Chemistry is the study of the matter of which everything is made from an atomic perspective that enables us both to understand the changes that take place and to make new materials with useful properties. As a science chemistry involves a community effort at learning through careful control of variables, observation, record keeping, and such practices as wondering, conjecturing, thinking, and explaining. As a course chemistry provides a chance to better understand the world around us, to prepare for life in an ever more technology driven economy, and an opportunity to work at developing one\'s own scientific thought, thinking powers, reading, and communication skills.
Chemistry 4610 is the Marple Newtown High School college preparatory course appropriate for those who intend to attend college with a major in science. The course is designed for the student who wants a more rigorous course and is willing and able to study each day at home as well as at school to become more scientifically literate and to be better prepared to stay in college. Students are expected to be well prepared every day and to use their school provided Agenda to help get and stay organized.
Curriculum, Textbook, and Laboratory Manual:
The curriculum involves most of the major topics from textbook Prentice Hall Chemistry, by Antony C. Wilbraham, Dennis D. Staley, Michael S. Matta, and Edward L. Waterman (Boston: Prentice Hall, 2008). Topics are integrated into an inquiry oriented laboratory program that reinforces the material in the text while adding a unique opportunity to better learn the practices of science. Some of the laboratory activities come from the textbook, some from laboratory manuals, and some from other sources. Students wishing a more extensive preparation including electrochemistry, and more organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry should, after completing this course, elect the AP Chemistry course offered here at the high school.