Chemistry is easy, we'll prove it to you

Welcome to ICanLearnChemistry.com, a place for students and parents to get a better understanding of Chemistry and how it relates to the real world.

2017-2018 is our first year putting everything online, so there are place holder pages for the lessons that will be there. We apologize for all the content not being readily available but it will be. We are trying to be 2 weeks ahead.

This site is designed around the Lee County, Fl academic plan for Chemistry and Honors Chemistry. The pages are all tagged according to topic to make it easier for those not in our county to find what they need help with, rather than following the quarter guide. The academic plan also links to all Florida State and Next Generation Science Standards.

Each lesson is introduced with key terms, concepts to be covered, and materials needed for that specific lesson.

This is followed by a video presentation from my classroom PowerPoint or Smartboard presentation.

Below the lesson is the best suggestion on how to learn the topic, as well as quizzes, flashcards, and additional information from myself or outside source pertaining to the lesson. This will also have links and explanations of how the concept relates to the real-world.

Finally, each lesson will show the Aligned Learning Goals and Essential Outcome Question that align with the lesson. 

One of the most important features of this site is the "how to learn" portion. As a student I always marveled that the teachers rarely covered the best way to learn something. The best way to learn something may not work for you, everyone is different! This is the way myself and other chemistry teachers have concluded is the best way to comprehend the concepts presented.

Please enjoy the site and let us know if there is anything that is unclear.

The Big Ideas in Chemistry

Big Idea #1 : Matter - 
A. A working definition of matter is that it takes up space, has mass, and has measurable properties. Matter is comprised of atomic, subatomic, and elementary particles.

B. Electrons are key to defining chemical and some physical properties, reactivity, and molecular structures. Repeating (periodic) patterns of physical and chemical properties occur among elements that define groups of elements with similar properties. The periodic table displays the repeating patterns, which are related to the atom's outermost electrons. Atoms bond with each other to form compounds.

C. In a chemical reaction, one or more reactants are transformed into one or more new products. Many factors shape the nature of products and the rates of reaction.

D. Carbon-based compounds are building-blocks of known life forms on earth and numerous useful natural and synthetic products.

Big Idea #2 : Motion -
A. Motion can be measured and described qualitatively and quantitatively. Net forces create a change in motion. When objects travel at speeds comparable to the speed of light, Einstein's special theory of relativity applies.

B. Gases consist of great numbers of molecules moving in all directions. The behavior of gases can be modeled by the kinetic molecular theory.

C. Chemical reaction rates change with conditions under which they occur. Chemical equilibrium is a dynamic state in which forward and reverse processes occur at the same rates.

Big Idea #3: Energy - 
A. Energy is involved in all physical and chemical processes. It is conserved, and can be transformed from one form to another and into work. At the atomic and nuclear levels energy is not continuous but exists in discrete amounts. Energy and mass are related through Einstein's equation E=mc2.

B. The properties of atomic nuclei are responsible for energy-related phenomena such as radioactivity, fission and fusion.

C. Changes in entropy and energy that accompany chemical reactions influence reaction paths. Chemical reactions result in the release or absorption of energy.

D. The theory of electromagnetism explains that electricity and magnetism are closely related. Electric charges are the source of electric fields. Moving charges
generate magnetic fields.
E. Waves are the propagation of a disturbance. They transport energy and momentum but do not transport matter