From physiology to the synthesis of medicines to environmental pollutants and alternative green practices to the production of everyday goods and products, chemistry defines the world around us. The applications of chemistry are vast and touch almost all facets of life. In this course, students go beyond a traditional understanding of chemistry concepts to understand how chemistry is applied in real-world settings.
This course* is lab-focused in design to teach students a variety of techniques used in chemical industries and research today. Students learn how to design experiments and think about methods rather than execute experiments with specific expectations about results. Students are introduced to a variety of lab techniques such as extractions, synthesis reactions, chromatography, and distillation. The labs demonstrate advanced and modern techniques used by scientists and engineers at an age-appropriate level.
Students are guided through various branches of chemistry including: physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry. Concepts such as solubility, periodicity, writing chemical reactions, crystallography, and various types of reactions are taught through labs with real-world implications, giving students an understanding of how concepts extend beyond the classroom.
Course objectives include to:
Learn various chemistry lab techniques including titrations, distillation, filtration, centrifugation, calorimetry, chromatography, extraction and separations
have an introductory understanding of the various branches of chemistry including analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and thermochemistry
understand how to describe a chemical phenomenon with appropriate chemical equations, mathematics, and language
be able to relate the concepts and techniques learned in the classroom to real-life applications in the chemistry field
understand the environmental implications of various applications of chemistry
Site visits and visiting specialists! The Ti2 team engages area research institutions and industries to help students understand how people are investigating the science behind and developing innovative solutions to topics covered in this course.
Learning entry points may include the use of storytelling, fiction and nonfiction literature and art.
*Due to the lab-based nature of this course, it is recommended for mature students who possess the disciplined ability to stay on task and focus.