This course is designed to assist high school Juniors entering all levels of chemistry by applying fundamental mathematical principles in the context of chemistry, and to equip them with skills, strategies and confidence. We will foster a strong foundation in applied algebra, proportionate reasoning, and the foundational principles of chemistry, as well as strong inquiry and problem-solving skills within the context of scientific thought. Topics that will be emphasized will include dimensional analysis, atomic structure, periodic trends, chemical bonding, formula writing and chemical naming, chemical equilibria, stoichiometry, thermochemistry and calorimetry. Students will also be introduced to post-laboratory evaluation calculations, such as percent error and percent yield to facilitate deeper discussions on types of error. Classes include daily laboratory activities
to complement instruction, techniques for data collection and analysis, and problem-solving activities based on experimental data. This week-long course is designed to cover roughly 25% of the curriculum in a typical CP1 class at Lexington High School.
Michael Horesh teaches chemistry and earth science at Lexington High School.