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. This course is very comparable to our General Chemistry as far as assignments, lessons, and content through the first 5 weeks of a term; however, the honors material is designed to provide students with more of an in depth study over the final two weeks including multiple lessons covering a broader focus on rates of reaction, concentration, equilibrium, Acids and Bases, and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.
The course will also provide multiple hands-on lab exercises and 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 followed by a class discussion of the relevant findings. The honors courses will offer additional hands-on lab exercises as well as lab simulations to further enhance the other learning materials that are available.
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, chemical equilibrium, free energy, structure of the atom, quantum theory/mechanics, mole and mass relationships (stoichiometry), percent yield/composition, percent error, partial pressures, pH and pOH, Acid/Base calculations, Mixing Acids and Bases, 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 followed by an end-of-the-year Periodic Table test, and they will be required to complete a final term project consisting of a typed research paper and class presentation (PowerPoint or Prezi).