Science

Each student has unique needs, talents, and interests; therefore, SWWHS has developed innovative teaching strategies and an alternative educational environment that enhance academic, emotional, social, and physical growth. The Science Department offers Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and higher-level science courses taught on the university level. In keeping with the concept of using the city as a classroom, the department uses many sites to support the program: Gelman Library, (technology resource), Martin Luther King Library (research projects), University of D.C. (chemistry/physics labs), Natural History Museum (chemistry/biology), Museum of History & Technology (physics/chemistry), Air & Space Museum (physics), National Zoo (biology), National Aquarium (biology), Botanical Gardens (biology), GWU campus (botany).

S05 AP Environmental Science
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

S17 Anatomy & Physiology
Students will build on information learned in biology and focus specifically on human anatomy and physiology. Emphasis will also be placed on healthcare careers. Through lecture, labs, and activities, students will review human anatomy and increase their knowledge of how the human body works.

S21 Biology I
Designed to develop and enhance students’ comprehension and appreciation of life. Focuses on evolution, reproduction and development, biotechnology and ecological relationships in the environment. Students are required.

S23 AP Biology
Designed to be the equivalent of freshman college biology. Students will participate in both individual and group experimental projects related to biochemistry, genetics, information coding and transfer, the origin of multi-cellularity, organismal behavior, and evolutional ecology.

S31 Chemistry I
Emphasizes language of chemistry, laboratory skills needed to investigate properties of matter and energy, and the application of mathematical skills to the interpretation of data. Requires laboratory investigations with proper write-ups; analysis of the relationship between matter and energy; and problem solving through interpreting the periodic chart, application of gas laws, moles, stoichiometry, preparation and properties of solutions.

S41 Physics I
Provides introductory description and understanding of the physical universe, from the very large (astronomical) to the very small (atom). Laws of nature are explored through hands-on activities and problem solving related to concepts in mechanics (motion, forces), wave and light, heat, electricity and magnetism, and quantum physics. Conservation principles and energy conversion from one form to another and the interrelationships between physics technology and societal concerns are integrated throughout the course.

S45 Earth Science
Designed to use the discovery method of learning and a hands-on, activity centered approach in the study of earth science concepts. Content areas to be included are geology, meteorology, oceanography, and space science. Field experiences are an essential component of the course.

S62 AP Physics C
This course ordinarily forms the first part of the college sequence that serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The sequence is more intensive and analytic than that in the B course. The subject matter of the C course is principally mechanics and electricity and magnetism, with approximately equal emphasis on these two areas. Recommended prerequisite or concurrent: calculus or AP Calculus.

S63 AP Biology Lab
This course is designed to be a companion course to the AP Biology course and should be taken during the same school year as the AP course. Skills such as science reasoning, experimental design, laboratory procedures and problem solving are an integral part of both courses. The Advanced Lab course allows for the additional time needed to cover all the material in an AP course and to prepare students for the College Board AP examination.

S67 AP Physics Lab
This course is designed to be a companion course to the AP Physics course and should be taken during the same school year as the AP course. Skills such as science reasoning, experimental design, laboratory procedures and problem solving are an integral part of both courses. The Advanced Lab course allows for the additional time needed to cover all the material in an AP course and to prepare students for the College Board AP examination. The course counts as an elective.