Honors Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. It is called the central science as chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Honors Chemistry covers the following topics: quantitative chemistry, atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, energetic, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, measurement and data processing.
Chemistry is a course which encompasses all the major topics of chemistry in detail. Over the course of one year, the students will study ten topics: atomic structure, quantitative chemistry, periodicity, bonding, redox reactions and measurement and data processing in year 1; energetics, kinetics of chemical reactions, equilibrium, and acids and bases. Laboratory work is the essential component of the course. The use of technology in all aspects of the course is strongly promoted and encouraged.
C.A.P.P.S. is a fast-paced year-long problem solving course that goes beyond a mere transfer of information and rote memorization that has been the norm in more traditional environments. Each quarter brings a new design challenge that you will solve collaboratively with fellow students using a design thinking approach. C.A.P.P.S. creates an environment where you and your team members are the drivers for discovery and innovation!