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(Grades 10-11; Prerequisite Biology; 6 periods/week, full year; 1 unit)

This course introduces students to the study of our physical world at the atomic level through an active experimental approach. The classic essential topics of atomic structure, reactions and equations, chemical calculations and the mole, gas laws, periodicity, and acid-base chemistry are covered as well as recent topics related to chemistry’s role in protecting and sustaining the environment. Problem solving is a major component of chemistry as well as laboratory investigations, lectures, demonstrations and reading assignments. Students make use of technology as a tool for analyzing data through graphing programs and take advantage of multiple web-based learning activities. Students are expected to have experience with both word processing and computer graphing programs. This course meets the needs of any student desiring a general background in chemistry.