Wagner Science - Active and Rigorous
The Science Department at W.P. Wagner is dedicated to providing engaging work for our students. We strive to keep students active and enthusiastic about their studies. Our science rooms are big, bright and modern. Most classrooms are also fully equipped laboratories providing us with the flexibility to present new ideas and have students working on relevant laboratory work in short order. We believe our focus on active involvement, combined with our dedication to rigorous academics, prepares W.P. Wagner students well for their pursuits after high school.
Our commitment to providing and innovative, challenging, and active approach to science education has resulted in tremendous academic success for W. P. Wagner science students. We are proud of our student' success - their impressive achievement, high course completion rates, and success in admission to post-secondary programs.
Students looking for an enhanced science experience should consider our Focus in Research, Science, and Technology (F.I.R.S.T.) program. F.I.R.S.T. is offered in all three core disciplines and provides a variety of benefits: field trips, curricular extensions, and a community of students with similar interests.
Prerequisite: 60% in Science 9 or 80% in Science 14 or teacher recommendation
Science 10 lays the ground-work for all grade 11 science disciplines. Students are introduced to the studies of biology, chemistry, climate, and physics. Here students may be active building cell models, forming silver in a reaction, or running down the halls while taped to an enormous roll of paper. These, of course, are a small sample of many activities Science 10 students will complete.
Science 10 AP
Prerequisite: Acceptance to the F.I.R.S.T. program requires application
Students seeking academic enrichment may register in the F.I.R.S.T. (Focus in Research, Science, and Technology) program where the emphasis is on providing challenging and meaningful enrichment opportunities in science and technology. Students in F.I.R.S.T. follow the regular Science 10 curriculum with a wide variety of additional opportunities to extend their learning both in and out of the classroom. Students may choose a technology focused section of Science 10F where students also complete the five credit Multimedia and Desktop Publishing option and see further integration of technology into each unit of study.
Prerequisite: Less than 60% in Science 9
Science 14 is a general introductory course to biology, chemistry, and physics, which emphasizes the applications of science. This course is designed to meet the needs and interests of students who have experienced difficulty in junior high science and mathematics, but are aiming for a high school diploma. Units covered include: Properties of Matter, Energy Transfer Technologies, Matter and Energy in Living Systems, and Matter and Energy in the Environment.
Prerequisite: 50% in Science 14
Science 24 continues the study of biology, chemistry, and physics, and their life applications. Units to be studied include: Disease Defense and Human Health, Safety and Transportation, Matter and Chemical Change, Energy Transformations.
Prerequisite: 50% in Science 10
Science 20 builds on the concepts of Science 10 and has "Change" as the common theme in each of the units. The four units of study are: The Changing Earth, Changes in Living Systems, Chemical Changes, and Changes in Motion.
Recommended: 60% in Science 10
This is the first Biology course a student can take after taking Science 10. The units of study in this course are as follows: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration, Human Physiology (digestive, circulatory, immune, respiratory, excretory, and musculatory systems), The Biosphere, Biomes and Ecosystems, and Evolution and Adaptation.
Recommended: 60% in Science 10
Chemistry 20 builds on the skills and concepts learned in the chemistry unit of Science 10. The topics covered in Chemistry 20 are: chemical bonding, solution, gas, and acid-base chemistry, and the stoichiometry of chemical reactions. Students should have good algebra and problem-solving skills.
Recommended: 60% in Science 10
This course builds on the physics skills and concepts learned in Science 10, and continues with the study of classical physics. The topics covered in Physics 20 are Kinematics and Dynamics with an introduction to vectors and ballistics, as well as simple harmonic motion and mechanical waves. Students should be well acquainted with algebra and trigonometry and have good problem-solving skills.
Recommended: 60% in Biology 20
This is a diploma exam course where 50% of the final mark is derived from the classroom work and the other 50% comes from the diploma exam. Biology 20 is a prerequisite of this course. The units of study for this course are: Control of Human Metabolism (endocrine and nervous systems), Human Reproduction, Cells, Chromosomes and DNA, Genes and Heredity, and Populations, Changes and Communities. This course is a prerequisite to many post-secondary programs.
Recommended: 60% in Chemistry 20
This is the last course in the high school chemistry program and is a diploma exam course. It builds on the skills and concepts students have learned in Chemistry 20. The topics covered are an introduction to Organic Chemistry, Thermochemical changes, lectrochemistry, Acid-base chemistry and equilibrium. Students should be well acquainted with algebra and have good problem-solving skills.
Recommended: 60% in Physics 20
This diploma exam course looks at classical and modern physics with investigations into the conservation laws, momentum and energy. The topics cover a number of significant ideas in twentieth century physics including the standard model of the atom. In this last unit students study key discoveries about the wave-particles duality of light, and retrace Frank's, Hertz's, Planck's and Bohr's work on atomic structure and finish the course with a look at nuclear fission, fusion and power generation. A very good knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is essential for success in this subject.
Prerequisite: 50% in Science 20 or less than 65% in Biology 20, Chemistry 20, or Physics 20
This course is an excellent science alternative for students entering a non-science program at a university or college. Four topics of study cover Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and energy with a minimum of mathematics. Students who have found Biology 20, Chemistry 20 and Physics 20 difficult are encouraged to choose this course.
Introduction to Engineering 25
Pre or co-requisite: Science 10
Students with an interest in engineering related fields will enjoy this hands-on course and the opportunity to develop some of the skills necessary for an education and career in engineering. The overall focus is to interest and excite students about opportunities and skills afforded by an engineering education in a complex technological society.