Advanced Chemistry is designed as a course to thoroughly prepare students for college-level Chemistry. The class includes review of concepts introduced in general Chemistry, with more in-depth coverage for selected topics. It is expected that students will gain mastery of these subject areas. The course also includes topics not covered in general Chemistry, including chemical equilibrium, buffering and thermochemistry. The class is lecture-based, but includes at least one Lab procedure. A complete Lab Report is required and is a significant part of the course grade.

Biology at ISM is designed to meet three broad goals: 

  1. To provide students with a useful orientation to themselves and their living world, such that they might make better decisions as individuals and as citizens;
  2. To promote understanding of science as a process by engaging students directly in that process, and
  3. To develop students’ background knowledge and science skills to provide a solid background for more advanced science coursework in high school and college.

Science process skills emphasized in Biology include logical reasoning, isolating variables, making predictions, developing and testing hypotheses, using data to support or refute explanations, and discussing experimental results in terms of strengths, weaknesses, and reliability. Students will apply and develop these skills throughout the course, and will demonstrate their competence in three major projects in which students design and carry out a correlational study (Term 1), a controlled experiment (Term 2), and a field study (Term 3).

 Major units include biochemistry, cell biology, photosynthesis & respiration, genetics, DNA and the genetic code, the history of life, evolution, human anatomy and physiology, animal behavior, and ecology.

Prerequisite: Life Science or ELL Biology

Chemistry builds on the science process skills introduced in Biology, emphasizing quantitative skills, good laboratory technique, common lab equipment, and careful data collection. Chemistry will provide students with the necessary background for college-level coursework, including AP Biology. Chemistry is a quantitative discipline, and good math skills (especially “number sense”) are essential.

Topics studied include measurement, the quantum mechanical model of the atom, mole calculations, the periodic law, electron configuration, bonding, molecular geometry, intermolecular forces, chemical names and formulas, writing and balancing equations, types of reactions, stoichiometry, properties of gases liquids and solids, solutions & reactions, acids and bases, the pH scale, thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, and electrochemistry.

Prerequisite: Math 3