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THE GRADUATION PROGRAM
Courses in Royal Bridge High School
Everything is made up of atoms. This course explores the impact of atoms and molecules and their bonds in all aspects of life. The specific focus of Chemistry 11 is on applications of reactions (stoichiometry) for everyday and industrial uses. There is an emphasis on solution chemistry and on the applications of reactions and solutions and their impact on human health, society and the environment.
This course is designed for students who intend to pursue physical science or engineering in university. Chemistry 12 is a physical chemistry course concentrating on quantitative and qualitative analysis of chemical equilibria. Reaction mechanisms, solubility products, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction reactions, and electrochemistry are all addressed in this curriculum. Although different in content, this material builds on the concepts covered in Chemistry 11. In addition, a thorough understanding of algebra will be required in this course because of its significant mathematical component.
In Geology 12 students learn about the physical environment of the Earth through a variety of means including the examination of rocks and natural features. Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are explained and compared in terms of their formation and composition. The Earth’s resources are considered in terms of mineral deposits, coal, petroleum and natural gas and their economic significance in our changing world. The development of the Geological Time Scale is explained and discussed with reference to relative and absolute age dating techniques and the fossil record. Plate tectonics and a study of the Earth’s internal processes is a key part of the course in explaining ancient and modern phenomena such as continental drift, mountain building, earthquakes and volcanic activity. The surface processes and the hydrosphere are also considered together with the features and processes associated with weathering, different types of erosion and glaciations.
Physical Geography 12
Physical Geography 12 focuses on the impact of geography on society. This includes the interrelationship of people, places, and resources: human and physical systems; resource management and resource sustainability. Student will look at local, regional, and global perspectives of environmental issues. The course is organized around themes location, place, human and physical interactions, movement, and regions and how the systems of Earth such as weather, climate, and tectonic processes effect the world we live in.
Foundations and Pre-Calculus 10 is designed to provide students with mathematical understanding and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies. Topics include operations on powers with integral exponents, relationships among data and graphs, linear relations, including slope, equations of lines and solving systems, multiplication and factoring of polynomial expressions, primary trigonometric ratios and financial literacy, gross and net pay.
Students will learn and develop mathematical skills that are foundational for use in pre-calculus and calculus thereafter. Pre-Calculus 11 focuses on quadratic relationships, their prevalence around us, and the use of algebra to generalize these relationships through abstract thinking. Students will explore the meanings of and connections between operations extending to powers, radicals and polynomials. Students will use proportional reasoning to solve indirect measurement trigonometric problems, and work with formulas for financial literacy.
Pre-Calculus 12 is a course designed to give students who are interested in pursuing future studies that require calculus, the necessary foundation of algebraic skills. The core curriculum consists of working extensively with functions: polynomial, radical, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, and rational. Graphing calculators are used throughout the course as an exploration tool and links are made between the similarities and differences from one function to the next. Function notation, operations and transformations are applied throughout the course.
Physics 11 explores the world of motion and energy. It is designed to build students’ knowledge of core physics concepts. The course focuses on four big ideas. An object’s motion can be predicted, analyzed and described. Forces influence the motion of an object. Energy is found in different forms, is conserved, and has the ability to do work. Mechanical waves transfer energy but not matter. Physics 11 emphasizes real-life applications and helps students connect their learning to the world around them. Physics 11 provides a solid foundation for students carrying on to physics 12.
This course is designed for students who intend to pursue physical sciences, astronomy or engineering in university. Physics 12 covers a broad range of classical physics material including kinematics and dynamics in multiple dimensions, circular motion and dynamics, gravity, statics and electromagnetism. This integrated course requires a thorough understanding of Physics 11 and an aptitude for mathematics. Due to the emphasis on problem solving – the course is challenging to some students.
Science 10 continues to build scientific literacy and skills, preparing the young citizens of today for the world of tomorrow. There are four main topics covered: genetics (biology), chemical reactions (chemistry), energy transformations (physics) and the formation of the universe (astronomy).