This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium.
Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university chemistry course. Numerous in-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills such as careful observation and interpretation of lab data. Additionally, peer discussion, review games, and interactive small group activities are incorporated to reinforce class concepts.
Tutor: Jen Holt
Length: Full Year
Level: 10th – 12th
Tuition: $205 per semester. Additional $35.00 lab fee per semester includes use of lab equipment and supplies, additional handouts, and companion CD-rom for use in class.
Class Size: minimum of 5 students with a maximum of 20
Prerequisite: Algebra 1. Successful completion of Apologia Physical Science and Biology recommended. Students must be able to keep up with reading and homework in order to fully comprehend the material and to be prepared for class discussions and experiments.
Homework: 4-6 hours per week
Text: (To be purchased by parents) Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Jay Wile, and Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd Edition, Solutions Manual. May be purchased from Apologia at 1-888-524-4724 or www.apologia.com or locally from Heppner’s Legacy in Elk River at 763-241-4663. Auditory learners or slow-readers may want to also purchase the MP3 audiobook for around $12.
Required: Internet access for students to receive class notices, download supplemental reading and worksheets, and link to applicable websites, calculator, lab coat or heavy shirt, closed shoes (no sandals), composition notebook for lab, safety goggles, notebook for lectures, pencil, metric ruler, 2 liter bottles
Students should bring: textbook, paper, and pencil