Simulate a long line in a lunchroom. Model a busy road. Simulate a medical problem. Model a battle. Simulate a city growing. Model a country. Simulate weather patterns. Model a process. Model a situation. Model a farm. Model a school. Simulate a crowd. Model a bridge, or even a space ship! Model infectious disease, thermal systems, and chemical kinetics. Simulate cars, ships, planes, space ships, life, virus, roller coasters, football matches, you name it!
You will create physical, mathematical and process models. You will casually use the words like stochastic and deterministic to impress your friends and stun your enemies.
Model segregation and immigration. Create complex models to test theories of economics by creating a population of agents exchanging commodities at prices they determine from local information. Create simulations to determine the outcome of social policies under different conditions. These are used in domestic, international and military operations to discover the envelope of possibilities resulting from being different "what if" scenarios.
This is your chance to create a universe and simulate different systems within that universe. You can introduce change into your models to test what might happen if You will learn the python programming language as you design solutions for really interesting problems.
When this course is over, what are you going to be able to understand and do? Aims provide a bulleted list of core ideas and skills. It would be great idea if you became curious about the aims on this list.
The major assessments in this course are to plan, design, create and evaluate two applications.
For each application, you need to do four things really well:
There are many other minor assessments related to these two projects. For example, you will need to learn about python in order to build a simulation. You will be assessed on your understanding and skill of python.
You will also be assessed on your approaches to learning - skills which help you be a better student.
Topics are big ideas, essential questions, and important skills in our course. All topics are assessed, formatively and summatively. Clicking the links below will bring you to a page which details the topic, and offers resources to help you understand them. Many courses share the same topics, but especially in the IB courses, the rigor and depth of the topics are more pronounced.
Required materials include a fully charged school-issued computer with all software updated as directed in our getting started guide.
Communicating with your parents
Under the following conditions, teachers will communicate with students and families about their academic progress:
You can retake an exam until you have mastered the standards on the exam. You must schedule a specific time with your teacher for the retake.
I want you to work hard and learn. There are times when you may want to earn extra credit. Extra credit does not automatically improve your grade. Here are some things to think about before you accept an assignment for extra credit:
You are responsible for understanding and following these guidelines.
From the Student Handbook:
Academic integrity is an expected trait in all students of ASW and is afforded the utmost value by all members of the faculty. The academic reputation of our students and the school in the wider community depend on it. Academic integrity expectations extend to all assessed and non-assessed school work and to all documentation produced for university and college applications. It is the expectation at ASW that all work and documentation submitted by students is entirely their own.
To ensure that high school students understand what constitutes academic honesty, teachers explicitly address the issue with all students at the start of each academic course.
Academic integrity means:
Conversely, academic dishonesty means:
When a faculty member determines that there has been a breach of academic integrity, the faculty member is required to inform the Principal of the incident.
Students should have successfully completed introduction to programming (designing solutions through programming).