Course Name: Regents Chemistry
The Physical Setting / Chemistry Core Curriculum is based on Standard 4 of the commencement level New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology; building on the concepts covered in the elementary and intermediate levels. It incorporates the scientific inquiry from Standard 1, the use of information systems in Standard 2, the interconnectedness of content and skills and the problem-solving approaches in Standards 6 and 7.
The course emphasizes an in depth understanding of major concepts rather than memorization of science facts. Key topics covered include: Atomic Concepts, Periodic Table, Moles/Stoichiometry, Bonding, Physical Behavior of Matter, Kinetics/Equilibrium, Organic Chemistry, Oxidation-Reduction, Acids, Bases and Salts, and Nuclear Chemistry. Historical content, the scientific method, uncertainty in measurement, significant figures and SI units are included in the introduction of the core. In addition the material on the Chemistry Reference Tables is considered part of the core curriculum and is testable.
The course culminates with a Regents exam. Students must successfully complete 1,200 minutes of NY State mandated hands-on laboratory exercises in order to be eligible to sit for the exam. The laboratory time is in addition to the normal instructional time compared to the other core courses. A satisfactory laboratory write-up is the criteria for successful completion of the lab exercise.
A grade of at least 65 on the exam is required for Regents credit.
A passing grade of 65 or above in the course earns in 1 credit toward the RCSD and NY State graduation requirements for science. The RCSD use the Regents exam as the final exam for the course.