Fee: Lab Manuals required, price TBD (~$10.00)

Learning Recommendations:

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 Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC Board), 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

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

Equipment to be provided by student: Graphing or scientific function calculator recommended (TI-83+, TI-84 or TI-Nspire)