Chemistry in the Earth System
Chemistry in the Earth System is a year long, laboratory-based college preparatory class. This class integrates Chemical Science, Earth and Science and Engineering Practices as based upon the California Science Framework and Next Generation Science Standards (NGGS). The course is divided into 6 units covering Structure of the Atom, Structure of Molecules and Interactions, Chemical Reactions, Gases and Climate Change, Solutions and Ocean Acidification, and Heat and Energy in the Earth System. Each unit includes a laboratory investigation that is evidence based and connects to a real-world application or phenomenon.
As students investigate the Performance Expectations (PEs) within the unit, they uncover Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) from Chemical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering. Using Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs), students will build upon their knowledge and develop models to explain the phenomenon as presented. Chemistry in the Earth System satisfies the A-G and District graduation requirements for laboratory science.
The Periodic Table
Gases and Climate Change
Solutions and Ocean Acidification
Heat and Energy in the Earth System
Minimum math co-requisite: Algebra 1 (Geometry is recommended)