Course title

Chemistry Laboratory Methods



Course description

Learning Recommendations: Familiarity with the steps in the scientific process, investigative design and basic lab skills We encourage students interested in taking higher level Chemistry and Biology courses to take this class, because of its foundational nature and the role it plays in preparing students for Chemistry. May be taken the same year as Physics Laboratory Methods, as a year-long science course of study Concurrent enrollment of Common Core Algebra 1 or higher math level General Description: In this semester long course students explore through inquiry and application the fundamental concepts of chemistry – such as the relationship between atomic structure and periodic trends, chemical bonding, chemical and nuclear reactions. Skills taught in this course will provide students with the content and lab techniques necessary to move into higher level chemistry and biology courses. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving and scientific inquiry. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of major concepts will be covered. This course fulfills college prep requirements as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) as a lab-based science course. Content: Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following: The atomic structure of matter, the periodic table Classification of matter Introduction to chemical bonding, naming of chemical compounds Conservation of matter Lab safety and the use and care of lab equipment Heat and energy transformations and phase changes Nuclear reactions Skills taught in this course: Fundamental laboratory techniques and lab safety Scientific communication and technical writing Increased use of metric units and conversion techniques Graphical analysis and interpretation fundamentals Use of electronic tools for data collection and manipulation Strategies: Inquiry-based laboratory work with emphasis on critical analysis of data and student designed experiments Use of electronic tools for data collection and manipulation Demonstrations of scientific principles Student projects, research and presentations Cooperative learning groups Lecture/discussion Homework: 0-10 minutes a night Course Fee / Materials: Colored pencils, basic calculator, three ring binder, goggles

School country

United States

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School city


High school

Issaquah High School

School / district Address

700 2nd Ave SE

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Requested competency code

Lab Science

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Approved competency code

  • LCHM
  • Chemistry

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Expected grade level


Online / Virtual