High School Chemistry (twice/week)

March 28, 2018 - 4 minutes read

$588/15 weeks; class meets twice/week

12 students maximum

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the Periodic Table of Elements and basic atomic structure, plus students must have passed High School Algebra with a grade of B or better.

Required materials:
Textbook: Glencoe Science: Chemistry Matter and Change. California Edition. Copyright: 2007 https://www.amazon.com/Glencoe-Chemistry-California-McGraw-Hill-Dingrando/dp/B01071X92M/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=15

 

In this 30-week course—two meetings per week—we will take an in-depth look at the world of Chemistry. Students will begin their studies by looking at the scientific method including the need for measurements, conversions, and significant figures. We will then move into looking at the atom: the various theories leading up to the current molecular model, an in-depth look at the nucleus and nuclear chemistry, then the electron and its involvement in the formation of light. From there we will dive into the periodic table and bonding, calculating moles, expected yields, percent yields, and predicting outcomes of reactions and rates of reactions. We will also learn about the states of matter and molecule behaviour in each: solids, liquids and gases. We end the year exploring the various types of chemistry: acid-base, organic, electro, and bio-chem. This comprehensive course will cover all major topics typically covered in a high school level chemistry course with an emphasis on laboratory investigations.

This is a high school level academic course, and students should be committed to daily study (5 days per week). A textbook resource and lab notebook will be required. Students will take class notes; perform lab experiments and complete calculations based on their obtained data; learn how to apply algebra to science by completing calculations for various concepts; and participate in class activities designed to reinforce core concepts.

The majority of lab experiments will be completed in class but students will be required to complete their pre-lab and post-lab write ups at home (including calculations and research). Students will be expected to complete assigned reading and written homework, as well as at least one research paper and presentation. Assignments, tests, and a final are the end of each session are graded. A detailed syllabus will be provided to students outlining all assignments.

 

This is a year-long course. Students joining mid-year must have prior experience with High School Chemistry and teacher permission.

 

At-home work: Due to the breadth and depth of this course, homework will be given at each class meeting. Assignments may require 1 hour a day for 5 days per week. The expectation is that students and parents will be collaborating with the instructors to provide a year-long high school equivalent Chemistry course. Due to the number of calculations most assignments will be similar to math with a number of problems to work out. An answer key will be provided with each assignment and students will be expected to check their own work to ensure understanding. Each class will begin with a short quiz on the previous day’s homework. Tests will be proctored at home with parent’s signatures ensuring students follow testing standards.