Chemistry Courses

Chemistry - College prep
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

The course presents concepts about the chemical composition of the world and the mathematical nature of relationships in matter. Rigorous attention is given to theories that seek to explain the cause-effect relationships and practical applications of these theories. In addition to atomic theory, topics include phases of matter, the mole concept, stoichiometry, solutions, oxidation-reduction, bonding theories, radioactivity, acids and bases, and selected topics in organic chemistry. The chemistry of specific chemical groups and families is examined through laboratory investigations, lectures, and instructional media. This chemistry course is suited to most students.

Textbook Title: Modern Chemistry, by Davis et al; Holt


Chemistry – Honors
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

This demanding course is presented at an accelerated pace and explores chemical problem solving techniques to a deeper level than the traditional chemistry offering. Chemistry is presented as an experimental science, allowing students to learn fundamental concepts by experimentation. Rigorous attention is given to abstract theories and the practical applications of these theories. Topics include energy, the mole concept, atoms and ions, elements and the periodic table, stoichiometry, modern atomic theory, chemical bonding, phases of matter, solutions, acids and bases, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry.
Designed for junior and senior students with a good background in previous science courses, the course is also available to tenth grade students who have taken Honors Biology in grade nine and who meet other requisites. Students who envision a career in science, engineering, or medicine are encouraged to elect this offering. Formal laboratory reports and analysis of laboratory experiments will be an integral part of the course work. Keeping pace with the class and completing written assignments promptly are expected of students who choose honors level chemistry.

Textbook Title: Merrill Chemistry, By Smoot, et.al.,Glencoe


Advanced Placement Chemistry
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

AP Chemistry is designed for juniors and seniors who have demonstrated advanced skills in previous science and math courses and who are interested in pursuing further studies in science, engineering, or medicine. The course is designed to be equivalent to a first-year college course in inorganic chemistry and includes a comprehensive and essential laboratory component, which may require an additional time commitment. Students enrolling in this course must be self-motivated and independent learners. Students will be expected to take the AP examination and may be eligible for college credit for successful completion of this rigorous but rewarding course. Students enrolled in AP Chemistry are strongly encouraged to concurrently enroll in Honors Physics. Ideally, students should take AP Chemistry immediately following a first year chemistry course.

Textbook Titles: Chemistry: The Central Science, 10th edition, Brown, Lemay & Burton (Prentice-Hall)



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