Chemistry A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to study electrons and their interactions as they relate to matter. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, measurement, reactions, acids and bases, stoichiometry and gas laws. Students predict, design, experiment and describe the chemical interactions of everyday life. Problem-solving skills will be developed and enhanced. Mathematical relationships are emphasized as well as modern scientific theory.


Algebra I, some familiarity with the metric system, use of scientific calculators

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Chemistry Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

The following materials are required for this course and must be provided by the student:

  • Multicolored gumdrops, marshmallows, or other soft candy
  • Toothpicks
  • Candy with a colored coating, like Skittles® or M&Ms® (4 different colors)
  • Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol
  • Coffee filters (2)
  • Tall glasses or plastic cups (2)
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Foil or paper plate
  • Table salt
  • Water
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Clean pitcher or 2-liter bottle
  • Four different markers (including one black permanent marker
  • One piece of steel wool
  • Vinegar
  • Thermometer
  • Glass jar with lid, or disposable plastic cup (not Styrofoam) with lid/plastic wrap
  • Newspaper
  • Baking soda
  • One disposable plastic spoon (plastic fork or knife may be used
  • Minimum of 80 small candies, coins, or other objects
  • 200 M&M® candies, pennies, or other small candy/item with two distinct sides
  • Shoe box or other small box with a lid
  • Faucet with running water
  • Small plastic hair comb or latex balloon
  • Small paper clip
  • Towel
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Ice cubes (at least one cupful)
  • One 2- to 3-quart saucepan
  • Kitchen thermometer (that measures temperatures up to at least 105°C, or around 215°F)
  • A stove top
  • One empty soda can
  • Tongs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (heavy cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla flavoring
  • 3/4 cup rock salt
  • 1 one-quart zip-seal food storage bag
  • 1 one-gallon zip-seal food storage bag

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.

Lead Teacher:

Rick Dees, Huntley Project High School,


Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 315
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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