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Chemistry Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Chemistry Part 1 will explore many aspects within the subject of chemistry. Students will begin by investigating matter, atomic structure, and the periodic table. The learners will then explore the role of electrons with respect to ionic, metallic, and covalent bonding. Students will also demonstrate the ability to name and to write formulas for ionic compounds, molecular compounds, and acids and bases. Finally, students will analyze mole-mass relationships and mole-volume relationships. In addition to virtual experiences, the lessons in this course will provide students with hands-on lab experience through various inquiry activities and mini-labs that can easily be performed in the home. These experiences encourage skills necessary for critical thinking. This course includes a virtual chemistry lab CD.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify three steps in the scientific method.
  • Explain the difference between an element and a compound.
  • Describe what happens during a chemical change and identify four possible clues that a chemical change has taken place.
  • Convert measurements to scientific notation.
  • Identify the number of significant figures in a measurement and in the result of a calculation.
  • Apply the techniques of dimensional analysis to a variety of conversion problems.
  • Describe how density varies with temperature.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Define the atom and describe the structure of the atom, distinguishing between atoms of different elements.
  • Describe the quantum mechanical model, diagram electron arrangement in atoms, and describe the relationship between the wavelength and frequency of light.
  • Explain how elements are organized in a periodic table.
  • Classify elements based on electron configuration.
  • Describe trends among the elements for atomic size, ionization energy, ionic size, and electronegativity.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Determine the number of valence electrons in an atom of a representative element.
  • Describe how cations and anions form.
  • Explain the electrical charge of an ionic compound.
  • Distinguish between molecular compounds and ionic compounds.
  • Demonstrate how electron dot diagrams are used.
  • Distinguish between a covalent bond and a coordinate covalent bond, and describe how the strength of a covalent bond is related to its bond dissociation energy.
  • Evaluate the strength of intermolecular attractions compared to the strength of ionic and covalent bonds.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Determine the charges and naming rules of monatomic ions and polyatomic ions.
  • Apply the rules for naming and writing formulas for binary ionic compounds, compounds with polyatomic ions, and binary molecular compounds.
  • Apply three rules for naming and writing formulas of acids and bases.
  • Define Avogadro‚Äôs number as it relates to a mole of a substance.
  • Distinguish between the atomic mass of an element and its molar mass.
  • Describe how to convert the mass of a substance to the number of moles of a substance and moles to mass.
  • Interpret an empirical formula and distinguish between empirical and molecular formulas.

Course Materials

  • Prentice Hall Chemistry (textbook and Virtual ChemLab CD)

*Available as an iText course (includes Virtual ChemLab CD)

**NCAA approved