Chemistry R: Regents Chemistry
The curriculum meets and often exceeds the Core Curriculum proposed by the NYS Board of Regents for "Chemistry/The Physical Setting."
The course is built around the following 6 pillars:
Content: building a strong foundation of chemical principles
Connections: applying content to the student's own perceived views of the world around them.
Communication: students are encouraged to aid each other in the learning process. Students must also produce written lab reports that show a comprehensive, step-by-step procedure.
Collaboration: students are encouraged to work together at completing tasks and common goals.
Critical Thought: students are encouraged to think abstractly & approach problems with an open mind.
Metacognition: Students are encouraged to constantly assess their own learning, trying to find and fix weaknesses in content or prior misconceptions.
Mr. Sgro's Expectations:
I expect students to be ready to work hard and learn. Chemistry requires much preparation: both active and passive studying. Both types will be employed. Students are expected to submit assignments in a timely manner and to treat their peers, their classroom, the chemicals, and their instructor with respect.
Order of Topics:
Topic I - The Tools of Chemistry (September)
Topic II - Atomic Structure: The Nucleus & its Chemistry (September)
Topic III - Atomic Structure: Electron Configurations (October)
Topic IV - The Periodic Table (October)
Topic V - Chemical Bonding (November)
Topic VI - Chemical Reactions (November, December)
Topic VII - Stoichiometry & Moles (December, January)
Topic VIII - Energy & Thermodynamics (January, February)
Topic IX - Kinetics & Equilibrium (February)
Topic X - Bulk Properties of Matter (March)
Topic XI - Gases (March)
Topic XII - Solutions (March, April)
Topic XIII - Acid-Base Chemistry (April)
Topic XIV - Redox & Electrochemistry (May)
Topic XV - Organic Chemistry (May)