The listserver has been quiet lately; I'd like to start up
My question is: What sequence of topics do you typically
use? What is your rationale for the sequence that you
I have listed my current sequence below, but it's not
carved in stone. Although it's a good sequence, I know
other teachers use very different sequences very
successfully. I'd like to know what they are!
For example, in my college prep chemistry classes, I like
the following sequence:
-Particulate Nature of Matter, Significant Figures
-Atomic Theory, including the modern model and electron
I like to do these all together in one continuous unit,
rather than revisiting atomic theory later in the year.
This year, to meet state testing requirements, I did
nuclear chemistry right after atomic theory.
-Formula Writing and Nomenclature
-Mole Based Problems (empirical formula, moles, gfm)
I find it's easier for student to remember ionic vs.
covalent nomenclature if they understand the difference in
Students have the prerequisite skills in writing formulas
and using moles before we start this unit.
-Gases and Solutions
-Kinetics and Equilibrium
-Acids and Bases
This sequence builds on previous topics--we can talk about
Ksp and Ka, because of already developed skills.
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Received on Wed Mar 2 12:49:59 2005