**Honors Science Courses**

The Honors guidelines
committee for high school science has included course descriptions for each of
the following high school science courses:
Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Earth/Environmental Science, Honors
Physical Science and Honors Physics. LEAs may develop local honors versions of such courses as
Anatomy and Physiology or Molecular Genetics. All of the honors science courses
share the following characteristics and assumptions:

1
Students enrolled in
honors courses will learn the material in the standard course of study for the
course at greater depth than in the standard level version of the course. The support documents for the course include
appropriate honors extensions by objective.

2
Students enrolled in
the honors version of the course will take the same EOC as students enrolled in
the standard level version of the course.

3
Students who choose an
honors science course are expected to work more independently than students in
standard level courses.

4
Because students can
be expected to cover the standard level material more independently there will
be time for more enrichment topics as specified in the course descriptions for
specific honors courses.

5
Students who choose an
honors science course will be expected to complete more independent in-depth
scientific investigations and to report on them using a more formal scientific
laboratory report format.

6
Students who choose an
honors science course will be expected to read and present orally and in
writing recent scientific findings.

Many of the materials and
activities suggested for honors courses will also be appropriate for some
students enrolled in standard level versions of the course. The difference may be in the level of
independence expected of students and the amount of time activities may
take. All students, not just those in
honors courses, should experience challenging work and some level of
independent inquiry in their science courses.
Teachers should include some of the enrichment topics for all students.

**Honors Chemistry**

Honors Chemistry is an
accelerated comprehensive laboratory course designed to give the students a
more conceptual and in-depth understanding of the concepts in the *North
Carolina Standard Course of Study* in Chemistry. In Honors Chemistry students are expected to
work independently on a variety of assignments and accept greater
responsibility for their learning. The course will include the additional
Honors objectives and an in-depth study of at least two of the listed enrichment
topics. Students will design and
complete at least one in depth independent study of chemistry directed
questions. The curriculum will integrate
inquiry and technology to explore the world of chemistry.

Honors Chemistry is
intended to be a tenth or eleventh grade course for students accelerated in
mathematics. Success in Honors Chemistry
will require the student to: 1) operate with algebraic expressions to solve
problems using direct inverse, combined and joint variation, 2) use logarithms
and exponents to solve problems, and 3) describe graphically, algebraically and
verbally real-world phenomena as functions and identify the independent and
dependent variables. The Chemistry EOC
exam is required to receive credit for this class. Students may not take Honors
Chemistry in addition to SCS Chemistry.

Enrichment topics: (In
depth study of at least two is required)

1. Crystal structure

2. Environmental Chemistry

3. Organic Chemistry

4. Nuclear medicine

5. Textile chemicals

6. Polymers

7. Forensics

8. Chemistry of computers

Honors
Objectives: The following objectives are
in addition to those in the 2004 revision of the Standard Course of Study for
Chemistry. The numbers are to show placement in the SCS.

Objectives:

**1.02-1 H** Design, conduct
and evaluate independent scientific investigations.

1
Evaluate
student-generated hypotheses related to questions in chemistry by designing and
carrying out independent investigations.

2
Relate the
investigation(s) to current issues in chemistry (or research)

3
Prepare formal written
lab reports with extensive analysis of data and sources of error.

4
Present findings to
members of the community.

5
Develop creative
approaches to chemistry topics.

**2.01-1 H** Apply
quantum numbers to electron configurations.

**2.02-1 H** Analyze
(calculate) average atomic mass from relative abundance and actual isotopic
mass.

**3.03-1 H** Evaluate reactions to determine limiting
reactant and percent yield.

**4.02-1 H**
Summarize energy changes within a
reaction to determine heats of reaction.

**4.03-1-H** Predict
spontaneity by the use of Gibbs Free Energy.

**5.05-1-H**
Analyze redox
reactions by balancing via half reaction method or electron transfer method.

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