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Brian's Class Materials- FALL 2011 - SEYS 362

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Queens College/CUNY
Education Unit
Fall 2011

Science Content Recommendations from NCATE and NSTA

Elementary - generalist Elementary - middle All Secondary Secondary - Biology Secondary - Chemistry Secondary - Earth, Space Secondary - Physics

C.3. Recommendations for Teachers of Chemistry

C.3.a. Core Competencies . All teachers of chemistry should be prepared lead students to understand the unifying concepts required of all teachers of science, and should in addition be prepared to lead students to understand:

  1. Fundamental structures of atoms and molecules.
  2. Basic principles of ionic, covalent, and metallic bonding.
  3. Physical and chemical properties and classification of elements including periodicity.
  4. Chemical kinetics and thermodynamics.
  5. Principles of electrochemistry.
  6. Mole concept, stoichiometry, and laws of composition.
  7. Transition elements and coordination compounds.
  8. Acids and bases, oxidation-reduction chemistry, and solutions.
  9. Fundamental biochemistry.
  10. Functional and polyfunctional group chemistry.
  11. Environmental and atmospheric chemistry.
  12. Fundamental processes of investigating in chemistry.
  13. Applications of chemistry in personal and community health and environmental quality.

C.3.b. Advanced Competencies. In addition to the core competencies, t eachers of chemistry as a primary field should also be prepared to effectively lead students to understand:

  1. Molecular orbital theory, aromaticity, metallic and ionic structures, and correlation to properties of matter.
  2. Superconductors and principles of metallurgy.
  3. Advanced concepts of chemical kinetics, and thermodynamics.
  4. Lewis adducts and coordination compounds.
  5. Solutions, colloids, and colligative properties.
  6. Major biological compounds and natural products.
  7. Solvent system concepts including non-aqueous solvents.
  8. Chemical reactivity and molecular structure including electronic and steric effects.
  9. Organic synthesis and organic reaction mechanisms.
  10. Energy flow through chemical systems.
  11. Issues related to chemistry including ground water pollution, disposal of plastics, and development of alternative fuels.
  12. Historical development and perspectives in chemistry including contributions of significant figures and underrepresented groups, and the evolution of theories in chemistry.
  13. How to design, conduct, and report research in chemistry.
  14. Applications of chemistry and chemical technology in society, business, industry, and health fields.

C.3.c. Supporting Competencies . All teachers of chemistry should be prepared to effectively apply concepts from other sciences and mathematics to the teaching of chemistry including:

  1. Biology, including molecular biology, bioenergetics, and ecology.
  2. Earth science, including geochemistry, cycles of matter, and energetics of Earth systems.
  3. Physics, including energy, stellar evolution, properties and functions of waves, motions and forces, electricity , and magnetism.
  4. Mathematical and statistical concepts and skills including statistics and the use of differential equations and calculus.