Fee: $40

Learning Recommendations:

  • Working knowledge of the fundamentals of basic chemistry, such as what is taught in General Chemistry.  This course is intended as a second year of chemistry.  It is unlikely that students who have not taken first year chemistry will be successful.  (Grade of B or better in general chemistry is highly encouraged.)
  • Proficient in the use of computer software for word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Ability to read the content and amount of reading geared to a college level course.
  • Proficient in fundamental lab techniques and lab safety
  • Proficient in basic Algebra and Geometry skills; successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus (Math Analysis) is recommended.  Although knowledge of calculus is helpful, it is not required for success.
  • A considerable time commitment is expected outside of the school day.

General Description:

  • This one-year course builds on concepts presented in General Chemistry.  It is designed for students of high ability and interest.
  • This course is designed to provide a solid, first-year college chemistry experience, both conceptually and in the laboratory. The labs serve to supplement the learning in the lecture section of the course. Problem solving skills, both on paper and in the lab, are emphasized. There are weekly labs.
  • This course fulfills (1) college prep science requirement, as outlined by theWashington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) as a lab-based or algebra based science course.

Content:

There will be an accelerated review of  the following:

  • molar relationships
  • electronic structure
  • periodicity
  • intramolecular and intermolecular forces
  • molecular geometry
  • gas laws
  • solutions
  • nuclear chemistry       

These topics will be new to students or will be studied in greater depth:

  • chemical kinetics
  • equilibrium
  • thermodynamics
  • redox reactions and electrochemistry
  • buffer systems
  • coordination complexes
  • organic chemistry

Strategies:

Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Inquiry-based and guided laboratory work
  • Inquiry and critical thinking exercises
  • Interactive,  student and teacher led demonstrations
  • Student projects and research with emphasis on communication
  • Cooperative learning

Equipment to be provided by student:  Scientific calculator, goggles, student will need to have access to the internet and subscribe to the online homework website.