The primary objective of the science curriculum is to provide varied experiences for the student so that he may have a more complete understanding and awareness of the phenomenon of the world around him, his relationship to it, and his place in it. In addition, the program tries to identify students with special aptitudes and interests in science and to provide them with opportunities to pursue their interests.
Students are required to take at least three years of Regents-level science courses and are encouraged to take four years of science.
Courses in the 11th and 12th grade include Physics, AP Physics, AP Computer Science, AP Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Psychology.
The science program also offers interested students assistance in developing science research projects for competitions such as the Long Island Science Congress and Intel (Siemens- Westinghouse). For more information see Special Programs.
Rambam offers the following science courses:
Physical Setting/Regents Biology
This course affords students a working knowledge of biological processes and principles; an appreciation of life cycles and ecology; an understanding of the scientific method and its application to modern experimentation; and hands-on laboratory experience. Students study cell theory in plants and animals, both “in vivo” and as prepared specimens, organic compounds and the chemistry of life, the digestive, respiratory, nervous, reproductive endocrine and excretory systems; and concepts in genetics from Mendel to recombinant DNA and gene-splitting.
Physical Setting/Regents Chemistry
Through in-class and laboratory experiences, this Regents level course exposes talmidim to concepts in matter and energy; bonding; molecular structure; atomic structure; the periodic table; solids, liquids and gases; kinetics and equilibrium; electrochemistry; Organic chemistry and the application of principles of reaction. The laboratory program is used to demonstrate physical properties and introduces students to quantitative chemical measurements. The course emphasizes scientific reasoning and its exploratory processes.
Physical Setting/Regents Earth Science
The Physical Setting/Regents Earth Science course of study is designed to encourage students to understand the processes of change in earth and space through first-hand observation and inference. Throughout the various units, including Rocks and Minerals, Earthquakes, Landscapes, Geological History, Meteorology and Astronomy, emphasis is placed on scientific inquiry an analysis of data relevant to the NYS Learning Standards. Students will be taught to formulate questions that relate to their experiences, and to use their acquired skills to investigate these questions. Throughout the year, timely environmental issues such as global warming and environmental pollution will be explored, with an emphasis on how we interact with the planet Earth, and our responsibility to understand and value our natural environment.
Forensic science is the application of basic biological, chemical and physical science principles and technological practices to the purposes of justice in the study of criminal and civil issues. Major themes of study in this course are pathology, anthropology, odontology, ballistics, trace evidence, biological fluids, DNA, fingerprints, impression evidence, questioned documents and forensic psychiatry/psychology.
EMT – First Responder
A course designed to teach the student how to deal with real medical emergencies that occur around the home, school, work place, sporting events, fires, accidents and other emergencies. The course will be a practical course that will require serious and committed students. Due to the fact that to be a certified EMT you need 200 hours of class time and you need to be 18 years old by mid June, this will not be an “official” sanctioned EMT course. However, those attending and completing the course will receive certification in Advanced First Aid and CPR as well as accumulating a wealth of knowledge!
Physiology and Halacha
This elective course focuses mainly on issues connecting modern science and it’s relationship to Halacha. The central goal of this course is to provide detailed physiological reasons and explanations for a selected group of important health issues plaguing today’s society and how from a Halachic perspective, modern science relates. This course involves some independent research, current events in health, research papers and long-range projects.
This course is the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. It is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry. It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. This course is the equivalent of a full year (two semesters) of college biology.
This course is designed to investigate advanced topics in chemistry. Students wishing to take this course must demonstrate honor-level work in biology and chemistry. Students who do honor-level work in the course may take the Advanced Placement examination in May. Specific topics include: classification of matter; chemical reactions; thermochemistry; atomic structure; periodic property of elements; chemical thermodynamics and others.
A typical College Freshman Physics, this course will involve at least one lab period per week. Students will be prepared for the Advanced Placement Examination in Physics.
This course will be a semester introductory course in college psychology offered in a full school year. Major areas of study will include methods, approaches and history; biological bases of behavior; developmental psychology; personality; abnormal psychology; treatment of psychological disorders; and social psychology. Students may take this course for AP credit, college credit or high school credit. (AP examination often yields 3 credits depending on the college.)
AP Computer Science
The AP Computer Science course is an introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. In addition, the responsible use of these systems is an integral part of the course.