Chemistry Courses

  • CHEMISTRY CP             (9616)                    Grades 10-12                       6 Credits

    Prerequisites

    • Successful completion of Biology

    Chemistry CP course meets six periods a week and has a formal two period lab as part of the instructional process. There is a strong emphasis on laboratory work requiring the following: the utilization of problem-solving, inquiry, and decision making skills; the ability to formulate usable questions and hypotheses from which experiments are planned and conducted, utilizing approved safe laboratory methods to provide data and results demonstrating scientific integrity and accuracy; the ability to incorporate historical perspectives, scientific theory, skepticism, and a sharing of knowledge, ideas and beliefs through various means of communication. The scope of the course includes composition and properties of substances and mixtures, chemical reactions and bonding, periodic law and the periodic table of the elements, atomic theory, historical perspectives and subatomic organization, stoichiometry, the gas laws and behavior of gases, and acids, bases, titrations, and neutralization reactions. An oral presentation with visuals is required in the last marking period.


    CHEMISTRY HONORS                (9617)    Grades 10-12                       6 Credits (Honors)

    Prerequisites:

    • Minimum course grade of B- in Biology Honors, or
    • Minimum course grade of A- in Biology CP

    Chemistry Honors is intended for students who have shown a high proficiency in science and mathematics.  This course meets six times a week and has a formal two-period lab as part of the instructional process. During laboratory work, students are expected to demonstrate consistent use of significant figures and error analysis in data recording as well as the use of advanced cognitive skills and abstract reasoning during data interpretation. Though the topics of the course include those covered in Chemistry CP, the instructional approach is more rigorous and inductive in nature. The major concept areas include: composition and properties of substances and mixtures, chemical reactions and bonding, periodic law and the periodic table of the elements; atomic theory, historical perspectives and subatomic organization, stoichiometry, redox reactions, gas laws and behavior of gases introduction to organic chemistry; introduction to concerns in environmental chemistry (for example, the issue of acid rain related to chemical pollution), and acids, bases, pH, titrations, and neu­tralization reactions.


    AP CHEMISTRY             (9619)                    Grades 11-12                       10 Credits (AP)

    Prerequisite:

    • Minimum course grade of B- in Chemistry Honors, or
    • Minimum course grade of A- in Chemistry CP

    The AP Chemistry course topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, equations and quantitative relations, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, electrochemistry, kinetics and equilibrium, thermodynamics, acids and bases, ionic equilibria, organic chemistry.  This course also includes review and preparation for the Advanced Placement Chemistry Exam.   


    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY HONORS          (9618)                    Grades 11-12                       6 Credits (Honors)

    Prerequisite:

    • Minimum course grade of B- in Chemistry Honors, or
    • Minimum course grade of A- in Chemistry CP, and
    • Successful completion of Algebra II course

    Organic Chemistry Honors is a second year of chemistry for students who have an interest and ability in chemistry or related science areas. The course involves the study of the structure, properties, and chemical behavior of carbon- containing compounds, including, among others, hydrocarbons, alcohols, plastics, and fuels. Laboratory experiments are performed. This course is excellent preparation for college biology, freshman college chemistry, and college organic chemistry. This is a Middle College course and three (3) college credits may be earned from FDU (Reference page 6 of the OBHS Course Offering Book).