The second half of the two-part HFA Chemistry curriculum.

Freshman students are introduced to the fundamentals of physical science and basic chemistry.  The topics include but are not limited to: Scientific Method, Measurement, Force and Motion, Matter, and Chemical Composition.  Students will explore these topics with real-world centered projects integrating scientific concepts principles, community resources, and technology to highlight each theme.

This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasize the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability through the application of algebra and trigonometry.  The major topics covered are: mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism, wave properties and modern physics.  Considerable effort is made to relate physics theory with real-world and laboratory experiences.

Using the Oxbow as a classroom, students investigate the ecosystem around the school.  They investigate how the organisms interact with non-living factors.  Using the scientific method, students investigate the effects of one abiotic factor on plant life.  We then look at what constitutes life, the organelles that are present within cells, and the process by which genetic information is passed on from generation to generation.

With an understanding of mitosis and meiosis, students are now prepared to get a better understanding of various inheritance patterns describing how traits are inherited from generation to generation.  From genetics we investigate the structure and function of the essence of life, DNA.  Students learn how the DNA is able to copy itself accurately, and how information from the DNA is used in the process of gene expression, to code for our traits.  The last unit takes a look at how the traits, and ultimately, the genes that code for them, are selected for or against by the changing environment that we live in.

A description of our solar system and universe, and its proposed beginnings.