Honors Chemistry | 2021-22

Blue Tent Honors Chemistry

In this live, online high school Chemistry class, homeschoolers 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.

Class Details

  • Honors Chemistry is a full-year class.

  • Dates: August 23, 2021-May 7, 2022.

    • See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times, and breaks for 2021-22.

  • Live Classes: Students share an interactive online classroom throughout the year and meet once a week in live classes:

    • Most Tuesdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern.

  • Live and Recorded:

    • All live classes will be held on Zoom.

    • Students who attend live are asked to please keep their webcams on.

    • Live sessions will be recorded for those who miss classes or prefer to watch later.

  • For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class-fit recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ page.

  • CA students: this course is a-g approved if taken through some homeschool charters. See our FAQ.

 

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.

  • 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 2015 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 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. 

  • Students should expect to spend 8-12 hours per week on classwork (which includes instructional videos and live class time).

 

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!