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All courses meet four periods per week for 4 points credit per term, and are Weight A unless otherwise noted. All students must purchase their own OSHA approved goggles for laboratory courses from the ANC School Store. As a safety requirement all students are required to wear fully enclosed low heeled shoes in science labs.

Girls Science Courses
Boys Science Courses
Introductory Physical Science – Grade 9† Introductory Physical Science – Grade 9†
Everything in the natural world derives its origin from the spiritual world, thus from the Lord through the heat and light of the spiritual sun. An appreciation for the matter that comprises the natural world and how it functions in an orderly framework is a primary goal of this introductory course. The ability to deal with problems in an orderly and systematic manner is imperative to the development of the rational and therefore to the ability to discern the intricacies of matter. This introductory course in Physical Science involves the constant search for information and understanding of the universe. It involves an introduction to chemistry and physics. Laboratory safety and techniques will be emphasized. Lecture, video, demonstrations and guest speakers will be utilized. An organized science binder is required and graded. Other areas of graded returns include class participation, classwork, homework, lab reports, quizzes and chapter tests. Some selected topics include: science inquiry, scientific method, the metric system, scientific notation, the atom, the periodic table, matter, density, chemical reactions, chemical formulas, chemical bonding, forces, motion, acceleration, mechanical advantage, simple machines, energy, and electricity. Cooperative group work is emphasized. Everything in the natural world derives its origin from the spiritual world, thus from the Lord through the heat and light of the spiritual sun. An appreciation for the matter that comprises the natural world and how it functions in an orderly framework is a primary goal of this introductory course. The ability to deal with problems in an orderly and systematic manner is imperative to the development of the rational and therefore to the ability to discern the intricacies of matter. This introductory course in Physical Science involves the constant search for information and understanding of the universe. It involves an introduction to chemistry and physics. Laboratory safety and techniques will be emphasized. Lecture, video, and demonstrations will be utilized. Other areas of graded returns include homework, lab reports, quizzes and chapter tests. Some selected topics include: scientific method, the metric system, scientific notation, acceleration, density, mechanical advantage, the periodic table, chemical formulas and chemical bonding. Cooperative group work is emphasized.
Biology – Grade 10† Biology – Grade 10†
An introduction to the study of living things with emphasis on the fundamental unity in the diversity of life forms. Topics of study will include the characteristics and diversity of life, heredity, the plant and animal kingdoms, and environmental biology. Biology will be studied from both scientific and philosophical viewpoints. Studying science in this way encourages the student to combine both natural and spiritual truth, indeed, all of experience, into a consistent, rational pattern which relates to life and work. One primary objective is to make the student a good observer. The difference between observation and interpretation will also be stressed. An introduction to the study of living things with emphasis on the fundamental unity in the diversity of life forms. Topics of study will include the characteristics and diversity of life, heredity, the plant and animal kingdoms, and environmental biology. Biology will be studied from both scientific and philosophical viewpoints. Studying science in this way encourages the student to combine both natural and spiritual truth, indeed, all of experience, into a consistent, rational pattern which relates to life and work. One primary objective is to make the student a good observer. The difference between observation and interpretation will also be stressed.
Human Anatomy & Physiology – Grade 12† Human Anatomy & Physiology – Grade 12†
The objective of this course is to help students gain a firm foundation in the scientific knowledge of human anatomy and physiology while at the same time stressing the intuitive thinking required to relate natural effects to their spiritual causes using the correspondences of Divine revelation. The objective of this course is to help students gain a firm foundation in the scientific knowledge of human anatomy and physiology while at the same time stressing the intuitive thinking required to relate natural effects to their spiritual causes using the correspondences of Divine revelation.
 
Co-Ed Science Courses
Chemistry – Grades 11 and 12
All of the Lord’s creation is in Equilibrium. Chemistry studies the mechanisms of equilibrium. There is a cause and effect relationship in all things of creation. Chemistry explains this cause and effect relationship at the atomic level. There is beauty and harmony in the Lord’s created universe. Chemistry helps to order and understand this universe. The study of science is an excellent means of developing freedom and rationality as the student acquires the skills of inquiry using the scientific method and the ability to synthesize information. This is an introductory course dealing with the basic concepts of chemistry. The primary emphasis will be on developing an understanding of concepts rather than on memorization of terms and technical details. This is accomplished through personal experience in scientific inquiry, recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of Chemistry, and application of chemical knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns. Laboratory work, lectures, video, cooperative group work and demonstrations are utilized. Evaluation is based on class participation, lab reports, classwork, an organized science binder, homework, quizzes, chapter tests, and a comprehensive final exam. Some selected topics emphasized include: science inquiry, scientific method, measurement, matter, the atom, the periodic table, chemical reactions, writing chemical formulas, balancing chemical equations, heat transfer, energy, the mole concept, stoichiometry, the gas laws, and solutions. 
Honors Chemistry – Grades 11 and 12
This course is an introduction to the principles of chemistry through an extensive combination of laboratory work, lectures, and demonstrations supported by special films designed for high school chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method including the uncertainty of measurement and the handling of scientific uncertainties. Topics include extensive formula writing, equation balancing, oxidation/reduction, enthalpy/entropy, reactions, kinetics, determination of reaction heats, and the electrical nature of matter. Most topics are developed quantitatively with an accent on stoichiometry and problem solving. This includes Ka, Ksp and Eo concepts. It is highly recommended that students enrolled in this course have a combined average no lower than 85 for all previous science courses. Students with combined science averages less than an 85 must submit a request in writing to the Department to be considered for the course. The request will then be considered by the Science Department. This is an honors course for students of ability and motivation in science. Students are required to take a standardized comprehensive exam at the end of the year. Honors weight.
Physics – Grades 11 and 12
A course that develops scientific measurement and analysis of distance, motion, and force phenomena in nature. Topics covered include analysis of straight line and two dimensional mechanics, work and energy, wave mechanics, sound, light and optics, as well as static electricity, circuitry and electrodynamics. Some consideration may also be given to thermodynamics. The course presents physics as a methodical and systematic explanation of natural phenomena and seeks to develop a critical awareness and analytical judgment, as well as a New Church perspective. Trigonometric methods are used in studying vectors involving two dimensional motion and forces. Students are required to take a standardized comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. Accelerated weight. ($25.00 fee for textbook and lab manual rental.)
Environmental Science (formerly Ecology) – Grades 11 and 12
Environmental Science is an elective course that investigates Earth’s abiotic resources (water, air, etc.) and biotic resources (forests, wildlife, etc.) and how human activity impacts these resources through human population growth, farming, urbanization, and pollution, among other activities. Emphasis is placed on collecting, evaluating, and presenting scientific data through lab activities. Field trips will be taken during the fall and spring terms with our primary destinations being the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (PERT) and the ANC Educational Farm. A connection between Earth and the Lord’s kingdoms in Heaven, as seen through correspondences based on the Heavenly Doctrines of the New Church, will be discussed. 
Honors Environmental Science (formerly Ecology) – Grades 11 and 12
Honors Environmental Science is an elective course that prepares students to take the AP Environmental Science test in May. The course investigates Earth’s abiotic resources (water, air, etc.) and biotic resources (forests, wildlife, etc.) and how human activity impacts these resources through human population growth, farming, urbanization, and pollution, among other activities. Emphasis is placed on collecting, evaluating, and presenting scientific data through lab activities. Field trips will be taken during the fall and spring terms with our primary destinations being the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (PERT) and the ANC Educational Farm. Students in the Honors section are prepared to take the AP Environmental Science test in May through regular practice with released AP Environmental Science free-response questions. Additionally, students in the Honors section write regular college-level laboratory reports for the labs completed in class. A connection between Earth and the Lord’s kingdoms in Heaven, as seen through correspondences based on the Heavenly Doctrines of the New Church, will be discussed. 
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