Independence High School

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Biology and Life Sciences

Title

 

 

CP Biology

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1. Strong reading and reasoning skills are recommended.

9-12

D

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed for college-preparatory students who need an experimental life science that encourages student responsibility for learning through a variety of experiences that include developing biological literacy, working cooperatively in lab groups, applying science skills to everyday life, recognizing and evaluating relationships between technology and society, and developing processing and concept-mapping skills. Topics studied include cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and diversity of organisms.

 
Earth Science

Title

 

 

CP Earth Science

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

9 -12

G

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

This course is designed to prepare students for success in the academic, college preparatory science courses required for college entrance and also fulfills the district high school physical science requirement. This predominantly physical science course emphasizes those techniques needed to prepare students for chemistry and physics while integrating with their algebra and geometry sequence. General topics investigated will be mapping, introductory chemistry, the earth’s structure, plate tectonics, California geology, oceanography, meteorology, basic astronomy, and California water issues. Students will engage in hands-on labs, projects in cooperative groups, and computer simulations.

 

Chemistry

Title

 

 

CP Chemistry

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Grade of “C” or better in CP Biology
Chemistry requires very good mathematics, algebra and abstract (geometric) thinking skills, and above-average writing skills. Students who have completed Algebra 1 with a grade of “B” or better may take this course concurrent with Geometry. Algebra 2 strongly recommended.

10 -12

D

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed to provide college-preparatory students with a mathematical and laboratory-oriented instruction in basic chemistry. Chemistry includes formula and equation writing, atomic theory, stoichiometry, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, acid-base reactions, qualitative analysis, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Students are expected to have algebra and problem-solving skills and will be required to prepare lab reports, complete problem sets, and participate in laboratory and discussion exercises.

 
Physics

Title

 

 

CP Physics

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Completion of Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3

10 -12

D

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed to provide college preparatory students with an instruction in Newtonian Physics with the use of algebra and trigonometry. CP Physics includes the study of mechanics, fluids, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Students will be expected to be able to use their algebra and trigonometry skills to solve problems in physics and will be required to participate in laboratory experiments and prepare lab reports. A working knowledge of spreadsheet programs is recommended.

 

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