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Lower Merion School District


Chemistry Courses

(Including AP and Chemistry Electives)


  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 04020202

This course covers the core of topics and activities necessary to give students a solid foundation in understanding chemistry concepts. Topics include measurement, matter and energy, elements, compounds, nomenclature, chemical reactions and their balancing, chemical quantities and their composition, and the composition of the atom. Students regularly engage in investigations that reflect the topic studied.

Chemistry H

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1. 0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Students earned an "A" or "B" in Biology College Prep or Honors. Successful completion or concurrently taking Integrated Math 2 Honors.
  • Course Number: 04020303

This course is designed to engage students with a conceptually challenging presentation of chemistry topics that require a strong understanding of prerequisite math skills. Content is supported with rigorous mathematical applications including unit conversions, solving for unknown variables, graphing data, and identifying mathematical relationships in data. Topics studied include states of matter, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, kinetics, chemical reactions, nomenclature, acid-base theory, stoichiometry, electrochemistry solutions, thermochemistry, and equilibrium. Each student performs and writes formal reports for laboratory activities each quarter which reflect the topic studied. Student involvement through "hands-on" experiences, teacher demonstrations, and classroom discussion will enable him/her to gain a thorough understanding of the concepts presented.

AP Chemistry

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Students earned an "A" or "B" in Chemistry Honors or earned an "A" in Chemistry College Prep and completed Mathematics through Integrated Math 3 with a grade of "A" or "B."
  • Course Number: 04020504

The Advanced Placement Chemistry course has been designed to prepare the student for both the AP Chemistry Examination as well as future chemistry courses at the college level. The core of the program covers structures of the atom, periodicity, molecular structure, solution, acid-base, kinetics, equilibrium, solubility, thermodynamics, and redox. The lab stresses both quantitative and qualitative analysis and each student will perform and write formal reports for multiple laboratory activities each quarter.

  Organic Chemistry H (Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that students have a grade of "A" or "B" in Chemistry or Chemistry H.
  • Course Number: 04020403

This is a lab-oriented course with emphasis placed on the role of the organic chemist in society. Technique is stressed in both laboratory situations and practical applications. Students are introduced to the course by performing routine purifications and separations. Later they perform experiments in which they gain experience with sequential synthesis. Students keep a log of their experiments and report their findings to the instructor for evaluation. Note: This course is scheduled on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Students schedule it as an extra course with the approval of the instructor.