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Sophomore Orientation

Sophomore Orientation is broken down by Department and Clubs 
 
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Matemáticas 2 en Español

Esta clase es igual a "Secondary Math 2", pero la instrucción es en español. Es una clase apropiada para estudiantes que acaban de llegar o que todavía tienen dificultades para estudiar en inglés.  El enfoque de Matemáticas Secundarias 2 es en las expresiones cuadráticas, las ecuaciones y las funciones. Compara sus características y comportamiento con los de relaciones lineales y exponenciales de Matemáticas Secundarias 1.

Animal Science
Students will be exposed to a wide range of scientific principles, including genetics, anatomy, physiology/nutrition, disease, pests, and management practices.

 

Astronomy

Learn everything from the constellations in the night sky, to how the Universe came to be! We will learn about the seasons, moon phases and eclipses, how the solar system formed, the planets, how stars live and die, the nature of our Milky Way Galaxy, and everything in between. We will have star parties, where we get to look through telescopes to observe really cool things in the night sky. If you have ever been interested in space, don't pass up the opportunity to take this course! (This course is typically for juniors and seniors.)

 

Biology
A course covering such topics as: Ecology, Biochemistry, Cells, Genetics, and Evolution. No prerequisites!
AP Biology An advanced course that is equivalent to BIO 1210 and 1215. Curriculum includes: biochemistry, cell structure, metabolism, genetics, evolution, and diversity.

 

BIO 1010/1015 Concurrent
A Salt Lake Community College class ; one semester of college credit (for the 1 year course); includes field trips (optional) to:
Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Natural History Museum of Utah, Jordan River Trail, Meet a wild bird with a guest speaker from Hawkwatch International, etc.

 

Chemistry
Covers atomic structure and chemical reactions at a conceptual level. The class develops critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, from a perspective solving real world problems.


Honors Chemistry
Covers the same topics as regular Chemistry, but goes a little deeper. There is more math involved in this course.


CHEM 1010/1015
A college-level introduction to Chemistry for non-science majors. Covers structure, composition, properties, and chemical
transformations.

 

Earth Science
An overview of the processes affecting Earth’s formation, interior, surface, water, atmosphere, and how they relate to human
activity. New at the high school level, previously only available in 9th grade.


Environmental Science
An advanced class that draws upon many science disciplines. Its purpose is to introduce students to the way the environment
works, and how humans perceive and interact with it.

 

Floral Design
The study of design, structure of plants, growth processes, propagation, physiology, plant classification, reproduction, growth
media, soil, pests, cultural harvest practices, and FFA.

 

Geology
The study of the Earth. We will be learning about the history of geology, the formation of the earth, plate tectonics, layers of the
earth, natural disasters and identification features of several rocks and minerals.


AP Chemistry
Equivalent to Chem 1210 & 1220. A very rigorous course that covers most aspects of chemistry in-depth (atomic structure,
reactions, equilibrium, kinetics, etc). This class is most appropriate for future SCIENCE MAJORS. They should be hard-working students with a strong math background. Students should have already taken Chemistry or Honors Chemistry.

 

Physics

Physics is a great sophomore-level class! Learn about the physical laws that govern motion, energy, magnetism, electricity, gravity, and waves, all while applying those math skills that you never thought you would use. Students leave the class feeling more confident with their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and physics is the perfect science ACT prep course! Students participate in hands-on activities to see the laws of physics in action. Oh, and we drop pumpkins off the roof of the school.  (NOTE: AP Physics and BlendEd Physics is also offered.)

 

BlendEd Physics

BlendEd Physics is the same curriculum as the regular physics course, but it is a combination of online, self-paced learning and face-to-face collaborative instruction and activities. It is offered by Mrs. Beck on B-days as a 5th period class, though most of the time, students do not need to attend 5th period unless there is a scheduled collaborative activity. This course is only offered to Juniors and Seniors at this time, but if you think you might want to take it later and would like to learn more, please contact Mrs. Beck at marissa.beck@jordandistrict.org.

 

AP Physics 1
A full year core science credit for college bound students. The class studies the basics of motion, energy, sound, and light as well as adding on rotational motion and the basics of circuitry. A great class for students taking entry level physics who would like to challenge themselves further.

 

Plant / Soil / Tech
Students will be exposed to greenhouse management practices that prepare them to produce commercial plant species.

 

Wildlife Biology
Study includes wilderness wildlife and human interaction. A more in-depth look at vertebrates than in a Biology course.
Marine Biology and Oceanography Dealing with the marine and plant life and the ecosystems of both. Genetics
Topics include: transmission (Mendelian), molecular, and population genetics. Genes of plants and animals and how they show
inheritance.

Zoology
An overview of Kingdom Animalia. Focuses on the characteristics of different animal groups.

 

 
 

Robotics 1

The first in a sequence of hands-on courses in which we build and program robots. Robots include EV3 and ActivityBots. Programming is done in Python and Blockly.

 

Robotics 2

The second in a sequence of hands-on courses in which we build and program robots, focus is mainly on industrial robots. Robots include VEX and Dobot. Programming languages include C++ and Python. 

 

Video Productions

Please follow the link

https://sites.google.com/jordandistrict.org/silver