Chemistry 1A

Course Description

Chemistry is the study of the atoms that make up every substance and material known to mankind. These atoms are composed of protons, electrons, and neutrons that combine to form a little over 100 different chemical elements. These 100 chemical elements can combine and bond together to form an almost infinite number of different compounds and materials that form the world around us. This course will focus on what elements are made of, how we can tell them apart from each other, the history behind our scientific understanding of the elements, and how and why they can form different substances. The second semester will focus on the processes and changes that occur when new substances are formed from elements.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • conduct laboratory experiments using safe, controlled, and ethical methods and practices.
  • use the scientific method to answer testable questions about chemistry.
  • use critical thinking, logical reasoning, and observational though process in order to make sound decisions inside and outside the classroom.
  • know the characteristics of matter and analyze the properties of this matter.
  • understand the historical development of the Periodic Table and its significance.
  • understand the historical development of atomic theory and its implications on the world today.
  • understand and identify the characteristics of ionic, covalent, and metallic bonding and the forces that hold the types of bonds together.

Required Course Materials

  • Interactive Notebook – In the form of a small composition notebook, a spiral notebook, or loose-leaf paper kept in a binder.
  • Pencil or Pen – In order to do well in the course, you must take notes, sketch diagrams and graphs, and solve problems when instructed to do so.
  • Internet Access
  • Adobe Reader
  • Purchasing a TI 84 plus, a TI 83 or similar is recommended.
  • Printer

Note: This course does not require a textbook.

Course Organization

Each semester contains 5 units and one final exam that must be taken in person.

Each Unit contains:

  • 3–5 lessons. Each lesson includes some or all of the following components: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
  • Self-assessments to help you check your own understanding of the material covered in each lesson. You must complete these assessments in order to advance in the course.
  • 3 graded assignments

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all 8 units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Format: 50 multiple-choice questions
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencils, graphing or scientific calculator

Semester Topics

Topic 1: Introduction to Chemistry
Topic 2: Matter and Properties
Topic 3: Atomic Theory
Topic 4: The Periodic Table
Topic 5: Chemical Compounds