Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. This is an accelerated, more comprehensive course of study in chemical concepts and laboratory work with an appropriate degree of sophistication. Computer based and traditional laboratory techniques are used to obtain, organize, and analyze data. Many of the labs and class activities are inquiry based. Students will work through an activity and be able to relate each activity to the concepts being covered in class. Conclusions are developed using both quantitative and qualitative information. Topics include atomic structure, electron arrangement in atoms, periodic table, properties of gases, liquids and solids, acids and bases, nuclear and organic chemistry. Students will develop good methods of problem solving and proper laboratory techniques. This class is specifically geared toward the student who shows ability and interest in science and all students are expected to participate in a culminating research project.
Completion of Conceptual Physics with a grade of A- and Algebra 1 with a grade of A- and department approval.