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Introduction to Chemistry

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Instructor: Trina Overgaard Toups
5-10 students
Suggested Age Ranges: 9-12, 11-14
Meets: Thursdays at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Pacific time


A proton and a neutron are walking down the street.

The proton says, "Wait, I dropped an electron help me look for it."

The neutron says, "Are you sure?" The proton replies, "I'm positive."

Would you like to understand why chemists find this joke hilarious but ultimately inaccurate? Join us for introduction to chemistry to find out! In our class we'll dive deeply into the concepts of atomic structure, molecular bonding and polarity. We will engage in tests to compare the solubility of substances and discuss the ways matter is constantly interacting all around us. I will provide readings as an introduction to the concept that will be covered in class. We will perform in class tests or experiments, with an optional writing portion for each experiment. Finally, students will write, show or present on a topic discussed in class. Most of our source material is provided by the American Chemical Society middle school curriculum.

Let's have some fun!


Unit One

Week 1:Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons
Week 2:The Periodic Table
Week 3:The Periodic Table & Energy Level Models
Week 4:Energy Levels, Electrons, and Covalent Bonding
Week 5:Energy Levels, Electrons, and Ionic Bonding
Week 6:Represent Bonding with Lewis Dot Diagrams

Unit Two

Week 7: Water is a Polar Molecule
Week 8: Surface Tension
Week 9: Why Does Water Dissolve Salt?
Week 10: Why Does Water Dissolve Sugar?
Week 11: Using Dissolving to Identify an Unknown (part one)
Week 12: Using Dissolving to Identify an Unknown (part two)
Week 13: Does Temperature Affect Dissolving?
Week 14: Can Liquids Dissolve in Water?
Week 15: Can Gases Dissolve in Water?
Week 16: Review Games

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