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SC5800: Chemistry

Course Description

Are you ready to investigate matter and the changes it can undergo? Chemistry is a laboratory based course focused on understanding chemical principles and their applications. Topics include atomic structure and the periodic table- chemical reactions- intermolecular forces- thermochemistry- equilibrium- nuclear chemistry- states of matter and behavior of gases. Students learn to use concepts such as patterns- energy and matter- systems- cause and effect- structure and function to connect ideas across the different scientific disciplines. Students learn science concepts through engaging in science and engineering practices of asking questions- modeling- and constructing explanations and arguments. Laboratory experiences engage students in asking questions- planning- and carrying out investigations- analyzing- interpreting- and communicating information. Mathematical and computational thinking are incorporated throughout. Students also engage in engineering practices such as design and evaluation.

Essential Standards

  • Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements. (HS-ESS1-3)
  • Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth's systems.              (HS-ESS3-5)
  • Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants. (HS-ETS1-1)
  • Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms. (HS-PS1-1)
  • Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties. (HS-PS1-2)
  • Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.(HS-PS1-3)
  • Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy. (HS-PS1-4)
  • Refine the design of a chemical system by specifying a change in conditions that would produce increased amounts of products at equilibrium.(HS-PS1-6)
  • Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction. (HS-PS1-7)
  • Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.(HS-PS1-8)
  • Create a computational model to calculate the change in the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known. (HS-PS3-1)