Three Terms Grades 10, 11, 12 Meets Requirement
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Algebra I
Recommended: Completion of or concurrently taking Algebra 2
This is a rigorous laboratory course that studies matter and its interactions. It designed for students who might want to get an early start on college chemistry or want to pursue a career in science or engineering. A portion of this course will review and expand on chemistry basics learned in Physical Science and prepare the student for success with AP Chemistry. Students who have completed Chemistry A & B may opt out of this first quarter if they earned a minimum of 85% in both quarters of Chemistry. AP Chemistry provides a comprehensive, college-level course in general chemistry. Topics covered include atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, acid/base reactions, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry. Historical aspects of these topics are explored. Students will attain a depth of understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and competence in dealing with chemical problems. Through in-depth treatments of qualitative and quantitative chemical principles, the course will emphasize chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles. Laboratory work is where students learn about the behavior of matter through observation and hone their ability to discern the difference between observations/ recorded data and the ideas, inferences, explanations and models or theories used to interpret them. This is a fast-paced chemistry course for the hard-working and highly motivated student. This course meets the Physics/Chemistry credit requirement for graduation.