11th - 12th Grade
Credit - 1
Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry or departmental approval.
This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. The course is designed to provide students with sufficient depth and breadth of understanding of chemical fundamentals, competence in dealing with chemical calculations, and experience in the nature and variety of laboratory experiments equivalent to that of a typical college course. Topics such as the atomic and molecular structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, and basic principles of thermodynamics are emphasized. A substantial portion of class time is spent on understanding and applying these concepts through chemical problem solving. Students develop the ability to think clearly and to express their ideas in writing with clarity and logic. In addition, the behavior of chemical systems is investigated in the laboratory. A laboratory notebook is kept, and students submit a report of each experiment. Each student is expected to take the AP Chemistry exam.
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