VHS Catalog 12-13

Course Title:
Chemicals of Civilization
Course Code:
Science - Chemistry
Grade Level:
10, 11, 12
Repeated Semester (Fall: 25 Seats; Spring: 25 Seats; )
15 weeks
Successful completion of a previous High School Chemistry course
Additional Requirements:
Accredited by:
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
(see additional details below):

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.

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MediaKit Contents:
Napoleon's Buttons: 17 molecules that changed the world

Course Syllabus
Weeks 1-3: Organic Chemistry and Life in the Kitchen
Week 4-7: Trade Empires and Chemicals
Week 8-11: Chemicals inspired by nature
Week 11-15: Technological Tools, Past present and future

Course Objectives:
1. Students will extend their previous chemistry experience by studying selected topic in great detail.
2. Students will place the chemistry content into a historical context and examine the processes and events that have shaped our history.
3. Student will examine the current and potential applications of present chemistry.
4. Student will continue to develop an appreciation for the role that science and scientists play in our history and our daily lives.

This catalog description was last modified on 03/11/2013

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