Grand Traverse Academy 2018-19 Secondary Course Catalog 20 in science, engineering, medicine, and business. Pre- calculus is the preparation for calculus. The study of the topics, concepts, and procedures of pre-calculus deepens students’ understanding of algebra and extends their ability to apply algebra concepts and procedures at higher conceptual levels, as a tool, and in the study of other subjects. The theory and applications of trigonometry and functions are developed in depth. New mathematical tools, such as vectors, matrices, and polar coordinates, are introduced, with an eye toward modeling and solving real-world problems. Science Conceptual Physics (Grade 9) This course focuses on physics and spatial thinking. Students will explore many different topics pertaining to measurement, dimensional analysis, converting between standard and metric systems, motion, Newton's laws of motion, projectile motion, energy, work, power, electricity, tension, compression, and working load. Students will be encouraged to explore the relationship between science and everyday life and, upon completion, should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the physical environment and be able to apply these scientific principles to daily observations. In addition to Conceptual Physics, freshmen will choose one of the following “Project Lead the Way” courses as a required Core Elective: a. Principles of Biomedical Science (Grade 9 Core Elective) In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems. b. Introduction to Engineering Design (Grade 9 Core Elective) Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software and use an engineering notebook to document their work. c. AP Computer Science Principles (Grades 9-12 Core Elective) AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to learning the underlying principles of computation. The course introduces students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the internet, cyber security concerns and computing impacts, in an engaging manner. This course also provides students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous, and yet highly accessible, curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. AP Computer Science Principles prepares students to be responsible digital citizens in a society that places increasing emphasis on technological skills. Chemistry (Grade 10) This is an introductory, student-paced course in Chemistry which may include the study of matter and energy, atomic theory, the periodic table, bonding, nuclear chemistry, reactions, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, acids and bases. Students will perform laboratory investigations to develop an understanding of the characteristics and quantitative relationships associated with matter. Emphasis is on a student centered, inquiry-based learning approach. Students will collect and analyze data, as well as utilize algebraic and other mathematics skills for problem-solving. Students will be asked to explain scientific principles, cite evidence for scientific claims and understand their applications in and implications for society.