Honors Chemistry


Grades 10 - 12
Six (6) credits – one year

Course Description:
Honors Chemistry is a college preparatory course that is designed for students with strong mathematics and science backgrounds. All topics covered in the College Prep Chemistry course are covered in more depth and with greater rigor. Additional topics not covered in College Prep Chemistry are presented as well. This course addresses the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Science Practices and Physical Science.

At the completion of the course the student should be able to:

1.      Utilize the properties of gases and liquids to explain the molecular and atomic model of matter.
2.      Explain the concepts of atomic structure in terms of particles and waves.
3.      Using a periodic table of elements, explain and predict elemental periodicity in terms of ionization energies, size of atoms, melting and freezing points, and chemical reactivity.
4.      Balance equations and solve stoichemetric problems utilizing the balanced equation in terms of the mole concept.
5.      Name the symbols of elements and compounds, and write correct formulas of common compounds.
6.      Explain energy changes in chemical and nuclear reactions. 
7.      Draw and interpret potential energy diagrams and kinetic energy distribution curves in relationship to energy requirements and temperature changes in chemical reactions.

Course Requirements: 
Students will be expected to:

1.     Contribute to the learning process of the class by maintaining a high level of participation, cooperation and preparation.
2.     Attend class regularly. 
3.     Complete all assignments, labs, and projects.
4.     Take detailed and organized notes. 
5.     Apply math skills to various biological problems.
6.     Take detailed and organized notes.
7.     Be prepared for all laboratory experiments and to observe all safety rules at all times.
8.     Prepare laboratory reports in the prescribed manner.

 ​Rev 09/2011