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Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu
Isonnevantie 8
00320 Helsinki
Kanslia puh. (09) 4774 180
syk@syk.fi
Kartta
Kuvat: 

Experimental Sciences

Alaotsikko: 
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
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IB diploma students will take one or two, or in special cases three, experimental sciences. At SYK, we offer biology, chemistry, and physics at standard and higher levels.
 
Among other things, the science courses aim to:
  • provide a rigourous body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology
  • develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific information
  • raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology.

 

 
Practical work forms a significant part of an experimental science course. Through practical work,  students will develop theory from practical observation, learn specific techniques, gain confidence in manipulative skills, and have fun. Our small teaching groups offer students an excellent environment to develop their scientific skills in the laboratory and in the field.
 
All science students must undertake the Group 4 Project, which mirrors the work of real scientists by encouraging collaboration between colleagues from different disciplines. In January of the first IB year, we travel to Tvärminne Zoological Research Stationn near Hanko, to complete the Group 4 Project. Over the years, we have found that the peaceful working atmosphere outside school has provided a very productive environment, resulting in good team spirit and excellent presentations.
Kuvat: 
Alaotsikko: 
Biology
Teksti: 
  • During the course, students will study the science of living things; and how they function.
  • All standard and higher level students learn together common core topics, including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and human physiology. Higher level students will go deeper into the topics with further literature as well as a few new topics, such as plant science and animal physiology. In SYK, all biology students will go to the field course in Tvärminne, studying the Baltic Sea as an example ecosystem in ecology.
  • In addition to the common core, all students will complete one option together chosen by students: neurobiology and behaviour, biotechnology and bioinformatics, ecology and conservation or human physiology.

 

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Chemistry
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  • Chemistry is often referred to as the central science, since chemical principles underpin both our physical environment and all biological systems.
  • Over the course of the two year programme, the following topics will be studied: Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Quantitative chemistry, Bonding, Organic Chemistry, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction, Energetics, Kinetics, and Equilibrium. One fourth of the studies consists of practical work which continuously reinforces theoretical concepts throughout the programme. The school facilities support the studies and the practical work. Moreover, SYK cooperates with universities and companies in Helsinki area. This allows for visits and cooperative projects.
  • The optional section of the syllabus has varied according to the students’ interests. At present, the most common choice is Biochemistry.
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Physics
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  • Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles—quarks, which may be truly fundamental—to the vast distances between galaxies.
  • The Diploma physics course at SYK allows students to develop traditional practical skills and techniques and to increase their facility in the use of mathematics, which is the language of physics. It also allows students to develop interpersonal skills, and information and communication technology skills, which are essential in modern scientific endeavours and are important life-enhancing, transferable skills in their own right.
  • In the physics course, we will study the following topics: Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular motion and Gravitation, Atomic, nuclear and particle physics, Energy production. At higher level four extra topics are included: Wave phenomena, Fields, Electromagnetic induction, Quantum and nuclear physics. Both higher level and standard level can choose one option. In the past few years students have enjoyed studying Astrophysics.
Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu
Isonnevantie 8
00320 Helsinki
Kanslia puh. 09 4774 180
syk@syk.fi
Kartta