Introduction to Chemistry

From: $110.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 8th–10th

Live class: Mondays 1:00—2:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 24th-December 18th

Price: $299

Instructor: Susan Habacivch

Instructor email: habacivch@gmail.com

Students can also register for Introduction to Chemistry and Physics together at a reduced rate.

This course is currently out of stock. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will open on March 1st.

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Course Description

Have you wanted to give your student a solid introduction to the high school sciences? In this one-semester course, we will be learning the fundamentals of chemistry, “the central science.” The two priorities of this course are to prepare the student to successfully complete a future high school Chemistry course and to expand the student’s appreciation for the amazing complexity and wonder of our physical world. We will be learning the inquiry process by asking questions that stimulate students to think critically and to formulate their own questions. Observing, classifying, using numbers, plotting graphs, measuring, inferring, predicting, formulating models, interpreting data, hypothesizing, and experimenting will all help students to build knowledge and communicate what they have learned. We will be supporting our inquiry with hands-on labs, virtual labs, and a creative project. The experiments can be completed at home (adult supervision is advised) and most use simple household materials. A complete list of materials will be provided before classes start.

Course Structure

This course is a “flipped” classroom, which starts each week with a teacher provided pre-recorded video and textbook and web-based reading assignments. Students then take homework “quizzes” on each lesson in the textbook to check their understanding of the material that they have studied. The live class time is used to answer questions and reinforce concepts with lots of student interaction on the microphone. Attendance is encouraged, but not required as the live class is recorded and posted for student availability for about a month afterward. There is one creative project and four additional labs during the semester. Occasional worksheets are assigned for students to do by hand, scan and submit and a comprehensive test is given every 2-3 chapters in the textbook.

Who should enroll?

Students should be in 8th or 9th grade (advanced 7th grades will be considered.) 8th grade math is a prerequisite (some pre-algebra is helpful but not required).

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will be graded on homework, labs and exams which will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions done on the course website and handouts to be completed, scanned, and uploaded. All student work will be graded and returned within one week of submission.

Communication

Grades are perpetually available for students and parents to view. Parent teacher conferences will be available in October. Parents may contact me at other times also via the Canvas website.

Required Texts

Physical Science: Concepts in Action by Wysession, Frank & Yancopoulos; published by Pearson Prentice Hall (2004). ISBN: 0-13-069988-8 (available at www.abebooks.com or amazon)

Additional Materials:

  • scientific calculator
  • kitchen scale
  • scanner or Smartphone
  • various household materials

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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

Geometry Intensive

Chemistry

Intro to Chemistry

Intro to Physics

Email: habacivch@gmail.com

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