2017-2018 New Jersey Science League


Welcome to the 2017-2018 Science League

Any high school student (Bio I, Bio Honors, Lab. Chemistry, Lab. Physics & or Environmental Science) really interested in joining the Science League, please see me, Mrs. Nisraiyya as soon as possible (Room 222). A minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 students will be selected for each team. Besides exposure to testing and competing with various schools in Middlesex County, it also is a feather in your cap on recommendation letters and extra credit (teacher discretion).

    The purpose of the Science League is to provide competitions between schools in selected science areas of study. All competitions are on two levels. One level is for the students. Students within any one testing area are ranked with each other based upon their scores on 3 of the 4 exams given. Any student completing 3 of the 4 exams receives a certificate from the Science League. The top ten percent (10%) of the students receiving a certificate also receive a student plaque.The plaques are presented to the students in conjunction with your school’s awards program. 
    The next level of competition is with teams, which represent the schools. The students make up teams from each school. Each school only needs two members for each team, but as many as four students may compete for each subject area. Team scores which is sum of top 2 student scores are cumulative from January through April. 
    For each competition the results are posted on the web at www://entnet.com/~personal/njscil/html . The final team score for the season will be the sum of all four exams. Schools are ranked from #1 down to the last school. The top 10 schools (not 10%) are awarded plaques. Exceptions are those subject areas having less than 100 schools. Those subject areas will be awarded plaques for the top 10% of the schools in the subject area. 


Test Dates for 2018 Season


    Thursday January 11, 2018    Thursday February 8, 2018

Thursday March 8, 2018    Thursday April 12, 2018



TOPICS OF STUDY FOR THE NJSL 2018 SEASON 

BIOLOGY I60 multiple choice questions per exam. 

JANUARY EXAM - For 1st year Bio sudents. Carbon Compounds and basic chemistry including the chemistry of water and pH, Chemical Reactions, Enzymes, Cell structure and function, Levels of Cellular Organization, organelles, Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic, Cellular and Intracellular transport, Homeostasis, Cellular Energy Flow, Photosynthesis and Respiration, Cellular Division- Mitosis, Cell Regulation. FEBRUARY EXAM - Structure and function of nucleic acids; roles of DNA, protein synthesis, Meiosis, chromosomal analysis (pedigree, karyotyping), Mendelian genetics, one and two factor crosses, mutations, Genetic engineering, Gene regulation and expression, Mutation and causes, human genetic diseases including chromosomal analysis, beyond Mendel, Variation of Traits, Plus review of the Jan exam or topics
MARCH EXAM - Evidence for evolution: historical thought/experimental theories of evolution…..Biogenesis/Abiogenesis, Coacervate formation, Miller/Urey experiment. Molecular evidence (nucleotide sequence analysis, amino acid sequence analysis), Comparative anatomy and comparative embryology, Fossil record; Hardy Weinberg; Taxonomy: Cladograms and Phylogenetic Trees, Natural Selection, Genetic change in a population, Patterns and causes of Evolution, Carrying capacity of a population, Exponential Growth, Evidence of diversity, Adaptation of organism to the environment. Plus review of the Jan and Feb exams or topics. 
APRIL EXAM - Interactions of autotrophs and heterotrophs; Flow of energy through an ecosystem; Limiting factors in Biomes; Cycles of Matter; Symbiosis; Ecosystem models of energy flow; Ecological experimentation and analysis; Factors affecting biodiversity in a population; Human Influence on ecosystems. Plus review of Jan, Feb, and March exams or topics. 


CHEMISTRY 1 For Honor’s, Enriched or College Prep. Not for AP or Second year. 25 multiple choice questions. 
JANUARY Test: scientific method, measurement, factor label conversions, properties, density, graphing, mixtures, compounds, formulas, mole, weight percent, chemical reactions, using the metal and non-metal activity series for writing chemical reactions, types of reactions, stoichiometry, atomic structure and history which includes alpha, beta, gamma radiation, but not electronic configuration. 
FEBRUARY Test: Quantum Theory, Electronic structure, orbital notation, dot notation, periodic behavior, specific heat, heat of phase changes, molar heat of fusion, molar heat of vaporization, graphs of phase changes, plus January topics(about 2 questions either from the Jan exam or topics) 
MARCH Test: Chemical bonding, molecular structure, simple isomers, intermolecular attractions, redox but not balancing redox equations, kinetic theory, solids, liquids, gases, gas laws, gas Stoichiometry, mole fraction as applied to gases, plus January and February topics. (About 2 questions from Jan and 2 questions from Feb exams or topics)
APRIL Test: solutions, use of solubility rules, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, entropy, reaction spontaneity, Keq, acids, bases, salts, net ionic equations, thermo chemistry, ∆H, Hess’s law, radioactive decay reactions, plus January, February, and March topics. About 2 questions from each month or from the topics. 

PHYSICS HS PHYSICS For all non-AP students (honors and cp). 25 multiple choice questions per exam.
JANUARY: scalars, vectors, kinematics, projectiles, mass, density, Newton’s laws, forces (mechanical, gravitational, frictional, centripetal), work, energy (potential, kinetic), and its conservation, power.
FEBRUARY: impulse, linear momentum and its conservation, elastic and inelastic collisions, angular measure and motion, the concept of angular momentum and its conservation, torques, simple machines, plus all previous topics 
MARCH: temperature and heat, thermal equilibrium, linear expansion and contraction, specific heat, calorimetry, modes of energy transfer, thermodynamic, simple harmonic motion, wave propagation, standing waves, sound, plus all previous topics 
APRIL: electrical charges, fields and force, coulombs law, voltage sources and resistances, series/parallel networks, electricity and magnetism, light, index of refraction, color, optics, lenses, mirrors, interference phenomena, plus all previous topics

Science League Practice on Tuesdays @ 7:45 am & Wednesdays @ 2:45pm every week, November 2017 thru' April 2018

Due to the high number of interested students, a demo test may be given on Novemeber 17th after school to filter. Also, based on their MP1 subject GPA, testing abilities, previous league exposure (not mandatory), and practice attendance a maximum of 6 students will be selected by the end of November.


Remind 101 is set up with all league participants. Don't forget to text 81010 @sahsleague