AP Science Courses Offered at Battlefield High School for 2017-18


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AP Biology

[AP Course Description] [AP Course Homepage]

AP Biology employs a model of instruction that focuses on enduring, conceptual understandings and the content that supports them. This approach will enable students to spend less time on factual recall and more time on inquiry-based learning of essential concepts, and will help them develop the reasoning skills necessary to engage in the science practices used throughout their study of AP Biology.
Students who take AP Biology will also develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses. The revised AP Biology course is equivalent to a two-semester college introductory biology course and has been endorsed enthusiastically by higher education officials.

BHS Teachers for 2017-18: BHS Course Supplementary Materials:
  • Esteban
  • Johnson



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AP Chemistry

[AP Course Description] [AP Course Homepage]

Students taking an AP Chemistry course should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. The college course in general chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by students . Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory. The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year.

BHS Teachers for 2017-18: BHS Course Supplementary Materials:
  • McLeod
  • Course Syllabus (2017-18)



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AP Environmental Science

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The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. The AP Environmental Science course is intended to enable students to undertake, as first-year college students, a more advanced study of topics in environmental science or, alternatively, to fulfill a basic requirement for a laboratory science and thus free time for taking other courses.
The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one semester, introductory college course in environmental science.

BHS Teachers for 2017-18: BHS Course Supplementary Materials:
  • Carney



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AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

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AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy;
momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound.

BHS Teachers for 2017-18: BHS Course Supplementary Materials:
  • Marsh



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AP Physics C: Mechanics

[AP Course Description] [AP Course Homepage]

AP Physics C: Mechanics should provide instruction in each of the following six content areas: kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Instruction should utilize guided inquiry and student centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills and should use introductory differential and integral calculus throughout the course. The content of this course should corresponding to approximately a semester of college work.

BHS Teachers for 2017-18: BHS Course Supplementary Materials:
  • Marsh



Last Updated: 2/15/18