Segment A of Chemistry 1 is an introductory chemistry course that includes topics such as matter and energy, the atomic theory, electron clouds and probability, the periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical formulas, and balancing equations. In the first semester, Chemistry 1 A teaches that chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. Matter can be classified as substances (elements or compounds) or mixtures (homogeneous or heterogeneous). The position of an element on the periodic table is based on the number of protons and electrons for that element and allows chemists to see patterns in physical properties and chemical reactivity.

Segment B of Chemistry 1 is a continuation of introductory chemistry and includes topics such as moles, states of matter, behaviors of gases, solutions, reaction rates, chemical equilibriums, solubility, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. In the second semester, Chemistry 1 B teaches that atoms having great electronegativity differences will combine to form ionic bonds, while atoms that share electrons equally form covalent bonds. Students will learn that water is a unique compound held together by strong hydrogen bonding.

PRE-REQUISITES: Earth Science recommended

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Chemistry Basics

  • Chemistry and the Branches of Chemistry
  • Using the Scientific Method to Think Like a Scientist
  • States of Matter
  • Pure Substances
  • Mixtures
  • Physical and Chemical Properties and Changes

Electronic Structure and Periodicity

  • Atoms
  • Atomic Size
  • Atomic Number, Mass Number, and Isotopes
  • The Periodic Table
  • Models of the Atom
  • Quantum Numbers and Electron Configurations
  • Electromagnetic Interactions with Matter
  • Trends and Periodicity

Chemical Names, Formulas and Reactions

  • Ions
  • Binary Ionic Compounds
  • Ternary Ionic Compounds
  • Molecular Compounds and Acids
  • Balancing Equations
  • Types of Chemical Reactions
  • Reactions in Aqueous Solution
  • Solubility

Chemical Stoichiometry

  • Matter and Measurement
  • Uncertainty in Measurement
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Formula Weights and Percent Composition
  • Chemical Quantities and the Mole
  • Stoichiometry 1 – Chemical Equations
  • Stoichiometry 2 – Limiting Reactants and Percent Yields

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Chemical Bonding and Aqueous Solutions

  • Electron Transfer in Ionic Bonds
  • Arrangement of Ionic Compounds
  • Covalent Bonding
  • Molecular Shapes
  • Water and Its Properties
  • Concentrations of Solutions

Thermochemistry, Gas Laws and Equilibrium

  • The Flow of Energy-Heat
  • Heat Capacity and Specific Heat
  • Properties of Gases
  • The Gas Laws
  • The Gas Laws Continued
  • Chemical Equilibrium

Acids and Bases, Neutralization, Oxid-Red

  • Acids and Bases
  • Calculating pH
  • Neutralization Reactions
  • Titrations
  • Oxidation-Reduction Reactions
  • Electron Transfer in Redox Reactions

Organic Chem, Chemistry of Life, Nuclear

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Branched Chain Hydrocarbons
  • Functional Groups
  • The Chemistry of Life
  • The Chemistry of Life Continued
  • Nuclear Chemistry

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B