Located in the upper square, Borden Science uses seven well equipped science labs and three science prep rooms. Courses place an emphasis on the practical nature of science and consequently, a significant proportion of class time is spent on lab work. Practical work is tied in with the theoretical concepts covered, as well as with technological applications in society.
The grade 9 courses cover units in chemistry, electricity, ecology and astronomy. In chemistry, the structure of the atom is introduced and its relationship with the elements of the periodical table. Basic bonding and resulting ionic and molecular compounds are introduced.
In a physics unit on electricity, properties of series and parallel circuits are explored, along with the environmental aspects of electrical generation. Environmental issues are further explored in the unit on ecology. The uniqueness of humanity and our place in the Universe are considered in a study of astronomy.
Grade 10 courses continue in chemistry with a more in-depth study of chemical bonding, ionic and molecular compounds. Practical work includes studying synthesis, decomposition, displacement and acid-base reactions. In a unit on physics, reflection and refraction of light are studied with an emphasis on the technological applications of these phenomena. The biology unit explores the relationships between cellular biology and various physiological systems. Environmental and societal issues are considered in a unit on climate change.
Senior physics begins with an introductory course involving a variety of practical activities related to motion and energy, current electricity, electromagnetism, sound and geometric optics, as well as many practical applications related to these topics. In the senior physics course, the theoretical concepts of these topics are explored, along with studies in the wave-particle duality of light, the quantum nature of energy, and the mysteries Einstein’s world of special relativity.
Senior biology is all about life. And more life!
Senior chemistry begins with a study of chemical reactions and discovering the importance of the mole. Students explore solutions, gases and the impact of human activities on the Earth, coming away from the introductory chemistry course with a greater understanding of patterns of the periodic table and its use as a tool to further understand elements.
In the senior chemistry course, students perform a wide variety of laboratory investigations to explore organic chemistry; compare the structure and bonding properties of compounds; calculate energy changes; identify how stresses affect systems at equilibrium and the construction of electrochemical cells. These investigations are used to make sense of the chemical world in which we live.