Manhattan Hunter’s chemistry program is based on the New York State standards for chemistry in the physical setting. Our class is designed to give our students a broad range of topics and try to connect them to modern issues. Chemistry classes meet 7.5 periods a week. There is a Lab requirement of 30 hours to qualify for the regents; our students have an opportunity to complete over 40 lab hours.
Manhattan Hunter has invested in modernizing the classroom experience. We are currently rebuilding our chemistry lab to allow for a full scope of experiments. Students get to use bunsen burners, and chemical fume hoods to perform experiments not attempted in most other New York City Schools. Our classrooms contain tools a teacher will need for the 21st century. We use smartboards and LCD projectors to give modern multimedia presentations. Every classroom has Wi-Fi so students can connect to the internet. Starting in 2006-7 a clicker performance system was introduced to the classroom; students are given remote controls to answer questions in class. Answers are then displayed anonymously with the LCD projector. This system allows students to answer without worrying about being wrong; it also keeps track of individual data for teachers to assess students more accurately.
Our Chemistry department has been given electronic probe software as well. This allows our students to collect data as a scientist would in a modern lab. Sensors and probes connect digitally to a computer allowing students to read and graph data such as temperature vs. pressure, and pH. Students can spend their time watching the experiment, instead of copying data.
- Atomic concepts
- Periodic Table
- Chemical Bonding
- Physical Properties of Matter
- Nuclear Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Kinetics and Equilibrium
- Acids and Bases.