Chemistry Benchmarks

What topics should be taught?

[Constructing and Reflecting] [Matter & Energy] [Changes in Matter] [Acids & Bases] [Aqueous Solutions]
[Atomic Theory] [Chemical Bonding] [Chemical Reactions] [Electronchemistry & Nuclear Chemistry] [Gas Laws] [Kinetics & Equilibrium] [Organic Chemistry] [Periodicity] [Process Skills] [Stoichiometry&Thermochemistry]
UNIT BENCHMARKS
What do you want students to:
know, do, be like?
SUGGESTED ASSESSMENTS
How will you know if benchmarks have been achieved?
POSSIBLE RESOURCES
What possible instructional resources
could be used?
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IV.1.HS.1 Analyze properties of common household and agricultural materials in terms of risk/benefit balance. Both semesters

Students will:

  • Evaluate the benefits of common household or agricultural materials by using a risk/benefit analysis that utilizes these criteria
IV.1.HS.2 Identify properties of common families of elements.
Both semesters

Students will:

  • Describe the common physical properties of common families/columns of the periodic table
  • Recognize the characteristics and general categories/ families of elements
IV.1.HS.3 Explain how elements differ, in terms of the structural parts and electrical charges of atoms.
1st semester

Students will:

  • Recognize that elements differ in their numbers of protons
Changes in Matter:
IV.2.HS.1 Explain chemical changes in terms of the breaking of bonds and the rearrangement of atoms to form new substances.
1st semester

Students will:

  • Describe chemical changes as groups of atoms rearranging to form different substances
IV.2.HS.2 Explain why mass is conserved in physical and chemical changes.
1st semester

Students will:

  • Recognize that the mass before and after physical and chemical changes is equal
  • Explain how the number and kinds of atoms before the changes are the same as after the changes
IV.2.HS.3 Contrast nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, and natural radioactivity.
2nd semester

Students will:

  • Recognize that nuclear force holds the nucleus together
IV.2.HS.4 Describe energy transformations involved in physical, chemical and nuclear changes, and contrast their relative magnitudes.
2nd semester

Students will

  • Compare the amount of energy associated with nuclear, chemical and physical changes
  • Recognize that nuclear changes involve the greatest amount of energy
IV.2.HS.5 Explain changes in matter and energy involving heat transfer.
2nd semester

Students will:

  • Explain three methods for heat energy flowing from a warmer region to a cooler region
UCS Standards:
Demonstrate science process skills (observing, inferring, measuring, defining operationally, making models, controlling variables, making a graph, classifying, predicting, communicating, hypothesizing, estimating, collecting data, and interpreting data) that scientists use when they do science;
both semesters
.
Demonstrate critical-thinking skills while exploring atomic theories, the structure of the atom, and mass relationships of atoms
1st semester
.
Write, balance, and identify chemical equations and reactions
1st semester
.
Demonstrate understanding of mass and energy relationships in chemical and physical changes
1st semester
.
Demonstrate critical-thinking skills while quantifying gas laws
2nd semester
.
Explain chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, and their impact on the states of matter
2nd semester
.
Demonstrate understanding of the periodic table and how families of elements are related by common properties
1st semester
.
Analyze the properties of solutions

2nd semester
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Demonstrate a working knowledge of chemical kinetics and equilibrium
2nd semester
.
Differentiate between acids and bases
2nd semester
.
Appraise the importance of electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry
2nd semester, if covered
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Explore the field of organic chemistry
2nd semester, if covered
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Last Revised: Thu, Jun 5, 2003