10th Grade Chemistry
Chemistry is a laboratory oriented course where students will learn new skills and techniques as they study first year chemistry.
They will be introduced to the shorthand of chemistry as they learn to use chemical formulas and equations. Chemical properties will be related to atomic structure as students learn to use the periodic table of elements.
Quantitative analysis, nuclear chemistry, and acid-base chemistry will also be introduced.
This AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of a two semester college introductory chemistry course usually taken by chemistry majors during their first year. Students taking this course will be substantially better prepared for any college science course due to the intensive nature of study required by the content covered, the math involved, the use of higher-level thinking skills, and the more involved laboratory experience. This is a science course that focuses on advanced, key concepts and topics, not typical of general high school chemistry. These concepts are placed in the broader context of six conceptual themes, or Big Ideas as outlined by The College Board:
BIG IDEA OVERVIEW:
Big Idea 1: Structure of matter
Big Idea 2: Properties of matter-characteristics, states, and forces of attraction
Big Idea 3: Chemical reactions
Big Idea 4: Rates of chemical reactions
Big Idea 5: Thermodynamics
Big Idea 6: Equilibrium