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Middle School Chemistry

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Middle School Chemistry is a honors-level, middle school science course. This course is taught as a traditional science course, incorporating laboratory activities, virtual activities, and short-term projects. No previous formal science classes are required to be successful in this class. My class emphasizes discussion and active learning over a straight lecture format.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • The Scientific Method and Measurements

  • Basic Chemistry: atomic theory, isotopes, compounds, mixtures

  • The Periodic Table

  • Atomic Theory

  • Structure and Bonding

  • States of Matter

  • Quantitative Chemistry: mole calculations, balancing formulas

  • The Chemistry of Acids

  • Metals and their Reactivity

  • Energy Changes

  • Rate and Extent of Chemical Changes

  • Organic Chemistry

My hope is that students will see how these themes are interrelated and leave with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the world around them. 

Required Materials

  • Super Simple Chemistry: The Ultimate Bitesize Study Guide, ISBN: 978-1465493231, available through the Amazon, or your preferred book seller.

  • Middle School Chemistry text from the American Chemical Society - available here.

  • goggles, ANSI standard Z87.1 approved (safety googles will NOT work), like these

  • A basic calculator - does not need to be a graphing calculator

  • Computer access for Google Classroom (requires an email address)

  • binder or notebook for notes

  • 1 subject spiral notebook for lab notebook

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