• Honors Chemistry

    Grade: 10 Prerequisite: Biology Credit Value: 6

    Length of Course: Academic Year

    Course Description

    Chemistry provides students with a comprehensive up-to-date approach to an extensive study of the nature of matter. Students introduced to basic concepts of physical science will build upon these fundamental concepts preparing the students for college courses, as well as the next course in the science sequence. The program provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to understand the composition and interactions of matter.

    Course Content

    This course will consist of the following units of study:

     The Nature of Chemistry

     The Structure of Matter

     Interactions of Matter

     Molecular Geometry

     Chemical Equations

     Stoichiometry

     Mathematical Relationships

     Gases and Kinetic and Molecular Theory

     Thermochemistry

     Acids and Bases

    Course Objectives

    The student will demonstrate the ability to answer in detail the following essential questions:

     What questions do chemists seek to answer?

     What experiments led scientists to develop modern atomic theory?

     How does matter interact to form compounds?

     How are models used to represent interactions of matter?

     Why do most atoms form chemical compounds?

     How can we determine mass and mole relationships?

     How are equivalent units of matter determined?

     How can the behavior of a gas be predicted?

     Why do chemical reactions result in changes in energy?

     What characteristics determine whether a solution is acidic or alkaline?

     What are the post-graduation and/or career options that apply to the course content?

    Evaluation Process

    A final average of 65% or better is required to be awarded course credit. Throughout the length of this course, students may be evaluated on the basis of, but not limited to:

     Formative Assessments, such as writing prompts, journals, and portfolios

     Summative Assessments, such as quizzes, tests and final examinations

     Performance Assessments, such as projects and presentations and lab reports 

     Technology-based Applications, such as electronic portfolios, Web Quests, ThinkQuest, and podcasting

     Class Participation

     Homework

     Course Grading Policy

    Final Course Grades will be determined using board policy 

    Marking Period Grades wil be determined using the following guidelines 

    60% Based on Marking Period Tests 

    40% Based on Quizzes, Laboratory Experiments, Homework and all other assessments