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.