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Science

The TAS Upper School Science department sustains a dynamic and flexible program with an abundance of choice, and emphasis on the fact that students must do science, to learn science. TAS is a “Physics First” school with students progressing from Physics in 9th grade, Chemistry in 10th grade, and in Biology in 11th grade. There are conceptual, regular, and honors courses so all students are appropriately placed in courses which fit their needs. We are unique in offering both the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs for students who wish to take on more challenging course work. For students who like to dabble in science, we offer several elective courses, and we also have a vibrant scientific research program so students can fully assume the role of scientist. Our facilities boast 9 classrooms with separate classroom discussion and lab areas, a research room, and two rooftop labs. See the links below to obtain a more detailed look at opportunities for students in US Science at TAS. More importantly, watch the video to observe students excited to be a part of the ultimate thrill of discovery: Science!

 

Scientific Research

The TAS Upper School Scientific Research program offers students the opportunity to create innovative projects that deal with current research topics. Introductory research classes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology are available to students in 10th – 12th grade who have an interest and a natural curiosity in science. Advanced research classes in Nanotechnology and Synthetic Biology are available to motivated students in 11th and 12th grade who have excelled in previous research classes. Nanotechnology students create nanomaterials (on the scale of 1 to 1000 nanometers) such as carbon nanotubes, and synthetic biology students engineer DNA devices using standardized genetic parts. All research classes and projects occur in one of our two top-notch research laboratories on the first and fifth floor of D block. Additionally, there are opportunities for students to work at off-campus research institutions, such as NTU and Academia Sinica, in the Advanced Scientific Research I and II classes.

The Scientific Research program is enriched by student research symposia, the TAS scientific research speaker series, and our world champion iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) research team.

If you are interested in viewing some of the excellent work completed by our research students, click on the link below to browse through their posters, papers and oral presentations.

https://sites.google.com/tas.tw/scientific-research-wiki

Course Offerings 2019-2020

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS (USCI011)

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS (USCI011)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Moderate

This course explores the fundamentals of science and physics through demonstrations and activities designed to create a basic conceptual understanding of our physical universe. Motion, forces, electricity, sound, and light are the core phenomena to be investigated throughout the year. In addition, the course will focus on the methods, procedures, and purpose of science, with the intent of laying the foundation for success in chemistry and biology. Advanced math skills are not required for this course.

Text: Conceptual Physics (Hewitt, 10th Edition) (ISBN 978-0-131-94329-2)

PHYSICS (USCI021)

PHYSICS (USCI021)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1 and Science Department recommendation

Homework: Moderate

This course illuminates the principles of physics through laboratory experiments, conceptual development activities, and some problem solving (but less than in Honors Physics). This class balances the quantitative and conceptual acquisition of physics knowledge so that the students acquire the basis necessary for understanding the physical world. Motion, forces, electricity, sound, and light are some of the topics.

Text: Holt Physics (Serway-Faughn) (ISBN 978-0-030-36816-5)

HONORS PHYSICS (USCI022)

HONORS PHYSICS (USCI022)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1, high level mathematics placement, and Science Department recommendation

Homework: Heavy

This course illuminates the principles of physics through laboratory experiments, conceptual development activities, and problem solving. The class includes most of the same activities and laboratory activities as Conceptual Physics and Physics, but it also includes extensive problem solving for students with the appropriate mathematics background, good study skills, and proven track record of excellent achievement in science and mathematics. Motion, forces, electricity, sound, and light are some of the topics. Criteria that will be used for student placement include student achievement in previous science courses, and mathematics placement.

Text: Holt Physics (Serway-Faughn) (ISBN 978-0-030-36816-5)

CONCEPTUAL CHEMISTRY (USCI031)

CONCEPTUAL CHEMISTRY (USCI031)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 or department permission

Homework: Moderate

This chemistry course is designed for the student who is unlikely to major in science in college, but who would like a good foundational lab-based experience in science. The class will provide a conceptual understanding of fundamental topics in chemistry, such as kinetic theory, atomic architecture, bonding, and chemical reactions with a hands-on approach that will emphasize applications of chemistry to everyday life. Students will also work on developing and improving technical writing and presentation skills through interactive lab activities and in-class presentations.

Text: Introduction to Chemistry 13th Edition (Hein, Wiley) (ISBN 978-0-470-50591-5)

CHEMISTRY (USCI05)

CHEMISTRY (USCI05)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

Homework: Moderate

This course is designed for students who may pursue science-oriented college studies after high school. The syllabus is structured to give students a strong foundational background in chemistry that will enable them to succeed in an introductory college level course. Theoretical concepts are accompanied as much as possible by “hands-on” activities; so, lab work constitutes a large proportion of class time. Students will learn to think critically, solve problems, and develop an awareness of the environment in which they live. They will also develop written communication and applied math skills.

Text: Introduction to Chemistry 13th Edition (Hein, Wiley) (ISBN 978-0-470-50591-5)

HONORS CHEMISTRY (USCI11)

HONORS CHEMISTRY (USCI11)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Recommendation of current (Physics) instructor

Homework: Heavy

Honors Chemistry provides an in-depth look at a wide range of Chemistry topics and their application. In laboratory situations, students will have the opportunity to develop their lab skills and problem solving skills as challenges arise. The first quarter is dedicated to forming a solid foundation in atomic theory, periodicity, and bonding.

Text: Chemistry (Brady, Senese, Jespersen) (ISBN 978-0-470-23440-2);

CONCEPTUAL BIOLOGY (USCI041)

CONCEPTUAL BIOLOGY (USCI041)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Recommendation of current (Chemistry) Instructor

Homework: Moderate

This course is designed to be flexible in content and provide the student with a broad background in biology. The first quarter of study will be similar to the Biology course in the study of the basic nature of living things. From there the course will diverge depending on student interest into molecular and cell biology, genetics, human anatomy and physiology, evolution, and ecology. Activities will include lectures, class discussions, laboratory experiences, and several projects.

Text: Campbell Essential Biology, 5th Edition (ISBN 978-0-321-77259-6)

BIOLOGY (USCI04)

BIOLOGY (USCI04)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Recommendation of current (Chemistry) instructor

Homework: Moderate

This course is designed to provide the student with a broad background in biology. Students will develop an understanding of the basic nature of living things, molecular and cell biology, genetics, human anatomy and physiology, evolution, and ecology. Activities will include lectures, class discussions, laboratory experiences, and projects.

Text: Biology Life on Earth with Physiology (Pearson) (ISBN 978-0-133-92300-1)

HONORS BIOLOGY (USCI07)

HONORS BIOLOGY (USCI07)

Honors

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Recommendation of current (Chemistry) instructor

Homework: Heavy

Honors Biology is a year-long course designed to expose students to the major topics in biological science. It is a laboratory based course which emphasizes the development of biology laboratory skills, as well as critical thinking skills. The course will emphasize the gathering, assessment, and interpretation of scientific data. Topics in biology to be studied include cell biology, energy relationships, body systems, patterns of inheritance, evolution, and ecological principles. The course provides a broad foundation in biological principles for students who wish to undertake further study in biology through enrollment in Advanced Placement Biology or in Advanced Placement Environmental Science and as an honors level introductory biology course for students who do not plan further studies in biology.

Text: Inquiry into Life, 13th Edition (Mader) (ISBN 978-0-077-28010-9)

IBSL BIOLOGY YEAR 1 (USCI08)
IBSL BIOLOGY YEAR 2 (USCI081)

IBSL BIOLOGY YEAR 1 (USCI08)

IBSL BIOLOGY YEAR 2 (USCI081)

Duration: 2 years

Credit: 1 per year

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Chemistry

Homework: Heavy

The IB Standard Level syllabus is followed in this two-year course. With an emphasis on the nature of science, four basic biological concepts are woven into the course: structure and function, universality versus diversity, equilibrium within systems, and evolution. Laboratory activities will emphasize planning skills, data collection, data analysis, evaluation, and manipulative and personal skills. A multidisciplinary Group 4 Project constitutes a compulsory component of this class and requires student attendance outside of regularly scheduled class hours, most likely on one Saturday or Sunday. IB laboratory investigations and one formal Internal Assessment (IA) will require students to gain mastery in statistics, data analysis, and advanced lab writing skills. The IA will constitute 20% of the final IB score. Core concepts from the curriculum include cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology and evolution, and human physiology.

Text: Pearson Baccalaureate Biology for the IB Diploma: Standard Level, (Tosto, Damon, Mcgonegal, Ward) (ISBN 978-1-447-95904-5)

IBHL BIOLOGY YEAR 1 (USCI09)
IBHL BIOLOGY YEAR 2 (USCI10)

IBHL BIOLOGY YEAR 1 (USCI09)

IBHL BIOLOGY YEAR 2 (USCI10)

Duration: 2 years

Credit: 1 per year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Chemistry

Homework: Heavy

The IB Higher Level syllabus is followed in this two-year course. With an emphasis on the nature of science, four basic biological concepts are woven into the course: structure and function, universality versus diversity, equilibrium within systems, and evolution. Laboratory activities will emphasize planning skills, data collection, data analysis, evaluation, and manipulative and personal skills. A multidisciplinary Group 4 Project constitutes a compulsory component of this class and requires student attendance outside of regularly scheduled class hours, most likely on one Saturday or Sunday. IB laboratory investigations and one formal Internal Assessment (IA) will require students to gain mastery in statistics, data analysis, and advanced lab writing skills. The IA will constitute 20% of the final IB score. Core concepts from the curriculum include cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology and evolution, and human physiology. The distinction between SL and HL is one of breadth and depth.

Text: Pearson Baccalaureate Biology Higher Level 2nd Edition, (Tosto, Mcgonegal, Ward, Damon) (ISBN 978-1-447-95900-7)

IBHL CHEMISTRY YEAR 1 (USCI12)
IBHL CHEMISTRY YEAR 2 (USCI13)

IBHL CHEMISTRY YEAR 1 (USCI12)

IBHL CHEMISTRY YEAR 2 (USCI13)

Duration: 2 years

Credit: 1 per year

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2

Homework: Heavy

IB Chemistry is a rigorous and fast-paced two-year sequence of courses satisfying a Higher Level (HL) requirement for an IB diploma. It is equivalent to a first-year college course and emphasizes the development of higher thinking skills by the study of theoretical concepts and laboratory investigations. Students will spend 60 hours on practical work including 10 hours on their Group 4 Project. This multidisciplinary lab project constitutes a compulsory component of this class and will require student attendance outside of regularly scheduled class hours. The course includes stoichiometry, atomic theory, periodicity, bonding, energetic, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry and organic chemistry as well an option – which may be human biochemistry. The course provides excellent support for students preparing to pursue study in any of the Scientific or Engineering fields. Students are required to sit the IB exam at the completion of year two.

Note: Honors Chemistry cannot be taken in lieu of IBHL 1.

Text: Pearson Baccalaureate Chemistry Higher Level (Pearson Education) (ISBN 978-1-447-95975-5)

AP BIOLOGY (USCI18)

AP BIOLOGY (USCI18)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Honors Biology and Honors Biology teacher’s recommendation

Homework: Heavy

This course is the equivalent of a college biology course and considers in detail such topics as biochemistry, cells, genetics, microbiology, and body structure and function. Emphasis is placed on laboratory activities and gaining an understanding of how biological information is collected and interpreted. The syllabus is structured so that a student will be prepared for the required AP examination at the completion of the course.

Text: Campbell Biology in Focus (Campbell) (ISBN 978-0-321-81380-0)

AP CHEMISTRY (USCI19)

AP CHEMISTRY (USCI19)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry and Honors Chemistry teacher’s recommendation (or completion of Summer Academy Honors Chemistry course)

Homework: Heavy

AP Chemistry is equivalent to a first year university chemistry course. Students should expect a fast-paced, rigorous course, with emphasis on critical thinking skills. Laboratory work involves significant problem solving, with numerous opportunities to extend lab skills in both quantitative and qualitative analyses.

Text: Chemistry, (Wiley) 7th Edition (Jesperson, Hyslop) (ISBN 978-1-118-51646-1)

AP PHYSICS 1 (USCI201)

AP PHYSICS 1 (USCI201)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2, completion of Physics, and Physics teacher’s recommendation.

Homework: Heavy

The AP Physics 1 course is equivalent to a semester college physics course. The course will foster a greater conceptual understanding of fundamental physics principals, concepts, and skills through student centered and inquiry based instruction. AP Physics 1 will focus on big ideas as opposed to content coverage. Time will be spent on engaged inquiry-based learning of essential concepts to help develop critical thinking and reasoning. Topics include Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Torque, Rotational Motion, Angular Momentum, Work, Energy, Power, Momentum, Oscillations, Waves, Sound, and an introduction to circuits. The AP Physics 1 course provides a readiness for the study of further topics in other college level courses such as Physics 2, Life sciences, pre-medicine, or applied sciences. The course meets the syllabus requirements for the required Advanced Placement Physics 1 test. After the test in May, the class may review SAT 2 topics as well to prepare students for the SAT 2 test (which could be taken in June)

Text: Introduction to Physics 8th Edition (Cutnell and Johnson) (ISBN 978-0-470-40942-8)

AP PHYSICS 2 (USCI203)

AP PHYSICS 2 (USCI203)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Physics, Algebra 2, and Honors Physics teacher’s recommendation.

Homework: Heavy

The Physics 2 course is equivalent to a semester college physics course. Understanding fundamental physics principals and applications of concepts and skills learned in Honors Physics or AP Physics 1 is essential to be successful in the course. Critical thinking and reasoning will be developed through student centered and inquiry based instructional practices. First semester topics include a review of Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Work, Energy, Power, and Momentum. Other topics of study throughout the year include Fluids, thermodynamics, Kinetics Theory, Electrostatics, Electrical Circuits, Magnetic Fields, Electromagnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics. Students who would like to take the AP Physics 1 test or the SAT 2 subject test in Physics will need to complete additional review materials on their own. After the exam in May, the class may review SAT 2 topics as well to prepare students for the SAT 2 test (which could be taken in June). The purpose of this course is to prepare students for success in the AP Physics 2 test, but motivated students may find this course to be the best preparation TAS offers for the SAT Subject Test in Physics. The Physics 2 course provides a readiness for the study of advanced topics in other college level courses such as life sciences, pre-medicine, or applied sciences.

Text: Introduction to Physics 8th Edition (Cutnell and Johnson) (ISBN 978-0-470-40942-8)

AP PHYSICS C (MECHANICS, E & M) (USCI21)

AP PHYSICS C (MECHANICS, E & M) (USCI21)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus BC or AB, completion of Honors Physics, AND Honors Physics teacher's recommendation

Homework: Heavy

The Physics C course forms the first part of a rigorous college sequence that serves as the foundation of physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The sequence is concurrent with or preceded by mathematics courses that include calculus. Methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulating the physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. The sequence is more intensive and analytic than that in the AP Physics 1 and 2. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems, some requiring calculus. The subject matter of the C course is mechanics, followed by electricity and magnetism, with approximately equal emphasis on these two areas of study. The course meets the syllabus requirements for the required Advanced Placement Physics C exam.

Text: Physics for Scientists & Engineers, 7th Edition (Serway & Jewett) (ISBN 978-0-495-11223-5)

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (USCI22)

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (USCI22)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 11 and 12

Prerequisite: Honors chemistry and honors biology (or instructor’s permission if one course is non-honors)

Homework: Heavy

This class is equivalent to a semester college environmental science course. The course is interdisciplinary, involving concepts from chemistry, biology, earth science, economics, political science, and ethics. The goal of the course is to provide students with the science principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Particular focus is made on human impact on the environment and sustainable practices. Thus, sustainability, climate change, agriculture, air and water pollution, energy and human population growth are at the heart of the course content. Students are required to take the AP exam upon completion of the course. With instructor approval, students have the option to take this course as a non-AP course with different grading requirements.

Text: Living in the Environment 18th Edition (Miller) (ISBN: 978-1-133-94013-5)

SEMESTER ELECTIVE COURSES

NOTE TO STUDENTS: When possible, sign up for 2 Semester courses in Science! Sign up for Astronomy, Anatomy and Physiology, or others to round out your course schedule. Electives may or may not be offered depending on student interest.

ASTRONOMY (USCI33)

ASTRONOMY (USCI33)

Duration: 1 semester

Credit: 0.5

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Completion of Physics and Algebra 2 course or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2.

Homework: Light

This course emphasizes introductory observational aspects of astronomy. Students begin by studying the relationship between the earth and the sky, including short term and long term cycles in the celestial sphere and how they cause the changes in our planet. This course includes a cursory treatment of the fundamental basis of astronomy: the study of the behavior of light and black body radiation, the formation and diversity of our solar system, stellar evolution, and will also piece together the view of our universe while discussing the large questions that astrophysicists are pursuing. Students will have the chance to utilize a solar telescope to view the surface of our active sun. Other topics will be added based on student interest and time. The course culminates in a project on a topic of special interest to the student and an opportunity to delve deeper into current research in astrophysics.

Text: 21st Century Astronomy, 3rd Edition (Hester, Smith, Blumenthal, Kay and Voss) (ISBN: 978-01-393-93198-3)

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF MOVEMENT (USCI37)

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF MOVEMENT (USCI37)

Duration: 1 semester

Credit: 0.5

Grades: 11–12

Prerequisite: Completion of General Biology, Honors Biology,, IBSL Biology Yr 1, or IBHL Biology Yr 1

Homework: Light

This semester-long course addresses foundational questions - how are we built? How do we move? Students will study the form and function of the human body as it relates to movement, focusing on the muscular system, energy metabolism, mechanics, and nutrition. Students will learn about the cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise that ensures adequate oxygen delivery to contracting skeletal muscles. Joints as levers and how neurotransmitters stimulate skeletal muscle contraction is a part of the curriculum. The content of this course is complemented through microscopy work, dissections, and experimentation. This course is wonderfully suited for those who are interested in kinesiology, physical therapy, exercise science – and those who are generally interested in the science behind being healthy and fit. At the end of the semester, students will have a better understanding of their athlete within!

Text: Biology Life on Earth with Physiology 11th Edition (Pearson) (ISBN 978-0-133-92300-1)

FORENSIC SCIENCE (USCI35)

FORENSIC SCIENCE (USCI35)

Duration: 1 semester, offered in both Semesters

Credit: 0.5

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: Completion of Physics and Chemistry; completion or concurrent enrollment in Biology

Homework: Light

Forensic science is a multidisciplinary applied science, encompassing Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and crime scene investigation (CSI). This course will focus on forensic science concepts, including inquiry performance, crime scene investigation, ballistics, fiber evidence, DNA analysis, fingerprinting, trace evidence, blood splatter, tool mark evidence, forensic anthropology, and other applicable concepts of student interest. Class is lab-based and grading will consist of group lab reports, performance assessments where students practice the skills of a CSI scientist, and on student performance on a semester project. The individual or group project allows students to dive deeper into any topic of interest related to the burgeoning field of Forensic Science.

Text: Forensics Science Fundamentals and Investigations (Bertino) (ISBN: 978-0-538-73155-3)

HONORS QUANTUM MECHANICS & RELATIVITY (USCI36)

 

HONORS QUANTUM MECHANICS & RELATIVITY (USCI36)

Duration: 1 semester

Credit: 0.5

Grades: 10–12

Prerequisite: Physics or Honors Physics and completion of Pre-calculus or enrollment in higher level math course.

Homework: High

This course is ideal for physics students who want to better understand the magical world of quantum mechanics and special relativity! Students first learn the essentials of special relativity, time dilation, the Lorentz transformation, relativistic momentum and energy, including the origin of Einstein's E=mc2. The course then shifts gears to the early quantum theory of Bohr, de Brogile, and Schrodinger culminating in the Copenhagen doctrine of quantum mechanics. Students learn to solve the Schrodinger equation both qualitatively and by explicit solution of the Schrodinger equation for simple potential energy profiles corresponding to 1D quantum wells and 3D quantum dots. Python computer code also allows students to solve the Schrodinger equation for more general 1D potential energy profiles. Some previous programming experience would be useful but is not assumed. Finally, we consider the foundational issues in quantum mechanics provoked by recent experimentally verified properties of entanglement, such as non-locality, Bell's theorems, relativity, and de Broglie - Bohm theory. We try to answer the Einstein questions: is there "spooky action at a distance"? Does "God play dice with the universe?" For students who have a very busy schedule, there is a non-honors option for this course which will have less homework.

Text: An Introduction to Error Analysis: The Study of Uncertainties in
Physical Measurements (Taylor) (ISBN: 978-0-935-70242-2); Concepts of
Modern Physics (Beiser) (ISBN: 978-9-351-34185-7) plus Teacher’s notes

HONORS COMPUTER MODELING (UCSR13)

HONORS COMPUTER MODELING (UCSR13)

Duration: 1 semester

Credit: 0.5

Grades: 10–12

Prerequisite: Physics or Honors Physics and completion of Pre-calculus or enrollment in higher level math course.

Homework: High

This computer science course is ideal for science-mathematics students who wish to learn about numerical modeling of dynamic systems which vary in time and may have numerous applications in science research courses. After a quick review of Python essentials, students learn how to use Numpy and Scipy libraries in Python to quickly evaluate, solve. and visualize the solutions of the types of systems of coupled ordinary and partial differential equations that describe physical, chemical and / or biological systems. Topics include visualization of data and solutions using Matplotlib and Vpython libraries, Fourier transform methods, initial conditions, boundary conditions, function spaces, phase space methods. Several advanced topics are introduced and demonstrated including using Lagrangian methods to obtain differential equations from potential energy expressions and finite difference and finite element for numerically solving systems of partial differential equations in complex domains.

Text: None. Course materials supplied by the teacher.

STATISTICAL METHODS FOR SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS (USCI31)

STATISTICAL METHODS FOR SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS (USCI31) 

Duration: 1 semester
Credit: 0.5
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: None, open to all 10th graders + higher by default
Homework: Moderate

In this course, students learn how to use statistical distributions and measures to design experiments and also properly interpret experimental data of the types commonly found in biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. Topics include linear and nonlinear fitting, uncertainty and error bar estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-squared, Poisson, Gaussian and t distributions, and multiple variables. In addition to building their skills with Excel, students are introduced to python and learn to use Numpy, Scipy and Matplotlib libraries to make scientific plots and carry out statistical analyses. Students may do analysis of existing databases or obtain their own data to analyze depending on assessment criteria. Teacher may increase the depth of this course depending on the statistics mathematics background of the students.

Text: Teacher’s notes plus An Introduction to Error Analysis: The Study of
Uncertainties in Physical Measurements by John R. Taylor

 

HONORS THERMODYNAMICS & STATISTICAL PHYSICS (USCI38)

HONORS THERMODYNAMICS & STATISTICAL PHYSICS (USCI38)


Duration: 1 semester
Credit: 0.5
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: Honors Precalculus & Differential Calc or coenrollment in
Physics C or enrollment in any Calculus course
Homework: High


In this course, students learn the theoretical basis of the second law of thermodynamics, entropy, and the arrow of time in physics. Topics include free energy, internal energy, work, heat, engines and refrigerators, binomial, Maxwell and Boltzmann distributions, partition functions, chemical potential, Fermi and Bose statistics, latent heat, specific heat, adiabatic, isothermal, isobaric and and constant volume processes, magnets, sound waves, and phase transitions.


Text: Teacher’s notes plus Concepts of Modern Physics by Arthur Beiser
NOTE: One of the statistics courses could be offered during first semester
and the other one during second semester.

RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY (USCI26)
HONORS RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY (USCI26H)

RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY (USCI26)
HONORS RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY (USCI26H)


NOTE: Honors Research class is a year-long class.
Duration: 1 year or 1 semester (1 semester option must be completed in
Semester 1)
Credit: 1.0 (1 year); 0.5 (1 semester)
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physics or Honors Physics. For
Honors: One semester previous research or enrollment in AP/IBHL Bio.
Homework: Moderate (Heavy for Honors)


The Research in Biology course is designed as an experiment-based course for students interested in conducting their own unique research projects. All students in the class will conduct an independent research project based upon a common theme. The goals of this course are threefold: 1) develop the skills needed to design and conduct a unique and relevant research project; 2) build a knowledge-base of how to use a variety of instrumentation, analytical techniques and literature databases; and 3) provide an avenue to present their findings in written, oral and poster form to teachers and students of other research classes. Exceptional work may have the opportunity to publish their findings in a science journal, enter into an appropriate scientific competition, or apply to present at a scientific conference. This course is ideal for students looking for a solid foundation in a research lab before they attend college.


NOTE: This course will satisfy the requirements for the year-long research
project in AP Capstone Diploma program.
Text: STEM Student Research Handbook (Harland, DJ)
(ISBN: 978-1-936-13724-4)

RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY (USCI27)
HONORS RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY (USCI27H)

RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY (USCI27)
HONORS RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY (USCI27H)


NOTE: Honors Research class is a year-long class.
Duration: 1 year or 1 semester (1 semester option must be completed in
Semester 1)
Credit: 1.0 (1 year); 0.5 (1 semester)
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physics or Honors Physics. For
Honors: One semester previous research or enrollment in AP/IBHL Chem.
Homework: Moderate (Heavy for Honors)


The Research in Chemistry course is designed as an experimental based course for students interested in various research projects in Chemistry. Students will have the opportunity to design a project that involves one (or more) of the following branches of Chemistry: Material, Analytical, and Biochemical, Computational, Organometallic, Organic or Inorganic chemistry. The goal of this course is threefold by providing students with 1) an understanding of how to create a viable chemical research project with multiple variables; 2) a knowledge of how to use a variety of instrumentation, chemical technique sand literature databases; and 3) an avenue to present their findings in written, oral and poster form to teachers and students of other research classes. Truly excellent work may have the option to publish their findings in a chemical journal or present at a chemistry conference. This course is ideal for students looking for a solid foundation on how a research lab operates before they attend college. In order to promote flexibility for students, this course will be designed to complement other research courses and programs.


NOTE: This course will satisfy the requirements for the year-long research
project in AP Capstone Diploma program.
Text: STEM Student Research Handbook (Harland, DJ)
(ISBN: 978-1-936-13724-4)

RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (USCI28)
HONORS RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (USCI28H)

RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (USCI28)
HONORS RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (USCI28H)


NOTE: Honors Research class is a year-long class.
Duration: 1 year or 1 semester (1 semester option must be completed in
Semester 1)
Credit: 1.0 (1 year); 0.5 (1 semester)
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physics or Honors Physics. For
Honors: One semester previous research or enrollment in AP Physics.
Homework: Moderate (Heavy for Honors)


The Research in Physics course is designed as an experiment-based course for students interested in various research projects in Physics. The goal of this course is threefold by providing students with 1) an understanding of how to create a viable physics research project with multiple variables; 2) a knowledge of how to use a variety of instrumentation, techniques and literature databases; and 3) an avenue to present their findings in written, oral and poster form to teachers and students of other research classes. Truly excellent work may have the option to publish their findings in a scientific journal or present at an academic conference. This course is ideal for students looking for a solid foundation on how a research lab operates before they attend college. In order to promote flexibility for students, this course will be designed to complement other research courses and programs.


NOTE: This course will satisfy the requirements for the year-long research
project in AP Capstone Diploma program.
Text: STEM Student Research Handbook (Harland, DJ)
(ISBN: 978-1-936-13724-4)

INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE RESEARCH (USCI40)

INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE RESEARCH (USCI40)


Duration: 1 semester
Credit: 0.5 (1 semester)
Grades: 9-10
Prerequisite: none
Homework: Light to Moderate


The Introduction to Science Research course is designed for high school students who are interested in understanding how scientists investigate real-world problems. Students will research, plan, design and test a series of hands-on science projects in all three major scientific disciplines: Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The main goal of this course is to introduce students who have never taken a research course to the research process and provide them with an opportunity to apply a logical approach to scientific questions. This course is ideal for 9th or 10th grade students who are looking for a solid foundation in research methods and data evaluation before they take another research course later in high school or in college.


Text: STEM Student Research Handbook (Harland, DJ)
(ISBN: 978-1-936-13724-4)

HONORS RESEARCH: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY (USCI411)

HONORS RESEARCH: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY (USCI411)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of either a full year TAS research course or an off campus summer internship, successful completion or current enrollment in an honors science course (chemistry or biology) and Science Department recommendation.

Homework: Moderate to Heavy

The Honors Research course in Synthetic Biology is for students who are interested in biotechnology and engineering. In this course students will learn how to apply the principles of engineering (design, build and test) into the research practices of genetic engineering. Students will first learn about current research in the field of synthetic biology in addition to the importance, ethics and feasibility of application in real-life. Students will learn about biotechnological techniques in the laboratory while gaining an understanding of the design aspect of piecing together off-the-shelf standardized biological parts. Students will then build and transform DNA into competent cells which are referred to as a chassis. Finally the students will test these cells to see if the DNA that was synthesized worked according to their hypotheses. During the year-long course both oral and poster presentations will be given at the science research symposia at the end of each semester. Students who take this course will also have the opportunity to participate in the international genetically engineered machines (iGEM) competition. This competition, between the very best research high schools in the world, is held every October in Boston.

Text: Biotechnology (Brown) (ISBN: 978-0-983-23960-4)

HONORS RESEARCH: NANOTECHNOLOGY (USCI421)

HONORS RESEARCH: NANOTECHNOLOGY (USCI421)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Research course in Chemistry, Biology, or Physics and Science Department recommendation

Homework: Moderate to Heavy

The Honors Research course in Nanotechnology is for students who are interested in materials science, which is the combination of engineering with chemistry and applied physics. Students will first learn about current research in the field of nanotechnology and materials science in addition to how the use of nanomaterial will influence future developments in science. Students will then design, build and test their own independent projects in order to investigate the properties of matter on the 5-100nm scale. Using instrumentation such as a nanotube furnace and planetary ball mill, students will synthesize their own nanomaterial. Analysis of these materials will then be performed on an atomic force microscope and a scanning electron microscope at the TAS research laboratory. A possibility of interdisciplinary research with synthetic biology research exists for students interested in Nano biotechnology and atomic force microscopy. During the ear-long course, oral and poster presentations will be given at the science research symposia at the end of each semester.

NOTE: This course will satisfy the requirements for the year-long research project in AP Capstone Diploma program

Text: The Science of Nanotechnology: An Introductory Text (Tilstra, Broughton, Tanke, Jelski, French, Zhang, Popov, Western, George) (ISBN 978-1-600-21466-0)

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH INTERNSHIP 1 (USCI231)
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH INTERNSHIP 2 (USCI251)

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH INTERNSHIP 1 (USCI231)

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH INTERNSHIP 2 (USCI251)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1 (PASS/FAIL)

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a summer research internship and Science Department recommendation

Homework: Moderate to heavy (8 hour of off campus research time per week is required)

This independent study course is for the highly motivated student who wants to experience working in a professional, academic research institution. Students will learn how to select a proper investigation, collect data, systematically analyze results, and then communicate the results at the two TAS scientific research symposia and international research competitions. Research projects will be completed under the supervision of a research mentor at an off-campus location. Students who want to undertake a year-long, off campus research project must enroll as an intern in the TAS Summer Academy Summer Internship program in the summer preceding their enrollment in Advanced Scientific Research I course. Alternatively, students can find their own summer research internships. Students who choose these routes should consult with the Director of Scientific Research to see what internships are currently available and what qualifications are necessary to be considered for placement as an intern. Students should plan on spending a significant amount of time commuting to and conducting an off campus research project. It is recommended that students have 4th period lunch on the same day as their 5th period research class to allow adequate time for research. Some evening, vacation, and weekend time may be required for successful completion of the research. A second year of independent study may be elected as Advanced Scientific Research II.

NOTE: This course will satisfy the requirements for the year-long research project in AP Capstone Diploma program.

Text: None (papers and references will be gathered by the student)

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