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High School Chemistry: Session 1

Foundations of Chemistry 1
This is the first session in a series of two that will cover a full year of high school chemistry and is only offered in October each year.
All students need to have successfully completed an Algebra 1 course.
This course is a pre-requisite for the second session.

This course will be an in depth study of the foundations of Chemistry at a high school level. Younger students (12-14) need to be academically advanced. My goal is to create a course that is accessible, engaging, and enjoyable for all students. I am NOT going to get crazy with the chemistry math and make a course that requires students to have taken Algeocalcutrig before they take it! That said, there will be quite a bit of math. Students who have completed Algebra I will be able to handle the math in this class. At that stage, they will understand how variables, scientific notation, exponents, percentages, decimals, and units work, and that’s all they really need to know. When there is math involved, I will be detailing out the steps so it is easily understood. Just know that I am not going to include convoluted word problems as part of this course. There will be word problems, but they will be straightforward and easy to understand. Again, my goal is for students to grasp the foundations of chemistry (including the math) without getting bogged down in the tedium of it.

No live classesview lessons on YOUR schedule. In general, expect 1.5-2.5 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). For classes with two levels, the material is the same for boththe depth of the assignments differs. Younger students should usually be placed in Level 1. Older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2.

Each lesson consists of a fully narrated PowerPoint presentation with images and videos to enhance the topics. Students will have access to our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson, printing worksheets, taking quizzes, viewing/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, and viewing grades/feedback. Read more details about class format.

Week 1: Defining and Measuring Chemistry
We’ll discuss the ancient roots of chemistry, alchemy. From there we’ll define modern chemistry, discuss the scientific method, and learn about the different ways measurements are taken.

Week 2: Properties of Matter
We’ll discuss what matter is, the different phases, and how matter can change. We’ll then discuss different forms of matter such as mixtures, elements, and compounds.

Week 3: Unraveling the Mystery of the Atom
We’ll discuss the history that led to the discovery of the atom and the subatomic particles, the functions of each of those particles, isotopes, how to read a periodic table, and the different types of radioactive elements.

Week 4: Electrons
We are going to focus on the smallest part of the atom, but the most important- the electrons. We’re going to learn how they work, where they’re located, and touch on some quantum mechanics!

Week 5: Periodic Table and Trends
There’s more to the periodic table than a bunch of symbols and numbers! We’re going to learn why the periodic table is arranged like it is and how to identify properties of elements based on their location in the table.

Week 6: Elements of the s and p blocks
We will go through the entire list of s and p block elements, focusing on their properties and uses. This is the week we start memorizing the element names and symbols!

Week 7: Elements of the d and f blocks
Same as week 6, but now we’ll focus on the elements of the d and f blocks. Another week of memorizing the element names and symbols!

Week 8: Ionic Bonds and Ionic Compounds
Now that we know all of the elements, we’re going to start discussing how atoms bond together. This week we’ll focus on ionic bonds- how they work and how to name the compounds they create. We’ll also cover metallic bonds.

Week 9: Covalent Bonds
Moving on to the last type of bond- covalent bonds. We’ll discuss how these bonds form, the different types, how to create molecular formulas and structures for them, how to name those molecules, and discuss polarity.

Week 10: Chemical Reactions
We can now easily predict how elements will bond and what type of bond they will form. Now, we need to combine different molecules and compounds to create chemical reactions! We’ll learn how to write a reaction equation, learn the different types of reactions, and how to properly balance chemical equations.

Week 11: The Mathy Mole
We’re going to dig deep (pun!) into the world of moles- what they are, why they are important, and how to use them! LOTS of math in this lesson.

Week 12: Stoichiometry
We’ll discuss the ins and outs of stoichiometry, using the math concepts we learned in Week 11. How can we use those calculations to predict the amount of reactants or products in a chemical reaction? LOTS of math in this lesson. Plus, we’ll finish up the class with a fun lab that will let students get hands on with the process of determining limiting reactants and percent yields!

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.


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Course Features

  • Schedule Sept 5 - Dec 12
  • Activities Science
  • Lessons 12
  • Suggested Ages 13-17 Two Levels
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