kolbe Core (K) course of study, it does not require the use of Calculus to
solve problems. This text is mentioned on the College Board website as appropriate for students preparing to take the AP© Physics B exam, and the Kolbe Honors (H) course of study adheres closely to the requirements for this exam. Topics include mechanics, mechanical waves, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and an introduction to modern physics.

Kolbe Academy recommends that Physics be taken by the high school student in 11th or 12th grade after the successful completion of Intro to Physics and Chemistry in 8th or 9th, Biology in 9th or 10th, and Chemistry in 10th or 11th.