Chemistry 1

Credits: 1
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments / 32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date: October 2018


Algebra 1


The high school chemistry course is a two-segment study of the foundations of chemistry, building on the concepts and scientific thinking laid in middle school science. Students use scientific inquiry and higher-order problem solving as they explore the composition, properties, and changes of matter and their applications through interactive simulations, engineering solutions, and virtual and hands-on experiences. Scientific inquiry, research, experimental procedures, data collection and analysis, and making inferences are an integral part of the learning experience. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. Through phenomenon-based learning, students will be able to demonstrate a vast understanding of the importance of chemistry in the world, enabling them to apply these principles to their everyday lives and our global society.

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Major Topics and Concepts


Module 01—Matter

  • Phenomena in Science
  • The Scientific Method
  • Units and Measurements
  • Energy
  • Properties and Changes of Matter
  • Pure Substances and Mixtures
  • Laboratory Investigations
  • Pseudoscience


Module 02—Atoms and Elements

  • Atomic Theory
  • Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Quantum Models
  • The Periodic Table
  • Periodic Trends
  • Contributions to Chemistry


Module 03—Molecules and Compounds

  • Valence Electrons
  • Ionic and Covalent Bonding
  • Nomenclature
  • Molecular Structure
  • Forces and Bonds
  • Organic Chemistry


Module 04—Reactions

  • Balancing Equations
  • Types of Reactions
  • Oxidation-Reduction Reactions
  • Nuclear Reactions
  • Radioactive Decay



Module 05—Stoichiometry

  • The Mole Concept
  • Molar Mass
  • Empirical Formula
  • Stoichiometric Calculations
  • Limiting Reactant
  • Percent Yield
  • Data Analysis


Module 06—Phases of Matter

  • Kinetic Molecular Theory
  • Phase Changes
  • Gas Laws
  • Ideal Gas Law
  • Gas Behavior


Module 07—Energy in Reactions

  • Endothermic and Exothermic
  • Enthalpy Values
  • Entropy
  • Calorimetry
  • Reaction Rates
  • Equilibrium
  • Le Châtelier’s Principle


Module 08—Solutions

  • Properties of Water
  • Molarity and Dilutions
  • Acids and Bases
  • The pH Scale
  • Energy Resources

Required Materials

Household items for lab experiments

Course Grading

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***

Additional course requirements may exist based on specific expectations for individual courses. More information can be found in FLVS policy documents, published at, or by referring to the course instructor after registration.

***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.

Communication Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, Discussion-Based Assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

November 7 @ 00:10
00:10 — 01:10 (1h)


Burke Smejkal, Cheri Bullock, Jen Seretan, Laura Saxe-O’Brien, Mollie Kottek