American International School of Lome

Physical Science

Grade 9,

Physical Science is half a year of chemistry and half a year of physics with an emphasis on science processes: scientific method, measuring, observation and lab skills. During the chemistry portion we focus on the periodic table and study the patterns of behavior that atoms follow due to their position in the Periodic Table. During the physics portion we study motion, gravity, momentum, work, light, heat, sound and electricity. Students will use basic mathematics in these areas as well as logical methods and practical applications. We will learn how to balance equations, how to make salt compounds from a chemical reaction between an acid and a base, identify types of chemical reactions and practice naming compounds. Both hands-on labs and virtual labs that allow students to experience the application of concepts, interactions and processes are included.


Grade 9,
Grade 10,

Biology is the study of living things. The course begins with an environmental science unit, which includes building a self-contained ecosystem and an understanding of the cycles required to maintain life inside the ecosystem. They will investigate the diversity and development of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Students also study the chemistry of the cell and how they communicate, cell reproduction, genetics and inheritance. Students will continue their study of biological concepts as they explore the structure and function of bacteria, viruses, fungi and plants. They will also learn the anatomy and physiology of the human body.

Environmental Science

Grade 12,

This online course, taught in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Independent Study High School, covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare students to pass the AP Environmental Science exam. This course is designed to acquaint students with the physical, ecological, social and political principles of environmental science. The scientific method is used to analyze and understand the interrelationships between human and the natural environment. The course shows how ecological realities and the material desires of humans often clash, leading to environmental degradation and pollution. This course covers Earth's Systems, Human Population Dynamics, Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, Global Changes and Environment and Society.


Grade 11,

The course presents an introduction to principles and procedures in chemistry. Students study scientific measurements, chemical names and formulas, states of and changes in matter, numerical relationships in chemical reactions, trends expressed in the periodic molecular formulas, write and balance equations, determine mole and mass, interpret chemical equations and gain insight into the various models of the atom. In the second semester, students continue their study of the principles and procedures in chemistry. They focus on chemical bonding, water and solutions, reaction rates and equilibrium, acids, bases and salts, oxidation-reduction reactions and carbon compounds.


Grade 12,

The study of a standard course in physics requires a strong algebra  background and knowledge of basic trigonometry. After the mathematical concept of the vector is introduced, Newtonian mechanics is covered. Other topics covered include thermodynamics, electromagnetics, the theory of relativity, wave propagation and nuclear physics. Topics associated with technology will also be examined. The course will provide students with the ability to apply physics to their daily lives. It will also prepare them for the rigor of university level physics.