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Honors Chemistry is comprehensive and accelerated study of matter and chemical reactions between substances. Students will engage in laboratory investigations to explore the structure, properties, and interactions of matter. Students will utilize science and engineering practices to study how energy is transferred and conserved. Students will investigate the relationship between heat, enthalpy, and energy to calculate the energy associated with thermochemical equations.

  • Plan and conduct an investigations individually and collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence and consider limitations on the precision of the data to refine the design accordingly
  • Develop, revise, and/or use a model based on evidence to illustrate and/or predict the relationships between systems or between components of a system
  • Construct and revise an explanation based on valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources (including students’ own investigations, models, theories, simulations, peer review) and the assumption that theories and laws that describe how natural world operates


Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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Unit Description
HCHEM01Matter and the Periodic Table
Students will develop skills in making measurements and investigative methods while studying different properties of matter.  Students will become familiar with the concepts of matter and how to use data gathered in experiments to develop a conclusion.  Students will use the periodic table to identify periodic trends and to name binary compounds (ionic and covalent).  Lab safety and metric measurements will be introduced in this unit and used throughout the course.
HCHEM02Bonding and Chemical Reactions
Students will develop skills for naming different types of compounds.  Students will use Lewis dot structures and VSEPR as a model to determine simple geometric shapes of covalent compounds. Students will be able to balance and predict products of chemical reactions. 
HCHEM03The Mole and Stoichiometry
Students will use the mole concept to perform stoichiometric calculations used in chemical reactions.  Students will use molar ratios between atoms in a compound to determine empirical and molecular formulas of compounds. 

Students use the Kinetic Molecular Theory to justify the various gas laws.  Gas Laws will be used by the students to predict the behavior of a gas in various conditions.  Students will use standard and non-standard conditions to perform stoichiometric calculations pertaining to chemical reactions.
Concentration of Solutions can be defined by molarity and molality along with percentages.  Students will make solutions using various concentration concepts.  Students will determine the properties of a solute in a solution using solubility curves.  Students will use concentrations of solutions to perform stoichiometric calculations.  Students will use colligative properties of a solution to determine freezing point depression or boiling point elevation along with an unknown molar mass. 

Students will understand the relationship between heat, enthalpy, and energy.   Students will calculate the energy associated with thermochemical equations using various laws and methodologies.
Students will understand the concept of dynamic equilibrium so that they can predict equilibrium positions based on equilibrium constant, pressure, and temperature.  Students will calculate concentrations of various equilibria systems using expressions and ICE (Initial, Change, Equilibrium) methodology.  Students will understand the difference between equilibrium and reaction rate.
HCHEM08 Acids and Bases
Students will use current acid base theories to predict products of
acid/base reactions.  Students will perform calculations pertaining to acid and base including but not limited to, pH, Ka, Kb, Kw, pH of weak acid and base solutions, solubility equilibria (Ksp), and titrations.