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Chemistry: A Study of Matter

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You may also stream the videos through PBS Learning Media by searching for Chemistry & Physics.

Chemistry & Physics consists of two series teaching high school college preparatory chemistry and physics. Chemistry: A Study of Matter and Physics Fundamentals provides instructional content delivered through thirty-minute episodes and integrated classroom materials. Episodes provide content while giving cues for the classroom teacher to pause the program and interact with students, engaging them in discussions, problem-solving, and laboratory activities.

For each unit, daily lesson plans are given to help teachers prepare for and pace the lessons. Classroom materials, including note-taking guides to accompany the episodes, worksheets, classroom activities, quizzes, and tests are available in electronic format. For security reasons, only student materials are provided on this site. Teachers should call GPB Education at 1.888.501.8960 or email education@gpb.org with questions or to request teacher materials.

Chemistry: A Study of Matter

Semester 1

Chemistry is the study of matter, its composition and the changes it undergoes. During this semester, you will be introduced to the scientific method used to study matter and will be given the mathematical tools you will need for the remainder of the course. You will learn how matter is classified according to its properties and composition. You will study the atom and trace the development of the atomic theory and the periodic table of elements. In the unit on bonding, you will learn how elements form compounds, and in the final unit, you will learn to name and write formulas for compounds and to write equations representing chemical reactions.

Semester 2

This semester begins with the introduction of the mole. This important concept will be used during the remainder of the year as the basis for many calculations involving chemical reactions, solutions, and gases. In the units on thermochemistry and chemical kinetics, you will learn how energy is absorbed and given off during chemical reactions and how energy, and factors affect the rates of reactions. The study of reaction rates will lead you into the study of chemical equilibrium. In this semester, you will also study electrochemistry, from batteries to electroplating. And you will learn about acids, bases and salts. Unit 15 is a brief study of the atomic nucleus, which your teacher may introduce at any time during the year.