Chemistry is the study of connections between the everyday world and the molecular world, the structure and interactions of matter. It examines the smallest components of matter (atoms) and how atoms bond with each other to combine elements into compounds. Then it looks at chemical reactions: how energy is involved, the transfer of electrons or hydrogen ions, and factors that affect reaction rate. This course provides students with an understanding of chemical principles and skills that are needed for college. The study of chemistry includes laboratory investigation, problem solving activities, textbook study, lecture, and class discussion. The structure and properties of matter, organic and inorganic chemistry, energy, thermochemistry, nuclear reaction, electrochemistry, acids, bases and salts, and chemical bonding make up the content of this class.
Approximately a dozen hands-on experiments will augment the core concepts studied and fulfill the lab requirement for a high school science credit. These experiments can be completed at home (adult supervision is advised). About one month before class begins, a full list of lab supplies and materials will be provided with the course syllabus. Since effective scientific writing is a vital skill required for success in college science courses, instruction and practice in the process of writing a formal chemistry lab report will be a significant part of this course.
Following this course, the motivated student will be well prepared for the Chemistry CLEP test, and/or a future AP Chemistry course.
The qualified student will spend 5-7 hours per week on this class. Each week, students will have pre-recorded video lectures with concept questions to watch and answer, readings and problem solving in the textbook, electronic review questions, and scanned worksheets to submit. Chapter tests occur every two to three weeks, while labs are sprinkled throughout the course. There will be optional CLEP practice after the course closes for those students interested in taking the tests.
Live class sessions will be held weekly to reinforce concepts learned that week and to practice answering questions together. Submitted worksheets will be due after class time to allow students to ask questions before turning in those assignments.
This Honors Chemistry course is designed to prepare STEM-interested students for college-level sciences. This class is for students who have exceptional abilities, a strong math foundation, and high achievement levels. While covering the same topics as Chemistry, we will place emphasis on quantitative analysis in problem solving and in lab reports. In addition, the writing of formal lab reports will be taught, more labs will be assigned, and several formal reports will be required throughout the year. A cumulative final exam will be required at the end of the year.
Who should enroll?
The well-prepared applicant is in grades 9-12 and has completed a physical science or general science course and has a good foundation in algebra. Also, online learning requires a great degree of organizational and time management skills on the part of the student. Students who are ready to improve in this area and can take responsibility for initiating interaction with the instructor for help should register for this course. The honors level is for students in grades 10-11 who have exceptional abilities, a strong math foundation and high achievement levels.
Prerequisite: Pre-algebra or equivalent 8th grade math
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Scanner or smart phone for submitting tests and homework
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will be graded on homework, labs, professionalism, and exams. The homework will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions done on the course website, and handouts to be completed, scanned, and uploaded. Timely submissions and feedback will be emphasized in this course and student submissions will be graded within one week of the assignment due date. Students are encouraged to ask questions in class, but may contact me with questions or concerns on the Canvas website outside of class times.
Grades are perpetually available throughout the course and parents may contact me through Canvas messages on the course website. Parent- teacher conferences will be offered in the fall and spring of the year.