Chemistry is intended to provide a more in-depth study of matter and its interactions. In preceding years students should have developed an understanding for the macroscopic properties of substances and been introduced to the microstructure of substances. This chemistry course will expand upon that knowledge, further develop the microstructure of substances and teach the symbolic and mathematical world of formulas, equations, and symbols.
The major concepts covered are measurement in chemistry, atomic structure, chemical formulas and bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gases, chemical equilibrium, and organic chemistry. Students at this level should show development in their ability and understanding of scientific inquiry. The units contain experiments and projects that seek to develop a deeper conceptual meaning for the student and actively engage the student. The continued exposure of science concepts and scientific inquiry will serve to improve the student's skill and understanding.
Chemistry should be preceded by an Algebra I course and preceded or accompanied by an Algebra II course.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
- Calculate and convert units using scientific notation and significant figures.
- Explain the differences between elements, compounds, and mixtures.
- Use Avogadro's number and the gas laws to calculate different variables in chemistry examples.
- Explain and use the periodic table.
- Recognize symbols for common elements.
- Differentiate between the different types of bonds.
- Predict how different elements will react.
- Describe acid-base reactions and redox reactions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of organic chemistry and carbon compounds.