New Mexico High School Chemistry Standards

State Standards



Strand I:  Scientific Thinking and Practice


Standard I:  Understand the processes of scientific investigations and use inquiry and scientific ways of observing, experimenting, predicting, and validating to think critically.


Benchmark I:    Use accepted scientific methods to collect, analyze, and interpret data and observations and to design and conduct scientific investigations and communicate results.


Benchmark II:   Understand that scientific processes produce scientific knowledge that is continually evaluated, validated, revised, or rejected.


Benchmark III:  Use mathematical concepts, principles, and expressions to analyze data, develop  models, understand patterns and relationships, evaluate findings, and draw conclusions.



Strand II:  Content of Science


Standard I (Physical Science):  Understand the structure and properties of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the interactions between matter and energy.


Benchmark I:    Understand the properties, underlying structure, and reactions of matter.


Benchmark II:   Understand the transformation and transmission of energy and how energy and matter interact. 


Benchmark III:  Understand the motion of objects and waves, and the forces that cause them. 



Standard III (Earth and Space Science):  Understand the structure of Earth, the solar system, and the universe, the interconnections among them, and the processes and interactions of Earth’s systems.


Benchmark I:   Examine the scientific theories of the origin, structure, contents, and evolution of the solar system and the universe, and their interconnections.


Benchmark II:  Examine the scientific theories of the origin, structure, energy, and evolution of  Earth and its atmosphere, and their interconnections.



Strand III:  Science and Society


          Standard I:  Understand how scientific discoveries, inventions, practices, and knowledge influence, and are influenced by, individuals and societies.


          Benchmark I:   Examine and analyze how scientific discoveries and their applications affect the world, and explain how societies influence scientific investigations and applications.