Learning Recommendations:

  • Familiarity with the steps in the scientific process, investigative design and basic lab skills.
  • Because of the foundational nature of Chemistry Laboratory Methods and the role it plays in preparing students for General Chemistry we encourage students interested in taking higher level chemistry and biology courses to take this class.
  • Chemistry Lab Methods may be taken in conjunction with SCI126 - Physics Laboratory Methods as a yearlong course.
  • Concurrent enrollment of MTH100 - Common Core Algebra 1 or higher math level

General Description: In this semester long course students explore through inquiry and application the fundamental concepts of chemistry – such as the relationship between atomic structure and periodic trends, chemical bonding, chemical and nuclear reactions.

Skills taught in this course will provide students with the content and lab techniques necessary to move into higher level chemistry and biology courses. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving and scientific inquiry. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of major concepts will be covered.

This course fulfills college prep requirements as outlined by the Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC Board) as a lab-based science course.

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

  • The atomic structure of matter, the periodic table
  • Introduction to chemical bonding, naming of chemical compounds
  • Conservation of matter
  • Mixtures, acids and bases
  • Lab safety and the use and care of lab equipment
  • Heat and energy transformations and phase changes
  • Nuclear reactions

Skills taught in this course:

  • Fundamental laboratory techniques and lab safety
  • Scientific communication and technical writing
  • Increased use of metric units and conversion techniques
  • Graphical Analysis and interpretation fundamentals
  • Use of electronic tools for data collection and manipulation

Strategies:

  • Inquiry based laboratory work with emphasis on critical analysis of data and student designed experiments
  • Use of electronic tools for data collection and manipulation
  • Demonstrations of scientific principles
  • Student projects, research, and presentations
  • Cooperative learning groups
  • Lecture/discussion

Equipment to be provided by student: colored pencils, basic calculator, three ring binder.