Science Department

2011 Science Program Brochure

Junior Course Description

Senior Course Description

Science Fair

Dear Parents/Guardian:

Burnaby North’s Science Fair will be held again this year at the school. Once again we are looking for volunteer judges and we would be very pleased if you are able to take time out from your busy schedules and help us with the judging again this year.

There will be a preliminary “in class” science fair on Feb. 7 and 8. This will involve our entire grade 8, grade 8/9 honours and grade 9/10 honours science students. Judging of these projects will be done by our science teachers and some of our senior science students. From these projects will be selected approximately 50 entries that will be displayed for our main “all-day” fair on Wednesday Feb.22 in the Gallery at the school.

For the “all-day” fair on Feb. 22, the project judging teams include teachers, ex-students, university and college instructors, some of our senior students, and of course parents of the current science students. The judges volunteer to spend a day at the school questioning a selected group of students about their projects. The judging criteria is provided to the judges in the form an itemized marking/scoring sheet in order to make the assessment of the various projects both straightforward, consistent, and fair.

The schedule for the day begins with our orientation/welcome at 8:00 am and would continue with morning judging, lunch, final judging, and wrap up by about 3:00 pm.

If you are available to volunteer your time for this year’s fair, please notify your son or daughter’s science teacher or if more convenient, you can send an e-mail to Mr Patrick Kennedy ( directly or to myself at to let us know that you are available. I will then be able to complete a judging schedule and I will send you more specific details a few days before the Fair on Feb. 22.

Again, thanks for your help and support.

Donna Morgan,
Science Department Head,
Burnaby North Secondary.

Course Descriptions — Junior Science

The goal of the junior science program is to develop students’ skills and knowledge and to interest them in the study of science. Through their explorations of various sciences in grades 8, 9 and 10, students will discover which sciences they would like to pursue in later years (or, preferably, discover a love for ALL sciences).
Science 8

Students will learn basic science concepts. Safety and laboratory skills are introduced. Curricular topics include the Cell and Body Systems; Optics; Fluids and Water Science. Students will participate in the school’s Science Fair in February.
Science 8/9 Honours

Science 8/9 Honours covers Science 8 and portions of Science 9 and also encourages deeper investigation. All Science 8/9 Honours students will participate in the School Science Fair and in other enrichment projects. Entrance is through Grade 7 teacher recommendation and an entrance exam to be held in the spring (May 7, 2009).
Science 9

The Science 9 course covers Chemistry, Genetics and Reproduction, Astronomy and Electricity. The course builds on concepts learned in Science 8, and encourages critical thinking.
Science 10 (Provincial Exam for All)

All Grade 10 students will write a provincial exam. 2008/09 represents a new Science 10 Curriculum, covering topics in Chemistry, Radioactivity, Motion, Energy Transfer in Ecosystems, Plate Tectonics and Ecology.
Science 9/10 Honours (Provincial Exam for All)

This accelerated course for Grade 9 students covers the Biology and Physics grade 9 topics and the grade 10 curriculum. All students participate in the school Science Fair. These students will write the Science 10 Provincial Exam. Students will be admitted upon completion of Science 8/9 H (scoring at least 80%) and/or at the discretion of the department.

Course Descriptions — Senior Science

**NEW THIS YEAR** — Environmental Studies 11

For grade 10, 11 and 12 students (does not count as a science 11 credit). This new locally developed course explores social and cultural causes of environmental issues and how they relate to the lives of adolescents today. Topics of responsibility, new developments & technology, and creating positive, sustainable action will be presented on a community and global level. The goal of the course is to empower youth with valuable knowledge, resources, and experience in this exciting, contemporary topic. For more information, please contact Ms. Elisa Lee

Biology 11

Students are introduced to several important biological themes: Biodiversity, Evolution, and Ecological Relationships. The laboratory skills and themes studied this year are fundamental preparation for Biology 12 and future post-secondary studies in Biology.
Biology 11 Honours/Pre-A.P.

This course should be considered the first year of a two-year program that leads to completion of A.P. Biology 12. It includes more intensive coverage of the topics in Biology 11 as well as the addition of material from the A.P. Biology curriculum.
Biology 12 (Provincial Exam Optional)

Students continue to build upon and develop lab skills which were introduced in Biology 11. Important themes learned in Biology 11, such as Homeostasis, Evolution, and Organization of Living Things, are interwoven into the topics studies in this course. These topics include Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology. The Provincial Exam is optional, but may be a requirement for university entrance.
Biology 12 Advanced Placement (Provincial Exam Optional)

A higher-level biology course equivalent to a first-year university offering. Topics will include details of human and higher plant physiology and will emphasize laboratory techniques and extended application of the scientific method. Students will write the Advanced Placement Exam in May and may also write the Provincial Biology 12 Exam

Chemistry 11

Chemistry 11 is a laboratory course in which students are introduced to the activities of science safety and the scientific method. Topics include classification of matter, quantitative measurement, periodic table, solutions and organic chemistry.
Chemistry 11 Honours/Pre-A.P.

This course should be considered the first year of a two-year program that leads to the completion of A.P. Chemistry 12. This course deals with the topics of Chemistry 11 in greater depth and also includes some topics from A.P. Chemistry 12.
Chemistry 12 (Provincial Exam Optional)

Students will build on the concepts learned in Chemistry 11 with emphasis on reaction rates, reaction and solubility equilibrium, and electrochemistry. The Provincial Exam is optional, but may be a requirement for university entrance
Chemistry 12 Advanced Placement

AP Chemistry is a higher-level chemistry course equivalent to a first-year university program. Topics will include reaction types, equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics. Students will write the Advanced Placement Exam in May and may also write the Provincial Chemistry 12 Exam.

Physics 11

Physics 11 is an introductory course which covers the nature and scope of physics through inquiry and problem-solving, as well as the place of physics in our lives and its applications. Topics include: kinematics, dynamics, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, energy (mechanical and heat), and the transmission of energy (waves).
Physics 11 Honours/Pre-A.P.

The same topics are covered as in Physics 11, however, the pace of the course is considerably faster as each topic is investigated in greater depth to prepare for A.P. Physics 12.
Physics 12 (Provincial Exam Optional)

Students will build upon the concepts learned in Physics 11 with emphasis on mechanics and electromagnetism. This course helps develop analytical, experimental and problem-solving skills. It also helps students appreciate the role and applications of physics in our technological and cultural development. The Provincial Exam is optional, but may be a requirement for university entrance.
Physics 12 Advanced Placement (Provincial Exam Optional)

AP Physics is an advanced-level Physics course equivalent to a first-year university Physics course. Topics include equilibrium, circular motion, electrostatics, circuitry, electromagnetism, angular momentum, simple harmonic motion, heat, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics. Students will write the Advanced Placement Exam in May and may also write the Provincial Physics 12 Exam.

Earth Science 11

Earth Science 11 is a survey course that, through lab and field experiences, explores the Earth and its environment in space. Earth science topics include rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, ocean and weather sciences, and oil, gas and mineral exploration. Space science topics include planets and the solar system, stars, galaxies, and deep space objects such as quasars and black holes.
Geology 12

Geology 12 explores local and regional geology. Topics include geological time scale, the geological history of Western Canada (including its volcanic past), fossil record, plate tectonics, structural geology, geological hazards such as landslides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and the mineral wealth of B.C. and Canada.