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Chemistry Matters

Welcome to Chemistry Matters – a new digital series for high school chemistry from Georgia Public Broadcasting! The series is comprised of 12 units of study divided into segments. Under each segment you will find support materials designed to enhance student understanding of the content. Complete and submit this form to request the teacher toolkit. The Chemistry Matters teacher toolkit provides instructions and answer keys for labs, experiments, and assignments for all 12 units of study. GPB offers the teacher toolkit at no cost to Georgia educators.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unit 8
Chemical Thermodynamics

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

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.

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.

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.

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.