Learning Recommendations:

  • Successful completion of Physics Lab Methods or Chemistry Lab Methods.
  • Successful completion of General Biology.
  • Successful completion of MTH100 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, the 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

Equipment to be provided by student: journal or notebook, graphing or scientific function calculator.