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GENERAL CHEMISTRY      
Semester
Grades 10, 11, 12                                   

General Chemistry is an introductory course in Chemistry with emphasis placed on concept development and scientific inquiry.  Concepts are developed and reinforced through discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises.  The laboratory experiments enable the student to gain direct hands-on experience to reinforce the principles obtained in the classroom.  Content includes matter, chemical reactions, energy, atomic theory, and chemical bonding.

CHEMISTRY I                 
Full year                     
Grades 10, 11, 12             

Chemistry I is an introductory course in inorganic chemistry designed to acquaint the student with fundamental physical and chemical properties of elements, compounds, and mixtures.  This course places emphasis on student laboratory experiments where chemical reactions and chemical processes are observed and explained at the atomic and molecular level using the scientific method.  Laboratory experiments and instructor demonstrations reinforce the theory and principles of chemical reactions and chemical processes learned in the classroom.  This course requires one additional scheduled period per week for laboratory experience.

CHEMISTRY I - HONORS                     
Full Year                                                                   
Grades 10, 11, 12           

Chemistry I Honors is an introductory chemistry course designed for students who are particularly interested in the sciences and who have a strong background in mathematics.  Students planning to enter college in a science or mathematics-related field, such as medicine or engineering, are encouraged to take this course.  Topics include the classification and behavior of matter, chemical expressions and calculations, and reaction mechanics and equilibrium.  These topics will be taught at an accelerated pace and with more of an emphasis on calculations than in Chemistry I.  The laboratory experiments enable the student to gain direct experience to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.  This course requires one additional scheduled period per week for laboratory experience.

CHEMISTRY II - HONORS                                                 
Full Year                                                                                                   
Grades 11, 12              

Chemistry II Honors is designed for students who are planning to apply to college in a science- related major (chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, pre-medicine, etc.).  The course aims to build on the concepts taught in Chemistry I and Chemistry I Honors.  The overall focus will be atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodicity, stoichiometry, phases of matter, solutions, organic nomenclature, along with understanding fundamental chemistry concepts.  This course will be taught from a college-level textbook and will be supplemented with in-class activities, demonstrations, lecture and lab work.  The Chemistry II Honors course also covers a portion of the AP curriculum and is considered a prerequisite to the Advanced Placement Chemistry course. 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY                 
Full Year                                                                                                    
Grade 12                                      

AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college.  The focus will be on reaction kinetics, acids-bases, equilibrium chemistry, thermochemistry, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.  This course is instructed out of a college-level textbook and will be supplemented with in-class activities, group projects, demonstrations, lecture and lab work.  It is understood that a portion of the AP Chemistry curriculum will have been covered in the Chemistry II Honors prerequisite; therefore, the students are expected to know the material.  The AP Chemistry course is geared for students who are planning to apply to college in a science-related major (chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, pre-medicine, etc.).

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