This is a high school level course that can help prepare students for the AP Chemistry and/or SAT II Chemistry Subject Test.
Deeply contextualized in history, the Advanced Chemistry course guides students on a journey of discovery that illuminates the foundation of all the major concepts in modern chemistry -- exclusively through experiment and analysis.
In our introductory chemistry course, Periodic Table, students rigorously outline the scope of chemistry culminating in the assembly of the periodic table of the elements. While an amazing achievement, many conspicuous phenomena went unexplained. Chief among these were the heat (often times explosive in nature) associated with reactions, the phenomena of dissolution, and electrochemical phenomena.
Advanced Chemistry students probe these aspects through experiment on a course to a grand understanding and knowledge of the nature and behavior of the matter of the universe.
Students answer the question "Why does chemistry happen?" Intensive explorations rooted in the technique of calorimetry lead students on a path of discovery which ultimately brings them to a concept called free energy and the means by which to answer such a fundamental question.
topics include: calorimetry, heat capacity, heat of fusion, heat of vaporization, bond energy, state functions, enthalpy change, Hess's law, heat of formation, 1st law of thermo, kinetic theory, entropy, 2nd law of thermo, Gibbs free energy
The plot of the story of chemistry thickens during this quarter as the students uncover and document various conditions that impact chemistry. Through these investigations one of the most profound ideas in chemistry is realized - there are different types of chemical bonds.
topics include: molarity, molality, mole fraction, equilibrium constant, reaction quotient, Le Chatelier, reaction rate, rate law, activation energy, catalysts, reaction mechanism, boiling point elevation, freezing point depression, vapor pressure lowering, osmotic pressure, law of mass action
The Chemical Bond
The ultimate question can now be addressed. What is the true nature of the chemical bond?
topics include: solubility product, solubility rules, common ion effect, Arrhenius acid and base, Bronsted-Lowry acid and base, Lewis acid and base, pH, weak acids, strong acids, Kw, buffers, titration, oxidation states, oxidation-reduction, reduction potentials, voltage and spontaneity, voltage and equilibrium, electron energy levels, atomic spectra, quantum numbers, atomic orbitals, atomic radii, ionization energy, electron affinity, electronegativity, Lewis structure, VSEPR, molecular geometry, nuclear chemistry
The Advanced Chemistry sequence consists of three 30-hour workshops for a total of 90 hours of in-class material. Academic year sequences are held in 10 week classes each 3 hours long.
This sequence is designed to prepare students for success on the AP Chemistry exam and/or the SAT II Chemistry Subject Test.
Classes consist of hands-on activities, practice problems, and concept synthesis. Academic year students are required to complete a minimal amount of practice problems. Students seeking A-G fulfillment will need to work with their parent schools in order to have this course satisfy A-G requirements.