Section A – High School Credit Only
Section B – CLEP or SAT II subject test Focus
Course Begins: Aug 29, 2018
Course Ends: May 15, 2019 (May 29, for Section B)
Test Readiness: Following this course, the motivated student will be well prepared for the SAT II Chemistry subject test, Chemistry CLEP test, and/or a future AP Chemistry course. Success on these exams is dependent on student aptitude and desire/willingness to prepare for the exam. Students are not required to take a standardized test after the course.
Video Lectures/Zoom Discussions: All course lectures are pre-recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience. Two to four times a month, live problem-solving and discussion sessions will be held (recorded lecture should be watched prior to problem solving session). These sessions will be designed to provide students assistance with concepts and math problems assigned for homework Students are not required to “meet” at the scheduled discussion time, but it is encouraged. Scheduled discussion times will be recorded for those unable to attend the live discussion times and available for approximately one month afterward. Zoom office hours will be available by appointment for individual or group homework help. Course design and prerecorded lectures have been provided by Vicki Dincher, acclaimed author and teacher.
Course Description: 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. This class includes laboratory work and written lab reports. Interested students are encouraged to take the SAT II in Chemistry and/or the Chemistry CLEP test upon completion of this course and will be prepared for future AP Chemistry coursework.
Labs: Approximately eighteen 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). Most use household materials or supplies readily available from homeschool science companies. A full list will be provided with the course syllabus.
Scientific Writing: Effective scientific writing is a vital skill required for success in college science courses. To that end, instruction in the process of writing a formal chemistry lab report will be given and two to three formal lab write-ups will be required.
Student Evaluation and Feedback: Students will be graded on homework, labs, discussions, 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. Student submissions will be graded within one week.
Communications: Course communication occurs through the message system on the course website. I am also available to students through Zoom by appointment.
Technical needs: To access course materials, students will need broadband, high speed Internet and their own e-mail account. This course will be run on the learning platform called Canvas. Canvas is a user-friendly, powerful platform where parents can be linked to their students and access student material, see grades, and contact the instructor at any time. Weekly assignments can be downloaded as PDF files or viewed online from the website. A scanner is required so that students can scan their completed work and upload it to the website for grading.
Time Commitment: The qualified student will spend 5-7 hours per week on this class. This accounts for reading the assigned texts, answering review questions, calculating practice problems, hands-on lab experiments, and discussing class work and reading assignments with others in the forums.
Work due dates: The course syllabus and weekly class updates will be on the course website by one week in advance. All assignments are expected to be submitted by the due dates except in rare circumstances, when prior approval for extensions have been granted by the instructor.
Instructor Qualifications: Susan Habacivch earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Washington University and a BA in French from Regis College. After working for several years in the nuclear and then the fibers industry, she began homeschooling her four children in 2003. She has been tutoring and teaching science and mathematics in local coops since 2003 and has been teaching online since 2010.
Course Priorities: The number one priority of this course is to prepare the student to take the SAT II Chemistry or Chemistry CLEP exam and to prepare them to take a future AP Chemistry course. This will be accomplished through providing review materials and testable content during the second half of the course, explaining testing strategies, and providing scored practice exams. The number two priority is to expand your appreciation for fundamental concepts and laws that govern the chemical realm.
Who should apply: The well-prepared applicant also has completed a physical science course in the middle school years 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 if confused or discouraged should ask for an application.
To apply or ask a question regarding this class, email Susan Habacivch at firstname.lastname@example.org