Introduction to Chemistry and Physics

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 8th–9th (Advanced 7th graders will be considered.)

Live class: Mondays 1:30—2:30 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 26th-May 4th

Price: $549

Instructor: Susan Habacivch

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Course Description

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Science is a process for gaining knowledge and understanding of the natural world. We place emphasis on concept understanding and analysis, discovering the natural world around us and how things work. The course is designed to continue the investigation of the physical sciences begun in earlier grades. We will build a rich knowledge base to provide a foundation for the continued study of science. Our investigations will be approached in a qualitative and quantitative manner in keeping with the developing math skills of the students. The curriculum will integrate the following topics from both chemistry and physics:

• Structure of atoms

• Structure and properties of matter

• Motions and forces

• Conservation of energy, matter and charge

Inquiry is the central theme in physical science. It is an integral part of the learning experience and will be used in both traditional class problems and laboratory work. The essence of the inquiry process is to ask 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 all help students to build knowledge and communicate what they have learned. Approximately eight hands-on or virtual experiments will supplement our study of the physical sciences. These 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.

The two priorities of this course is to prepare the student to successfully complete future high school science courses and to expand the student’s appreciation for the amazing complexity and wonder of our physical world

Course Structure

The qualified student will spend about 5 hours per week on this class. Assignments include weekly pre-recorded videos and questions, daily reading in the textbook and electronic homework questions, occasional worksheets, labs and tests every few chapters. The pre-recorded video lectures covering weekly concepts covered will be available on the course website for students to view at their convenience. Optional enrichment readings and videos are available and would add to this time commitment.

Live discussion classes will be held on Zoom weekly as review, practice and homework help at the time listed above. All live discussions classes will be recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience. Course design and most pre-recorded lectures have been provided by Vicki Dincher, author and teacher.

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. Student should ask questions in class or contact me with questions outside of class via the Canvas website.


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

Required Texts

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

Additional Materials:

  • scientific calculator
  • kitchen scale
  • various household materials


  1. Gina (verified owner)

    My son took Introduction to Chemistry and Physics with Mrs. Habacivch and loved it. I appreciate that she was responsive and thorough when answering my son’s questions. Her class is very well organized and she incorporates interesting and informative videos in her lessons. My son enjoyed the live lessons as well; Mrs. Habacivch kept the class engaged with active participation. This was my son’s favorite class.

  2. Lisa Janenda (verified owner)

    My daughter has loved her Intro to Chemistry and Physics class with Mrs. Habacivch this year! The class is extremely well organized and challenging, going into more depth than I would have expected from a regular Physical Science class. Mrs. Habacivch is responsive, helpful and very knowledgeable. She does a great job getting the students to contribute during the live meetings – which can be difficult in an online format – but makes for a much more interesting and engaging class. The labs are informative, fun and very manageable, adding to the overall value of the class. In addition to communicating regularly with my daughter when she has questions, Mrs. Habacivch also checks in with parents and has taken time to answer all my questions thoroughly. I feel like my daughter has gotten excellent preparation for future Chemistry and Physics classes.

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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.

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