"Chemistry is the bridge between the perceived world of substances and the imagined world of atoms." ~Peter Atkins, Chemist
Chemistry in the Community
Welcome to the home page for chemistry in the community!
is a topic list of the units we will be studying. Please visit my
homepage to click on the link to the Moodle page for this course where
you will be able to download assignments and get course materials. If
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Essential Questions This Course Answers:
- How do we study matter?
- How do the principles of chemistry apply to real life?
- How are chemistry principles used to solve problems?
- How do society, technology and chemistry interrelate?
Chemistry in the Community is a course that is designed to explore the real-life
applications of chemistry in everyday life; it is a “hands-on” course
structured around real-life scenarios. Students will study topics such as:
scientific communities, water, petroleum, etc. with an emphasis on real-life
skills and applications. Students taking this course can expect to complete
performance-based assessments such as: mock trials, designing original
solutions to problems and creating original works that incorporate the
chemistry principle learned in class. Participation in class discussions,
working with others in a group, participation in laboratory activities and
learning how to use research tools are key components of this course.
Course Level: Open to any
Prerequisites: Completion of pre-algebra
ii. Getting to Know You
Let's get started by focusing on the chemist behind the chemistry!
I. Membership: The Scientific Community
A. Why Study Chemistry?
B. The Nature of Science
C. Measuring Up
D. The Scientific Method II. Water: Exploring Solutions A. The Mysterious Riverwood Fish Kill
B. Sources & Uses of Water
C. Looking at Water & Its Contaminants
D. Investigating the Cause of the Fish Kill
E. Water Treatment & Purification
III. Materials: Structure & Uses
A. Why We Use What We Use
B. Earth's Mineral Resources C. Conserving Matter D. Designing Materials for Desired Properties IV. Petroleum: Breaking and Making Bonds A. What is Petroleum? B. Petroleum as an Energy Source C. Petroleum as a Building Material Resource
D. Energy Alternatives to Petroleum
V. Air: Chemistry and the Atmosphere
A. Gases in the Atmosphere
B. Radiation and Climate C. Acids in the Atmosphere
D. Sources, Effects and Solutions to Air Pollution
VI. The Soap Project A. Designing and Marketing Soap B. Developing a Soap Product