This course is designed for juniors, seniors and select sophomores as well as post-graduates, who are ready to compare, contrast, and synthesize how matter, chemical reactions, and energy are calculated and the resulting changes that result throughout the chemical process. The course will also provide multiple hands-on lab exercises and provide multiple lab simulations. Successful lab completion will consist of either a technical lab report and or a pre/post-lab document of questions to be answered along with a class discussion of the lab.
Students will also investigate the atomic structure, mathematical rules related to: scientific notation, rounding, dimensional analysis, significant figures, as well as electron configurations, density, periodic table history and trends, chemical bonding, states of matter, phase diagrams, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, structure of the atom, quantum theory/mechanics, mole and mass relationships (stoichiometry), percent yield/composition, percent error, partial pressures, rates of reactions and concentrations, gas laws, and the 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics. Finally, all students will perform a 1st quarter elemental research project, take five element quizzes, and they will be required to complete a final term project consisting of a typed research paper and class presentation (PowerPoint or Prezi).