Dear Students and Parents,

The academic program at Kellenberg Memorial includes four full years of study in all subject areas. In Science, the courses of Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are required. Beyond these, students must choose from the list of elective courses in order to complete their Science requirement. Likewise, in Math, the courses of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II and Trigonometry are required. Beyond those, students must choose from the list of elective courses in order to complete their Math requirement. Registration forms for Math and Science Electives are available from any Math or Science teacher. The following are descriptions of each elective course offered for the 2022-2023 school year in each subject area:

 

Science

Astronomy

This course is an inquiry oriented, descriptive astronomy course applying the basic concepts of the physical sciences to the study of the solar system, galaxy, and universe. Topics include the movements of the sun and moon, stars of the night sky, the celestial sphere, constellations with Greek mythology, and modern constellations. Students will develop a detailed understanding of planets, spectra, star classification, galaxies, deep sky objects, cosmology, and the search for extraterrestrial life. They will identify the main constellations visible in the northern hemisphere as well as analyze the motions of the sun, moon, and planets in the planetarium and outdoors during night labs at the observatory.

Engineering Methods

This new interdisciplinary STEM course will be co-taught by both a science teacher and technology education teacher. Junior and senior students will become familiar with a professional software program (MATLAB) to solve authentic engineering problems encountered in a workplace environment. This is a project-based course in which students will work in teams to develop multidisciplinary products. Students will apply engineering principles, integrate the use of MATLAB software with an emphasis on physical science applications and develop technical communication skills through product design.

This course is a required freshman course for all Hofstra engineering students. In addition, most engineering programs require a similar course integrating MATLAB software as a computational tool for solving engineering problems as a first year course. Students interested in college credit must apply to Hofstra. Upon successful completion, students will be granted 3 credits.

Environmental Science

This course will explore the environmental problems that the world is facing with respect to population, global warming, energy consumption, demand and resources, recycling and waste from a scientific approach. The course will use a hands-on approach when possible to explore the concepts. Students will learn the interconnectedness of life, energy flow and the effect of the human impact on the environment while learning science skills such as data analysis, graphing and the use of technology. The class also covers the history of the environmental movement, sustainable food production practices, water and water pollution, soil and soil pollution and waste management.

Forensics

In forensics science, students will get an introduction to the history of, and varied science disciplines involved in, forensics. Emphasis will be placed on the application of science to investigate evidence in a variety of forms. They will learn the difference between forensic science and crime scene investigation. Laboratory work will center on applying principles and techniques of various sciences to the examination and comparison of biological evidence, trace evidence, impression evidence, and ballistics. Students will develop a strong foundation in physical and natural sciences as they relate to the relevant aspects of the legal system.

Geology

Geology is the core discipline of the earth sciences and encompasses many different phenomena, including plate tectonics and mountain building, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the long-term evolution of Earth’s atmosphere, surface and life. Because of the ever-increasing demand for resources, the growing exposure to natural hazards, and the changing climate, geology is of considerable societal relevance. Through a combination of lectures and labs, we will address topics ranging from mineral and rock identification to the origin of the continents, from geologic mapping to plate tectonics, and from erosion by rivers and glaciers to the history of life.

Health Science

Health Science H is a course taken by seniors in the Advanced Science track who are interested in entering an undergraduate Allied Health-related program. Students will be exposed to Anatomy and Physiology of the human body systems along with an introduction to Kinesiology, Microbiology, Pathology and Forensic Science. As these topics are vital prerequisites for any Allied Health-related field, this course is aimed at early exposure to such materials before the student enters a college undergraduate program.

Senior Mathematics Information

Senior Academic II Mathematics Information

Mathematics

Calculus 2

Topics include differentiation and Integration, including Integration by Parts and Improper integrals, uses of Integration, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, and Infinite, Power, and Taylor Series.

Calculus 1

The course is roughly equivalent to a first semester college Calculus 1 course devoted to topics from differential and integral calculus. The course introduces students to limits, derivatives, and integrals.

Precalculus

Building on the skills taught in Algebra 2, Precalculus serves to strengthen core problem solving skills. In the course students acquire the knowledge and skills related to functions (polynomial, rational, and exponential0 conic sections, trigonometry, and matrices.

Statistics and Finance

This course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for analyzing, displaying, and drawing conclusions from data. In addition students will learn about personal finance by calculating mortgage payments, loan payments, and savings through bank accounts.

Any questions should be directed to Mrs. Cameron at mrscameron@kellenberg.org.

Updated 1/31/2022