Introduction to Chemistry

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Jade RiveraInstructor: Jade Rivera

5-10 students, 10 years and older 

CLASS DESCRIPTION:chemistry gifted homeschool

A proton and a neutron are walking down the street.

The proton says, "Wait, I dropped an electron help me look for it."

The neutron says, "Are you sure?" The proton replies, "I'm positive."

Would you like to understand why chemists find this joke hilarious but ultimately inaccurate? Join us for introduction to chemistry to find out! In our class well dive deeply into the concepts of atomic structure, molecular bonding and polarity. We will engage in tests to compare the solubility of substances and discuss the ways matter is constantly interacting all around us. I will provide readings as an introduction to the concept that will be covered in class. We will perform in class tests or experiments, with an optional writing portion for each experiment. Finally, students will write, show or present on a topic discussed in class. Most of our source material is provided by the American Chemical Society middle school curriculum.

Let's have some fun!


Unit One

Week 1: Protons, Neutrons, and Electronsperiodic table elements stem GHF

Week 2: The Periodic Table

Week 3: The Periodic Table & Energy Level Models

Week 4: Energy Levels, Electrons, and Covalent Bonding

Week 5: Energy Levels, Electrons, and Ionic Bonding

Week 6: Represent Bonding with Lewis Dot Diagrams

Unit Two

Week 7: Water is a Polar Molecule

Week 8: Surface Tension

Week 9: Why Does Water Dissolve Salt?

Week 10: Why Does Water Dissolve Sugar?chemistry GHF stem homeschool

Week 11: Using Dissolving to Identify an Unknown (part one)

Week 12: Using Dissolving to Identify an Unknown (part two)

Week 13: Does Temperature Affect Dissolving?

Week 14: Can Liquids Dissolve in Water?

Week 15: Can Gases Dissolve in Water?

Week 16: Review Games

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