Chemistry I in
high school is a prerequisite to most college-level chemistry
courses. This 2-semester course covers fundamental laws, theories,
and mathematical concepts of chemistry and uses labs to complement
and enhance traditional topics. Topics studied include: structure
and states of matter, atomic theory, types of reactions,
thermodynamics, equilibrium, gas laws, acids, bases, salts,
electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry.
Conceptual Physics is a
reduced-mathematical approach to teaching physics. With a strong
conceptual foundation in physics, students are better equipped to
later understand the equations and formulas of physics, and to make
connections between the concepts of physics and their everyday world.
Topics covered include mechanics, matter, sound, light, heat,
electricity, magnetism, special relativity, and nuclear physics.
Emphasis will be on conducting laboratory experiments during class
time. This class is appropriate for any year in high school and some
educators advocate teaching physics before biology and chemistry.