Chemistry

This course is specially designed to meet the needs of high school English Language Learners (ELLs). This is a descriptive and hands-on course that covers physical, organic and biological chemistry. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry concepts, giving the student a strong background on a variety of topics in order to appreciate the role of science and particularly chemistry in modern-day life.

Topics include scientific measurement, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, kinetics, equilibrium, organic and nuclear chemistry. This course introduces the chemistry of the biological compounds. A systematic study of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, and their components is presented. Metabolism of the biological compounds is studied as well as the interrelationships among the carbon, nitrogen, and energy cycles.

This course highlights laboratory experiments that allow students to apply the scientific method to solve chemical problems and practice chemical laboratory skills and techniques and reinforce the concepts covered in the classroom.

Readings: 
George I. Sackheim, An Introduction to Chemistry for Biology Students
R. Thomas Myers et al , Holt Chemistry Visualizing Matter
David V. Frank, et al, Chemical Building Blocks
David V. Frank, et al, Chemical Interactions
Glencoe Science Chemistry Matter and Change The Physical Setting
ChemMatters Magazinie
What Einstein Told His Cook
Research: 

Conduct research about the following topics related to the lab: Solubility, Titration, Calorimetry
Research about Elements
Research about Experiments done by other students

Media Used: 
DVD - Standard Deviants Chemistry Tutorials 1, 2 and 3
Online clips, Videos and Podcasts
Interim Assessments: 

Students write lab reports for the work conducted in this course. They also critique their peers' lab reports.

Writing a Position Paper about Ethanol

Significant Assignments: 

Writing a formal lab reports
Reading "Chemicals in the Kitchen"
Reading " Fat of the Land"
Science Project Proposal
Layered Organic Assignments

Conducting an Oral Defense about the Project
PowerPoint Presentation about the project "Chemistry of What?"

Significant Activities or Projects: 

Conducting an Oral Presentation about "Chemistry of What?"
Designing a Periodic Table of What?
Constructing Models of Organic Compounds

Sample PBATs: 
Experimental inquiries into solubility