Advanced Chemistry

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This lab-intensive course provides an in-depth look at many chemical concepts introduced in previous courses, as well as explorations of new ideas. Topics will include molecular structures and bonding theories, properties of solutions, kinetics, thermodynamics, organic reactions, nuclear chemistry, and buffers and acid/base equilibria. Prerequisite: Experimental Chemistry.


Unit Essential Questions Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources
Advanced Chemistry

What is the quantum structure of the atom?

How do atoms bond?

What structures do molecules have and how does their structure inform their behavior?

How do acids and bases behave?

What factors affect solubility?

What effect does equibibrium have on chemical reactions?

What determines the rate at which a chemical reaction occurs?

When are chemical reactions spontaneous?

What is nuclear chemistry?

What is the chemistry of coordination compounds?

What is electrochemistry?

What is organic chemistry?

Quantum structure of the atom

Covalent and ionic bonding

Lewis structures, formal charges, and resonance

hybrid orbitals, sigma and pi bonds

Application of equilibrium constants

Acid-base equilibria


Common-ion effect

Solubility equilibria

Reaction rates and mechanisms


Entropy and Gibbs free-energy

Voltaic cells, cell EMF, batteries

Radioactivity, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion

Coordination compounds: chelates, isomerism, color, and magnetism

Organic compounds: structures, functional groups, and typical reactions

Apply chemical knowledge and mathematical skills for a variety of chemical problem-solving situations

Use a variety of experimental methods to answer questions about the world around us

Maintain a laboratory notebook as a record of all experimental work

Use a computer and probes to collect and analyze data

Communicate scientific ideas using a variety of media

Conduct non-lab-based reasearch on a chemical topic

Participation and classwork


Lab work and lab reports

Tests and quizzes

Chemistry, the Central Science, 9th Ed., Theodore L. Brown, Eugene LeMay, and Bruce Bursten