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About this course
This is the second session in a series of two that will cover a full year of upper middle school/lower high school chemistry and is only offered in January each year. Students MUST have taken our Session 1 class to be eligible to enroll in this session. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Recommended Ages: 13-17.
Prerequisite: Foundations of Chemistry Session 1
Start Date: January 5. Class runs for 14 weeks. Students have two weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.
This course will pick up from where Session 1 left off in December.
Here is the general outline of the course. General topics are all in place for each week. More detailed descriptions will be added as I complete each lesson.
States of Matter: We’ll be going in depth on the states of matter, what define them, their properties, and how phase changes occur.
Gas Laws: We will cover Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law, Gay-Lussac’s Law, Combination Law, Avogadro’s Law, Variations on the Ideal Gas Law, and Gas Stoichiometry.
Solutions: We’ll learn the types and characteristics of solutions, factors that affect solubility, and how solutes define colligative properties.
Reaction Energy: We’ll cover exothermic and endothermic reactions and how they relate to enthalpy and entropy- including the calculations necessary to determine heat energy during chemical reactions.
Reaction Rates: We’ll learn about the factors that affect reaction rates and the rate laws that govern them.
Chemical Equilibrium: We’ll learn what chemical equilibrium is, how it is achieved, how it can be shifted, and how to calculate various equilibria states and ionic concentrations.
Acids and Bases: We’ll discuss what acids and bases are from both physical characteristics and chemical makeup. We’ll learn the difference between Arrhenius and Bronsted-Lowry acids and bases, ionization steps for mono and polyprotic acids, the pH scale, and neutralization reactions.
Redox Reactions: We’ll explore oxidation reactions, including the rules for assigning oxidation numbers and how to balance them based on the oxidation number method and the half reaction method. Plus labs to see oxidation and reduction up close and personal!
Chemistry meets Biology:
This is class is not recommended for most children under 13 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). Remember, they MUST have already completed pre-algebra, though. There will be only one level for this course.
LESSON PLANS: This is a 14 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course. I provide all of the curriculum needed for this course in the lesson plans.
DISCUSSION:We offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: This is not our typical project based class. There will be a LOT of labs, so it’s definitely hands on! But assignments will generally include a math section and then practice of the concepts we have learned. Where possible, I will include a choice of hands on projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.
GRADES: All quizzes, labs, and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.
TIME: In general, expect 2.5-5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
Doing labs at home is OPTIONAL! However, I feel like chemistry is an extremely hands on science, and doing the experiments rather than just watching them adds an entirely new layer and deeper understanding to the material. I try to use household items for labs whenever I can, but that’s not always possible. And I do realize that some of these chemicals and equipment can get a little pricey. You don’t have to do every lab or not do every lab! You can absolutely do some of them and skip others (ones that are more hazardous or require expensive equipment). Remember- any lab you don’t do yourself, I’ll be doing on video so you won’t miss anything. I film every lab for the students so they can see the procedure and the result if they are unable to do the lab at home.
Click this Materials List Link (materials list to be uploaded by early December) to view the list. The spreadsheet is sortable by the Week Number, the Lab Number (so you know exactly what is needed for each lab within a single week), and the material (sort by this to see how often we use a certain item). You can even create a column to check off what you’ve ordered to keep track. Many things you can buy at your local store. Things that may need to be ordered I have listed one or two sources for. Amazon, and Homesciencetools. There are multiple sources for most items- these are just the ones I use.
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Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.