Science courses at The Hudson School are based on the premise that all students can find success in studying science as long as they work hard and continually develop their study methods. Although we have AP courses in physics, chemistry and biology, we do not wish only to teach toward success in those tests.
We expect our students to see a connection between science in the classroom and the broader culture. We train our students to develop an appreciation for science because of its openness, its built-in self-criticism, its ability to solve problems for mankind, and its flexibility to embrace change when facts so dictate.
We live in an absolutely exciting universe and one of the best ways to get a good look at the world is by studying science.
Ari Räisä, Science Department Chair
Our students are able to understand what science is and what it is not, because our program teaches them to recognize the difference between factual scientific thought and unsupported belief, a vital skill for informed global citizens.
Requirements for Graduation: Physics (Grade 9), Chemistry (Grade 10), and Biology (Grade 11) Electives: AP Biology, Honors Anatomy & Physiology, Neuroscience, Physics C - Mechanics (AP), Physics C - Electromagnetism (AP), Chemistry (AP), Engineering/Robotics I and II
The curriculum focuses on concepts in kinematics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermal physics, vibrations and waves, optics, electricity and magnetism. Basic trigonometric functions are emphasized in connection with vectors. This is a course with a laboratory component. Laboratory reports are professionally typeset with a provided LATEX template. Many experiments are computer-based with an interface for data collection.
Topics in the chemistry curriculum are nomenclature, modern atomic theory, stoichiometry, bond- ing, states of matter, gas laws, chemical reactions, solution chemistry, acids and bases, equilibrium, redox chemistry, radioactivity, organic and biochemistry. Laboratory reports are professionally typeset with a provided LATEX template. Many experiments are computer-based with an interface for data collection.
Biology is a full year in-depth study of the major concepts of the living world. The core principles of science are used to promote a deep understanding of the complexity, diversity, and interconnection of life on earth. The course focuses on: biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and human anatomy and physiology. This is a laboratory course.
AP Biology is designed to be equivalent to a first-year college biology course. This class will look at introductory topics in more detail and depth. The laboratory experiences are rigorous and require a greater investment of time and more critical thinking on the part of students. In addition, students will be required to complete independent study projects throughout the year. Students will examine and evaluate controversial issues related to biology and current scientific investigations, practices, and ideas. Students will be challenged and encouraged to continually add to their scope of knowledge relating to unifying biological themes. This course is designed to prepare students for the Biology College Board Advanced Placement Exam.
This is a calculus-based class about mechanics. Students entering this course must have taken Physics I and Calculus I, or currently be taking Calculus I class. Students who wish to enroll in this course must get science department approval. Acceptance is based on performance in Physics I and on student interest.
This is a calculus-based class about electromagnetism. Students entering this course must have taken Physics I and Calculus I, or currently be taking Calculus I class. Students who wish to enroll in this course must get science department approval. Acceptance is based on performance in Physics I and on student interest.
AP Chemistry Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of Physics I and Chemistry I. Students entering this course are expected to be familiar with stoichiometry, nomenclature and the use of the periodic table and other major topics from Chemistry I. Students who wish to enroll in this course must get science department approval. Acceptance is based on performance in Chemistry I and on student interest.
This hands-on course will focus on the eight steps of the design process from beginning to end. Students will identify a problem, brainstorm solutions, design a prototype and then refine, refine, refine. During this process students will learn principles of electronics, mechanics, CAD (Computer Aided Design) and programming. Students will program machines to read data from various inputs, make decisions based on this input, and act accordingly.
*Also counts toward Computer Science department requirements
Grades: 11, 12
This course will investigate the essential principles of human anatomy and physiology. Students will learn important structures and functions of major body systems and how they work together to maintain homeostasis. Students will also learn causes and prevention of common diseases, ailments and illnesses associated with each body system. Hands on laboratory activities will reinforce concepts. Non-human dissections using prepared specimens are required (virtual dissections are permitted when available). While course material will focus on the human organism, studies of comparative anatomy to other animals may be included. Previous study of physics, chemistry and biology is recommended for students who want to enroll in this class.
(N.B. This course does not fulfill the Biology requirement).