Chemistry is the study of "stuff": the materials that make up everything in the Universe. Honors Chemistry is designed to help students build up a scientifically valid picture of the physical Universe through asking question about the relationship between the properties and structure of matter. To do that requires constant shifting between the every day "macroscopic world", the difficult to see or imagine "submicroscopic world", and the representations and equations we use to link these in the "symbolic world". This course focuses on the Next Generation Science Standards practices of theory-building (creating and evaluating scientific models and explanations) and experimental design (the methods used to study the material world and test theories).
- Students will demonstrate the use of specific tools for active metacognition.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to plan, carry out, and evaluate the results of an experimental investigation.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of mathematical tools for problem solving, including proportions, dimensional analysis, and substitution.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate their problem-solving process, including habitually “showing work”.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of how scientific models/theories are developed, tested, used, and discarded.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to use kinetic-molecular theory to represent, explain and analyze gas law, chemical reaction , and conservation of matter phenomena.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to use chemical bonding models to explain and analyze solution, electrochemistry, and acids & base phenomena.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to use the ion model of solutions to represent, explain and analyze electrochemistry, solubility, precipitation and acid/base phenomena.