Academic Programs

Science

As we observe the surrounding world, we ask questions, search for order, construct explanations, and try to predict future events. When Roxbury Latin was founded, the exploration and conceptualization of the world was called natural philosophy. Today we call it science.

Students focus on understanding by doing—discovering patterns and testing ideas through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Students will learn skills such as using measuring devices and the importance of uncertainty in their measurements. They will learn how to construct an experiment and how to analyze and interpret data. Topics include Newtonian mechanics (motion, forces, momentum, and energy), the geometry of optics, and a study of wave properties, including sound and light waves. Connections will be made to “real world” applications whenever possible.

Choose to participate virtually or in-person. The number of in-person students will be limited to 8 per class.

BIOLOGY

Grades: Rising 9th – 12th graders

Time: 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $600

Weeks Available: Session 2: July 26 – August 12, 2021 (three-week commitment)

 

Course Description:

This course will serve as an overview of the main concepts of biology with an underlying theme of evolution as the central focus. Other areas of biology, such as genetics, cell biology, development and behavior and immunology, will also be covered. Class instruction will include group work, virtual labs, and problem solving, along with lecture and direct instruction. This course is perfect for students who may have experienced gaps in their learning due to COVID, as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their Biology classes this fall.

CHEMISTRY

Grades: Rising 9th – 12th graders

Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $600

Weeks Available: Session 1: July 5-July 22, 2021 (three-week commitment)

Course Description:

Students will focus on the structure and composition of matter and understanding how it makes up living things. Students will also study how matter changes and delve into how those changes occur. The major areas of focus will be matter, chemical reactions, solutions, and nuclear chemistry. Class instruction will include group work, virtual labs, and problem solving, along with lecture and direct instruction. This course is perfect for students who may have experienced gaps in their learning due to COVID, as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their Chemistry classes this fall.

PHYSICS

Grades: Rising 9th – 12th graders

Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $600

Weeks Available: Session 1: July 5-July 22, 2021 (three-week commitment)

Course Description:

Students will seek to answer the same question that scientists have been pondering for centuries: Why does the world behave the way it does? Students will investigate some of the fundamental laws of physics, such as mechanics, motion, momentum and force. Using these principles, we will examine interesting, everyday applications of physics and design fun experiments to test our understanding. At the end of our time together, you’ll be able to view the world around you with a new lens and appreciate why physics is fundamental to our everyday lives. This course is perfect for students who may have experienced gaps in their learning due to COVID, as well as for students who are looking to get a head start on their physics classes this fall.

 

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