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Science Clubs @ DMCI

Physics - Staff Advisor:
Chemistry - Staff Advisor: Ms. Segall
Biology - Staff Advisor:
Environment (Ecoschools) - Staff Advisor: Mr. McKinlay

Science Contests

Michael Smith Science Challenge
This is a contest that DMCI participates in. This year it is happening on February 25th and originates from the University of British Columbia. 

Course Selection

Please see the grade 9 and 10 course options, at the bottom of this page or in the student services links on the home page or in student services. We also have specializations available for grades 11 and 12. 

Chemistry Courses @ DMCI

Grade 11 University Chemistry (SCH3U)

Chemistry is the science that explains the physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds. The units of study in this course are: Matter and Chemical Bonding, Quantities in Chemical Reactions, Solutions and Solubility, Gases and Atmospheric Chemistry and Hydrocarbons and Energy. Students will be able to draw bonding structures of molecules such as ammonia (NH3) and will learn how to “count” molecules in the solid, liquid and gas states, and in solutions. Students will solve numerous mathematical chemistry problems such as predicting the amount of products created in a chemical reaction, pH of an acid, concentration of a base and volume of a gas at a particular temperature and pressure. There will be many opportunities for students to carry out chemical investigations such as an acid-base titration or observe demonstrations carried out by their chemistry teacher such as the reaction of lithium metal with water. Students will be expected to understand and explain key chemistry concepts/theories, solve chemical problems and describe technological and environmental applications of chemistry.

Grade 12 University Chemistry (SCH4U)

This course has been organized around two themes. The first three units – Chemical Systems and Equilibrium, Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction and Electrochemistry – are unified by the theme of chemical reactions. The last two units, Structure and Properties of Matter and Organic Chemistry, both involve the study of how the structure of matter affects chemical and physical properties.

The first three units provide many opportunities to carry out chemical investigations and activities such as investigating the pH changes during an acid-base titration using a pH meter. The course requires the understanding of abstract chemical concepts and theories such as equilibrium, reduction, and oxidation as well as being able to solve multi-step chemical problems such as the pH of a weak acid or base. The course requires a strong foundation of a number of key concepts and skills learned in the Grade 11 Chemistry course.

Note: Our program provides excellent post-secondary preparation in a supportive atmosphere. Students are encouraged to participate in high school chemistry contests.

Biology Courses @ DMCI

Grade 11 College Biology (SBI3C)

This course covers five units; Cells, Microbiology, Internal Systems, Environmental Science and Plants. If you are interested in exploring how your body works and how living things function, but your education path doesn’t include university sciences, this is the course for you. In this course you will grow bacteria taken from the dirtiest places in the school in order to explore how micro-organisms affect your health. You will examine the food you eat with a critical eye as you learn how nutrients affect your body. By dissecting a fetal pig, you will explore how you eat, breathe and how your heart beats.

Grade 11 University Biology (SBI3U)

This course covers five units: Cellular Functions (biochemical compounds and structure of membranes), Genetics (importance of genes in transmitting hereditary characteristics), Internal Systems (Respiratory, Circulatory, and Digestive Systems of Plants and Animals), Diversity of Living Things (classifying organisms) and Plants (structures and functions of vascular and non-vascular plants). Students will focus on the theoretical aspects of the topics and will have opportunities to carry out investigations/activities such as dissecting a fetal pig to support their theoretical knowledge.

Grade 12 University Biology (SBI4U)

This course covers five units: Metabolic Processes (a close look at photosynthesis and cellular respiration), Molecular Genetics (structure and function of protein synthesis & DNA replication), Homeostasis (physiological and biochemical mechanisms involved in maintaining animal systems), Evolution (mechanisms and processes of evolution) and Population Dynamics (factors that affect the populations of species). Students will have the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems and will have opportunities to carry biological investigations such as DNA fingerprinting, the effect of pH on enzyme activity, and a field study on evolution.

Note: Our program provides excellent post-secondary preparation in a supportive atmosphere. Students are encouraged to participate in biology contests.

 

Physics Courses @ DMCI

Grade 11 Physics (SPH3U)

This course is an introduction to conceptual understanding of the physical world around us. There are 4 units Mechanics, Waves and Sound, Optics and Electromagnetism.

The grade 11 course introduces concepts and theories to explain many interesting aspects of the physical world and applies these concepts to everyday applications such as: forces and not using seat belts, optical devices such as contact lenses, projectors, telescopes and microscopes. In Electromagnetism after introduction to electromagnetic induction students learn how to build a motor and how a generator works. In the wave and sound unit they learn about acoustic devices, musical instruments, and hall acoustics.

The course encourages extensive hands-on activities such as labs and projects along with mathematical based problem solving. Students will have the opportunity to practice independent study and presentation. Students will present and explain a musical instrument of their choice and build and present an optical instrument.

Grade 12 Physics (SPH4U)

In this course there is an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving.

There are 4 units. Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Light, and Quantum Mechanics.

Mechanics extends concepts learned in the grade 11 course into projectile motion, collision, momentum, circular motion, and planetary motion. The Light unit covers the wave nature of light and interference of light and its application such as holography and spectrum analysis. Students learn about AM/FM signals, signal patterns and a polarizer. Electromagnetism builds on grade 11 and extends into higher applications such as mass spectroscopy, levitated trains and magnetohydrodynamic propulsion.

In quantum mechanics students are introduced to the idea of photo-electricity and atomic excitations leading to lasers and their applications.

Students will be expected to do labs, independent study, extensive mathematical based problem solving, and complete projects such as building a roller coaster and a projectile launcher.

Note: Both grade 11 and grade 12 physics students will be encouraged to participate in national and international competitions. Group work and group interaction is highly promoted in both courses.

Grade 9/10 Course Selection Information

Grade 9 Science (SNC1P, SNC1D)

The grade 9 Science course is offered at the applied (SNC1P) and academic (SNC1D) levels. Each course has the same main units of study: Biology (Reproduction), Chemistry (Atoms and Elements), Physics (Electricity), and Earth and Space Science (Study of the Universe). Some of the topics students will learn include: sexual and asexual reproduction, role of hormones in reproduction, density, Bohr-Rutherford model of the atom, static and current electricity, structure of our solar system, and the “big bang” theory. Students will have opportunities to carry out investigations and will be involved in “hands-on” learning. The academic course tends to cover the units in more depth and breadth than the applied course.

The emphasis in the applied course is on applications of knowledge. The type and variety of evaluation methods used reflects the needs and abilities of the applied learner.

Grade 10 Science (SNC2P, SNC2D)

The grade 10 Science course is offered at the applied (SNC2P) and academic (SNC2D) levels. Each course has the same main units of study: Biology (Ecosystems and Environment), Chemistry (Chemical reactions), Physics (Motion), and Earth and Space Science (Weather). Some of the topics students will learn include: carbon cycle, bio-accumulation, ionic bonding, acid-base neutralization, velocity, acceleration, prevailing winds, relative humidity. Students will have opportunities to carry out investigations and will be involved in “hands-on” learning opportunities. The academic course tends to cover each unit in more depth and breadth than the applied course.

The emphasis in the applied course is on applications of knowledge. The type and variety of evaluation methods used reflects the needs and abilities of the applied learner.

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