Chemistry Syllabus

Meridian High School

Chemistry Syllabus

Teacher: Mrs. Harms


Additional Help Hours:

*Please email for scheduling

7:00 am to first bell

After school 2:30 – 3:30 (providing no scholastic bowl practice)


Textbook: Chemistry: Concepts and Applications 2009


Course Description


Chemistry is the science that investigates and explains the structure and properties of matter. The focus of the course is dealing with the composition of matter, the change matter undergoes, and the theories, laws and models that have been developed to explain these changes. This course is designed to prepare students for college chemistry.


Main Goals


The main goal of this course is to give students a fundamental understanding of the chemical language and to actively engage in experiments using proper laboratory techniques.


Semester 1

Topic Assignments
Laboratory Safety and Equipment Lab equipment identification

Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques

Flinn Safety Rules

Uncertainty of Measurements Lab

The SI system of measurement Measuring: mass, length, volume, density

Accuracy and Precision Lab

Dimensional Analysis

Significant Figures

English and Metric conversions using the unit factor canceling method

Large and Small units

Calorimetry Heat phase diagram

Lab heat of fusion

Matter, Change and Energy Matter classification

Chemical and physical properties

Chemical and physical changes

Element names and symbols

Candle Lab

Early ideas about matter

Electron Energy Levels


Scientists and their contributions

Atomic structure


Lewis dot structures

Flame test lab

Development of the Periodic Table

Using the Periodic Table

Polyatomic ions

Polyatomic ions


Naming binary ionic compounds

Naming polyatomic ions

Naming covalent compounds

Naming Hydrates

The Variety of Compounds

Chemical Stability

Compare and Contrast the properties of sodium chloride, water and carbon dioxide.

Ionic and covalent compounds identification lab

Formula mass and molecular mass

Electron Configuration

Quantum numbers

Subshells: s,p,d and f

Quantum numbers: n, l, m, and s

Chemical Quantities Mass %, empirical formula, molecular formula
Types of chemical Reactions

Predicting Products

Synthesis, decomposition, single and double displacement

Decomposition rules

Solubility rules

Bonding of atoms

Molecular Polarity and shapes


Molecular and electron geometries

Lab practical


Semester 2


Topic Assignments
Acids, Bases, and pH

Acids and Bases React

Acid/base: theories, properties and naming

Strong acids and Bases



Net ionic equations

[H+], [OH-] calculations

The behavior of gases Boyle’s Law, Charles’s Law, Ideal Gas Law, Dalton’s Law

Chemical Quantities: The Mole

Molarity, Molality and Mole Fraction

Mass-Mass relationships

Avogadro’s Principle and Molar Volume

Mass-Gas Volume Problems

Volume-Volume Problems

Limiting reactants

Oxidation and Reduction Reactions Redox identification

Applications in redox

Balancing redox reactions (acidic)

Electrochemistry Voltaic cell calculations


Faraday’s Law

Energy and Disorder Enthalpy, entropy, internal energy, Gibb’s Free energy, Hess’s Law
Nature of Reactions Le Chatelier’s Principle

Factors that influence the rate of reactions


Reaction rates

Organic chemistry Simple hydrocarbons, functional groups

Lab practical, isomers and general properties and formulas