Chemistry Honors is a course designed in its depth, and laboratory experience to be comparable to a first-year chemistry course at the college level. It explores the relationships between the structure of matter and its properties and reactions. There is an emphasis on quantitative descriptions of the behavior of matter and on the mathematical underpinnings of the theories that explain that behavior. The development of problem-solving strategies and computational skills will be an important element of the course.
The main topics covered are: the structure of matter - atoms, molecules, bonding, chemical reactions, nuclear reactions, and organic chemistry; kinetic theory - solids, liquids, gases and solutions; equilibria - acids, bases, buffers; thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. This course will prepare students to take the AP Chemistry exam.
Prerequisites: Algebra II, Chemistry, and permission of the department chair