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ACP Chemistry (821)
2016-17

 
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Course Outline by Unit

Last update: Thursday, October 2, 2014 11:01 AM

Chemistry is the study of matter – what stuff is made of, and how stuff turns into other stuff.  Our study of chemistry is organized into 8 major units, each with essential questions to investigate.  Throughout the year we will explore how we use our knowledge of chemistry to improve our lives.  As you learn the chemistry content you will also be building your study skills, which will help you in any class or independent study you choose to take.  This course fulfills standard college preparatory requirements.

The chapter references for ACP Chemistry (821) are for the textbook: World of Chemistry Zumdahl, Steven, et al. Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2007.

Essential Questions (for the whole year)

  • How do we understand nature in terms of tiny particles?
  • How do we use our knowledge of these tiny particles to improve our lives?

Unit 1: Matter and Classification

  Essential Questions
 
  • What is stuff made of? (What is the composition of matter?)
  • How do we know what we know? (Do we really know what we think we know?)
Chapter
Cornerstone Activities and Projects
Related Activities
1:
Chemistry: an Introduction Experimenting with a Candle
Safety in the Laboratory
       
2:
Matter   Classification of Matter
       
3:
Chemical Foundations:
Elements, Atoms, and Ions
Growing Crystals of Alum Elements!
       
19.1:
Radioactive Decay

 

Penny Half-life

       
5:
Measurements and Calculations   Measurements
       

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Unit 2: Chemical Reactions and Quantities

  Essential Questions
 
  • What do we call the tiny particles?
  • How do we count up the tiny particles in the stuff?
  • What happens to the tiny particles when stuff becomes other stuff?
Chapter
Cornerstone Activities and Projects
Related Activities
4:
Nomenclature

Ionic Compounds Puzzles

 

       
7:
Chemical Reactions:
An Introduction
  Carbon Footprint Activity
Halloween Funny Putty
       
6:
Chemical Composition National Chemistry Week Project
Determination of the Water of Hydration for an Unknown Salts
       
9:
Chemical Quantities

¹Mass Relationships in a Chemical Reaction

 
       
15:
Solutions Solutions of Known Concentration Preparing Glucose Solutions by Serial Dilution
  (sections 1 & 2)    

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Unit 3: Types of Chemical Reactions

  Essential Questions
 
  • How do the tiny particles get along? Or not?
  • How do we predict what kind of stuff the tiny particles will make?
Chapter
Cornerstone Activities and Projects
Related Activities
8:
Reactions in Aqueous Solutions ¹Precipitation and Solubility Reaction Types
  (sections 1 & 2)   Filtered Versus Straight from the Tap
16:
Acids and Bases Assay for Acetic Acid in Vinegar by Acid-base Titration Testing pH
  (sections 1B,1C,2,3)    
18.3:
Electrochemistry and its Applications Reduction–Oxidation Reaction (Fe and CuSO4) Chemical Activity Series
  (section 3)    

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Unit 4: Energy and Equilibrium

  Essential Questions
 
  • Why do the tiny particles get along? Or not?
  • What drives the tiny particles to get along or produce new stuff?
Chapter
Cornerstone Activities and Projects
Related Activities
10:
Energy Hess’s Law
Chem Matters Presentation Project
Heat of Combustion of Paraffin
       
17:
Equilibrium Family Chemical Poster Project Presentation Le Châtelier’s Principle
  (sections 1A & 1B)    

 

Mid-year Exam

 

Unit 5: Modern Atomic Theory

  Essential Questions
 
  • What is light?
  • What happens when light and the tiny particles interact?
  • What is happening inside the tiny particles?
Chapter
Cornerstone Activities and Projects
Related Activities
11:
Modern Atomic Theory Line Spectra Flame Tests
  (section 1)   Atomic Trends

 

Unit 6: Molecules and Structure

  Essential Questions
 
  • What do the tiny particles look like? (atomic scale & macroscopically)
  • How do we combine the tiny particles to make stuff we can use?
Chapter
Cornerstone Activities and Projects
Related Activities
12:
Chemical Bonding Modeling Molecular Shapes (model kit lab) Molecular Origami
  (sections 1, 3, &4)    
20:
Organic Chemistry Family Chemical Poster Project Starts  
  (sections 1, 3A, 3B, 4C and 4D)    
21:
Biochemistry    
  (selected topics)    

 

Unit 7: Solutions, Liquids and Solids

  Essential Question
 
  • How does the arrangement of tiny particles affect the macroscopic function of stuff?
Chapter
Cornerstone Activities and Projects
Related Activities
14:
Liquids and Solids Intermolecular Forces
       
15:
Solutions Solutions of Known Concentration Preparing Glucose Solutions by Serial Dilution
  (sections 1 & 2)    
  ¹Written lab reports: one each during 1st, 2nd and 3rd term.

 

Unit 8: Gases

  Essential Question
 
  • How do collisions of tiny particles explain gas behavior?
Chapter
Cornerstone Activities and Projects
Related Activities
13:
Gases ¹The Molar Volume of Hydrogen Gas Micro Rockets
  (sections 1, 2A, 3A-C)    
  ¹Written lab reports: one each during 1st, 2nd and 3rd term.

 

Final Exam

 
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