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Earth Systems and Chemistry

Biochemistry Syllabus                                                                                                                                                                    


Julie Shedd




426-3213 ext. 233









Students will engage in a variety of lab activities delving into the worlds of environmental chemistry and cell biology.  Chemistry topics will include studies of water, air, and ocean.  Students will learn about the structure of matter, chemical interaction, phase changes,  solutions, gas laws, acid­ base reactions, and the scientific laws that describe these processes. Earth systems will focus on some of the major Earth Science topics including plate tectonics, the rock cycle, erosion and weathering, and weather.




In Chemistry you will:


·      Think scientifically using your skills to observe, question, and hypothesize.

·      Understand scale sizing and measurement and how it relates to biochemistry and reactions.

·      Ask and answer stimulating questions about chemical reactions in the world around you.

·      Have and understanding of and be able to classify matter and observe changes in properties that signify a reaction is occurring.

·      Be very familiar with the structure of matter from subatomic particles to complex substances

·      Be comfortable using the periodic table and able to answer questions regarding the information contained within.

·      Have an understanding of chemical reactions and the factors that influence them.

·      Be able to connect the chemistry concepts that we have discussed to real world situations and be able to discuss how human impact on fragile ecological environments can be positive or negative through the use of chemistry.

In Earth Systems you will:

  • Think scientifically using your skills to observe, question, and hypothesize
  • Examine evidence of plate movement
  • Understand the formation of Earth and the dynamic nature of its systems
  • Ask and answer questions about the planet we live on
  • Be comfortable using plate tectonic models to describe geologic formations and make predictions about future events.


Learning Activities will include:

·      In-class writing of questions.

·      Lecture and discussion

·      Guided partner question and answer practice.

·      Educational videos followed by discussion and writing

·      One-five minute writes

·      Vocabulary development through reading and themed units

·      Games

·      Writing a report

·      Reading texts of various lengths for content

·      Basic lab skills and activities.

·      Data collection

·      Group projects

·      Research

·      Drawing and labeling of pictures

·      Scavenger hunts



Methods of evaluation include:

·      Vocabulary and content quizzes and tests

·      Small homework assignments focusing on skills

·      Graded in-class writings

·      Participation grades

·      Group projects

·      Individual Projects

·      Labs and Hands on activities.

·      Notebook organization and completeness

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