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1.0 high school-level lab science, and successful completion of Algebra 1

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Course Title:†SCI303Course Description:†

SEMESTER ONEUnit 1: The Study of Chemistry

Students explore chemistry as one of the sciences and confront concepts of matter; energy; the metric system; and scientific methods. Students examine the relationship of matter and energy; including learning about classification of matter. To prepare students for solving chemistry problems throughout the course; students learn about the metric system; significant figures; and the scientific method as applied in chemistry research.

Semester IntroductionChemistry and SocietyMatter and EnergyPure SubstancesMixturesLaboratory: Paper Chromatography 1Laboratory: Paper Chromatography 2Properties of SubstancesProblem Solving in ChemistryMetric System: Base UnitsMetric System: Derived UnitsGraphingScientific Method and Chemistry

Unit 2: Atomic Structure

This unit introduces students to the atom and examines changing perspectives of the nature of the atom throughout history. In following a historical story; students learn about the parts of the atom and its properties such as atomic number; atomic mass; atomic orbitals; and electron arrangement. To ensure the most current understanding of the atom; students examine the quantum theory of the atom and its use in understanding atomic spectra. This unit prepares students for the periodic table.

Early Theories of the AtomThe Nuclear AtomAtomic Number and Mass NumberIonsIsotopes and Atomic MassLaboratory: Properties of Substances 1Laboratory: Properties of Substances 2The Bohr AtomElectron OrbitalsThe Quantum Atom and Atomic Spectra

Unit 3: The Periodic Table

With a basis in matter and the structure of the atom; students now turn their attention to the organization of atoms and elements and their graphic representation as a periodic table. The properties of the periodic table are defined; and then students examine trends that are brought out by the arrangement of atoms according to atomic number. Students study elements by learning about metals and other classes of elements.

Atomic Number and the Periodic LawThe Periodic TableElectron Arrangement PatternsTrends within the Periodic TableMetalsNonmetalsLaboratory: Reaction of Metals 1Laboratory: Reaction of Metals 2MetalloidsInner Transition Metals

Unit 4: Chemical Bonding

Atoms form bonds. In the first part of this unit; students learn about different types of bonds; principally ionic and covalent bonds. This unit focuses on recognizing why and how bonds form and the naming of the substances involved. Included in this unit are examinations of metallic bonding and of intermolecular forces that result in hydrogen bonds.

Monatomic IonsPolyatomic IonsThe Ionic Bond and SaltsProperties of Ionic CompoundsNaming Ionic CompoundsLaboratory: Salts: Precipitation Reactions 1Laboratory: Salts: Precipitation Reactions 2Bonding in MetalsThe Covalent Bond and MoleculesLewis StructuresMolecular ShapesVan der Waals Forces

Unit 5: Chemical Reactions

Bonding is now firmly established; so students can progress to learning how bonds break and form in chemical reactions. Different types of chemical reactions are explored in both direct instruction and virtual laboratory experiences. Students learn the fundamentals of products and reactions and learn to balance equations to show that mass is conserved as change happens in these reactions.

The Conservation of MassBalancing Chemical EquationsCombustion ReactionsSynthesis ReactionsDecomposition ReactionsOxidation-Reduction ReactionsSingle Displacement ReactionsDouble Displacement ReactionsLaboratory: Chemical Reactions 1Laboratory: Chemical Reactions 2

Unit 6: Stoichiometry

Now that students understand the basics of chemical reactions and the ability to balance chemical equations; it is possible for them to apply this knowledge to real-world situations. Stoichiometry is the study of determining the yields of chemical reactions; given the masses of some parts of the chemical equation. Mastering this allows students to solve problems similar to those that confront chemists in industrial production.

Stoichiometry and Its UsesMole-Number RelationshipsMole-Mass RelationshipsMole-Volume RelationshipsMoles and Chemical EquationsLaboratory: Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions 1Laboratory: Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions 2Calculating Yields of ReactionsPercent Yield

Unit 7: Semester Review and Test

Semester ReviewSemester Test

SEMESTER TWOUnit 1: States of Matter

The study of gases; liquids; and solids not only tells us of their properties; but gives us a strong basis for understanding how matter is organized and how it behaves. Students closely examine how a volume of gas behaves under changing conditions of pressure and temperature. Students also investigate some of the properties of liquids and solids; and relate all three states of matter using phase diagrams.

Semester IntroductionThe Behavior of GasesBoyle's LawCharles's LawGay-Lussac's LawLaboratory: Gas Laws 1Laboratory: Gas Laws 2The Ideal Gas LawAbsolute ZeroDalton's Law of Partial PressuresGraham's Law of EffusionPhase DiagramsSome Properties of LiquidsSome Properties of Solids

Unit 2: Solutions

Much of chemistry involves understanding solutions; in which a solute is placed in a solvent. The properties of the resulting solution can be understood by examining the interactions between the parts of a solution. Students learn the various ways to describe the concentration of solution and how to separate the component substances.

SolutionsThe Dissolving ProcessLaboratory: Factors Affecting Solution Formation 1Laboratory: Factors Affecting Solution Formation 2Molarity and Mole FractionMolality and Mass PercentColligative PropertiesSeparating Solutions

Unit 3: Acids and Bases

Most students entering chemistry have some experience with acids and bases from everyday life. In this unit; after examining the properties of acids and bases; students analyze different definitions of acids and bases that have been developed since the time of Arrhenius. They learn how to solve problems dealing with the strength of acids and bases. Students gain practical experience working with acids and bases in a virtual laboratory setting; including doing titrations.

Properties of Acids and BasesArrhenius Acids and BasesBronsted-Lowery and Lewis Acids and BasesMeasuring Acids and BasesBuffers and TitrationLaboratory: Titration: Testing Water Quality 1Laboratory: Titration: Testing Water Quality 2Strength of Acids and Bases

Unit 4: Chemical Thermodynamics

A vital part of the study of matter is learning about the energy associated with both chemical and physical changes. The study of energy in chemical systems is called chemical thermodynamics. It involves understanding that energy is conserved during chemical reactions and also when substances change from gas to liquids to solids?and back again. Overarching all this content is the law of conservation of energy.

The Conservation of EnergyMeasuring the Flow of HeatLaboratory: Heat Transfer 1Laboratory: Heat Transfer 2Specific HeatChanges in EnthalpyWriting Thermochemical EquationsHeat during Changes of StateHess's Law

Unit 5: Reaction Rate and Equilibrium

In the previous unit; students developed a basic understanding of the role of energy in chemistry and how it applied to certain processes. In this unit; students examine the role of energy in two important chemical phenomena: reaction rates and system equilibria. Based on an understanding of collision theory; students develop a "big idea" understanding of why chemical reactions do and do not occur.

Reaction Rates and Energy of Activation

Factors Affecting Reaction RatesLaboratory: Reaction-Rate Factors 1Laboratory: Reaction-Rate Factors 2Collision TheoryEquilibriumLe Chatelier's PrincipleSpontaneous ReactionsEntropy and Free Energy

Unit 6: Electrochemistry

In this unit; students conduct a systematic study of the electrochemical processes. They learn the basics of the conversion of electrical energy to chemical energy and vice versa. They examine voltaic cells; batteries and electrolytic cells.

Electrochemical ProcessesVoltaic CellsLaboratory: Electroplating 1Laboratory: Electroplating 2Dry CellsElectrolytic Cells

Unit 7: Organic Chemistry

As students move through this curriculum; they learn about chemicals and their relationship to living things. In this unit; they conduct a systematic study of carbon-based compounds as they study organic chemistry and biochemistry. First; they confront some types of organic compounds and learn about schemes for naming them. Students then turn their attention to biochemistry; including an examination of carbohydrates; fats; and proteins.

Hydrocarbons and Other Organic ChemicalsLaboratory: Modeling Organic CompoundsPolymersCarbohydrates and FatsProteins and Nucleic Acids

Unit 8: Nuclear Chemistry

The reactions that form the basis of the study of classical chemistry are those involving relationships between electrons of reactants and products. Nuclear chemistry; however; is a branch of chemistry that deals with the atomic nucleus; its particles; and forces. Students learn about radioactivity; transmutation of elements; and aspects of nuclear fission and fusion. In addition; students become aware of the uses of nuclear chemistry in the modern world.

Forces within the NucleusRadioactivity and Half-LifeLaboratory: Calculating Half-LifeTransmutation of ElementsNuclear Fission and Fusion

Unit 9: Semester Review and Test

Semester ReviewSemester Test

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Washington Virtual Academy-Omak

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