Chemistry of the Elements - Course Description

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The 11th grade chemistry block is an experience-based exploration of fundamental chemical processes.  We study the chemistry of the elements: what is an element, what elements are commonly found in the human body, the important non-metals (carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen), the alkali and alkaline earth metals (lithium, potassium, sodium calcium, magnesium), the halogens, and some other metals and semi-metals (iron, aluminum, copper). We look at various properties of the elements: elemental masses, the valences of the elements in making compounds, and constant and multiple proportions in reactions. We study the structure of the periodic table and how its structure relates to chemical and physical properties. In-class experiments familiarize the students with basic chemical reactions including combustion and metal replacement processes.

Students participate in experimental observation and discussions. They write reports on the experiments in the context of the discovery and investigation. They also write a separate research report on a particular element in the periodic table and give an oral report on their findings to the class.

Faculty:                     Jim Kotz, High School Sciences Teacher and High School Level Chair

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