• Merrillville High School
    Course Scope & Sequence
    Chemistry I B
    Instructor: Dr. Luis Lopez


    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

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    Course Description

    CHEMISTRY I (L)                                                                                       

    Chemistry I is a course based on laboratory investigations of matter, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions. Students enrolled in Chemistry I compare, contrast, and synthesize useful models of the structure and properties of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions.  In addition, students enrolled in this course are expected to: (1) gain an understanding of the history of chemistry, (2) explore the uses of chemistry in various careers, (3) investigate chemical questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues, and (4) learn and practice laboratory safety.

    • Recommended Grade Level:  10
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I
    • Recommended: Geometry taken concurrently.
    • Credits: 2 trimester course for 2 credits
    • Fulfills a Chemistry I requirement for the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, Core 40 with Technical Honors or a Science Course requirement of the General Diploma
    • A Career Academic Sequence or Flex Credit course

    Course Description: General Chemistry I, should allow students to synthesize useful models of the structure of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions through laboratory investigations of matter and its chemical reactions. Students should have opportunity to:
    1. Gain an understanding of the history of chemistry
    2. Explore the uses of chemistry in various careers
    3. Cope with chemical questions and problems related to personal needs and social issues, and
    4. Learn and practice laboratory safety.

    For a further description of the curriculum involved go to the curriculum map.

    Homework: Work will be given each day and a random number of assignments will be checked for accuracy and completion. The homework slip policy of the school will be enforced for those students that do not complete their homework. As a rule of thumb, homework is placed on the board for the week with due dates. The work is usually checked for completion and a percentage of the answers are checked for accuracy at the start of class. Students that are absent, but know that the assignment is due should have it the day they return. If a student is absent for more than one day he or she has as many days to have the assignment checked. It is the student's responsibility to have the homework checked upon return to class.

    It is important to understand that the homework is preparation for the exam and even though it is not for a grade it is vital that it is completed on time. It is in the best interest of the student to complete the homework accurately, completely and by oneself whether it is late or on time.

    Exam will be given at the end of each week and will cover the content of the week as well as content from the previous week. Note that the majority of the grade is based on the exam. One cannot pass the class without passing the exams. Exams vary in difficulty depending your background. So it is important to gauge your ability with the material by completing the homework and asking questions.

    Laboratories: A minimum of 6 laboratories will be performed for each marking period. The laboratories are broken down into several parts: lab activities,questions, write up that follows, and a quiz given two days after the lab. The lab itself and the questions that follow the lab are to be used as a study guide and notes on the quiz. (Lab quizzes are open note) The objective of the labs are to require you to be observant, meticulous in performing the lab, and solving problems. Remember that the lab quizzes are given two days after a lab so be sure some sort of help is in place whether it is science clinic, study group, mourning tutoring, etc

    A few things to remember before, during and after a lab:

    1. ·Be prepared before you enter the lab.
    2. ·The instructor will not help you in any way during the lab. The only thing the instructor will do is prevent you from blowing up.
    3. ·Complete the lab and questions that follow the lab, and get some help from one of the sources mentioned above if you have problems.
    4. Make sure you are not absent; making up a lab is difficult and usually requires that you stay after


    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.
    Understand the mole concept
    Understand and use Avogadro's Number
     Learn to convert among moles, mass, and number of atoms in a given sample. 
    Experimentally count atoms
    Understand the definition of molar mass,
    Learn to convert between moles, and mass of a given sample 
    H.W.Problems #9-13 odd,19c-c, 21a-c, 23a-c, pg 240
    H.W.Problems #27, 29, 31b-d, 35a-c, 39a-c, 41a,b, pg 241
    H.W.Problems #44, 45, 47 
    Sodium bicarbonate lab
    sodium bicarbonate lab quiz
    Experimentally determine mass % of magnesium sulfate
    Understand the meaning of emperical formulas.
    Calculate the moecular formula given its emperical formula given its emperical formula and molar mass. 

    H.W.Problems #57-61 odd, 65-69 odd, 79, 81  
    Tin Oxide Lab

    Chapter 8 exam
    Understand the information given in a balanced equation
    Use a balanced equation to determine relationships between moles of reactants and products
    Experimentally determine the molar ratio between sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride
    Relate masses of reactants and products in a chemical reaction 
    H.W. problems #1, 5a, 7, 9, 11a, 13a, 15a,b
    H.W. problems 19a. 21a, 23b, 25a, 27, 31, 33-37 odd, pg 281
    Molar ratio of HaHCO3 and NaCl Lab
    Understand and use the limiting reactant in stoichiometric calculations
    Experimentally experience the effects of a limiting reactants on products. 
    Calculate actual yield as a percentage of theoretical yield
    Experiementally determine the % Yield of Calcium carbonate 
    H.W.Problems #45b,c; 47a, 51, 53. pg 279 
    H.W. 59, 61, 65 pg 282 
     percent yield of Calcium carbonate lab
    Chapter 9 test
     C.1.38, C.1.40, C.1.39
    Understand the general properties of energy
    Understand the concepts of temperature and heat
    Differentiate between exothermic and endothermic reactions
    Understand how energy flow affects internal energy and how heat is measured 
     H.W. problems 1-5all, 7-14 all, pg 317
    H.W. problems 15-22all, 23, 29-35 all, pg 317
    Calculate the enthalpy of chemical reactions
    Experimentally determine the nergy content of a walnut
    Understand and use Hess's Law 
    H.W. Problems 39-41all, pg 318
    H.W. Problems 45-48 all, pg 319
    Walnut calorimetry lab
    Walnut calorimetry lab
    Chapter 10 test
     C.1.30, C.1.14, C.1.15

    Learn about atmospheric pressure and how barometer work

    Learn the various units of pressure and how to convert between them
    Understand Boyles's Law, and perform calcuclations
    Experimentally determine and graph the relationship between pressure and volume
    Learn about absolute zero and Charles' Law and to perform calculation using this law
    Learn about Avogadro's Law and perform calculations using this law
    Understand the ideal gas law and use it in calculations 
    H.W. Problems 7-11 odd; 17-23 odd; pgs 438-439
    H.W. Problems# 31a-c; 35, 39, 41, 43; pgs 439-440
    H.W. Problems #45, 49, 51, 53, 57, 59; pg 440
    Boyles law lab
    Understand Dalton's law of partial pressure and do calculations with it
    Understand the basic postulates of the kinetic molecular theory and how it explains the gas laws
    Understand the molar volume of an ideal gas
    Learn the defiinition of STP
    Use the concepts and the ideal gas law to perform stiochiometric calculations
    Experiementally determine the molar volume of a gas 
     H.W. Problems #67-73 odd; 75, 79; pg 441
    H.W. Problems #83-87 odd
    Molar Volume Lab 
    Learn some important features of water
    Learn about interactions among water moecules
    Understand and use heat of fusion and heat of vaporization 
    Learn about intermolecular forces and understand the effect they have on the properties of liquids
    Understand the relationship among vaporization, condensation, and vapor pressure 
    H.W. Problems #3-17 odd, 67; pgs 468-471
    H.W. Problems #19-27 odd, 31-37 odd; pgs 469-470
     C.1.17, C.1.18
     Understand the process of dissolving
    Learn why certain components dissolve in water
    Understand mass percent and how to calculate it
    Understand molarity and use it to calculate the number moles of solute
    Learn to calculate the concentration of a solution made by diluting a stock solution 
    Solve stiochiometric problems for solution reactions
    Solve Calculations involved in acid base reactions 
    H.W. Problems #9-13 all, 15z-c, 17a,c, 21, 23; pgs 503-504
    H.W. Problems #33a, d; 37, 41, 43a, c, 53, 59, 61; pgs 504-505
    H.W. Problems #63, 67, 69, 71; pgs 506-507 
    Learn about Arrhenius and Bronsted Lowry's concept of acids and bases
    Identify conjugate acid-base pairs
    Understand acid strength and its relationship with the strength of conjugate base 
    Learn about the ionization of water
    Understand pH and pOH and the be able to find these values for various solutions
    Learn to calculate the pH of strong acid solutions
    Experimentally determine the concentration of an acid 
     H.W. Problems #7-21 odd, 25; pgs 537
    H.W. Problems #29, 31a, c, 33a, c, 35, 41-45 odd, 49, 53, 57
    Titration lab