Chemistry

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Semester 1

Course Description

Chemistry A covers the basic principles and properties of matter. Students discover how to measure and calculate the various elements and explore chemical formulas. Knowing what makes up our world is an important part of living in it. To understand the big world of nature as well as the small world of the kitchen, the science of chemistry is needed. Chemistry studies the matter and its reactions that power industry and life. Chemistry is often called the mother science since it is used in every other natural science. The myriad of materials that make up our planet all react according to a few understandable principles. Learning such principles will enable the student to comprehend the chemical kaleidoscope of the world. Students work through and complete several self-check activities and quizzes for practice, and participate in self-reflection. In each unit students complete the unit exam and deliver a unit project. Teacher feedback is provided throughout the course.

Course Prerequisites

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

None

Major Concepts

  • Atomic Theory
  • Periodic Table
  • Balanced Chemical Equations
  • Stoichiometry and the Mole Concept
  • Energy Considerations
  • Spontaneity

Semester 2

Course Description

Chemistry B covers the atomic theory, the mathematics of chemistry, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, states of matter, environmental issues, and sources of energy in food. Concepts in this course include the electronic structure of atoms, chemical bonding, liquids, solids, and intermolecular forces. Additionally solutions, chemical equilibrium, reaction rates, and states of matter are considered. Students develop a solid understanding of several universal scientific principles. Cooking, swimming, driving, camping, and eating all involve chemistry. Such everyday activities may seem trivial, but unless one understands the chemistry behind them, they become disasters-in-the-making. For example, swimming pools become fungus-infested quagmires unless the pH is continuously adjusted. This course enables the student to understand and manipulate the applications of chemistry in real-world settings. Students work through and complete several self-check activities and quizzes for practice, and participate in self-reflection. In each unit students complete the unit exam and deliver a unit project. Teacher feedback is provided throughout the course.

Course Prerequisites

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

None

Major Concepts

  • Chemical Safety
  • Chemical Assay
  • Acidity and pH
  • Electrochemistry
  • Carbon Chemistry
  • Nutritional Chemistry