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Learning Recommendations:

  • Successful completion of Physics Lab Methods or Chemistry Lab Methods.
  • Successful completion of General Biology.
  • Successful completion of Algebra 1 (Recommended “B” or better) and concurrent MTH200 - Common Core Geometry or higher.
  • Proficient in the use of computer software for word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Proficient in lab technique, problem solving and critical thinking.

General Description:

  • This is a yearlong laboratory course, which fulfills the science requirements for graduation and university entrance.
  • Emphasis on lab skills and scientific inquiry.
  • Emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Chemistry is a quantitative science and students do a significant amount of math.
  • This course fulfills (1) college prep science requirement, as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) as a lab-based and algebra based science course.

Content:  Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following:

  • Structure of Matter: including atomic theory, periodic table, chemical bonding with formula writing and equations, molecular structure
  • States of Matter: gases, liquids, solids with physical, chemical and phase change and their characteristics.
  • Reaction types: acids, bases, and precipitation
  • Equilibrium and reaction rates: gas and ionic equilibrium and factors affecting rates of reactions
  • Thermodynamics: energy changes in chemical and physical reactions
  • Application of chemistry in daily life and environment

Skills taught in this course:

  • Extended inquiry-based laboratory work with emphasis on analysis of data
  • Extended problem solving and critical thinking strategies
  • Use of sophisticated equipment and probe ware to investigate chemistry phenomena
  • Data analysis and graphing techniques
  • Communication through scientific writing

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Inquiry-based laboratory work with emphasis on analysis of data
  • Critical thinking exercises
  • Cooperative learning
  • Technology-based data collection devices for data collection
  • Demonstrations (teacher and student-led)
  • Student project and research
  • Interdisciplinary applications are used when appropriate/possible
  • Communication through scientific writing
  • Lecture/discussion

Homework:  An average of 20 minutes of time should be expected to be spent each day on this course, either working through practice problems, writing lab reports, or studying.  The amount of time may vary due to tests etc. as well as based on student ability and productivity during class.

Course Fee / Materials:  goggles and gloves, graphing or scientific function calculator recommended (TI-83+, TI-84 or TI-Nspire)