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 one (1) college prep science requirement, as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) 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 structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding with formula writing and equations, molecular structure, and physical and chemical properties
  • States of Matter: gases, liquids, solids and phase changes
  • Reaction types: acids, bases, and precipitation
  • Thermodynamics: energy changes in chemical and physical changes of state
  • Application of Chemistry in daily life and in the 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 calculator. If you need to purchase a scientific calculator, the TI-30XIIS is recommended. For families considering investing in a graphing calculator, a TI-brand graphing calculator (not CAS) is recommended.

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: