Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. In this class, students will learn how all matter in the known universe is simply a combination of 92 fundamental elements and how they themselves, and all that sustains them, are made of those elements. To understand this, students will study the building blocks of matter, how humans have come to understand them, and how science may be harnessed to predict their interactions and create new forms of matter. Chemistry is a compelling tale about how humans have come to make sense of the natural world. This course provides students with the language, information and ideas needed to understand that story, which is still being written.
Prerequisite: Essentials of Biology (concurrent enrollment permitted), Algebra 1, or Algebra I Honors. Note that Chemistry I is not intensely mathematical; students continuing in Advanced Chemistry should choose challenging mathematics courses that develop math problem-solving skills.