• In Chemistry, students will investigate how chemistry is an integral part of our daily lives by studying a variety of topics that include: characteristics of matter; energy transformations during physical and chemical changes; atomic structure; the  periodic table of elements; behavior of gases; bonding; nuclear fusion and nuclear fission; oxidation-reduction reactions; chemical equations; solutes; properties of solutions; acids and bases; and chemical reactions. (Texas Education Agency)  Throughout the course, we will concentrate on problem-solving and mathematical skills required to understand these topics.