Course Description: Chemistry, the study of matter and the changes that matter undergoes, is a fascinating discipline! This is the science that drives all other sciences, from physics to Earth science to biology. Many careers such as mechanical, civil, chemical, biomedical, and electrical engineering, doctors, nursing, and health care depend on Chemistry. Geologists and biologists have relied on chemistry more and more as their disciplines have shifted from a descriptive basis to an analytical one. In fact, much of modern biology has become a direct application of chemical principles. Molecular biology depends on techniques invented by Kary Mullis, a chemist from California. In the early 1980’s, Dr. Mullis developed the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, which revolutionized the way biologists analyze DNA.
Prerequisite: Math grade ≥ 75, 2 teacher recommendations (one must come from a math or science teacher), Regents Chemistry course taken, excellent work ethic.
Expected Coursework: This course requires students to complete nightly readings in a college-level textbook, nightly homework assignments, and lab work. There will be Saturday tutorials and mandatory test prep sessions during school breaks as announced by the instructor.