# Senior

B+ in Chemistry OR B in Chemistry Honors

B in Algebra II Honors

Math score of 60 on the PSAT

Departmental approval

CO-REQUISITE: Enrolled in Pre-calculus Honors or higher math

This is a fast paced course. Physics Honors students should be willing to devote significant time to reading, homework problem sets and lab reports. In addition to the topics studied in physics, honors physics students will investigate various special topics.

Please Note:

1. All JPII Students must take three years of science

2. Students must take biology and either physics or chemistry to graduate

3. Four years of science with chemistry are recommended for four-year colleges

Minimum grade of an 87% in Chemistry

Minimum grade of B+ in Algebra II

Departmental approval

CO-REQUISITE: Enrolled in Pre-Calculus or higher math

In this laboratory course, students will actively study classical kinetics and dynamics of motion, work and energy, momentum and collisions, magnetism and electricity, sound and light. Emphasis will focus on the development of critical thinking skills and problem solving.

Please Note:

1. All JPII Students must take three years of science

2. Students must take biology and either physics or chemistry to graduate

3. Four years of science with chemistry are recommended for four-year colleges

This course will investigate the structure, properties and composition of matter. Mathematical rigor will be emphasized, and students will need a strong foundation in math. This course will cover basic first year college concepts in chemistry such as atomic and molecular structure, the periodic table, chemical reactions, equilibrium, energy changes and reaction rates, kinetic theory, solutions, redox and thermochemistry. Students should be prepared for a demanding course load and a relatively fast paced presentation of material.

Chemistry or Physics

This course covers the scientific method, the solar system, astronomical distances, ancient astronomy, eclipses and motions of the moon, gravitation and the planets, the nature of light, optics and telescopes, the Earth’s energy sources, plate tectonics, magnetic fields, the four rocky planets and the four gaseous planets, Jupiter and Saturn’s satellites, the Kuiper belt objects Pluto and Ceres, the Sun, Stellar evolution, colors and spectroscopy.

Please Note:

1. All JPII Students must take three years of science

In an effort to better integrate and provide a unified whole a capstone course as the culmination of a student’s academic high school experience will be required of each student. Completing this course will be both useful to getting into college as well as making the whole education at JPII profoundly meaningful.

A average in Pre-Calculus Honors

Recommendation of the teacher

Students may be asked to take a placement test.

Calculus BC is a more extensive and demanding study of Calculus than Calculus AB. Students who receive qualifying scores on the BC test usually receive credit for two semesters of college calculus. The students must take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring to earn credit for this class. A graphing calculator is required, and any TI-83 or any TI-84 is recommended.

B average in Pre-calculus Honors

Recommendation of the teacher

Students may be asked to take a placement test.

Calculus involves an in-depth look at functions and the use of limit, derivative and integration concepts in graphing and analysis. The curriculum follows the College Board’s recommendation and students must take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring to earn credit for this class. A graphing calculator is required, and any TI-83 or any TI-84 is recommended.

B average in Pre-calculus OR a “C” average in Pre-Calculus Honors

Recommendation of the teacher

Calculus continues the study of functions and introduces both differential and integral calculus with applications. The course gives students a strong foundation for college-level calculus. This course

is strongly recommended as a rigorous fourth year math course. Students who take Calculus may qualify to take a placement test for college credit. A graphing calculator is required, and any TI-83 or any TI-84 is recommended.

B average in Algebra II Honors

PSAT score of at least 55

OR

Satisfactory performance on a placement test

Recommendation of the teacher

This course is a more rigorous approach to the topics in Pre-Calculus using both an analytical and a graphical approach. An emphasis will also be placed on relating the polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions to data analysis. Students will be introduced to limits, continuity, parametric and polar equations, and matrices. This course prepares students for Honors and / or AP Calculus. A graphing calculator is required, and any TI-83 or any TI-84 is recommended.

C average in Algebra II Honors

PSAT score of 50

Department recommendation.

Pre-Calculus involves an in-depth analysis of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions including applications. This course prepares a student for Calculus at the high school or college level. A graphing calculator is required, and any TI-83 or any TI-84 is recommended.

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