|Chemicals of Civilization|
MA NCES Code:
|Science - Chemistry|
|10, 11, 12|
|Repeated Semester (Fall: 25 Seats; Spring: 25 Seats; )|
|Successful completion of a previous High School Chemistry course |
|Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools; Northwest Accreditation Commission|
|Course Requires a Media Kit to be Shipped to Students:|
|Course Requires a Media Kit to be Purchased by Course Sponsor |
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Did you know the infamous Salem witch trials might have been caused by moldy grain? Did you know that cotton could explode? How did silkworms lead to spandex? How can lasagna react with aluminum? Can we build an elevator to space? In The Chemicals of Civilization, we’ll take a look at a few of the chemicals and chemical concepts that have shaped our society. We’ll take a look at the history behind the chemicals and the chemicals behind the history. We’ll explore several areas of chemistry and then examine how they have shaped the world we live in today. We’ll also examine new chemicals being developed today and study how they might influence the future shape of our civilization.
The course begins by examining some basic organic chemistry and reviewing a few inorganic chemical concepts. This portion of the course will examine concepts of chemistry by looking at food preparation. We’ll then explore the chemistry behind various substances, and the effects they’ve had on the past and present of human societies. A few topics we’ll look at include vitamins, spices, silk and synthetic fabrics, rubber, caffeine, and nicotine. Student input into what topics we’ll study is also encouraged.
Students will complete private lessons and some lab activities using common household chemicals. Students will also take part in weekly discussions, and will have an opportunity to moderate at least one discussion during the course. Team cooperative projects will also be a portion of the course, and students will be asked to complete a final project working in teams.