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Science Courses Offered at RBV

Click on the "blue course name" for detailed information about the course.

 

Lab Biology                                          


Grade Level: 9-12          RBV Graduation: Life Science              UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment or successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent                                       

This course examines major biological themes: interaction of organisms and their environment; unity and diversity between living things; homeostasis and regulation in organisms; genetic continuity of life; and change of living things through time.  It emphasizes lab and critical thinking skills.

 

Lab Biology Honors                                       


Grade Level: 9-12          RBV Graduation: Life Science              UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment or successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent                                   

This course requires extensive writing, scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and organizational skills to succeed in this rigorous course.  This challenging course is preparation for the IB Biology candidate who will test in this subject during the senior year.

 

AP Biology

1styear of the IB HL Science sequence


Grade Level: 11-12          RBV Graduation: Life Science            UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Lab Biology/Lab Biology Honors and Chemistry or Chemistry Honors                       

Intensive study of living organisms requiring extensive reading and lab work.  Prepares student for the AP exam and SL IB exam.  

 

IB Lab Biology HL2

2ndyear of the IB HL Science sequence


Grade Level: 11-12          RBV Graduation: Life Science            UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of AP Biology

Intensive study of living organisms requiring extensive reading, essay writing and lab work.  Prepares students for high level IB and AP testing. This is the second year of the IB HL Science Sequence.

 

Human Anatomy & Physiology              


Grade Level: 11-12          RBV Graduation: Life Science            UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of two years of science 

For students interested in the health science professions (EMT, Nursing, Athletic Training, etc.,) this course studies structure and function of the human body.  

 

Academic Earth Science 


Grade Level: 9-12  RBV Graduation: Life Science UC/CSU A-G:“D” for CSU & “G” for UC


Prerequisite:  None 

This course examines the composition and changes of the earth by studying rocks & minerals, fossils & geologic time, plate tectonics, climate & weather, & space science. Special emphasis will be placed on California geology and its role in underlying the state’s wealth of natural resources as well as its natural hazards. Academic Earth Science satisfies the “D” (science) requirement for the CSU A-G Requirements, but does not satisfy the “D” (science) requirement for the UC A-G Requirements. This course does satisfy the “G” (college preparatory elective) for the CSU and UC A-G Requirements.

 

Chemistry    


Grade Level: 10-12         RBV Graduation: Physical Science    UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent and Lab Biology or Lab Biology Honors

Chemistry 1 investigates the properties of energy and non-living matter.  This survey course is based on conceptual learning with applications in problem solving related to chemistry.  Students will also develop lab techniques through lab investigations.  Topics include chemical equations, bonding, behavior of gases, energy changes, acids and bases, and electrochemistry.  

                   
Chemistry Honors


Grade Level: 10-12          RBV Graduation: Physical Science    UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent and Lab Biology or Lab Biology Honors

This course is structured to provide students with the basic chemistry principles, problem solving strategies, and process skills, which will be used and built on in the IB/AP Biology & AP Chemistry programs.  Course will provide basic knowledge in the fundamental discipline of chemistry for successful subject-related work at the university level.   Topics include:  Atomic Theory, Stoiciometry, Periodicity, Bonding, States of Matter, Energetics, Kinetics, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction.  

 

AP Chemistry


Grade Level: 11-12          RBV Graduation: Physical Science    UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Chemistry or Chemistry Honors or Teacher Recommendation

This course is equivalent to freshman college chemistry. It is an advanced Chemistry course that prepares students for IB/AP exams (Standard Level). Designed for Science majors.

 

Physics


Grade Level: 10-12          RBV Graduation: Physical Science    UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent and Academic Earth Science or Lab Biology or Lab Biology Honors

This course provides the basic concepts that form a foundation for future studies of science and technology. Topics include force, motion, electricity, magnetism, energy, heat, waves, sound, and light.

 

AP Physics 1


Grade Level: 10-12          RBV Graduation: Physical Science    UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent

This course is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.  

 

AP Physics 2


Grade Level: 10-12          RBV Graduation: Physical Science    UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 2 or its equivalent and Physics or AP Physics 1

This course is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course reviews AP Physics 1 concepts and adds fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics.

 

AP Environmental Science


Grade Level: 11-12          RBV Graduation: Physical Science    UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Lab Biology and Chemistry or Physics

The primary goal of AP Environmental Science 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 and/or preventing them.

 

Astronomy


Grade Level: 10-12          RBV Graduation: Physical Science    UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of one of the following: Lab Biology,Earth Science,Chemistry, or Physics, and one year of math

In this one year college prep course a student will learn about the equipment, methods and discoveries of astronomy from prehistoric times until the present.  He/She will also learn about the principles of physics and chemistry and math involved in astronomy.  During the course the student will make observations and records of the day and night sky using the school’s

telescopes, instruments and with the naked eye.  

 

Science Electives (below are science electives)

 

Computer Science Principles


Grade Level: 11-12         RBV Graduation: Elective              UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite: Successful completion of, or concurrent enrollment in Integrated Math 2 or Geometry

The Computer Science Principles course will introduce students to programming and includes an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computing, its breadth of application and its potential for transforming the world we live in. Students will be programming with Alice using a drag and drop environment to create computer animations using 3D models.  

 

IB Design Technology


Grade Level: 11-12      RBV Graduation: Physical Science   UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 2 or its equivalent and Lab Biology and Chemistry or Physics

IB design technology aims to develop internationally-minded people whose enhanced understanding of design and the technological world can facilitate our shared guardianship of the planet and create a better world.  It focuses on analysis, design development, synthesis and evaluation. The creative tension between theory and practice is what characterizes design technology within the DP sciences subject group.

 

Beginning Robotics


Grade Level: 9-12              RBV Graduation: Elective                       UC/CSU A-G: "G"


Prerequisite: None

During this class students will explore the field of robotic design using a variety of hands on activities. Students work in teams to create simple drive trains capable of movement through tele-operated interaction. CAD application is introduced as a tool used for mechanical design and the robot will be controlled entirely through programming. Mechanical concepts such as gearing/torque/speed/power are introduced. These topics are explored through the use of hands on labs. Students must use this knowledge to design and build custom drive trains capable of meeting a variety of criteria including climbing, pushing, attaining maximum speed, etc. Sensors are introduced to allow robotic devices to interact with the environment. Actuator design is discussed and different manipulator designs are introduced.

 

Advanced Robotics


Grade Level: 10-12            RBV Graduation: Elective                        UC/CSU A-G: None


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Beginning Robotics or teacher approval

Students explore the world of robotics in greater depth with an emphasis on advanced student projects, involving gears, manipulators and actuators. Students will expand their programming, CAD, design and building skills. Certification: Career Technical Education Certificate in Robotics, Advanced.

Science Staff

Basmadjian, Jack
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Butler, Dave
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Frank-Aldrich, Jill
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Hirmas, Jorge
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Kanemitsu Parks, Martha
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Kleinrath, Steven
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Renders, Peter
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Shatto, Kalina
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Sloman, Leanne
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Vanstrom, Janice
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Vredenburgh, Joe
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