Please note that the Workshop Syllabus is subject to change.
Session 1:Nomenclature and Math in Chemistry
Nomenclature is an important aspect of chemistry as it allows for a systematic approach to naming and recognition of chemical compounds. Also important in problem solving is knowledge of math concepts such as significant figures, use of algebraic manipulation to solve problems, and conversion factors used to find the correct units. This workshop will encompass an introduction to the nomenclature of basic chemical compounds and basic math concepts.
Session 2:Creating and Applying Chemical Equations
Chemical equations are the basis of chemistry. This workshop will provide a refresher on how to write, balance, and apply chemical equations, and why it is important. These are essential skills that will serve students in chemistry, biology, and beyond.
Session 3:Study Hall
Bring your study materials to prepare for your upcoming exams!
Session 4:Making Sense of Chemistry
This workshop focuses on learning techniques especially as they relate to chemistry. This session will take place immediately following Exam 1 to identify more appropriate study skills for the upcoming tests.
Sessions 5 & 6(Session 6 is the week after Spring Break):Quantum Chemistry
Quantum chemistry is the modeling of electron behavior and the study of chemical systems. In this workshop, Bohr’s model of the atom is used to discuss electron configuration, quantum numbers, and periodic trends.
Session 7:Study Hall
Bring your study materials to prepare for your upcoming exams! Or bring your second exam to review the difficult problems in preparation for the last few weeks of the semester!
Sessions 8 & 9:Lewis Structures- Molecular Design & Architecture
Lewis structures are diagrams that show the bonding between atoms of a molecule and the electrons in that molecule. In this workshop, the octet rule will be used to discuss chemical structure. Exceptions to this rule will also be covered, and valence electrons will be used to examine more complicated chemical structures.
Thermochemistry is the study of the heat energy as it relates to the accompanying chemical and/or physical reactions. This workshop emphasizes learning to apply the Laws of Thermodynamics to chemical reactions with a focus on enthalpy, heat, work, and heat capacity.
Sessions 11 & 12:Study Hall
Bring your materials to prepare for the upcoming exams!