Chemistry Matters – High School Chemistry Course

Chemistry Matters - High School Chemistry Course

Chemistry Matters is a digital high school chemistry course offerred by Georgia Public Broadcasting. It consists of a series of 12 units of study divided into segments. Each segment provides you with support materials designed to enhance student understanding of the content, along with vocabulary and a teacher’s guide (available upon request). The Chemistry Matters teacher toolkit provides instructions and answer keys for labs, experiments, and assignments for all 12 units of study. The videos are also available on youtube.

Unit 1: Introduction to Chemistry

In this unit, students investigate a fish kill on Georgia’s Ogeechee River, and learn how to obtain, evaluate, and communicate data and information.

Unit 1 Segment A: What is Chemistry?

Segment A: What is Chemistry?

In this segment, we outline the eight science and engineering practices of chemistry. Students also discuss qualitative and quantitative observations.

Unit 1 Segment B: Hypotheses and Models

Segment B: Hypotheses and Models

During this segment, we introduce two Science and Engineering Practices: Generating a Hypothesis and Developing a Model.

Unit 1 Segment C: Investigating the Problem

Segment C: Investigating the Problem

We explore the steps involved in creating and testing a hypothesis and introduce our third Science and Engineering Practice, planning and carrying out an investigation.

Unit 1 Segment D: Experimental Design

Segment D: Experimental Design

Experimental Design is explored as the terms manipulated variable, responding variable, and constant are discussed.

Unit 1 Segment E: Performing an Experiment

Segment E: Performing an Experiment

In this segment, students learn about the importance of lab safety procedures while performing an experiment testing the pH of various samples in the classroom.

Unit 1 Segment F: Analyzing Data

Segment F: Analyzing Data

Students analyze data collected in the last segment and interpret that data by constructing an argument that explains whether the data shows that their hypothesis should be supported or rejected.

Unit 1 Segment G: Engaging in Argumentation

Segment G: Engaging in Argumentation

In this segment, students engage in argumentation by either rejecting or supporting their hypotheses about the fish kill. We hear from environmental lawyer Don Stack, who discusses the role of chemistry in his profession.

Unit 2: Introduction to Matter

Students explore the chemical and physical properties of matter and discover how scientific ideas are connected to each other rather than existing in isolation.

Unit 2 Segment A: Properties of Matter

Segment A: Properties of Matter

In this segment, our students learn about physical properties of matter using the densities of pennies as a model.

Unit 2 Segment B: Density Lab Results and Crush Lab

Segment B: Density Lab Results and Crush Lab

Our students continue their discussion of penny densities in this segment and begin a crushing experiment to examine the different physical properties of chemicals.

Unit 2 Segment C: Physical Properties and Phase Change

Segment C: Physical Properties and Phase Change

In this segment, we continue with our exploration of physical properties, including brittleness and malleability. We also learn about phase changes and observe a demonstration on the freezing point of water.

Unit 2 Segment D: Phase Change Demonstrations

Segment D: Phase Change Demonstrations

Dr. Adrian Elliott from the Fernbank Science Center joins us in this segment for a special interview, and our students discuss sublimation and deposition.

Unit 2 Segment E: Chemical Properties

Segment E: Chemical Properties

During this segment, we learn the difference between chemical and physical properties, and we see a demonstration of reactivity.

Unit 2 Segment F: Mixtures

Segment F: Mixtures

Homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures are the focus of this segment as well as solutions and alloys.

Unit 2 Segment G: Separating Mixtures

Segment G: Separating Mixtures

Homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures are the focus of this segment as well as solutions and alloys.

Unit 2 Segment H: Chromatography Results and Mixtures Challenge

Segment H: Chromatography Results and Mixtures Challenge

Homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures are the focus of this segment as well as solutions and alloys.

Unit 2 Segment I: Mixtures Challenge Results and Water Treatment

Segment I: Mixtures Challenge Results and Water Treatment

In this segment, our students discuss the results of their engineering design challenge and we hear from special guest Stan Brinkley, with the Cobb County Marietta Water Authority.

Unit 3: Atomic Structure

Students analyze conceptual, mathematical, and physical models of atoms. This unit also includes an overview of protons, neutrons, and electrons, as well as a periodic table of elements.

Chemistry Matters Unit 3 Segment A Atomic Models

Segment A: Atomic Models

In this segment, the students learn about different models of the atom, including Dalton’s model, Thomson’s model, Rutherford’s model, and the Bohr model.

Chemistry Matters Unit 3 Segment B The Periodic Table

Segment B: The Periodic Table

The periodic table is the focus of this segment. The students explore periodic trends as well as atomic number and average atomic mass.

Chemistry Matters Unit 3 Segment C Characteristics of Electrons

Segment C: Characteristics of Electrons

In this segment, students build models of atoms as they learn about characteristics of electrons. They also explore how quantum levels affect fireworks by performing a flame test.

Chemistry Matters Unit 3 Segment D Periodic Trends Part I

Segment D: Periodic Trends Part I

Students explore the relationship between the properties of an atom and its location on the periodic table as well as about effective nuclear charge and electronegativity.

Chemistry Matters Unit 3 Segment E Periodic Trends Part II

Segment E: Periodic Trends Part II

In this segment, the students make predictions about electronegativity and atomic radius across periods and columns.

Chemistry Matters Unit 3 Segment F Electron Configuration Part I

Segment F: Electron Configuration Part I

This segment examines ionization energy and explains the process for writing the electron configuration of any element.

Chemistry Matters Unit 3 Segment G Electron Configuration Part II

Segment G: Electron Configuration Part II

The students learn to make electron configurations in this segment. Sublevels and orbitals are also discussed.

Chemistry Matters Unit 3 Segment H Configuration Lab Results and Fireworks

Segment H: Configuration Lab Results and Fireworks

During this segment, special guest Mark Angeli explains the role of pyrotechnics in the making of fireworks.

Unit 4: Bonding

The focus of this unit is chemical bonds, both intermolecular and intramolecular. Students also look at the bond spectrum and learn about electrostatic and electronegative forces.

Chemistry Matters Unit 4 Segment A Introduction to Bonding

Segment A: Introduction to Bonding

This segment introduces the concept of chemical bonding and explores chemical changes using the ingredients found in taco sauce as a model.

Chemistry Matters Unit 4 Segment B Chemical Bonding

Segment B: Chemical Bonding

In this segment, the students learn about chemical bonds, Lewis dot diagrams, and ionic bonds.

Chemistry Matters Unit 4 Segment C Intramolecular Bonding

Segment C: Intramolecular Bonding

Intramolecular bonds are discussed in this segment, and the students create their own bonds using a software simulator.

Chemistry Matters Unit 4 Segment D Comparing Types of Bonds

Segment D: Comparing Types of Bonds

The students discuss polar and nonpolar bonds in this segment, followed by an explanation of single, double, and triple bonds.

Chemistry Matters Unit 4 Segment E Intermolecular Bonding

Segment E: Intermolecular Bonding

Intermolecular forces are the focus of this segment, and the students learn why hydrogen bonding makes ice float.

Chemistry Matters Unit 4 Segment F Melting Results and Molecular Modeling

Segment F: Melting Results and Molecular Modeling

The students learn about melting point using sugar and salt. Special guest Dr. Ludovice discusses molecular modeling.

Unit 5: Chemical Reactions

Students identify the primary indicators of chemical change and learn about the law of conservation of matter. This unit also covers balanced chemical equations and showing reactants and products of chemical reactions.

Chemistry Matters Unit 5 Segment A Balancing Equations

Segment A: Balancing Equations

The law of conservation of mass and balancing equations are the focus of this segment with students performing a lab to explore these topics.

Chemistry Matters Unit 5 Segment B Types of Reactions

Segment B: Types of Reactions

This segment explores different types of reactions by performing a lab – how scientists use chemical reactions to synthesize new medications, and a discussion on acid rain.

Chemistry Matters Unit 5 Segment C Reactivity and Predicting Products

Segment C: Reactivity and Predicting Products

This segment examines reactivity and predicting the products of chemical reactions by performing labs looking at metal reactivity and solubility with double displacement reactions.

Chemistry Matters Unit 5 Segment D Identifying Unknown Samples Part I

Segment D: Identifying Unknown Samples Part I

During this segment, the students perform a lab to test and identify four unknown samples.

Chemistry Matters Unit 5 Segment E Identifying Unknown Samples Part II

Segment E: Identifying Unknown Samples Part II

The students discuss their flow charts and lab results, explaining how they identified their unknown substances.

Unit 6: The Mole and Stoichiometry

In this unit, students learn the mathematical tool of dimensional analysis, alternately called the factor-label method. Students also explore how to predict and measure the outcome of a reaction.

Chemistry Matters Unit 6 Segment A Dimensional Analysis

Segment A: Dimensional Analysis

Stoichiometry is introduced in this segment, and the students discuss the basics of dimensional analysis.

Chemistry Matters Unit 6 Segment B The Mole

Segment B: The Mole

This segment examines the mole and Avagadro’s number. The students continue their exploration of dimensional analysis.

Chemistry Matters Unit 6 Segment C Percent Composition and Empirical Formulas

Segment C: Percent Composition and Empirical Formulas

The topics found within this segment include converting moles to liters as well as calculating percent composition, empirical formulas, and molecular formulas.

Chemistry Matters Unit 6 Segment D Stoichiometric Calculations

Segment D: Stoichiometric Calculations

This segment explores stoichiometric calculations and mole ratios.

Chemistry Matters Unit 6 Segment E Limiting Reactants

Segment E: Limiting Reactants

This segment explores limiting reactants as we watch the students perform a lab with s’mores.

Chemistry Matters Unit 6 Segment F Combustion Lab

Segment F: Combustion Lab

In this segment, the students discuss the ratios they have calculated in a rocket combustion lab.

Chemistry Matters Unit 6 Segment G Combustion Lab Results

Segment G: Combustion Lab Results

The students analyze data from the rocket combustion lab started in the previous segment and hear from special guest Dr. David Gottfried about nanotechnology.

Unit 7: Solutions, Acids, and Bases

Students discover how solvents dissolve ionic and covalent solutes and learn how to measure solution concentration by mass percent, molarity, and molality. This unit also covers colligative properties.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment A What is a Solution

Segment A: What is a Solution?

Introduction to solutions, acids and bases and their importance in chemistry. The students begin a lab, adding different salts to water at different temperatures and observing the conditions under which the salts dissolve.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment B Solubility

Segment B: Solubility

The students learn about solubility, insolubility, and saturated solutions. They interpret the data they compiled during the lab on dissolving salts. In the classroom, the teacher tests several solutions, and they discuss the nature of chemical solutions.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment C Solution Concentration

Segment C: Solution Concentration

Our host describes ways to express solution concentration. The class learns about mass percent and the students propose plans for creating solutions with a known molarity.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment D Dilution

Segment D: Dilution

The teacher and students discuss the results from the molarity lab and how to express concentrations using mass percent or molarity. The students learn how to work a dilution problem and create a plan for a lab.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment E Dilution Lab Results

Segment E: Dilution Lab Results

The students perform the dilution lab and discuss their results to understand how to make a concentrated solution more dilute using target volume and concentration, as well as accurate calculations.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment F Colligative Properties

Segment F: Colligative Properties

The host discusses two of the colligative properties, freezing point depression and boiling point elevation. The students make ice cream to investigate colligative properties and solve problems to find the freezing point and boiling point of different substances.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment G Acids and Bases Part I

Segment G: Acids and Bases Part I

In segment G, our host introduces acids and bases, two types of solutions made of chemical compounds. In the classroom, the students and teacher investigate the properties of acids and bases and test household substances with cabbage juice to see if they are an acid or a base.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment H Acid and Bases Part II

Segment H: Acids and Bases Part II

The students use litmus paper to determine the acidity of different substances and discuss the Bronsted-Lowry Model, the Arrhenius Model, and the Lewis Model. They measure the pH of different substances in water.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment I Titration Lab Results and pH

Segment I: Titration Lab Results and pH

The students discuss the data from their titration lab. Our host explains the importance of titration in real world applications and discusses auto ionization of water and the calculation of pH.

Chemistry Matters Unit 7 Segment J pH Lab Results

Segment J: pH Lab Results

The students explain how they calculated the pH of the acid used in the titration lab. The host explains how important the concepts in this unit are to chemistry. We hear an interview with Winston Eason, an agricultural extension agent with the state of Georgia.

Unit 8: Chemical Thermodynamics

This unit focuses on the three laws of thermodynamics. Students also explore endothermic and exothermic reactions and total bond energy.

Chemistry Matters Unit 8 Segment A The Laws of Thermodynamics

Segment A: The Laws of Thermodynamics

The first segment in this unit looks at the laws of thermodynamics. The students examine heat-related phenomena of chemical thermodynamics using hot and cold packets, illustrating how thermodynamics work in the real world.

Chemistry Matters Unit 8 Segment B Specific Heat

Segment B: Specific Heat

Our host explains the difference between exothermic and endothermic reactions, and our students explore the concept of specific heat capacity by predicting whether ice cubes will melt faster when placed on metal or plastic.

Chemistry Matters Unit 8 Segment C Heat Transfer

Segment C: Heat Transfer

Students learn about thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity and see if their predictions for how fast the ice cubes melt were correct. Our host explains how heat capacity affects the earth’s climate, and the students begin an experiment using samples of greenhouse gases.

Chemistry Matters Unit 8 Segment D Greenhouse Lab Results and Calorimetry

Segment D: Greenhouse Lab Results and Calorimetry

The teacher and students discuss the data gathered from the greenhouse gases experiment from segment C. The students set up their own calorimetry experiments using polystyrene cups to make a “coffee cup calorimeter.”

Chemistry Matters Unit 8 Segment E Calorimetry Lab

Segment E: Calorimetry Lab

The students perform the coffee cup calorimetry experiment, gathering data to determine what compounds work best to create hot and cold packs.

Chemistry Matters Unit 8 Segment F Calorimetry Lab Results

Segment F: Calorimetry Lab Results

The students complete the design and engineering task of making hot and cold packs. They draw conclusions about what compounds they can use to create the packs based on their observations and the data they compiled.

Unit 9: Kinetics and Gases

In this unit, students learn about kinetics, which is the study of factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions. Students also investigate collision theory and the five components of kinetic molecular theory in gas.

Chemistry Matters Unit 9 Segment A Reaction Rates

Segment A: Reaction Rates

Introduces kinetics and looks at how molecular motion affects gases, collision theory and reaction rates. and how substances react with each other. The students design their own antacid tablet experiment to determine which conditions create the fastest rate of reaction.

Chemistry Matters Unit 9 Segment B Reaction Rate Lab

Segment B: Reaction Rate Lab

Students discuss their hypotheses about altering the rates of reaction in a dissolving antacid tablet and conduct their experiments, using variables to determine if their assumptions hold true.

Chemistry Matters Unit 9 Segment C Reaction Rate Lab Results and Catalysts

Segment C: Reaction Rate Lab Results and Catalysts

Students share their data and draw conclusions from the antacid tablet experiments and learn how catalysts affect reaction rates. The teacher discusses the behavior of gases at the macro and molecular level.

Chemistry Matters Unit 9 Segment D Kinetic Molecular Theory

Segment D: Kinetic Molecular Theory

The host describes the different properties of gases and the components of Kinetic Molecular Theory. Students are asked to make predictions about what will happen during demonstrations with gases using a balloon and marshmallow, applying the concepts of ideal gas law.

Chemistry Matters Unit 9 Segment E Ideal Gas Law

Segment E: Ideal Gas Law

This segment dives further into the ideal gas law. The teacher gives the students an engineering and design challenge: create a safe model of an airbag using what they have learned about the behavior of gases.

Chemistry Matters Unit 9 Segment F Air Bag Lab

Segment F: Air Bag Lab

Students discuss the calculations and procedures they need for the model air bag experiment and begin making their models and recording their findings.

Chemistry Matters Unit 9 Segment G Air Bag Lab Results

Segment G: Air Bag Lab Results

Students review and discuss the results from their model airbag experiment. Our host speaks with Lea Merriwether, water quality technician at Georgia Aquarium, to discuss how gas levels affect water quality.

Unit 10: Introduction to Equilibrium

The focus of this unit is to help students understand the condition in which all competing influences counteract each other, resulting in a stable, balanced, or unchanging system.

Chemistry Matters Unit 10 Segment A Chemical Equilibrium

Segment A: Chemical Equilibrium

Our host introduces equilibrium theories and the dynamic nature of chemical equilibrium. The students perform an activity using Legos to understand the nature of how forward and reverse reactions affect equilibrium and the amount of products and reactants in a reaction.

Chemistry Matters Unit 10 Segment B The Equilibrium Constant Part I

Segment B: The Equilibrium Constant Part I

This segment explains how to calculate the ratio of products to reactants and why this is important in the manufacture of chemicals for business. Students write equilibrium expressions and prepare to calculate equilibrium constant.

Chemistry Matters Unit 10 Segment B The Equilibrium Constant Part I

Segment C: The Equilibrium Constant Part II

In this segment, students find out if their calculation for the equilibrium constant of ammonia was correct. The teacher asks the students to list examples that illustrate why chemical equilibrium is important in everyday life.

Chemistry Matters Unit 10 Segment D Le Chatelier's Principle

Segment D: Le Chatelier’s Principle

The students explain their examples of real world chemical equilibrium, including in our bodies. The teacher demonstrates Le Chatelier’s principle using a solution of tea, showing how different additives will change the tea’s color and its equilibrium.

Chemistry Matters Unit 10 Segment E Smog Lab

Segment E: Smog Lab

In segment E, our students conduct an experiment to see which gases produces smog, recording their observations and creating a data table.

Chemistry Matters Unit 10 Segment F Smog Lab Results

Segment F: Smog Lab Results

The students review the results of the smog experiment, analyze the data, and draw conclusions. The teacher asks them to create models based on what they learned about temperature and equilibrium.

Chemistry Matters Unit 10 Segment G How Temperature Affects Equilibrium

Segment G: How Temperature Affects Equilibrium

Our students show their completed models and discuss how temperatures affects equilibrium. A program manager at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, joins our host to discuss how they monitor air quality.

Unit 11: Nuclear Chemistry

This unit focuses on isotopes, nuclear decay, fission, and fusion. Students learn how to identify different types of nuclear decay products and look at real-world applications of radioactivity.

Chemistry Matters Unit 11 Segment A Radioactivity

Segment A: Radioactivity

Our host explains that nuclear chemistry is what happens in the nucleus of an atom. This segment also covers the nature of radioactivity and the release of energy as it occurs. The students perform an experiment with a cloud chamber and get to see vapor trails, which are evidence of nuclear decay.

Chemistry Matters Unit 11 Segment B Nuclear Fission and Types of Radiation

Segment B: Nuclear Fission and Types of Radiation

This segment explains how nuclear fission creates new elements. Students also learn about the characteristics of the three particles that result from nuclear decay, alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, and the energy derived from nuclear fission.

Chemistry Matters Unit 11 Segment C Half-Life

Segment C: Half-Life

Students review results from nuclear decay experiments and learn how the law of the conservation of matter applies to nuclear chemistry. Students also learn what a half-life is, how it can be used to determine the age of a fossil, and how to solve a half-life problem

Chemistry Matters Unit 11 Segment D Nuclear Fusion

Segment D: Nuclear Fusion

This segment explores why some atoms emit radioactive particles, while other do not. Our students learn about the immense power of nuclear fusion, which produces the energy from our sun and sustains life, and they participate in a lab activity demonstrating a model of fusion using marshmallows.

Chemistry Matters Unit 11 Segment E Real World Nuclear Chemistry

Segment E: Real World Nuclear Chemistry

Students choose assignments in nuclear chemistry that reflect their learning styles and interests. We also visit an isotope laboratory at Georgia Power to see real world scientists at work as they measure levels of radiation in the environment.

Unit 12: Chemistry Matters Recap

Unit 12 is a recap of Units 1 through 11 and includes an overview of all the Georgia standards covered in this series.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment A Introduction to Chemistry Review

Segment A: Introduction to Chemistry Review

Our host recaps the content in unit 1, ” Science and Engineering Practices,” which introduces students to using models, analyzing and interpreting data, computational thinking, constructing explanations, and more. We also review the studio interview with an environmental attorney about the Ogeechee River fish kill.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment B Introduction to Matter Review

Segment B: Introduction to Matter Review

We recap Unit 2,” Introduction to Matter,” in which we covered crosscutting concepts that are used by scientists around the world and looked at the chemical and physical properties of matter. We watched a scientist demonstrate phase changes from solid to liquid to gas in our studio, using liquid nitrogen.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment C Atomic Structure Review

Segment C: Atomic Structure Review

Segment C reviews the information covered in Unit 3, “Atomic Structure.” Students looked at models of atoms, discussed the Periodic Table, and heard from a fireworks expert who explained how chemistry is behind the variety of colors of a fireworks display.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment D Bonding Review

Segment D: Bonding Review

In this segment, we review Unit 4, “Chemical Bonds.” The unit covered the importance of evidence-based science and looked at both intra-molecular bonds that hold atoms together and intermolecular bonds, which exist between one molecule and another.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment E Chemical Reactions Review

Segment E: Chemical Reactions Review

We see how students learned to recognize the signs of chemical change in this recap of Unit 5, “Chemical Reactions.” The unit also covered the Law of the Conservation of Matter, and students balanced chemical equations and learned to draw models representing those equations.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment F The Mole and Stoichiometry Review

Segment F: The Mole and Stoichiometry Review

In this recap of Unit 6, “Stoichiometry,” our host reviews what students learned about using dimensional analysis to solve stoichiometric problems. Students performed calculations and also learned about limiting and excess reactants using s’mores and launching miniature rockets in our lab.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment G Solutions, Acids, and Bases Review

Segment G: Solutions, Acids, and Bases Review

This segment reviews Unit 7, “Solutions, Acids and Bases.” The students saw how solvents dissolve solutes and how the rate of dissolution can be changed. They measured the concentration of solutions by molarity, mass percent, and molality. The unit also covered pH scale and how to measure acidity and alkalinity.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment H Chemical Thermodynamics Review

Segment H: Chemical Thermodynamics Review

Our host recaps Unit 8, “Chemical Thermodynamics.” The unit covered the three laws of thermodynamics and introduced students to thermochemistry. Total Bond Energy was covered, as well as specific heat capacity.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment I Kinetics and Gases Review

Segment I: Kinetics and Gases Review

In the recap of the unit “Kinetics and Gases,” our host tells us that the unit covered Collision Theory. We see that the students performed a lab using antacid tablets to see how kinetics affect the speed of a reaction. Students also explored the unique properties of gases and Ideal Gas Law.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment J Introduction to Equilibrium Review

Segment J: Introduction to Equilibrium Review

“Chemical Equilibrium” was the topic of unit 10, which is reviewed in this segment. Our host reviews the definition of chemical equilibrium illustrated by an activity using Legos® and how to calculate the equilibrium constant. The unit also covered Le Chatelier’s Principle.

Chemistry Matters Unit 12 Segment K Nuclear Chemistry Review

Segment K: Nuclear Chemistry Review

This segment recaps the Unit 11, “Nuclear Chemistry,” in which students learned about radioactivity, including alpha and beta radiation and gamma rays. They were introduced to nuclear fission and fusion and the energy each can produce. We also visited a Georgia Power nuclear chemistry lab, which measures radiation in the environment.

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