Chemistry In the Community

ChemCom: Water and Atmosphere 230 2 Credits
ChemCom: Fuel and Energy 231 2 Credits

Lab Science Course

Open to students in grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I or IMP I

Chemistry in the Community is primarily designed for students who are not planning a career in a science or technology-related field. The goal of the course is to help students realize the role chemistry plays in their daily lives, and to assist them in making informed decisions about issues involving chemistry, science, and technology. The course consists of a great number and variety of student activities and emphasizes the major concepts, vocabulary, skills, and laboratory techniques expected in an introductory Chemistry course. Students will apply basic algebra skills, such as solving one-variable equations, to problem-solving through hands-on laboratory investigations. Evaluation will include tests and quizzes, laboratory reports, writing assignments, and problem-solving exercises. A student may elect to take either trimester of ChemCom or both trimesters (each will earn 2 credits).

Chem Com: Water and Atmosphere will examine how everyday decisions can affect the quality of our air and water. Major topics will include water conservation, sources of common water contaminants, water testing and treatment, sources of common indoor and outdoor air pollutants, global warming and the greenhouse effect, stratospheric ozone depletion, and acid rain.

Chem Com: Fuel and Energy will focus on petroleum and products made from petroleum, combustion of petroleum fuels, energy conservation, and alternative energy sources. We will then examine how the human body acts as an energy-burning “machine” by focusing on nutrition and exercise, the concept of metabolism, and the chemistry of food.

Curiculum Map for Chemistry in the Community

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