Chemistry at the College Prep level is a hands-on project-based course that asks students to develop an understanding of the behavior of matter at the atomic level. Topics covered include chemical bonding, atomic structure, stoichiometry, periodicity, kinetics, and equilibrium, and are taught through teacher-directed, project-based units. Students learn important chemistry concepts while investigating major societal problems involving water, energy, petroleum, and nuclear chemistry. Structured teacher support helps students develop effective strategies for learning and problem solving so that students can gain a basic mastery of chemistry. Experiments and group collaboration on projects are central components of this course. Nightly homework and reading focuses on reviewing class notes, applying concepts learned in class, and laboratory reports.
Sequence will be updated as the course progresses.
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Semester 2 Sequence
Chapter 1: Introduction to Chemistry
Chapter 2: Analyzing data
Chapter 3: Matter - Properties and Change
Chapter 4 / 5: The Structure of the Atom
Chapter 24: Nuclear Chemistry
Chapter 6: The Periodic Table and Periodic Law
Chapter 7:Ionic Compounds and Metals
Chapter 8: Covalent Bonding
Chapter 9: Chemical Reactions
Chapter 10 / 11: The Mole and Stoichiometry
Chapter 12/13: States of Matter and Gases
Chapter 14: Mixtures and Solutions
Chapter 15: Energy and Chemical Change
Chapter 16: Reaction Rates
Chapter 17: Chemical Equilibrium
Chapter 18: Acids and Bases
Chapter 19: Redox Reactions
Required Course Materials:
Three Ring Binder
- Handouts and notes should be kept in a binder. All material for the year should be organized. You will need it. Binder Checks will usually occur at the end of each unit.
- All labs completed during lab blocks will be kept in a bound notebook of graph paper. You will be provided with a lab book on the first day of lab. Labs need to be finished during the double block to receive full credit and lab books will remain in the classroom. Students will need scissors and glue sticks to complete lab set up.
- Students will be provided with the Chemistry: Matter and Change textbook. Students will be given a hard copy of the textbook. Students will be asked to complete readings, online assignments, and activities using this resource. Students must return their textbook in June at the completion of the course or pay for a replacement. The cost of this book is $100.
- The subject of Chemistry is often very math-based. You should bring a calculator daily. Cell phones or other electronic devices are not permitted.
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