Where does matter come from, how is matter organized and how do scientists determine this?
What are the differences between chemical and physical changes?
What drives chemical reactions, how do we predict the products of a reactios and how do we represent chemical changes?
What is energy and what types of energy are there?
How are mass and speed of molecules related to an object's energy?
What is the relationship between thermal energy, potential energy and kinetic energy?
What mathematical expression describes kinetic energy and gravitational potential energy? How do we arrive at this symbolic representation?
Is energy ever gained or lost, or is it conserved? How can we transform one form of energy into another? How is energy used to do work?
What is light and what does it have to do with color?
How do molecules make up cells and what is the structure of a cell?
How is energy used in cellular work and How do plants use light to do chemical work?
How do organisms use "food" to obtain energy for cellular work?
How does energy flow through ecosystems?
What conditions define biomes and what determines weather?
How do water and energy changes determine life in an ecosystem? What is the chemistry of water?
What interactions occur between molecules that define chemical behavior within substances?
- atoms, subatomic particles, elements
- periodic table
- chemical bonds and chemical reactions
- types of chemical reactions
- conservation of mass
- energy changes in chemical reactions
- types of energy
- thermal energy, temperature, heat and specific heat
- kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy
- radiant energy and light
- electromagnetic spectrum
- essentials of electricity
- the cell (form and function)
- chemical changes in cells
- cellular respiration
- flow of matter and energy in ecosystems
- Oregon ecosystems
- water in cells, water in ecosystems, the chemistry of water
- intermolecular forces
Thinking critically through scientific reasoning
Asking questions and developing methods to find answers
Keeping experimental records and writing lab reports
Setting up and using lab equipment to collect data
Developing a mathematical equation from the graph of data
Working with scientific notation, significant figures and uncertainty
Problem solving using metric system and dimensional analysis
Using a computer to collect and analyze data
Learning to work collaboratively
Developing oral and written communication skills
Tests and quizzes
Classwork and laboratory work
Numerous online sources
Introduction to Chemical Principles; H.Stephen Stoker; Tenth Edition; Pearson, Prentice Hall
Biology, Life on Earth; Audesirk, Audesirk and Byers; Seventh Edition; Pearson, Prentice Hall