Prerequisite for this course:
Chemistry stream: Completion of Algebra 1
Honors Chemistry stream: Completion of Honors Algebra 1 with at least a B+
There are two streams for this course – a Chemistry stream and an Honors Chemistry stream. The Chemistry stream is my original “Chemistry” course that so many parents and students loved. 🙂 The Honors stream will have the same base as the Chemistry course but will have added questions and topics to give a typical honors-level option for students. Parents and students can decide during the first chapter or two if they would like to do the extra questions/topics or not. If the student chooses not to do them, they will receive a grade for “Chemistry”. If the student chooses to do them (and they’ll need to do all the extra questions throughout the whole course for it to “count”), they will receive a grade for “Honors Chemistry”. The time commitment for the Chemistry stream is roughly 5-7 hours per week and the commitment for the Honors Chemistry stream is roughly 7-8 hours per week but that will vary greatly depending upon a student’s abilities and working speed.
This course will give students a solid understanding of chemistry and its role in their lives and the world around them. It covers an introduction to the broad concepts in chemistry as well as a mathematical treatment of chemical quantities, reactions, gases, solutions, and acids and bases. There is also an extensive unit included on organic chemistry and biochemistry. It is intended for students who plan on majoring in the life sciences or health sciences at college or university or who would simply like to complete a chemistry course as part of their high school education.
The topics covered in both streams will include:
*The Scientific Method & Key Math Skills for Chemistry
*Chemistry and Measurements
*Matter and Energy
*Atoms and Elements
*Electronic Structure of Atoms and Periodic Trends
*Ionic and Molecular Compounds
*Chemical Quantities (here’s where we learn about the mole 🙂 )
*Chemical Quantities in Reactions
*Bonding and Intermolecular Forces
*Acids & Bases
*Organic chemistry and Biochemistry
The topics covered only in the Honors Chemistry stream include:
*Oxidation and Reduction
*Rates of Reactions and Equilibrium
Required textbook for both streams: Timberlake & Timberlake’s “Basic Chemistry” 4th edition
Required lab kit for both streams: MicroChem Kit Standard Edition from Quality Science Labs
The live “office hour” times for Chemistry with Honors Chemistry option are Monday / Thursday from 12:30pm-1:30pm Eastern Time. Attendance at these office hours is not mandatory for students. The teaching of the material is done exclusively through the pre-recorded video lectures and textbook readings. The “office hour” times are simply to give students a chance to get help in real time.
If you’re interested in checking out my teaching style and would like to see the video lectures for the first chapter covered, “Chemistry in Our Lives”, click here to view the chapter playlist. If you would like to see examples from Chapter 1 of the chapter checklist, the homework assignments, and the chapter test, please click here. If you would like to see further examples of the video lectures, here is a link to the lectures for Chapter 4, “Atoms and Elements”.
Registration for the teacher-graded courses for the 2023-2024 academic year has now closed. Registration for the 2024-2025 academic year will open on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 12pm noon EST. Remember – registration for the parent-graded versions of my courses is always open!
If you prefer a completely asynchronous option, please consider using the parent or self-graded options of my courses.
As always… If you are interested in this course or any of the chemistry courses on offer or have questions regarding any aspect of the courses, please don’t hesitate to contact me!