Prerequisite: None, but either simultaneous enrollment in Algebra I or completion of Algebra I is recommended. Good math skills are a definite asset. This course is the first half of a basic introduction to a variety of topics generally centered around chemistry-related topics. Students will learn to solve problems using the scientific method. General properties of matter such as mass and weight, as well as chemical and physical properties, will be studied. Understanding atoms as the building blocks of matter will lead into a study of elements and their classification. Students will also learn how elements combine to form compounds and interact with other chemicals in reactions and how some compounds are classified. This basic introductory course provides a strong foundation for high school chemistry. A variety of materials commonly found around the home are required for performing lab experiments. Students will also need a dictionary with etymologies to complete some of the activities.
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