Chemistry HP

  • Course Description

    Chemistry in the Earth System HP

    Chemistry in the Earth System HP is a year long, laboratory-based college preparatory class. The honors course is accompanied by work in the mathematical solution of chemical problems and laboratory use of experimental data.  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 HP satisfies the A-G and District graduation requirements for laboratory science.


    First Semester
    Atomic Structure
    The Periodic Table
    Chemical Reactions

    Second Semester:
    Gases and Climate Change
    Solutions and Ocean Acidification
    Heat and Energy in the Earth System

    Students can expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on homework outside of class.

    Minimum math co-requisite: Geometry (Algebra II is HIGHLY recommended). This course offers a more challenging chemistry class for students with a strong interest in chemistry and math.