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Chem 1

Course Description

Length of Course One Year
Credit 6.0
Grade Level 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites Biology 1

Chemistry 1 is an introductory, survey course in inorganic chemistry. The objective of this course is to develop in the student a working knowledge of the principal concepts of physical-inorganic chemistry. The student will become familiar with the basic vocabulary and calculations of chemistry and will be able to express the basic concepts of atoms, molecules, chemical reactions, and physical properties of matter. Students will learn basic mathematical laws related to chemistry and develop facility in mathematical calculations related to these. Laboratory experiments are used throughout the year to demonstrate the experimental foundations of the subject matter, to reinforce content learned through lecture, discussion and readings, and to teach laboratory techniques and safety.


Chemistry 1 is a traditional college-preparatory course in inorganic chemistry intended for students who have demonstrated a facility for mathematics. Emphasis is put on the quantitative aspects of chemistry. Mathematical operations - including proportions, solving of algebraic equations, construction and interpretation of graphs, use of powers of ten, and the expression of quantities using metric system units - are employed throughout the course.



Chemistry represents the combined inspired thinking and creativity of many cultures over many centuries. Each significant development rests upon the previous discoveries of other scientists and mathematicians. This historical perspective will be stressed throughout the course. Chemical principles are universal and the course will present real-life applications that relate to all students. Opportunities to focus on diversity issues will include but are not limited to discussions of the contributions of scientists from various cultural backgrounds and the reinforcement of the need for students to respect the work of others regardless of gender, political affiliation, religious background and beliefs, and ethnicity.


The content, scope and sequence of the three first year chemistry courses (Chemistry Concepts, Chemistry 1, and Chemistry 1 Honors) are similar since all three courses cover those introductory topics associated with a first year chemistry course. However, the depth of the content coverage and discussion varies widely among these three courses. Mathematical calculations are increasingly more complex and challenging in moving from Chemistry Concepts to Chemistry 1 to Chemistry 1 honors. The reliance on an inductive approach to the development of concepts is more prevalent in the Chemistry 1 Honors than in either Chemistry 1 or Chemistry Concepts in which the deductive approach to material is favored. Chemistry 1 is a traditional college preparatory course in inorganic chemistry that will prepare the students for further studies in the sciences.



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