- 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.
- 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.
- 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.