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1) Atoms and Molecules2) Macro to Micro Structures 3) Energetics and Dynamics 4) Theory and Practice in Chemical Systems 5) Chemical Design 6) The Chemistry of Life 7) Chemistry and the Environment 8) Chemistry at the Interface
From: Katie Johnson (johnson5@madison.k12.wi.us)
Date: Wed Mar 05 2003 - 17:12:59 EST

In response to sharing how we sequence the year.

The first week of school I give an overview of the year long course. It
revolves around 3 essential questions:
#1: How do I know WHAT chemical I have?
#2: If I put 2 chemicals together, can I predict how they will change
(what will form?, how much?, how fast?)
#3: Can I control the event? (the what, the how much and the rate)

Unit One: The Basics - Essential Question #1
How do I know WHAT I have?
  i.e. physical and chemical properties
How do I know HOW MUCH I have?
  i.e. measurment: meniscus, pan balance, significant digits
How do I know WHEN it has changed to something different?
  i.e. clues to changes (dissolving does not equal melting, etc)

Unit Two: Basics #1 - more details about identifying WHAT chemical it is.
WHAT kind of substance?
  i.e. element, compound, mixture
WHAT kind of particle?
  i.e. atom, molecule, sub-atomic particle
WHAT do I call it?
  i.e. rules for naming

Unit Three: Basics #2 - more details about HOW MUCH we have
There are 3 ways to measure HOW MUCH:
  count particles, measure a volume, measure a mass
They are related by the concept of the MOLE
  (here is where we deal with scientific notation)

Unit Four: Basics #3 - more details about CHANGES in a chemical
Patterns for simple reactions
We introduce REDOX here
Balancing reactions

Unit Five: Stoichiometry - Essential Question #2
Predicting reaction products including solubility rules
Predicting yield
% composition, empirical and molecular formulas

Unit Six: Energy Issues
endo and exothermic events
heat of reaction (and its synonyms: heat of solution, heat of combustion etc)
Heat and CHEMICAL changes
  standard heats of formation and Hess's Law
Heat and PHYSICAL change
  heating and cooling graphs
  States of Matter

Unit Seven: The Gas Laws
(this is usually the beginning of 2nd semester)
Phase Change Diagrams
Gas Law Problems

Unit Eight: Periodicity
a closer look at the atom: electron configurations
other periodic trends

Unit Nine: Bonding
Lewis structures, valence electrons
ionic, covalent and polar covalent bonding
simple molecular shapes, VSEPR

Unit Ten: Introduction to Organic Chem
(this unit is optional, I do it if I have time -- about 1 week)
the basics of naming hydrocarbons, functional groups and isomers

Unit Eleven: The chemistry of Mixtures
solutions, colloids, suspensions
solution concentration
colligative properties
strong and weak electrolytes
(Ksp if time)

Unit Twelve: Reaction Mechanics - Essential Question #3
factors affecting reaction rates
chemical equilibrium
driving forces: entropy and enthalpy
Gibbs Free energy

Unit Thirteen: Acids and Bases
strong and weak acids/bases
Ka and Kb

I usually finish everything mentioned, some years we don't do much with

Katherine Johnson
Chemistry Teacher
Madison East High School
Madison, Wisconsin


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