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AP Comparative Govt & Politics Tue@ 2:30PM EST
with SocSci Instructor (M.A. or PhD)
AP Comparative Government and Politics is an introductory college-level course in comparative government and politics. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students cultivate their understanding of comparative government and politics through analysis of data and text-based sources as they explore topics like power and authority, legitimacy and stability, democratization, internal and external forces, and methods of political analysis.
AP Capstone Research Tue@4:40 PM EST
with Mark Kover, M.S.
AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program from College Board that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two AP courses—AP Seminar and AP Research—and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses.
In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-based arguments. AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research. Completing AP Seminar and all its required assessment components is necessary for students to develop the skills to be successful in AP Research. In AP Research, students cultivate the skills and discipline necessary to conduct independent research and inquiry in order to produce and defend their scholarly work.
The AP Capstone program aims to empower students by:
1) engaging them with rigorous college-level curricula focused on the skills necessary for successful college completion;
2) extending their abilities to synthesize information from multiple perspectives and apply skills in new situations and cross-curricular contexts;
3) enabling them to collect and analyze information with accuracy and precision;
4) cultivating their abilities to craft, communicate, and defend evidence-based arguments; and
5) providing opportunities for them to practice discipline.
In 2022-2023 students will choose from two tracks:
- Mark A. Kover, M.S. (STEM Topics)
- SocSci Instructor, M.A./PhD (Social Science topics)
AP Biology Sat TBA
with STEM Instructor (M.S. or PhD)
In AP Biology, students will be providedwith a foundation for developing anunderstanding for biological conceptsthrough scientific inquiry, investigations,interactive experiences, higher-orderthinking, real-world applications, writinganalytical essays, statistical analysis,interpreting and collecting data. Thekey big ideas of the AP Biology course are evolution, energetics, information storage & transmission, and system interactions.
BIG IDEA 1: "EVOLUTION" (EVO) As Christians committed to the authority of God's Word, as well as professional science educators serving our brilliant & loving Creator, we fully understand the strategic importance of high-schoolers being well-trained in discerning truth on this topic. Here are the components of this subject that are based in observational science: Inheritable variations occur in individuals in a population. Due to competition for limited resources, individuals with more favorable genetic variations are more likely to survive and produce more offspring, thus passing traits to future generations. A diverse gene pool is vital for the survival of species because environmental conditions change. This process explains the diversity of life, but fails to explain the origin of life. In addition to the process of natural selection, naturally occurring catastrophic and human-induced events as well as random environmental changes can result in alteration in the gene pools of populations.
BIG IDEA 2: ENERGETICS (ENE) Biological systems use energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and maintain dynamic homeostasis. Cells and organisms must exchange matter with the environment. Organisms respond to changes in their environment at the molecular, cellular, physiological, and behavioral levels. Living systems require energy and matter to maintain order, grow, and reproduce. Organisms employ various strategies to capture, use, and store energy and other vital resources. Energy deficiencies are not only detrimental to individual organisms but they can cause disruptions at the population and ecosystem levels. Homeostatic mechanisms that are conserved or divergent across related organisms reflect either continuity due to common ancestry or evolutionary change in response to distinct selective pressures.
BIG IDEA 3: INFORMATION STORAGE AND TRANSMISSION (IST) Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes. Genetic information provides for continuity of life, and, in most cases, this information is passed from parent to offspring via DNA. Nonheritable information transmission influences behavior within and between cells, organisms, and populations. These behaviors are directed by underlying genetic information, and responses to information are vital to natural selection and evolution. Genetic information is a repository of instructions necessary for the survival, growth, and reproduction of the organism. Genetic variation can be advantageous for the long-term survival and evolution of a species.
BIG IDEA 4: SYSTEMS INTERACTIONS (SYI) Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions exhibit complex properties. All biological systems comprise parts that interact with one another. These interactions result in characteristics and emergent properties not found in the individual parts alone. All biological systems from the molecular level to the ecosystem level exhibit properties of biocomplexity and diversity. These two properties provide robustness to biological systems, enabling greater resiliency and flexibility to tolerate and respond to changes in the environment.
AP Calc BC Sat TBA
with STEM Instructor (M.S. or PhD)
AP Calculus BC
AP Calculus BC is designed to be the equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses. Students cultivate their understanding of differential and integral calculus through engaging with real-world problems represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally and using definitions and theorems to build arguments and justify conclusions as they explore concepts like change, limits, and the analysis of functions.
AP Calculus BC applies the content and skills learned in AP Calculus AB to parametrically defined curves, polar curves, and vector-valued functions; develops additional integration techniques and applications; and introduces the topics of sequences and series.
- Unit 1: Limits and Continuity
- Unit 2: Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties
- Unit 3: Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions
- Unit 4: Contextual Applications of Differentiation
- Unit 5: Analytical Applications of Differentiation
- Unit 6: Integration and Accumulation of Change
- Unit 7: Differential Equations
- Unit 8: Applications of Integration
- Unit 9: Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, & Vector-Valued Functions
- Unit 10: Infinite Sequences and Series
Prerequisites Beyond AP Calc AB, students must also understand the language of functions (domain and range, odd and even, periodic, symmetry, zeros, intercepts, and descriptors such as increasing and decreasing). Students should also know how the sine and cosine functions are defined from the unit circle and know the values of the trigonometric functions at the numbers 0, π/6, π/4, π/3, π/2, and their multiples. Students who take AP Calculus BC should have basic familiarity with sequences and series, as well as some exposure to parametric and polar equations.