Chemistry is an advanced elective course designed for students pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and careers, as well as students who wish to broaden their academic horizons and challenge themselves intellectually by developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the core concepts of Chemistry, including Structure and Properties of Matter and Chemical Reactions. Chemistry prepares students for college chemistry, which requires a strong mathematical foundation. Chemistry course prepares high school students to explain more in-depth phenomena central not only to the physical sciences, but to biological and earth sciences as well. The chemistry objectives blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge to explain ideas across the science disciplines. There is a focus on several scientific practices which include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations. Students will use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas as well as demonstrate understanding of several engineering practices, including design and evaluation. Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities as they develop and demonstrate conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills described in the objectives. Safety instruction is integrated in all activities, and students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models.
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