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  1. AP Science Courses Advanced Studies Night February 5, 2015

  2. Contact Information

  3. Characteristics of Successful AP Science Students • High grades in previous science and/or math courses • Recommended by science teacher • Strong work ethic • Motivated • Independent learner • Able to devote at least one hour/night to studying • Able to apply content, not just memorize

  4. AP Biology • Prerequisites – Honors Biology, Chemistry (preferably Honors) • Exam consists of 55 multiple choice questions, 5 numerical grid-in questions, 2 multi-part free response questions (1 lab-based), and 7 single-part free response questions • Curriculum based on 4 “Big Ideas” in biology • Course requires 25% laboratory experiences, including 8-12 in-depth, inquiry-based labs

  5. AP Chemistry • Prerequisite – Honors Chemistry • Higher level math strongly recommended • Exam consists of 60 multiple choice and 7 free response questions (3 requiring calculations) • Focus on inquiry-based learning of essential concepts:  Matter, chemical & physical properties, atomic structure, bonding, chemical reactions, thermodynamics • 16 guided-inquiry labs that give students opportunities to explore chemical concepts, answer questions of interest, and learn correct lab techniques and safety procedures

  6. AP Environmental Science • Prerequisites – Honors Biology, Chemistry (preferably Honors) • AP Exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions and 4 free response questions • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine different aspects of the environment as well as human impact • Includes inquiry-based labs as well as other learning activities to enhance the curriculum

  7. AP Physics 1 “ All science is physics. Everything else is stamp collecting.” --Rutherford • Prerequisites – Math III or higher • Similar to a 1st semester algebra-based college physics course • Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. • More than 40 hours of lab work

  8. AP Physics C-Mechanics • Prerequisites – Calculus and/or a previous physics course • Similar to a 1st semester calculus-based college physics course • Kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation • More than 40 hours of lab work

  9. Questions? Connect to Achieve; Lead to Inspire