Honors Chemistry | 2020-21
In this live, online Chemistry class for homeschoolers, students will study everything from matter to different types of chemistry (organic, inorganic, nuclear, electro-chemistry and biological chemistry). They will study chemical reactions, such as acids versus bases and oxidation-reduction, and as a hands-on subject, learn through experimenting and exploring the changes in matter--discovering how our understanding of chemistry has developed over time and how it impacts us personally and globally.
This class will offer a diverse array of print, digital, and live learning options.
There will be a weekly meeting on most Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, Eastern.
Students have the flexibility to work incrementally throughout each week and can participate live or watch a recording of the weekly ZOOM meetings.
Hands-On Labs and Virtual Labs
Using class dialogue and a wide variety of virtual and hands-on labs, students will be guided as they and their classmates strive to connect the ideas and concepts in chemistry to relevant, real-world applications.
They will construct hypotheses, perform experiments, obtain results, and critically analyze data based on their findings.
Then, working closely with the instructor and sharing results with classmates, they will be taught how to write lab reports.
This will allow an examination of the world around us, emphasizing inquiry-based investigations in which students ask questions, make observations, and conduct experiments.
Traditional and Interactive Resources
After a thorough investigation of mainstream chemistry resources, the instructor has selected the 2012 edition of the Holt McDougal Modern Chemistry textbook to ensure that this course will provide a firm foundation and set students up for success if they choose to move on to AP Chemistry.
Topics that will be thoroughly covered include the structure of matter, the states of matter, reaction types, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, equilibrium and reaction rates, descriptive chemistry, and laboratory knowledge (lab equipment, measurements, procedures, analyzing and interpreting data, etc.).
The text will be supplemented with a wide array of highly interactive online tools that offer representations, videos, models, and activities that instruct, explain, and reinforce scientific phenomena and help students explore and solve scientific problems.
A Solid Foundation
This course will prepare students to take the Chemistry SAT Subject Test and a future AP Chemistry class if they should choose to do so.
The College Board recommends the completion of at least three sciences while in high school, with a Chemistry or Physics class being completed after a successful year in Biology and Algebra 1.
The interweaving of dynamic virtual tools, the weekly collaboration and interaction with their classmates, and the active instruction and guidance by the instructor in the Moodle classroom will offer an engaging and enjoyable class experience. We hope students will join Honors Chemistry with an eager anticipation to work with other homeschooled students as together they explore the world around them!