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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments / 32-36 weeks

Overview

This course is designed as an interactive, 21st century course focusing on Chemistry. Topics include the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter and their applications.

This course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of Chemistry. The utilization of scientific inquiry, web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher order thinking, collaborative projects, real world application through labs and a variety of assessments all aid the student in ultimately demonstrating a vast understanding of the importance of Chemistry in the world around them; enabling them to apply these properties to their everyday lives.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1:

  • Scientific Method
  • Lab safety
  • Measurement
  • Mass
  • Volume
  • Mixtures
  • Atomic Structure
  • Atomic Mass, Mass Number, Number of Protons, Neutrons and Electrons, and Isotopes
  • Valence Electrons and Lewis Structures
  • Electron Configurations
  • Ions, Ionic Names, and Ionic Compounds
  • Compound Lewis Structures
  • Molecule names and Compounds
  • Ionic vs. Covalent
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Balancing Equations
  • Molecular Attraction
  • Moles
  • Molar Mass
  • Atoms, Molecules, Formula Units
  • Stoichiometry
  • Limiting reactants and percent yield
  • Molecular Geometry and Polarity

*Collaborative project: Students are required to submit one collaborative project in segment 1. There will be five different options throughout the segment to choose from.

Segment 2:

  • Liquids
  • Solids
  • Plasmas
  • Gas Basics
  • Phase Changes
  • Gas Laws
  • Types of Solutions
  • Aqueous Solution
  • Concentrations of Solutions
  • Molarity
  • Colligative properties
  • Reactions
  • Reaction Rates
  • Reaction Rate Laws
  • Equilibrium
  • Equilibrium expressions and constants
  • Will any reaction occur?
  • Specific Heat and Calorimetry
  • Thermochemistry
  • Entropy, Enthalpy, and Free Energy
  • Equilibrium
  • Le Chatlier’s Principle
  • Acids and Bases
  • Strong and Weak Acids and Bases
  • pH
  • Neutralization
  • What is Energy?
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Nonrenewable vs. renewable energy
  • Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Bio-Chemistry
  • New Discoveries

*Collaborative project: Students are required to submit one collaborative project in segment 2. There will be five different options throughout the segment to choose from.

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Nuclear Energy and The Environment
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of nuclear chemistry by investigating the chemical reactions, making a prediction about the resulting material, and analyzing the societal and environmental impact.
  • Atomic Structure
    Student will demonstrate conceptual understanding of the development of modern atomic theory by making connections between atomic structure, electron configuration, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Bonding
    Student will use knowledge of periodic trends and elemental properties to distinguish among types of chemical bonds and demonstrate understanding by writing chemical names and formulas, drawing molecular structures, and explaining the impact on intermolecular forces.
  • Chemical Reactions
    Student will demonstrate conceptual understanding of chemical reactions by writing balanced chemical equations, classifying types of reactions, predicting products, and calculating quantitative relationships.
  • Equilibrium and Redox
    Student will analyze the dynamic nature of chemical equilibrium and apply that understanding to various reactions such as acid-base reactions.
  • Phases and Solutions
    Student will apply conceptual understanding of physical properties of matter to the concepts of phase changes, gas laws, and solutions
  • Scientific Measurement
    Student will demonstrate scientific measurement skills through the application of SI units, dimensional analysis, and significant figures.
  • Thermochemistry and Rate
    Student will demonstrate conceptual understanding of how energy is involved in chemical reactions by explaining changes in enthalpy and entropy, and identifying factors that affect reaction rates.

Pre-Requisites

None

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