Science Department

Physics teaches physical concepts such as force, work, resistance and energy, and relates them to technology through practical applications. The course stresses the similar relationships between the fields of mechanics, fluid, electricity, and thermal principles using unified concepts. Physics presents a challenging mathematical approach to study technical problems, combined with the applied labs and examples, to make understanding our technological world easier.

ABC I – Environmental Issues (Applied Bio./Chem I)
This course consists of four units which integrate biology and concepts dealing with the environment. Study of natural resources, water, air, and the community of life are the background for this hands-on science course. Open-ended questions and problem-solving techniques allow for the development of logic and consequential thinking skills. Discussion and resolution of issues provides many problem solving solutions.

ABC II – Living Science (Applied Bio./Chem II)
This course is an integrated Biology/Chemistry course incorporating the life and living skills surrounding genetics, nutrition, disease and wellness, life processes, and microorganisms. Students will discuss, experiment, reassess, and appraise the personal, societal, and economic impact of biology and chemistry.

Principles of Technology I
Principles of Technology I is a course designed to prepare students more effectively for a technical career. The complexity and rapid change in modern technology requires training that is applicable to more than a single job. Technicians must understand the mechanical, fluid, electrical and thermal principles on which modern equipment operate. In the first year, students are introduced to force, work, rate, resistance, energy, power and momentum.

Principles of Technology II
Principles of Technology II is an extension of the first year. Students are now introduced to force transformers, energy converters, waves and vibrations, transducers, radiation, optical systems and time constants. It is an academically rigorous and practical course incorporating simple to complex technological devices and equipment, and it also includes the mathematics necessary to understand the principles covered in the course.

Chemistry is the study of materials, their composition, structure and the changes they undergo. It is an experimental and intellectual course geared toward problem solving and the development of analytical thinking skills. Understanding and appreciating the environment and recognizing the order in nature are some of the goals for each student.

Biology is the science of living things. Understanding life and its processes depends on learning the unifying principles and concepts applicable to life at all levels of organization. This laboratory course allows for the exploration of biology and its natural progression through the system in both plant and animal kingdoms. Analysis and organization skills are part of the course goals for each student.

Science Department:

  • Natalie Hart (ext. 3425)
  • James Kofskie (ext. 3466) (Class website)
  • Kevin Lehman (ext. 3424)
  • Bernie Ridall (ext. 3370)
  • Nicole Snyder (ext. 3412)
  • Diane Walter (ext. 3427)