Honors Chemistry

This is an accelerated first-year chemistry course designed for students who have demonstrated an aptitude and enthusiasm for studying science. It will provide students with an understanding of the properties of, and interactions between, different types of matter. Students will understand fundamental concepts concerning atoms, elements, and compounds. They will also comprehend the trends within the periodic table and how the atomic structure of elements affects their physical, chemical, and bonding properties. After this foundation, chemical reactions and equations will be explored, as well as thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry. The course will conclude with a brief survey of nuclear and organic chemistry. Throughout the course, students will get hands-on laboratory experience by performing experiments designed to be to be successfully accomplished at home.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1
Textbook: Prentice Hall Chemistry (Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman) (2008); ISBN-13: 978-0132512107
Laboratory Kit: MicroChem Kit (standard edition) available from Quality Science Labs.

Chemistry

This is a complete first-year high school chemistry course. It will provide students with an understanding of the properties of, and interactions between, different types of matter. Students will understand fundamental concepts concerning atoms, elements, and compounds. They will also comprehend the trends within the periodic table and how the atomic structure of elements affects their physical, chemical, and bonding properties. After this foundation, chemical reactions and equations will be explored, as well as thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry. The course will conclude with a brief survey of nuclear and organic chemistry. Throughout the course, students will get hands-on laboratory experience by performing experiments designed to be to be successfully accomplished at home.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1
Textbook: Prentice Hall Chemistry (Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman) (2008); ISBN-13: 978-0132512107
Laboratory Kit: MicroChem Kit (standard edition) available from Quality Science Labs.

Organic Chemistry

This course will provide students with an understanding of the unique chemistry of carbon compounds, including bonding, structure, and reactivity. The various classes of hydrocarbons will be examined. After this foundation, the diversity of functional groups will be explored with regard to reactivity and reaction mechanisms. Nucleophilic and electrophilic reaction mechanisms will be stressed. The course will conclude with a brief survey of biological molecules.

Prerequisites:
Textbooks and Materials: Organic Chemistry: A Short Course (Hart, Hadad, Craine, Hart), 13th ed. (2012); ISBN-13: 978-111425562
Study Guide and Solutions Manual for Organic Chemistry: A Short Course, 13th ed. (Hart, Hadad, Craine, Hart) (2012); ISBN-13: 978-1111425852
Laboratory Kit: HGS Molecular Model Kit 1013A: Organic Chemistry Set for Student, available from HGS.

AP Chemistry

This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. A student in this course will expand on material mastered in a first-year high school chemistry course: looking at more advanced explanations and theories of chemical properties and behavior, emphasizing a more mathematical approach to problem solving for a number of topics, and covering the characteristic chemistry of more classifications of elements, compounds, and materials. Students will, also, obtain additional hands-on laboratory experience by performing experiments at home using lab equipment and reagents ranging from household chemicals to chemicals purchased from a chemical supplier. Being a course that is designed to provide an equivalent learning experience to a college level class, it will demand the time and devotion that a college course requires. This course will provide the educational foundation for students to take the AP Chemistry exam.

Prerequisties:  Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and Algebra 2
Textbook: Chemistry: The Central Science (AP edition), (Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward), 12th ed. (2012); ISBN-13: 978-0132175081
Laboratory Kit: Advanced MicroChem Kit (advanced placement level chemistry kit) available from Quality Science Labs.