• Chemistry 

    Course Description: S50011-S50012
    This course is a standards-based study of fundamental chemical concepts based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will evaluate evidence from experiments and technology used by scientists to understand the nature of chemistry. They will also explore the basic interactions of matter and energy. Topics include: the structure of atoms and chemical compounds, the relationships among the elements on the periodic table, chemical and physical transformations, and the measurement and calculations of chemical quantities.  Students who complete this course will develop an understanding of interconnections among the sciences, technology, society, and the environment. Concepts and skills are reinforced by a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences and the integration of other branches of science. Constructivist methods of teaching are employed to ensure the best possible comprehension and retention of science concepts. – Co Req: Algebra 1Chemistry


    Level: 9                   Semesters: 2                  Credit: 1

    Course Syllabus for Chemistry:

    Student Success:

    Students who are successful in Chemistry have a willingness to complete nightly assignments with comprehension, have good attendance, and actively participate in classroom activities.

    Textbook:

    Typical week:
    A typical week includes a combination of inquiry, lecture, lab, group work, and problem-solving.

    Required Homework:
    On average, students will work on homework 30 minutes per night or approximately 2 hours per week. 

    Other information:

    This class builds upon itself, resulting in cumulative learning.

     

    Honors Chemistry 

    Course Description: S500H1-S500H2 (Weighted)

    Honors Chemistry is an inquiry-based course investigating the composition of matter and the changes it undergoes. The course is rigorous in both pace and depth of study. Laboratory work will provide hands-on experiences which students will use to analyze and build their knowledge of the concepts at hand. It will provide a sound foundation for further coursework within the sciences. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners with strong scientific reasoning skills. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting a weighted course. – Co-Req: Algebra 1/Geometry or Honors Geometry
     
    Level: 9                         Semesters: 2                              Credit: 1 (weighted)

    Prerequisites: The completion of Algebra I (grade of B or higher recommended)
    Lab fee required

    Course Syllabus for Honors Chemistry:

    Student Success:

    Students who are successful in Honors Chemistry have a willingness to complete nightly assignments with comprehension, have good attendance, and actively participate in classroom activities. Students should also be able to handle an accelerated pace and be willing to ask for help as needed.

    Textbook: None
     

    Typical week:

    A typical week includes a combination of inquiry, lecture, lab, group work, and problem-solving.

    Required Homework:
    On average, students will work on homework 30 minutes per night or approximately 2 hours per week.

     

    Other information:
    This class builds upon itself, resulting in cumulative learning
     
     

    Advanced Chemistry

     
    Course Description for Advanced Chemistry: S530W1, S530W2 (Weighted)
    This is a one-semester, inquiry-based course focusing on various analytical techniques used in the scientific community. Laboratory experiences will expose students to the synthesis, separation and identification of organic compounds. Topics may include: atomic structure, periodic table, covalent bonding/polarity, moles/stoichiometry, solutions, organic chemistry, spectroscopy, and forensic science/criminalistics. The course will culminate with a research project, including the publication and presentation of its results. While not preparing a student for the AP examination, it will offer college-bound students a background in chemical analysis, including organic chemistry and spectroscopy. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners with strong reading comprehension skills. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting a weighted course.

     Level: 10, 11, 12                                   Semesters: 1                  Credit: 0.5 (weighted)

     Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Honors Chemistry or Chemistry
     Lab fee required
     
    Course Syllabus for Advanced Chemistry:

     Students who are successful:

    Students who are successful in Advanced Chemistry have a willingness to complete nightly assignments with comprehension, have good attendance, and actively participate in classroom activities. Students who want to see how Chemistry is used in various careers will find the class beneficial. Students should expect to work together in small groups and larger groups. It is strongly recommended students taking this course have a B or higher in their first year Chemistry/Honors Chemistry course.

    Textbook: Investigating Chemistry: A Forensic Science Perspective
    Much of the course does not utilize a textbook, thus proper note-taking is of utmost importance.

    A typical week includes:
     a combination of inquiry, lecture, lab, group work, and problem-solving.

    Regarding Homework:
    On average, students will work on homework 20-40 minutes per night depending on the assignment/preparation of assessment. 
     
    Course topics/outline:
    1st Quarter Syllabus:
    Atomic Structure
    Stoichiometry
    Solutions
    Organic Nomenclature and Organic Structures
    Organic Chemistry Reactions
    2nd Quarter Syllabus:
    Spectroscopy
    Criminalistics/Forensics
     
    Other information:
    The final exam grade (20% of the semester grade) is composed of two parts: A multiple-choice final exam (10%) and a crime-scene component (10%). Students will also participate in a field trip to North Central College to use lab equipment used in chemical research and crime labs across the nation. Students interested in majoring in a science-related field such as pharmacy, medicine, chemistry, or criminalistics/forensics are strongly encouraged.

    AP Chemistry 

    Course Description: S560A1-S560A2 (Weighted)

    A discussion or formal lecture approach will be used with emphasis on laboratory experiments and problem solving. The subject matter will include topics in inorganic, physical and organic chemistry. This course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Exam, in which students can earn up to one year of college credit. Students will also be enrolled in AP Lunch to allow for extra lab time when needed – Teacher Recommendation Required – Honors Chemistry strongly recommended

     
    Level: 10, 11, 12                                 Semesters: 2                            Credit: 1 (weighted)
    Prerequisite: Chemistry or Honors Chemistry.                                     Lab Fee Required

     

    Course Syllabus for: AP Chemistry

    Students who are successful:  

    understand that there are no shortcuts to success. The AP Board, and the instructor of the course, expects that the students will spend 5-6 hours per week outside of class time on this course. (This does not include the time used to prepare lab reports.) Successful students have enough self-discipline and actually work 6 hours outside of class trying to master the material.  They complete all (or at least 90%) of the homework, even though it is not figured into the grade. They know that their classmates are their colleagues, not their adversaries. They take advantage of the help that is available should they need it. 

    Text: Chemistry – The Central Science (13th Edition), Theodore L Brown, H Eugene LeMay, Jr, et al. 

    A typical week includes: 
    one lab session (lab report generally required), one quiz, 3 lecture-discussion classes

    Regarding homework:      
    Homework counts for 0% of the grade and is, in fact, not collected. A list of suggested problems will be provided for each unit, as well as solutions to those problems. The student is free to choose how much or how little of the assigned homework they wish to complete. 

    Course topics/outline: 
    A typical college chemistry syllabus is followed. Topics include: Atoms, Moles & Stoichiometry, Kinetic Theory & Gas Laws, Quantum Theory & Spectroscopy, Bonding & Intermolecular Forces, Solutions, Thermochemistry, Rates & Kinetics, Equilibrium, Redox, Electrochemistry, Acids & Bases

    Other information:
    The course is open to sophomores, but most sophomores will find this course extremely challenging.  With that, most sophomores would do well to delay taking the course until their junior or senior year.  Sophomores considering AP Chemistry should talk to their Chemistry teacher about this choice prior to enrolling in AP Chemistry.
    For the past 3 years, the average score on the AP Chemistry Exam has been 4.2, which is testimonial to the caliber of students that have enrolled in the course. If you have any further questions, please contact the instructor, Mr. Steve Wiesbrook, through email at swiesbrook@naperville203.com