Honors Chemistry

Prerequisites for this course:

*Completion of a rigorous Honors Algebra 1 course with a grade of at least a B+ (taking Honors Algebra 2 concurrently is a good idea)

*Very solid study skills and a good work ethic – my course is very demanding and moves very quickly. 🙂 Students should have exceptional time management skills, be highly organized, and be capable of/be willing to take notes while watching video lectures and while doing textbook readings.  All the executive function types of skills are vital for success in my Honors Chemistry course.

It is HIGHLY recommend that you have your student complete this placement pre-test before registering for Honors Chemistry. It is not mandatory but will give you a good indication if your student has the math and word problem solving skills needed for Honors Chemistry.  In particular, success on the last question (the short answer question) is a good indicator that your student is ready for the challenges of Honors Chemistry.

NOTE: If you are unsure whether Chemistry or Honors Chemistry is a better fit for your student from a rigor standpoint, your student can always start in Honors Chemistry and move to Chemistry within the first month or so if he/she finds that Honors Chemistry isn’t a good fit.  There would be no cost for the transfer and you’ll even receive back the cost difference between the two courses.  Win-win. 🙂  Further Note: The no-cost transfer is meant for students in the full courses switching from Honors Chemistry to Chemistry. If you are considering the parent-graded courses and think your student might switch, please contact me to discuss how this could be handled.

If you’re interested in checking out my teaching style and would like to see the video lectures for the first chapter covered, “Introduction to Chemistry”, 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, “Reactions in Aqueous Solutions”.

This course will give a solid base for further study in chemistry – either in an AP Chemistry course or an introductory chemistry course at college or university – and is taught at the level of a challenging honors or pre-AP type chemistry course.  It is intended for students who plan on majoring in a STEM program at college or university (particularly chemistry/physics/chemical or materials engineering) and the course will be VERY rigorous.  The course will cover the standard introductory chemistry topics, along with a mathematical treatment where appropriate, and will also cover organic chemistry and biochemistry in a more expansive fashion than is usually found in honors chemistry courses.  The time commitment is roughly 10-12 hours per week but that will vary greatly depending upon a student’s abilities and working speed.  The topics covered will include:

*The Scientific Method & Chemistry Math Skills
*Physical & Chemical Properties of Matter
*Atoms, Molecules, & Ions
*Moles & Stoichiometry
*Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
*Energy Relationships in Chemical Reactions
*The Electronic Structure of Atoms
*The Periodic Table
*Chemical Bonding
*Intermolecular Forces
*Physical Properties of Solutions
*Chemical Kinetics
*Chemical Equilibrium
*Acids & Bases
*Redox Reactions & Electrochemistry
*Introduction to Organic Chemistry

The required textbook for this course will be Chang & Goldsby’s “General Chemistry: The Essential Concepts” 7th edition.  If you prefer to rent an ebook version, you can find it here. The lab kit we’ll be using will be the MicroChem Kit Standard 2nd Edition from Quality Science Labs.  While the use of microchemistry labs means that students will not get hands-on experience with some larger scale lab equipment like burettes, these larger scale pieces of equipment are expensive to buy and difficult to use properly without direct supervision by a knowledgeable teacher.  Microchemistry labs also mean that the very small amounts of chemicals used can be disposed of in a safe and environmentally-sound manner.

The live “office hour” times for Honors Chemistry are Monday / Thursday from 11am-12pm 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.

Registration for the teacher-graded courses for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open!  Please see the “Registration and Pricing for Teacher-Graded options” page for details.

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!

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