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Chemistry (Pre-AP)

From: $91.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th–12th

Live class: Mondays 4:00-5:00 EST

Course dates: August 26th-May 11th

Price: $649

Instructor: Susan Habacivch

Instructor email: habacivch@gmail.com

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Course Description

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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 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). 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 SAT II Chemistry subject test, Chemistry CLEP test, and/or a future AP Chemistry course. 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.

Course Structure

The qualified student will spend 5-7 hours per week on this class. Each week, students will have a pre-recorded video lecture with concept questions to watch and answer, readings and problem solving in the textbook, electronic review questions and scanned worksheets to submit. Module tests occur every two weeks, while labs are sprinkled throughout the course. A final exam will be required at the end of the year and there will be optional CLEP or SAT II 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.

Who should enroll?

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 register for this course.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • 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, 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 and student submissions will be graded within one week of the due date for the assignments. Students are encouraged to ask questions in class, but may contact me with questions or concerns on the Canvas website outside of class times.

Communication

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.

 

Reviews

  1. Melissa (verified owner)

    Although I am capable of teaching many subjects, I am thankful there are excellent quality courses such as Pre-AP Chemistry. Mrs Habacivich is a great teacher. She is invested in her students’ understanding the material. When questions arise, she is easily reachable. The quantity of work is well-balanced.
    If you need a solid Chemistry course for high school, I recommend this one.

  2. Heather Sprenger (verified owner)

    We have been so pleased with both the course content and the instructor! The course has been a great fit for our son who was ready for some challenge and greater structure in science, though not quite ready for AP-level work. He especially enjoyed the labs. “Mrs H”, as the students call her, was encouraging and promptly responsive to any questions or concerns. I highly recommend this course!

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Required Texts

Required Texts:

All students:

  • Exploring Creation with Chemistry 3rd ed. (Apologia), ISBN 978-1-940110-25-7
  • A scientific calculator

Students planning to take the SAT II or CLEP:

  • Chemistry: The Central Science 10th ed. (Pearson-Prentice Hall) ISBN 10: 0131096869;
  • Sterling CLEP Chemistry Practice Questions: High Yield CLEP Chemistry Questions ISBN-13: 978-1500224752 or ISBN-10: 1500224758

Instructor Bio

Susan Habacivch

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 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.

Classes:
Pre-Calculus with Statistics

Algebra II

Geometry Intensive

Chemistry

Intro to Chemistry and Physics

Email: habacivch@gmail.com

All classes taught by Susan Habacivch