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Course Information

Chemistry I   

Course Description: Chemistry I builds on concepts already established in the minds of students. The purpose of this college preparatory course is to allow the students to discover and work with the relationships that are fundamental to chemical reactions and the structure of matter. This course will provide the students with the tools needed to function as chemically-literate citizens and to be prepared for the challenge of the more rigorous chemical principles typical of college and university courses. The lab experience provides opportunities to master concepts, use problem-solving skills, and to apply those skills to real-world situations. Topics studied will include dimensional analysis, writing and balancing chemical equations, stoichiometric calculations, gas laws, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, solutions, solubility, and acid-base chemistry. Investigative, hands-on lab activities that address the high school inquiry standards are an integral part of this course.

Forensic Science  

The forensic science course is designed to introduce students to the basics of science as it applies to legal issues. The course will involve the documentation of a crime scene, and the scientific examination of physical evidence such as soil, fibers, and fingerprints. Identification of unknown compounds will be discussed using techniques such as chromatography and infrared spectroscopy. The importance of DNA evidence and other methods of tissue analysis will be discussed and utilized.

Students will enhance their general science skills with an emphasize on deductive reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving. The student will be able to make unbiased observations and propose reasonable explanations only after assessing all aspects of a forensic problem. The course will encourage collaborative teamwork and precise communication.



In this course, students acquire a fundamental knowledge of motion, matter, and energy that should not only serve them as the foundation for their study of science in institutions of higher education but should also provide them with the science skills that are necessary in physics-oriented technical careers.