Course Description:

Honors Chemistry is designed to meet the needs of students preparing to enroll in AP Chemistry and/or a Chemistry course in college.  The Honors Chemistry curriculum is aligned to the content and lab standards of the College Board in preparation for AP Chemistry.  Chemistry is considered the “Central Science” as the concepts and understandings in Chemistry are critical for all fields of science, including Biology and Physics.  A student completing Honors Chemistry will be prepared to study Honors Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Biology or AP Environmental Science.  

Unit Structure:

Honors Chemistry begins with a brief review of Matter and Lab procedures before diving into the structure of the atom.  While studying the atom, students will become familiar with Nuclear Reactions.  The course then progresses through some foundational material, including naming, basic reactions and the mathematic relationships present in chemical reactions.  Semester 1 concludes with a study of Stoichiometry, the mathematical relationships between reactants and products in a chemical reaction.  Semester 1 includes a common lab focused on Stoichiometry.

Semester 2 of Honors Chemistry studies some of the applications of Chemistry.  The semester begins with solution chemistry and gas law relationships.  Students then learn how electron configurations and the Periodic Table are connected and begin to use electron configurations to explain bonding patterns.  The study of Bonding is limited to small, simple molecules but includes VSEPR theory.  Thermochemistry concludes 3rd quarter as students explore physical and chemical heat transfer.  The fourth quarter begins with a study of Kinetics and Equilibrium and then uses the Equilibrium concept to explore Acid/Base Chemistry.  A Titration lab is included in 2nd semester.  If time allows, students are also introduced to Organic Chemistry, Redox and Electrochemistry.  

Common Assessments:

All Chemistry courses in District 87 give a group of common questions on their final exams. ~Additionally, all students perform a common lab assessment in Stoichiometry and Titration.  

Curriculum Documents:

Semester 1:
01 - HChem Unit 1 Matter.pdf
02 - HChem Unit 2 Measurement and lab procedures.pdf
03 - HChem Unit 3 Atomic Theory.pdf
04 - HChem Unit 4 Naming.pdf
05 - HChem Unit 5 Reactions.pdf
06 - HChem Unit 6 Moles.pdf
07 - HChem Unit 7 Stoichiometry.pdf

Semester 2:
08 - HChem Unit 8 Solutions.pdf
09 - HChem Unit 9 Gases.pdf
10 - HChem Unit 10 Electron Configurations.pdf
11 - HChem Unit 11 Bonding.pdf
12 - HChem Unit 12 Thermochemistry.pdf
13.1 - HChem Unit 13.1 Kinetics.pdf
13.2 - HChem Unit 13.2 Equilibrium.pdf
14 - HChem Unit 14 Acids and Bases.pdf