Analía Bellizzi – Chemistry Classes

Ronald Reagan Senior High School

Honors Chemistry


This is your Chemistry Honors Class. In these pages you will find the basic concepts, examples of exercises, worksheets, hyperlinks, videos and much more!

We will be covering all the basics of Chemistry first and revisiting math concepts you will need during the year. Then we will analyze matter and their characteristics. These concepts include explaining chemicals and their reactive properties.  Students study the fundamentals of molecular interactions and how they are measured.  Students will work on mastering their experimental methods during this class, and will be challenged to design their own experiment at some point.

First, we will discuss how molecular materials are measured and quantified. Students will then apply these measuring techniques in a variety of lab exercises that involve the study of chemical energy in the forms of heat and light. 

Then will then expand to include the Periodic Table. The layout of the Periodic Table will be explained and then allow students to understand the characteristics behind chemical bonding between atoms and the molecular structure of chemical compounds. 

At the same time, the students will be involve in discussions on polarity and some interesting specifics behind liquids and solids. Advanced topics such as chemical equilibrium and chemical kinetics follow.  Students will learn the significance of how time and concentration plays a role in the reactivity of chemicals.

At the end of the year, the discussions and experiments and experiments will be over specific topics such as pH, acids, bases, electrolytes, carbon chemistry, and the chemistry of the environment.

The following is a list of the main topics we will cover: 

1ST Nine Weeks

 I. Introduction (What Are Things Made Of  and How Do They Change?)

II. Describing Matter (What Properties Are Used to Describe Matter?)

III. Periodic Table (What Is the Stuff That the Universe is made of? 

IV. Electrons In Atoms (Why do metals emit different colors when heated?)

V. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structures (What forces Keep Substances Together?)


2nd Nine Weeks

VI. Nomenclature and Formulas (How Do We Name Compounds?)

VII. Energy and States (How Can Matter Change Its Form?)

VIII. Chemical Reactions (How do Things Change Over Time?)

IX. The Mole (How do we count very small particles?)

3rd Nine Weeks

X. Stoichiometry (How do scientists predict and calculate quantities?)

XI. Solutions (Why do substances dissolve?)

XII. Acids and Bases (How Do Antacids Neutralize Stomach Acid?)

4th Nine Weeks

XIII. Oxidation-Reduction (How do batteries use chemistry to produce electricity?) 

XIV. Reaction Rates (Why do some reactions occur faster than others?)

XV. Gas Behavior (Why is the atmospheric pressure low during a hurricane?)

XVI. Nuclear Chemistry (What are the risks of living near a nuclear power plant?)

XVII. Organic Chemistry (Why are there so many different types of carbon compounds?)

XVIII. Thermodynamics (What energy drives chemical reactions?)