Liberty HS

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 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

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: Journal or notebook, graphing or scientific function calculator.

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: