Nick Hartel

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Learning and Credit Options: Virtual Scholars

School Year:


Course number: 1721OR1

Course title: Chemistry I (Semester 1)

Subject: Science

Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Course Description:

Chemistry is a laboratory science which emphasizes the study of the composition and changes in matter. There is a strong emphasis placed on measurement and problem solving, and the processes involved in physical and chemical changes. Models are used to explain laboratory observations, scientific laws and theories. The topics covered in the course will include, the kinetic theory of matter, atomic structure, bonding, the nature of chemical reactions, solutions/equilibria, thermodynamics, acids/bases, and electrochemistry.

Prerequisites: None

Priority Standards and Final Proficiencies:

This course is a standards-based course. All students will be exposed to CCSS or Oregon state 9, 10, 11, 12 standards--below are the standards that mastery must be shown in order to earn credit.

H.1P.1 Explain how atomic structure is related to the properties of elements and their position in the Periodic Table. Explain how the composition of the nucleus is related to isotopes and radioactivity.
H.1P.2 Describe how different types and strengths of bonds affect the physical and chemical properties of compounds.
H.2P.1 Explain how chemical reactions result from the making and breaking of bonds in a process that absorbs or releases energy. Explain how the rate of a chemical reaction is affected by temperature, pressure, and concentration.
H.2P.2 Explain how physical and chemical changes demonstrate the law of conservation of mass.

Schedule of Units Covered:

Unit One:

Scientific Method
Matter and Measurements
Energy and Temperature
Unit Conversions
Accuracy and Precision

Unit Two:

Early Chemistry & Atomic Structure
Properties of the Atom
Isotopes and Weighted Averages
The Mole & Conversions
Electron Arrangement and EMR
Electron Configurations

Unit Three

History of Periodic Table
Group Names and Properties
Periodic Trends
Valence Electrons and Bonding
Ionic Bonding and Writing Formulas
Covalent Bonding and Lewis Structures
Naming Compounds
Molar Mass of Compounds

Unit Four

Chemical vs. Physical Changes and Properties
Balancing Equations
Chemical Reactions: Double and Single Replacement
Chemical Reactions: Synthesis and Decomposition
Chemical Reactions: Combustion
Limiting Reactant

Academic Vocabulary

Activation energy, activity series, alkali metal, alkaline, anion, anode, atom (electron, proton, neutron), atomic mass, atomic number, atomic symbol, atomic theory, Avogadro’s Number, balanced equations (mass conservation), bonding (ionic, polar covalent, nonpolar), calorimeter, catalyst, cathode, cation, chemical equations, chemical formula, chemical property, coefficients, colloid, combustion, compound, concentration, conductor, control, decomposition, density, dissolve, distillation, dot structure, Dmitri Mendeleev, double displacement, Ernst Rutherford, electrochemistry, electrolysis, electrolyte, electron configuration, electron dot formula, electron dot structure, electronegativity, elements, endothermic, energy level, entropy, equilibrium, exothermic, filtrate, formula unit, frequency, gas laws, half-life, heat of combustion, heterogeneous mixture, homogeneous mixture, hydronium ion, ideal gas, intermolecular forces, inversely proportional, ion, isotopes, kinetic energy, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Law of Conservation of Energy, Law of Conservation of Mass, LeChatelier’s Principle, limiting reagant, malleability, mass number, metal, metalloid, mixture, molar mass, molarity, mole, molecule, neutralization, Neil Bohr, nonmetal, nucleus, oxidation, period, periodic table (families, groups, periods), photon, pH scale, physical property, polarity, potential energy, precipitate, proportional (directly, indirectly), pure substance, reactant, reaction rate, reduction, solubility, specific heat, single replacement, stoichiometry, structural formula, subscript, suspension, synthesis, titration, valence, voltaic cell, wavelength.

District-Adopted Materials

Supplemental Resources

As needed

Differentiation/Accessibility Strategies and Support (TAG, ELL,SpEd, other):

Accommodations based on IEP and 504 will be adhered to with guidance from case manager. Case manager approval is required for a student to take a VS course.


Instruction and assessments are created and delivered with a mind to multiple learning styles; it is with active cognition that teachers build material for students who learn in many different ways.

Career-Related Learning Experiences


Essential Skills and Required Work Samples:

Being a standards-based course, work will need to be scored at “Successful” or higher in order to earn credit.

Assessment/Evaluation/Grading Policy

Students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, students must follow their course calendar and make progress in the course every week. Students are required to complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to:

  • Make regular progress (follow course calendar)
  • Maintain regular contact with teachers

When teachers, students, and families work together, students are successful.


This course is a standards-based course.

Course lessons and assessments are targeted to a specific set of CCSS/Oregon state standards. Students will be expected to score at the “Successful” level or higher in order to be marked proficient in each assessment. Students are expected to complete all assessments in the course.


If a student scores “Work In Progress” on an assessment, they will be able to revise and resubmit it for re-scoring.

Final grades in Virtual Scholars are determined using the VS Proficiency Matrix.

Behavioral Expectations:

PLAGIARISM is strictly monitored.


From the PPS Student Acceptable Use Guide:

Students will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the student.

Students will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, the student should follow the expressed requirements. If the student is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner.


Students will adhere to the regulations outlined in the PPS Student Acceptable Usage guide

Safety Issues and Requirements