Recommended Grade Level: 10
Students learn about the fundamentals of science and laboratory investigations. This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of Chemistry where the student learns about the different states of matter, atomic theory, quantum theory and radioactivity. There is an exhaustive discussion about the periodic table and the various elements in the table. The student also studies about the molecular structure and about ionic compounds and covalent bonds. Students will understand the various aspects of chemical reactions and stoichiometry.
We also look at a variety of concepts in chemistry. We describe the gas laws, and study how pressure, volume, and temperature are related. We delve into types of mixtures and solutions, before discussing the importance of enthalpy and entropy in thermochemical equations. Next, we look at different models describing acids and bases, as well as redox reactions and their use in in voltaic cells. We go over naming rules for hydrocarbons and functional groups in organic chemistry, followed by a brief incursion into some of these organic compounds (such as lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, and nucleic acids) within cells. You will learn about the current and future applications of chemistry in the real-world including case studies looking at chemical treatment processes. Finally, we end this course by describing the field of chemical engineering and process design, and use solar cells as a case study. Case studies on a Desalination Plant in Saudi Arabia and the Blue Plains Wastewater Treament Plants expose students to think outside the box and try to come up with solutions that are good for both the society and earth.