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Limits and continuity, the derivative and differentiation, applications of the derivative to curve sketching, maximum/minimum and related rates problems, anti-differentiation and the indefinite integral are studied in this course.
3 - 2 - 3
This course is required for all pre-university Science students. Topics include: the basic theories of atoms, bonding and the states of matter; a brief review of stoichiometry; and chemical vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the periodic table in predicting properties, and on the nature of the covalent bond. Some discussion of quantum theory, hydrogen-bonding and phase changes will also be included.
3 - 2 - 3
Mechanics is the first course in the physics sequence of the science program, covering the basic concepts of force, energy and momentum, and the laws governing motion. Students will be introduced to the acquisition and analysis of data by computer. Topics include: kinematics in one and two dimensions, Newton's laws, friction, work, energy and power, collisions and conservation of momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, torque, angular momentum and moment of inertia.
In this course, students will learn to recognize the characteristics of life and how evolution gave rise to the great diversity of life forms. The relationship between biological structures and their function will be examined. How cell activities are organized and controlled, as well as cell reproduction and basic genetic principles, will be studied. The structure of ecosystems and the flow of chemicals through the environment will be examined. This course will require students to complete an independent scientific research project, to acquire and analyze data using computerized systems, and to communicate effectively using electronic media. This research project is a compulsory component of the Comprehensive Activity.
3 - 2 - 3
The definite integral and applications, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms and l'Hôpital's Rule, improper integrals, infinite series and convergence are studied in this course.
Chemistry of Solutions
3 - 2 - 3
The concepts and calculations studied in this course are those associated with chemical equilibrium, especially the aqueous solutions. Topics include solution concentrations, kinetics and equilibrium, pH, buffer solutions, solubility product and free energy. A strong emphasis is placed on laboratory techniques.
This course is required for students entering biology or the health sciences at university. Topics in cell chemistry, cell structure and function, major metabolic processes, and introductory molecular genetics will be covered. Examples of regulation by nervous and hormonal control mechanisms will be examined to highlight the relationship between structure and function. Laboratory exercises make use of computerized data collection techniques, and are used to complement appropriate lecture material.
Organic Chemistry I
3 - 2 - 3
This course is for pre-university Science students who plan to study life sciences, chemistry or chemical engineering at university. Topics include the nature of organic compounds, functional groups, nomenclature, tereochemistry, bonding, reactivity and reaction mechanisms of alkanes, alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes and benzene.
Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
3 - 2 - 3
This is the science program's second course in physics. It introduces oscillations, mechanical waves, optics and modern physics. Students will extend their skills in using the computer to gather data. Topics include: simple harmonic motion; damping, forced oscillations and resonance; waves in material media, including sound waves; beats and the Doppler effect; ray and wave optics; introduction to modern physics. Students in their third or fourth semester may opt to do the independent study project of their comprehensive examination in this course.
Systems of linear equations and elementary operations, matrices and determinants, vectors, lines, planes and vector spaces are studied in this course.
Electricity and Magnetism
3 - 2 - 3
The third course in the physics sequence of the science program deals with electric and magnetic phenomena. Computers are used in the experimental work in this course. Topics include electrostatics, Coulomb's Law, electric field and potential, lines of force and equipotentials, Gauss's Law, capacitors and dielectrics, DC circuits, the magnetic field, the laws of Biot-Savart and Ampère, magnetic force on moving charges and currents, torque on a current loop, electromagnetic induction and Faraday's Law, inductance, energy density of electric and magnetic fields. Students may opt to do the independent study project of the comprehensive examination in this course.
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101-BZH-05: Human Anatomy and Physiology This is an optional course for students in the Science program. It offers the opportunity to develop an understanding of the human body and its organ systems from the point of view of structure-to-function relationship. A series of laboratory exercises serve to complement the lecture material. The student may elect to complete a project for this course as part of the Comprehensive Assessment.
201-BZF-05: Calculus III The course material includes infinite series, calculus of vector-valued functions, functions of several variables and partial derivatives, and multiple integrals.
201-BZS-05: Probability and Statistics Students will learn about counting problems, probability, random variables, mean, variance and standard deviation, binomial, Poisson and normal distributions, chi-square distribution, descriptive statistics, statistical inferences, tests of hypotheses, estimation of parameters, and linear correlation.
202-BZG-05: Organic Chemistry II This course is recommended for pre-university Science students who plan to study life sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering or biological sciences at university. Topics are selected from the following areas: spectroscopic methods, the preparation and reactions of alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivates, amines. Carbohydrates, amino acids and proteins may be surveyed.
203-BZA-05: Astrophysics This course offers a calculus-level introduction to classical and modern astronomy. Students may choose to do the independent study project of the comprehensive examination in this course. Topics include: celestial coordinate systems, tides and eclipses, time and the calendar, the solar system, the motions, distances, magnitudes and spectra of the stars, galaxies, quasars and cosmology.
203-BZE-05: Engineering Physics This is an option course for students in the Science Program who wish to pursue their interest in engineering and related fields. The course involves extensive use of computers in the gathering and analysis of data as well as in using spreadsheets to model a variety of different physical phenomena. The topics covered include: kinematics and dynamics of rigid body motion; fluid mechanics; structural analysis of frames, trusses and beams; statics in three dimensions; strength of materials. Students may choose to do the independent study project of the comprehensive examination in this course.
205-BZG-05: Physical Geology Geology is the study of the earth. To understand how our planet works, at depth and at the surface, the ideas and principles of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and geography are integrated in the exciting and stimulating studies which make up Earth Sciences. This course provides a basic understanding of geology and the methods used by geologists for studying Earth; the materials that constitute its makeup, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting on them. Students learn critical thinking and empirical reasoning skills that can be applied to any career or pursuit. The goal is to understand geological principles and how humans affect geological processes. Topics include the rocks and minerals composing Earth, the movement within Earth, and its surface features and the agents that form them and our environment. This course may be taken by students in both Health Science and Pure and Applied Science as a Science option.
360-420-DW: Introduction to Computer Programming in Engineering and Science The computer science part of this course introduces students to the fundamentals of object-oriented programming. Students learn how to analyze problems and then design and implement both numerical and non-numerical algorithms to solve them. Students learn to create new abstract data types, i.e. classes, and how to instantiate objects of various class types.The engineering and science part of the course revisits material students have covered in previous science courses but does so in a way that begins to appreciate their true complexity. Students analyze real-world problems, develop models, and then solve the relevant equations using appropriate numerical methods via the programming techniques developed in the computer science component. The focus is on the process of modeling and problems will be taken from a wide range of fields. IMPORTANT: Students who have successfully completed a complementary course with the course number 420-BWC or 420-BXC are not eligible to take this course.
101-BZP-DW: Environmental Biology This course focuses on the basic principles of environmental biology, ecology, and the role that humans have played in changing the natural environment. Students will understand and appreciate the importance of biodiversity and the natural forces that generate and maintain the range of life on our planet. Some of the major threats to biodiversity will be explored, such as extinction, habitat destruction, overexploitation, invasive species and climate change. The course concludes with conservation and sustainable practices. All laboratory exercises occur off campus, which include an intensive 3-day field component taking place at a field station in Arundel, Qc. The fee for this compulsory component of the course is ~$150, which covers the cost of food, lodging, and transportation to the field site. Students in the Environmental Profile will also have to complete the Independent Study in Science component of the Comprehensive Examination in this course.
101-BZT-DW: Special Topics in Biology The description for this course is not available at this time.
201-BZT-DW: Special Topics in Mathematics This course introduces students to the concepts, tools, and techniques used in discrete mathematics. Students will be introduced to the fields of set theory, logic, number theory, enumeration, and graph theory. Students will also be exposed to the ways in which these fields are used in applied settings (possible examples include cryptography, algorithm design and analysis, the study of RNA chains, and scheduling problems).
202-BZT-DW: Special Topics in Chemistry The description for this course is not available at this time.
203-BZT-DW: Special Topics in Physics Introduction to Research in Brain Imaging: The objective of this option course of the Science program is to develop research skills through projects and group investigations related to brain imaging. Topics covered include: the physics behind both magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography, the processing and analysis of signals and images, the anatomy and connectivity of the brain, specialized software, the statistics involved in group comparison as well as the ethical considerations expected when working with human brain images. The students will work on the various stages of an authentic experiment: design, writing of proposal for ethic board approval, planning, data collection, data preprocessing, data analysis, and discussion of results. There will be group discussions, team work and several student presentations. Students having completed this course can apply to participate in the Summer Research in Neuroscience Internship program.
360-BZT-DW: Special Topics in Science The description for this course is not available at this time.
420-BZT-DW: Special Topics in Computer Science The description for this course is not available at this time.