Chemistry A

Course Description

Uses the ASKME® model to introduce chemistry as the study of substances and their reactions. Covers laboratory practices, measurement, atomic structure, the periodic table and trends, nuclear chemistry, writing formulas, naming compounds, physical and chemical reactions, chemical bonds and molecular geometry. Students will use activities and laboratory exercises to further enforce basic Chemistry concepts.This is a laboratory course.

Required Course Materials

A complete list of required lab materials and common household items needed to complete the course can found here.

Course Organization

Chapter Movies. These animations will show you a problem that you will learn about throughout the unit.
Activities. The Activities are practice assignments. Each Activity is a non-graded exercise that allows you to build your knowledge and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Generally, the Activities consist of:
  Introduction: A short introduction to the Activity.
  Review Exercises: Short review assignments that you submit for a grade. These are required and must be completed to finish the course.
  Tutorials: Animations that teach concepts and ideas.
  Guided Practice Questions: Questions to answer with the help of hints.
Graded Assignments. Graded Assignments are the tasks you will submit to your instructor for a grade. Each assignment contains specific information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. The average of your assignments will count for 75 percent of your course grade.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: 2 pencil, graphing calculator, computer-graded answer sheet provided

Course Outline

Total Number of Units: 4
Total Number of Activities: 64
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 18
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 18

Unit 1: Introduction to Chemistry
Chapter 1: Introduction to Chemistry
  Activity 1: Personal Safety Practices
  Activity 2: Chemical Glassware and Equipment
Chapter 2: What is Chemistry?
  Activity 3: Chemistry: The Study of Chemicals and Chemical Reactions
  Activity 4: The Ultimate Problem Solving Method
Chapter 3: Characteristics of Matter
  Activity 5: Matter and Its States
  Activity 6: Classification of Matter
  Activity 7: Laboratory: Paper Chromatography
  Activity 8: Laboratory: Physical and Chemical Changes
  Activity 9: Laboratory: Law of Conservation of Mass
Chapter 4: Measurements in Chemistry
  Activity 10: Units of Measurement
  Activity 11: Accuracy, Precision, and Significant Digits
  Activity 12: Laboratory: Percent Composition of Water in an Apple
  Activity 13: Reading the Meniscus
  Activity 14: Laboratory: Density
Chapter 5: History and Structure of the Atom
  Activity 15: Historical Development of Atomic Theory
  Activity 16: Student Models of the Atom

Unit 2: Structure of the Atom
Chapter 1: Structure of the Atom
  Activity 1: Protons, Electrons and Neutrons
  Activity 2: Atomic Mass and Neutrons
  Activity 3: Understanding Electron Configurations
  Activity 4: Writing Shorthand Electron Configurations
  Activity 5: Laboratory: Orbital Notation and Electron Configurations
  Activity 6: Laboratory: A Quantum View of the Atom
Chapter 2: The Periodic Table
  Activity 7: History and Importance of the Periodic Table
  Activity 8: Laboratory: History and Importance of the Periodic Table
  Activity 9: The Significance of the Periodic Table
  Activity 10: Laboratory: Comparing Chemical Reactivity of Group 2 Metals and Period 2 Metals
  Activity 11: Periodic Trends
  Activity 12: Laboratory: Periodicity and Graphing Periodic Trends
Chapter 3: Nuclear Chemistry
  Activity 13: Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  Activity 14: Laboratory: A Test for Radon
  Activity 15: Fission and Fusion
  Activity 16: Laboratory: Calculate Your Radiation Exposure
  Activity 17: The Half-Life of a Radioactive Element
  Activity 18: Laboratory: Half-Life Simulation
Chapter 4: Radiation in the Real World
  Activity 19: Nuclear Reactors
  Activity 20: Uses of Nuclear Energy
  Activity 21: Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power

Unit 3: Ions, Chemical Formulas, Chemical Names
Chapter 1: Oxidation Numbers
  Activity 1: Determining Oxidation Number
  Activity 2: Polyvalent Metals
  Activity 3: Polyatomic Ions
Chapter 2: Writing Chemical Formulas
  Activity 4: Formulas
  Activity 5: Formulas with Polyatomic Ions and Polyvalent Metals
  Activity 6: Writing Chemical Names
  Activity 7: Naming Polyvalent Metal Compounds
  Activity 8: Naming Binary Molecular Compounds
Chapter 3: Naming Acids, Organic and Coordination Compounds
  Activity 9: Naming Acids
  Activity 10: Basic Organic Nomenclature
Chapter 4: Calculating Chemical Quantities
  Activity 11: The Mole
  Activity 12: Molar Mass and Mole Calculations
  Activity 13: Percent Composition
  Activity 14: Empirical and Molecular Formulas

Unit 4: Chemical Bonds
Chapter 1: Valence Electrons
  Activity 1: Why Everything Is
  Activity 2: Electronegativity
  Activity 3: Determining Electronegativity Difference
Chapter 2: Ionic Bonds
  Activity 4: Lewis Dot Structures
  Activity 5: Using Lewis Dot Structures
  Activity 6: Properties of Ionic Compounds
Chapter 3: Covalent Bonds
  Activity 7: Sharing Electrons
  Activity 8: Lewis Dot For Covalent Bonds
Chapter 4: Geometry Of A Molecule
  Activity 9: Laboratory: How Negative Charges Repel
  Activity 10: VSEPR - Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion
  Activity 11: Laboratory: Making Molecular Models
Chapter 5: Metallic Bonds
  Activity 12: Free Floating Electrons In Metallic Bonds
  Activity 13: Properties of Alloys