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  1. Tam High Science Courses 2014-2015

  2. Honors Integrated Science 3-4 • Requires higher level thinking and problem solving skills • Covers more detailed information at a faster pace • Be prepared to complete daily assignments as well as long term projects

  3. Honors Integrated Science 3-4 requirements B or higher in Integrated Science 1-2 • Teacher recommendation • Passing score on entrance exam Informational Meetings: • Jan 28th and Jan 29th at lunch in room 63 Entrance Exam Dates: • Mar 3rd and Mar 5th after school in room 63

  4. Chemistry • What makes up the world around us? • “central science” – strong connections to all other sciences • experience fire and color • action labs and demos • Harry Potter’s floo powder….

  5. Chemistry • strongly recommended if you are thinking about a college major in science, engineering or medicine • one of the courses approved for concurrent enrollment with Integrated Science 3-4 • requires basic algebra • some HW every night

  6. Chemistry • fulfills pre/corequisite for AP Environmental Science • fulfills pre/corequisite for AP Biology • recommended prerequisite for Physics

  7. Requirements Chemistry Honors Chemistry • A- or better in IS 3 and 4 (B- if Honors) • Current math course with a grade of A- or better (B- if Honors) • Entrance test • Teacher recommendation • Advanced Algebra recommended -concurrently (or before) • C- or better in IS 3 and 4 • C- or better in Algebra 1 and 2 (or equivalent) • Advanced Algebra recommended -concurrently (or before)

  8. Honors Chemistry Important Dates and Times • Informational Meeting: Lunch, Room 66 January 30 or January 31 • Entrance Test: • Room 66 • Monday, Mar 3 • before or after school

  9. PHYSIOLOGY 1-2 • What is this class all about? • Anatomy = the study of the structures of the human body • Physiology = the study of how these structures function • So, we will learn how the body is built and how it works • Also… • Things that may go wrong (diseases, etc) & associated cures • possible career paths • current advances, issues, etc.

  10. Prerequisites and Credits • Successful completion of Integrated Science 1-4 with at least a C• UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit• one of the courses approved for concurrent enrollment with Integrated Science 3-4

  11. Honors Physiology Course Overview: • Similar to regular Physiology • More depth and out of the classroom experiences Prerequisites: • “A-“ or above in IS 1- 2 or 3– 4 (or B- in Honors 3-4) • Mandatory informational meeting at lunch • Entrance exam during tutorial • Teacher recommendation form completed by your current science teacher Meetings - January 28thor January 31st during lunch in room 64 Entrance Exams - Mar 5thhorMar 7th during tutorial - GET A PASS BEFORE TUTORIAL!

  12. Labs, labs, labs! • Design your OWN experiments • Bioinformatics • Detect GMOs in food • Control evolution of plants • DNA Barcoding • Make Ricotta Cheese (enyzmes) • Earn COLLEGE Credit for passing the AP Exam • National Pass Rate 63%, at Tam it is 90%! • Earn UC “D” lab science credit

  13. AP Biology – an epic adventure • How do we learn in this class? • Interesting videos • Labs and demos • Group work and activities • Field work • Fun songs! • TOPICS • Evolution • Information • Energy • Interactions

  14. How do I find out more and sign up? • Prerequisites: • B- or better in IS 1-4 AND • B- or better in Chemistry OR Physiology See Ms. Wuerth in Keyser 310 Feb 4thor Feb 7that lunch Check out the class wiki at: Email or

  15. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE What is Environmental Science all about? -Learning about the relationships that exist in our natural world -Taking action to identify the sources of and solutions to environmental problems. UC/CSU “D" laboratory science credit! Topics Include: -Ecology -Human Population Growth -Climate Change -Air, Water and Land Pollution and Management -Sustainable Development Prerequisites: Integrated Science 1-4

  16. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Class Activities Include: -Relevant projects that explore current environmental issues through technology -Labs and Field Work -Flipped Instruction: Video Podcastsposted online -Guest Speakers And more!! Class Set of iPads! Possible Field Trips -Optional 3 Day/2 Night Trip to Yosemite National Park -Slide Ranch Organic Farm -Local estuary And more!

  17. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE How can I learn more? Email Ms. Ashley: Check out Ms. Ashley’s website on the Tam High Teacher Website Page:

  18. Marine Science What Do We Study? Aquariums Marine Life Marine Environments Marine Technology Physical Oceanography Human Impact Real Marine Science Research! Dive Into The Ocean Realm! Lots of LABS! Field Trips What is Marine Science About? Marine Life Marine Chemistry Marine Physics Marine Geology Marine Ecology iPADSAnd laptops!

  19. Marine Science Project Based Course. Projects Include: • Building a functional ROV(remote operated underwater vehicle) • Setting Up Saltwater Aquariums • Monitoring The Salt Marsh • Many more! • Field Trips: • Research Boat Trip on the bay • The Bay Model • The marsh • Tide Pools • Monterey Bay Aquarium • More!

  20. Marine Science UC “g”/CSU approved Course (“d” approval applied for and is pending) Pre-requisite: Completion of Integrated Science 1-4 How Can I get More Information? See Ms. Tucker in Room 311 or Check out her Weebly!

  21. PHYSICS What is physics? Physics is a UC/CSU approved lab science class that is the foundation of all sciences. It is an exciting and challenging class that seeks to understand the nature of … nature. Exciting demonstrations, weekly labs, and relevant projects all combine to provide a powerful understanding of the material. What topics are covered? Topics explored include: motion, Newton’s laws, gravity, satellites, momentum, energy, sound, light, electricity, nuclear radiation, and the latest ideas in cosmology. Who takes physics? Over half the students who go to Tamalpais High School take physics. Some take it because it has a reputation for being interesting, fun, and relevant. Others take it because they are considering a career in science, engineering, or medicine. Everyone knows that it is an upper-level science course that looks great on your transcript. What are the prerequisites? Completion of Integrated Science 1 - 4 is required, as well as completion of Intermediate Algebra or higher. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein “All knowledge begins in wonder.” – Aristotle

  22. HONORS PHYSICS How is honors physics different from from physics? Honors physics covers all the topics covered in physics, but does so at a deeper and more rigorous level. It has a faster pace. Additional topics are covered as well. It is assumed that the student has mastered both algebra and trigonometry. Most students will be enrolled in calculus (although this is not required). What are the prerequisites? Completion of Integrated Science 1 - 4 is required, as well as passing score on a math readiness exam. What is the advantage of taking honors physics? A transcript showing that you have taken honors physics indicates that you are highly competent in math and physical science. Completion of honors physics will also give you a solid foundation for college-level, engineering physics. “All knowledge begins in wonder.” – Aristotle “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

  23. Honors physics meeting times and test dates Meetings - Jan 28th & 30th during lunch in Mr. Lapp’s room (Palmer 65) Honors Entrance Test - Mar 3rd before and after school in Palmer 65

  24. AP Chemistry • second year Chemistry course open to juniors & seniors • rigorous college-level material- equivalent to a first-year college chemistry class • advanced, quantitative labs • strong emphasis on problem-solving

  25. AP Chemistry Requirements: • B- or better in Chemistry/ Honors Chemistry • B- or better in Advanced Algebra/Honors Advanced Algebra • Chemistry teacher recommendation • Information meeting: Room 66, Feb 5th or Feb 6th or see Mr. O’Meara

  26. AP Environmental Science What is APES about? • understand the interrelationships of the natural world • identify and analyze environmental problems • examine solutions for resolving and/or preventing environmental problems • What topics do we study? • human populations and sustainability • climate change and atmospheric issues • water and toxicity • ecology and evolution • sustaining biodiversity • energy resources

  27. AP Environmental Science Prerequisites? • Successful completion of IS 1-4 with a 2.75 or higher • Completion or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry • Successful completion of Advanced Algebra is strongly recommended • How can I get more information? • Information meetings in Palmer 63, Feb 4th and 5th during lunch • Email Mr. Ginsburg at

  28. Lab Tech • Make solutions • Set up labs • Be a guinea pig for new labs! • Enhance your transcript • Earn a grade

  29. Information Meetings for HonorsLUNCHTIME (beginning of lunch) Tuesday, January 28: • Honors Integrated Science 3/4 (Room 63) • Honors Physics (Room 65) -- Honors Physiology (Room 64) Wednesday, January 29: • Honors Integrated Science (Room 63)

  30. Information Meetings for HonorsLUNCHTIME (beginning of lunch) Thursday, January 30: • Honors Chemistry (Room 66) • Honors Physics (Room 65) Friday, January 31: • Honors Physiology (Room 64) • Honors Chemistry (Room 66)

  31. Information Meetings for APLUNCHTIME (beginning of lunch) Tuesday, Feb 4: • AP Biology (Room 310) • AP Environmental Science (Room 63) Wednesday, Feb 5: • AP Environmental Science (Room 63) • AP Chemistry (Room 66)

  32. Information Meetings for APLUNCHTIME (beginning of lunch) Thursday, Feb 6: • AP Chemistry (Room 66) Friday, Feb 7: • AP Biology (Room 310)

  33. Honors Entrance Tests (signup required)