The Science Department
Through a wide range of course offerings, students develop enthusiasm for science and understanding of the physical world. Teachers construct exciting and thought-provoking classes to stimulate the students’ minds and allow them to understand science in its full capacity. Advanced Placement courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Psychology. All students take two or three Regents exams in Science.
REGENTS BIOLOGY: LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Students learn the scientific method, and carry out experiments and demonstrations in the laboratory. They learn to appreciate the beauty and complexity of living organisms and the ecological system.
Computers and technology have become a central part of all our lives. In this course, students learn the basic skills needed to maximize technology’s capabilities, how programs are created, and the basic principles behind coding. Students are introduced to several programs and languages including Sketch Up, HTML, PHP, and Java. Students will create their own websites and learn to script programs in the same languages used by software developers.
STEM ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Midreshet Shalhevet prides itself on our excellent STEM Research Program run by renowned science teacher Mr. Gerald Bass. Students complete hands-on experiments including dissecting a sheep’s eye, and building robotic arms and motorized cars.
Students are introduced to basic chemical principles and taught a new language of symbols. As students apply algebraic concepts to chemical problems, they sharpen their problem solving techniques.
REGENTS EARTH SCIENCE
Grade 10 or 11
This course encourages students to understand the processes of change in Earth and space through first-hand observation and inference. Through the various units, including rocks and minerals, earthquakes, landscapes, geological history, meteorology and astronomy, emphasis is placed on scientific inquiry and analysis of data.
Students analyze positive psychology, essentials of nutrition, and fundamentals of exercise physiology in depth, exploring the physical and chemical reactions that take place while eating, exercising, and when under stress.
Students receive a foundation to support future advanced chemistry course work. They cultivate their understanding of chemistry and science practices as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.
Forensic Science is an elective designed to research, hypothesize, interview, compute, and deduce crime solutions. With an ever increasing use of technology, the students will record data, draw conclusions, and formulate the best method for communicating results.
This course builds on concepts learned in Biology to investigate the role of chromosomes in our lives. Beginning with a brief review of Mendelian Genetics, DNA structure, and replication, exploration of more modern genetic topics will follow, such as genetic engineering, stem cell research, genetics of behaviors, and genetic technologies.
HUMAN BIOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
This elective studies the structure, functioning, and health of humans with a special emphasis on women, as well as recent scientific advances. The course covers important developmental processes during all stages of life, from conception to death.
This class covers modern physics including Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, electricity, and wave mechanics. Laboratory experiments that demonstrate the concepts of motion, electricity and magnetism, waves, light, and modern physics will be performed.
This algebra-based course is an introduction to classical and modern physics. Through lab and course work, students develop a better understanding of the functioning of the natural world, and are prepared for advanced work in physics/engineering.
Students are introduced to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of both humans and animals. Consideration is given to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each major subfield within psychology.