Grade: 10 Prerequisite: Biology Credit Value: 6
Length of Course: Academic Year
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.
This course will consist of the following units of study:
The Nature of Chemistry
The Structure of Matter
Interactions of Matter
Gases and Kinetic and Molecular Theory
Acids and Bases
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?
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
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