Prerequisite for this course: Completion of Algebra 1
If you’re interested in checking out my teaching style and would like to see the video lectures for the first chapter covered, “Chemistry in Our Lives”, click here to view the chapter playlist. If you would like to see examples from Chapter 1 of the chapter checklist, the homework assignments, and the chapter test, please click here. If you would like to see further examples of the video lectures, here is a link to the lectures for Chapter 4, “Atoms and Elements”.
This course will give students a solid understanding of chemistry and its role in their lives and the world around them. It covers an introduction to the broad concepts in chemistry as well as a mathematical treatment of chemical quantities, reactions, gases, solutions, and acids and bases. There is also a fairly extensive unit included on organic chemistry and biochemistry. It is intended for students who plan on majoring in the life sciences or health sciences at college or university or who would simply like to complete a chemistry course as part of their high school education. The time commitment is roughly 5-7 hours per week but that will vary greatly depending upon a student’s abilities and working speed. The course could also be taken as a lead-up to an Honors Chemistry course later in high school. The student will probably experience some repetition of topics in Honors Chemistry after having taken Chemistry but repetition is a good way to make sure the basics are SOLID. 🙂 The topics covered will include:
*The Scientific Method & Key Math Skills for Chemistry
*Chemistry and Measurements
*Matter and Energy
*Atoms and Elements
*Electronic Structure of Atoms and Periodic Trends
*Ionic and Molecular Compounds
*Chemical Quantities (here’s where we learn about the mole 🙂 )
*Chemical Quantities in Reactions
*Bonding and Intermolecular Forces
*Acids & Bases
*Organic chemistry and biochemistry
The required textbook for this course will be Timberlake & Timberlake’s “Basic Chemistry” 4th edition. If you prefer to rent an ebook version, you can find it here. The lab kit we’ll be using will be the MicroChem Kit Standard Edition from Quality Science Labs. While the use of microchemistry labs means that students will not get hands-on experience with some larger scale lab equipment like burettes, these larger scale pieces of equipment are expensive to buy and difficult to use properly without direct supervision by a knowledgeable chemist. Microchemistry labs also mean that the very small amounts of chemicals used can be disposed of in a safe and environmentally-sound manner.
The schedule for 2019-2020 is for courses to begin on August 19, 2019 and end on May 17, 2020 with two days off from Oct. 14-15, three days off for Thanksgiving (Nov. 27-29), two weeks off from Dec. 23-Jan. 3, and one week off from Mar. 9-13. We will also take off most other holidays. Because of the asynchronous nature of the teaching lectures, families who don’t wish to take time off at these times of the year can work through and work ahead in order to take alternate holidays.
The live “office hour” times for Chemistry are Monday / Thursday from 12:30pm-1:30pm Eastern Time. Attendance at these office hours is not mandatory for students. The teaching of the material is done exclusively through the pre-recorded video lectures and textbook readings. The “office hour” times are simply to give students a chance to get help in real time.
Registration for this course for 2019-2020 is now closed. Registration for 2020-2021 will open on March 1, 2020 at 12:00 noon EST. Please click here to access information on pricing.
As always… If you are interested in this course or any of the chemistry courses on offer or have questions regarding any aspect of the courses, please don’t hesitate to contact me!