Course Overview

Honors Chemistry I

Syllabus

Nesbitt Discovery Academy

Instructor: Mr. Tucker

 

The following course is broken into 9 major sections, or Modules, on Canvas.  Major exams will follow most modules.  Standards-based quizzes covering homework, class discussion and labs will be a weekly occurrence.  The Modules will be as follows:

 

Module 1: Introduction to Chemistry

     This will include the scientific method, Ions, Lab equipment and safety, significant digits (sig figs), density and serial dilution.

 

Module 2: Matter and Energy

     This module will include phase change calculations, physical separation, fractal distillation and specific heat calculations.

 

Module 3: Foundations of Chemistry

     This module will include History of the elements and the periodic table, Ionization, galvanic cells and using basic chemical knowledge to debunk common misconceptions.

 

Module 4: Modern Atomic Theory

     This module will include basic explanation of the Bohr model using emission tubes and flame testing, types of bonding, Periodic Trends and radioactivity.

 

Module 5: Nomenclature

     This module includes Basic IUPAC naming, using Lewis Dot diagrams for ionization and naming, VSEPR theory, intro to organic naming and model building.

 

Module 6: Chemical Reactions

     This module will focus on identifying types of reactions, kinetics of basic reactions and chemical separation.

 

Module 7: Moles and Stoichiometry

     This module will include calculations from basic mole conversions all the way to full stoichiometry with limiting reagents.

 

Module 8: Gases

     This module will focus on the ideal gas law, collecting gases in the lab and process of applying stoichiometry to gases.

 

Module 9: Solutions:

     We will end the course with solutions: the process of solvation, pH scale, pH and pOH calculations, Acid/Base titration and the stoichiometry of these titrations.

 




Honors Biology I

Syllabus

Nesbitt Discovery Academy

Instructor: Mr. Tucker

 

The following course is broken into 9 major sections, or Modules, on Canvas.  Major exams will follow most modules.  Standards-based quizzes covering homework, class discussion and labs will be a weekly occurrence.  The Modules will be as follows:

 

Module 1: Building Blocks of Life

     This introductory module will include signs of life, theory vs. law, basic taxonomy, the 4 major macromolecules, buffers and enzyme/substrate complexes.

 

Module 2: The Organization of Life

     This module will include basic organelle structure and function, surface area to volume ratios, osmosis and diffusion across semi-permeable membranes, an introduction to histology and muscle pair systems.

 

Module 3: Energy Use in the Cell

     This module will include nutrient and environmental cycles, transpiration, plant pigment chromatography all with a focus on photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

 

Module 4: Ecology

     This module will include predator/prey relationships, animal behavior, phenology and environmental impact reports of current environmental threats.

 

Module 5: Comparative Anatomy and Physiology

     This module includes comparative dissections of shark, salamander and fetal pig.  Students will also be reading the book, Your Inner Fish By Neil Shubin for background on the subject.

 

Module 6: Cell Division and Reproduction

     This module will focus on comparing and contrasting the stages of mitosis and meiosis.

 

Module 7: Genetics

     This module will include Punnett square analysis as well as Karyotype and Pedigree analysis.

 

Module 8: Biotechnology

     This module will focus on DNA extraction, DNA gel electrophoresis, viral cycles, bacterial staining and bacterial transformation.

 

Module 9: Evolutionary Theory

     We will end the course with study and discussion of evolutionary theory, including discussion of misconceptions of Evolutionary theory, gene mutations, Okazaki fragments, fossil genes, regulator genes  and cladograms.

 



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