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The July 18 ACT is expected to take place as scheduled at HM, unless otherwise notified.

Summer School - Science

During the summer the science department offers courses in chemistry and physics. Each course meets all day during the summer term. The day is divided into periods for lecture/demonstration, laboratory work, and problem solving sessions. Science courses break for lunch from 11:00-11:45. In each course the emphasis is on developing principles by drawing on students' observations in class and in the laboratory. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in problem solving, and not to rely on rote memorization. The all-day sessions and the student teaching aides in each course allow students to develop a close working relationship with the teacher and with other students. Students who elect to study science in the summer should be prepared to devote about three hours per night to reading the text, solving the problems, and writing laboratory reports. Both science courses run from Monday, June 22 - Friday, July 31, 2020.


Chemistry concerns the composition and properties of matter. The topics discussed in the classroom are explored through demonstrations and reinforced through daily laboratories. Topics include atomic and electronic structure, bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, states of matter, solutions, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

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Chemistry syllabus

Dr. Megan Reesbeck will teach this course.


Prerequisite: Biology (Chemistry recommended). Students who have not completed Algebra II and Trigonometry will require special permission from the HM science department - please consult with your advisor, your current science teacher and/or the Department Chair about whether this is a suitable program choice. Students who elect to enroll in Physics before or in place of Chemistry must have completed Algebra II and Trigonometry.

Physics is an introductory algebra-based course covering Newtonian mechanics, conservation of momentum and energy, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, simple circuits, waves, optics, and modern physics. This course focuses on developing both a conceptual understanding of the basic principles of physics and problem-solving skills. Weekly laboratory work provides an opportunity for students to explore the concepts learned in class and gain experience in designing and conducting experiments.

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Physics syllabus

The instructor for this course if Mr. Oleg Zvezdin.