Chemistry

Chemistry
Faculty : Evin Eiteljorge, Linda Ludlow, Tera Slone

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts and processes of chemistry. This laboratory program focuses on chemistry concepts and how they apply to the physical world. The student builds an understanding of chemistry through exploration, demonstration, questioning, and application of the concepts through a variety of inquiry-based activities. All-important concepts are covered in several chapters in a spiraling process that allows students to see concepts in a variety of contexts and in ways that are meaningful to the student.


Chemistry Pre-AP

Faculty: Ann Butts, Linda Ludlow, Sally Snook


This course is designed for the student with a high interest in science and/or who intends to take further science courses. It is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts and processes of chemistry and is a modification and expansion of the regular class. Experimentation, individual student inquiry, and mathematical applications are an integral part of the course. The level of instruction/curriculum will focus on preparing the student for advanced placement courses.

Chemistry Pre-AP/GT - Sally Snook, Linda Ludlow


This course is designed for the student with a high interest in science and/or who intends to take further science courses. It is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts and processes of chemistry and is a modification and expansion of the regular class. Experimentation, individual student inquiry, and mathematical applications are an integral part of the course. The level of instruction/curriculum will focus on preparing the student for advanced placement courses. This course focuses on strategies to support abstract reasoning problem solving, research skills, and a students’ active involvement in the learning process. GT services are provided through the Pre-AP classes.


Chemistry Advanced Placement

Faculty: Ann Butts


Chemistry AP is an in-depth study of the principles set forth in Chemistry 1. This course follows the Advanced Placement recommended scope and sequence. Topics include: structure and properties of atoms and molecules stated of matter and descriptive chemistry. Lab exercises emphasize the mole concept, gravimetric and volumetric quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, and organic chemistry. Experimentation, individual student inquiry, and mathematical problem solving are an integral part of the course.

PIP Chemistry

Faculty: Kathleen Rushing


PIP Chemistry is a laboratory centered course the investigates the composition and behavior of matter. Students work in small groups and individually to review accepted principles of chemistry, to experiment and observe real data, and apply their knowledge and skills to problem-solving. Skills emphasized are reading and writing scientific, technical information, collecting and analyzing data, notetaking, and time management. The expectations of the course are to prepare students for participation in the IB Group 4 courses as well as chemistry at the collegiate level, meet the state curriculum objectives for the course, and create an awareness and appreciation of the fact that “chemistry is everywhere.”

IB Chemistry SL

Faculty: Kathleen Rushing


This course, designed for students with a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems, provides opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context, which will stimulate and challenge students. The course will contribute to the students’ ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize scientific information and help develop the students’ ability to think clearly and express their ideas orally and in writing with clarity and logic. The course includes the following topics of study: stoichiometry, atomic theory and atomic models, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, solutions, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, organic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and fuels and energy. This course encourages an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method. In an effort to develop students’ experimental and investigative skills, 40% of a student’s classroom time will be devoted to performing laboratory activities. A multi-disciplinary group project is a component of this class.


IB Chemistry HL

Faculty: Kathleen Rushing


This course, designed for students with a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems, provides opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context, which will stimulate and challenge students. The course will contribute to the students’ ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize scientific information and help develop the students’ ability to think clearly and express their ideas orally and in writing with clarity and logic. The course reviews the topics of study covered in SL as a corestoichiometry, atomic theory, and atomic models, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, solutions, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, organic chemistry--but also continues with the topics in greater depth. HL students are expected to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature than SL. This course encourages an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method. In an effort to develop students’ experimental and investigative skills, 40% of a student’s classroom time will be devoted to performing laboratory activities and independent investigations. A multi-disciplinary group project is also a component of this class.


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