First Year – OSSM Courses


First Year Course Description



Ideal applicants are students who have completed trigonometry by the end of the 2010-11 school year. 

Students who have not completed trigonometry by the end of the 2010-11 school year may also apply.  These students may be admitted on a conditional basis.  The condition being completion of trigonometry before the start of the 2011-12 school year.  OSSM will provide a one-week “Survival” Trigonometry course during the summer that will satisfy the course requirements, but will not be transcripted.



OSSM AP Calculus BC 

(Two semesters) This is the standard course in differential and integral calculus.  The course will provide a multi-representational study of basic calculus concepts using geometric, analytic, numeric and verbal methods.  Course topics include limits, derivatives and their applications, definite integrals and their applications, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms and improper integrals, infinite series, conics, and polar coordinates.  An emphasis of the course is to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam.    



OSSM Honors General Physics 

(Fall Semester)  General physics is an algebra-based course.  Curriculum includes motion in one dimension, Newton’s laws, work and energy, momentum, rotation of rigid bodies, electricity and magnetism, wave motion and optics.  This course introduces the students to the basic concepts of physics (e.g. mechanics, electricity and magnetism) and lays the foundation for the upper level physics courses.  The course may also include such topics as properties of matter, heat, sound, light, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity.  Laboratory is included. 


OSSM AP Physics C:  Mechanics 

(Spring Semester) Mechanics is a calculus-based physics course typical of what an engineering major would take in their first year of college.  This course presents a thorough calculus-based treatment of various topics in mechanics such as one-and-two-dimensional motion, Newton’s laws, work and energy, impulse and momentum, rotational motion, mechanics of a rigid body, periodic motion and waves. An emphasis of the course is to prepare the students for the Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics exam.  Laboratory is included.